Failed Borough Mayor Candidate to Head State GOP

Posted: February 4, 2013 at 6:34 am

Upheaval within the State Republican is continuing as former State GOP Chairman Randy Ruedrich says Debbie Brown of Kasilof has succeeded him. Brown was elected vice chair during a boisterous state convention last year.

Russ Millette of Anchorage was elected chairman and set to take office last Friday, but party leaders voted late Thursday to oust him.

A complaint filed against Millette raised questions about Millette’s work as the party’s finance chairman, his affiliation with a political website and his claim to be a lifelong Republican.

Ruedrich said a complaint against Brown was dismissed.

Party officials plan to meet this Saturday in Juneau to choose a new vice chair, Ruedrich, however, believes that Millette may also appeal his ouster.

Ruedrich says three other pending complaints, including one against him, are scheduled to be taken up Saturday.

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