☛Alaska Dispatch: Alaska GOP chair Randy Ruedrich out?Submitted by barracuda_trader on Sat, 04/28/2012 - 17:19
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☛Alaska GOP chair Randy Ruedrich out? Joe Miller angling for spot in leadership?
Attendees at the Republican Party of Alaska's annual convention in Anchorage are all aflutter with the buzz Friday that longtime state GOP Chairman Randy Ruedrich will not be running for re-election.
Ruedrich did not return calls for this story, so it could be just another rumor in a series of rumors about Ruedrich. But if it's true, it's a major change for Alaska's GOP.
For years, Ruedrich has been able to keep a tight grasp on his party, surviving attempted coups, as well as animus from former Gov. Sarah Palin and her tea party-esque supporters. Alaska's GOP has been split between libertarian and big business factions, perhaps even more so than Republicans in other states. But over the decades he’s led the GOP, Ruedrich has managed to keep them together, making sure the state remains ruby red on the electoral map.
The party must vote on its next chairman, and with Ron Paul supporters reportedly making a coordinated splash at the convention, it's unclear who would be favored to take Ruedrich's place. The vote will take place on Saturday afternoon.