SALT LAKE CITY — Just a few days after his surprise win in the race for Utah Republican Party chairman, Rob Anderson was already devising a strategy for ending the legal fight over a controversial state law that’s driven the party into debt.
Anderson, an airline pilot, told the Deseret News he’d been advised he legally has the power to halt the GOP’s lawsuit against the state over the law known as SB54 that allows candidates to bypass the party’s caucus and convention system.
“Unilaterally, I could end the lawsuit in my position, by myself,” Anderson said, but would risk being removed by the GOP’s governing State Central Committee. “There’s a lot of political capital to think about that. But no, I’m not inclined to do that.”
Seated in the state Republican Party headquarters’ small conference room during a recent two-day break in his flight schedule, the former Davis County GOP chairman said he’s looking for a solution that’s “not me, but we.”
Anderson said he wants to bring together a small group of party leaders to meet with Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, as well as lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Legislature, to see if there’s a deal to be made.
While those negotiations are underway, Anderson said the party will “stay the course” with the 2014 lawsuit, now pending before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals after a federal judge in Utah upheld much of SB54.
By the next time the central committee holds its first meeting with him as chairman in September, Anderson said he’ll be ready “to paint a picture of exactly where we stand and what our options are for the future, and then the vote is up to them.”
Whether he can be successful in stopping the lawsuit remains to be seen. Anderson signed the Count My Vote initiative seeking more of …read more
Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News