Utah: GOP faction rams through rules change that could exclude Romney from ballot

Utah: GOP faction rams through rules change that could exclude Romney from ballot

[Ed. – It’s reportedly all-out war in the Utah GOP.  I wasn’t by any means sure there would be this much sentiment for blocking Romney.  I don’t really see a Democrat getting elected there, but this blocking-strategy thing doesn’t seem likely to produce a great outcome.  Who’s the named alternative to Romney who’d be a better choice?  There may be one, but I haven’t heard a name.  There’s more; read the whole thing at the link.]

If former U.S. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney continues gathering signatures as part of his U.S. Senate run this year, he may well be kicked out of the Utah Republican Party via a bylaw change adopted Saturday over the objections of party chairman Rob Anderson.

And that’s not all.

After a “special” meeting of the party’s Central Committee Saturday, Rob Anderson says CC members new bylaw bifurcates the allowed candidate-to-ballot routes, one set of rules for U.S. House districts 1st and 2nd, and another set of rules for House districts 3rd and 4th.

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“I think that violates both state law (SB54) and the U.S. Constitution’s” equal protection rights, said Anderson. …

Anderson said he will fight on against the group of right-wing Central Committee members that are clearly out to get rid of him.

“I will not resign,” Anderson told UtahPolicy.

Saying he is not trying to sound over-dramatic, “But really, I’m the only person standing now between the collapse of the Utah Republican Party” if the rightwing group gains control of the state office.

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