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Wyoming Republican Censure

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CODY, WYOMING -

Influential Wyoming State Senator Hank Coe escaped censure from his own party Saturday. Delegates of the Park County Republican party considered a resolution to "no longer support, campaign for, or endorse" Coe. The measure criticized Coe's bills to remove state education supervisor.

The Park County Republican Party started it's convention in the morning, and spent the entire day considering it's platform, plank by plank. They didn't get to the most contentious matter until late in the day.

Park County Republican Delegate Russell Drywer, Jr. opened the vote, "I make a motion we accept the resolution as written by the resolutions committee."

That resolution sought to censure State Senator Hank Coe, who recently spoke to KULR-8 when he shepherded a $24 Million loan through the legislature that would enable a large industrial expansion in Cody.

That was not mentioned at the meeting. The resolution accused Coe of party improprieties. Half of the accusations dealt with the bills he authored to remove Wyoming's Superintendent of Education.

Delegate and former state representative, Colin Simpson warned, "I don't recall anything like this where we choose to censure a particular member of the Republican Party because we don't agree with a particular thing they have done. I think this is an extraordinarily bad precedent to set in this party. Who's next."

Park County Delegate Stu Alan said, "What's taken place ignores what the voters in this county voted for. We voted for that superintendent."

After about an hour's debate on the resolution, the group took it's first secret ballot vote of the day.

One by one, the delegates delivered their decision. One by one, the votes were counted. The result?

Most of the delegates voted to censure Coe, but the measure needed a two third majority to pass. It didn't. Coe was not at the meeting to endure the vote, or respond to the party's actions.

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