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Friday, May 13, 2005

WV GOP turn on their own

From the Charleston Gazette:
Delegate Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, said Wednesday he hopes that visitors to his Web site will fulfill their pledges totaling $8,925 to the state Republican Party, now that chairman Kris Warner has agreed to step down.

Blair, a two-term delegate, opened the whimsical Web site a month ago, capitalizing on statements made by Warner indicating he would step down as state party chairman once the party’s $120,000-plus of campaign debts were paid off.

With the party’s vice chairpersons voting Tuesday evening to accept Warner’s resignation, Blair said he is prepared to turn over his pledge list to the party.

“I’ve said all along, I wouldn’t turn over all the pledges until I knew it was a done deal,” he said. “We’ll take the e-mail addresses and the names and turn them over to the interim chairman or whoever’s in charge.”

He said it will be up to the new party chairman to see that the pledges are paid up.

The state Republican executive committee may select a new chairman at its May 21 meeting in Morgantown.

Blair said he’s optimistic that most of the people who made pledges will pay up.

“There could be a few people who sent false pledges in,” he said.

Republicans lying and reneging on their pledges? That seems typical for the GOP these days.


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