by Chet Hardin
State Rep. and party attorney Bob Gardner says he didn't listen to the radio show last night. But in response to Williams' call, he says:
"I represent the party as an organization, and I don't represent Eli, per se, but Eli is the elected party chairman and I serve at the pleasure of the party chairman," he says. "I don't know what David thinks. He doesn't agree with my advice, and that's his prerogative. And he can call for my resignation, and that's his prerogative as well. But I don't have any intention of resigning."
This fight, he calls "ridiculous ... and it gets in the way of party business."
——- ORIGINAL POST, 3:24 P.M. ——-
This has been an exciting five days in the local Republican Party — at least for some people — and thanks to David Williams, we are leaving on a high note.
Last night, on Grassroots Radio (where else?) the El Paso County Party vice-chair called for the current party attorney, state Rep. Bob Gardner, to resign post-haste.
Williams wasn't happy with what Gardner was quoted as saying yesterday, when he took Williams and Anderson's interpretation of the bylaws to task in an interview reported via this blog post. Williams also claimed that Gardner discussed with this paper confidential advice he gave the party.
"I am calling for the resignation of Bob Gardner as the county party attorney because of his inappropriate remarks to the press regarding Sarah and myself," Williams said, "as well as his overall insistence upon representing Eli only as opposed to the party organization.
"They are personal attacks against Sarah and myself," he continued, "and I think that at this point I can safely say that Sarah and myself are very uncomfortable with him being the county party attorney, and at this point he just needs to go."
Much of the current controversy has to do with the issue of whether the local GOP executive committee will meet on Sept. 12 — a date that party chair Eli Bremer would probably miss. Williams said he and Anderson have proposed a compromise to Bremer, who has rescinded Anderson's call for a meeting, that would allow the meeting to happen on the 12th but postpone adjournment to a separate date and time. That would give the Anderson-and-Williams camp the opportunity to speak their piece, but wouldn't allow anything to be finalized until Bremer is back to put in his two cents.
"Sarah and I don't want a public fight," Williams said. "We don't want to have these conversations out in the open, but when it comes to the bylaws, they have to be respected, and if they aren't being respected something's got to give."
We've put a call into Gardner, and will be sure will update this post with his response.
You can listen here ... jump about 14 minutes in for Williams' segment.