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April 11. 2013 12:24AM

Coos County GOP committee's no-confidence vote in state chair Horn criticized

A no-confidence vote taken by members of the Coos County Republican Committee against New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Jennifer Horn Wednesday night via conference call was not an official act, according to the party's vice chairman, Vicki Schwaegler.

Schwaegler, who represents Carroll, Coos and Grafton counties, sent out a news release late Wednesday night saying she had spoken with committee members and found that no formal meeting was held.

"A select group of roughly 10 (of 32) individuals held a conference call that did not have a majority of voting members present because it was not properly notified," Schwaegler said.

"Even those who were on the call expressed outrage that certain members betrayed the Coos Committee by sending out a press release about their internal discussions," she said.

Before the release went out, state Rep. Leon Rideout, R-Lancaster, confirmed the conference call vote.

"There was a no-confidence vote taken. I was under the impression it was for internal party use. The fact that it is out there in the press is distressing to me," Rideout said.

"There seems to be almost constant issues in the press on the internal fighting between the chairman and the state (party) treasurer Mr. (Robert) Scott," Rideout said.

Schwaegler said in her release: "Republicans across the North Country and throughout New Hampshire strongly support Jennifer Horn's principled leadership and efforts to revive our party. It is a disgrace that some people are trying to help the Democrats by undermining Republican efforts to take back New Hampshire and restore fiscal sanity in Concord and Washington."


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