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A sign of more tumult in Pasco GOP?

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December

Newly-elected precinct committeeman Bob Ryan, who was part of an attempt to oust Pasco County GOP boss Bill Bunting, expects to join the party's executive committee on Dec. 18.

But he's still waiting to get the notice of the meeting, which is required in the state party's rules to come no later than 10 days prior to the meeting. And the more he waits, the more he girds for a fight to join the ruling board.

There may be a reason. Ryan was among 27 precinct candidates that Bunting tried and failed to get kicked off the ballot for not providing him loyalty oaths this summer -- oaths they say he dodged accepting. They ultimately were sent to the state Republican Party, and officials said they were good to go.

Or not. Bunting, who will leave office, said this week the rules will be followed, but some people face challenges to being accepted onto the committee. But what gives with the notices? And Ryan's post, a term he began this month?

"You’ll be at the party meeting and you’ll see it," Bunting said today. Pressed again, he said, "I think you’ll have to be at the party meeting. We’re going to go around and around, you’re not going to get a different answer."

David DeCamp, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:42am]

    

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