Rift within state GOP centers around alleged assault last month, party says it is dealing with it
WYOMING – Something is going down within the Wyoming Republican Party and details have been hard to come by.
According to several news sources, Wyoming Republican State Secretary Charles Curley has been asked to resign from state party leadership after he allegedly assaulted a female colleague, Wyoming GOP Executive Director Kristi Wallin, last month after a dinner event in Laramie. Curley has reportedly refused to step down and the party says it is taking steps to “review and decide the matter.”
Wallin has filed a complaint with the party chair and is considering legal action after the altercation on February 23 where she was reportedly shaken so violently by Curley her shirt was torn. Eyewitnesses claim two GOP legislators had to intervene to separate the two.
Nate Martin, of Better Wyoming, is reporting Curley and Wallin share no love for one another. Their past is pot-marked with verbal jousting and via the press. Martin also claims the state party has gone to great lengths to cover up the incident…until today.
A press release issued today from party chairman W Frank Eathorne confirmed party leadership is taking action on a, “alleged altercation reported” and after “receiving a complaint by WYGOP executive director Kristi Wallin.”
Until interviews of eyewitnesses are complete and a decision is reached, Eathorne said steps have been taken to keep the two apart from each other.
Eathorne added that a final decision can be expected soon but according to Robert’s Rules of Order, the matter is currently bound by confidentiality until a final outcome is reached.
Martin further alleges party members are either taking sides or reluctant to state an opinion for fear of repercussions within the GOP.