As Ernest Luning reports for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman, El Paso County Republicans are more than a little fractured as they prepare (or not) to select a new county chairman:
Some members of the El Paso County Republican Party’s executive committee are crying foul over a proposal to name a new county chair at a meeting tonight rather than throw the selection to the much larger central committee at a later date.
County GOP chairman Trevor Dierdorff, who was elected to the post this spring, announced weeks ago he would step down at the end of tonight’s scheduled meeting of the party’s executive committee — several dozen party officers, elected officials and Republicans elected to the panel. He supports a complicated plan to allow the executive committee to pick his replacement.
Under the proposal, the party’s vice chairman, Joshua Hosler — who has made clear he doesn’t want to ascend to chairman — would resign his position if two-thirds of the committee agrees on a candidate to replace him during the meeting. Then, according to a draft resolution circulated by party spokesman Eli Bremer, a former chairman of the county party, Hosler would vacate his vice-chair post, the consensus candidate would be named vice chair, Dierdorff’s resignation would take effect, then the meeting could reconvene and the new vice chair would be elevated to the vacant chair position, and then the executive committee could recommend the new chair reappoint Hosler as vice chair.
This should be a fun night in Colorado Springs. We got a headache just trying to make sense of the proposal outlined in that last paragraph.