Yesterday, state House Rep. Steve Vaillancourt warned of a GOP House leadership team seriously at odds with its caucus. Today, former Rep. Lee Quandt writes that conservatives are plotting to replace Republican Leader Gene Chandler with none other than former Speaker Bill O’Brien.
Quandt fingers the House Republican Alliance as the plotters behind the coup attempt:
The latest going around with the remnants of the once respected House Republican Alliance is that they are circulating a letter for signatures, to Gene Chandler; the minority Republican Leader, requesting that he removes Shawn Jasper from his Republican leadership post….
Evidently Jasper offended the Free Staters who have taken control of the HRA and they want him removed.
What Chandler isn’t aware of is HRA is supposedly going to make a move of removing him from his position and replacing him with none other than Bully O’Brien.
The conservative HRA caucus, once headed by O’Brien, is now run by O’Brien’s Deputy Speaker Pamela Tucker, O’Brien confidant Rep. Al Baldasaro and Free Stater Rep. Carol McGuire.
Quandt, who was considering a challenge to O’Brien before he lost his seat in the 2012 election, says the coup could be successful. “I don’t think Gene has as many old guard Republicans in the House to back his play or defense against the Free Staters.”