Is Millette R.I.P. in the GOP?
Debbie Brown becomes state Republican chair, for now
ANCHORAGE - He was elected chairman of the Alaska Republican Party last spring, but he was deposed last night just hours before he would have taken office.
Now Russ Millette must decide whether he will fight for the post.
How the recent civil war will affect Republicans going forward is an open question.
"I would say that I'm an outsider. 'We don't know him, therefore we don't trust him.'"
Longtime GOP Chair Randy Ruedrich, whose tenure ended Thursday, says Millette "just didn't get engaged, just really didn't get acquainted with folks, did not conduct any fund-raising activities, didn't reach out to members of his fund-raising committee as finance chair."
Millette responded: "First of all, I never knew who the party donors were because I was never introduced to them. There was a nine-month period where i was supposed to be trained. I got precious little training."
Also Thursday night, a complaint against Debbie Brown for alleged mismanagement of party funds on the Kenai Peninsula was dismissed, clearing her to become party chair.
Brown said, "This is messy, messy and very serious business. And I took great offense to Mr. Randy Ruedrich accusing me essentially of mismanagement of funds."
It’s far from the clear that the turmoil is over.
And for her part, Brown says even though the complaint against her was dismissed, she's not sure it'll be the last time there's an attempt to dislodge her.
"She's got a lot to learn,” Ruedrich said. “We’ll start with that today."