Failed Borough Mayor Candidate to Head State GOP

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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