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Bill Bunting, Mr. GOP in Pasco, faces mutiny



Bill Bunting, who is known for playing hard ball, is living up to his reputation. Pascoc_gopcha_2325128_4


Eight years ago, he was bounced out of the Republican Party of Pasco County for infighting. He returned as chairman in 2002 and leads the state party's gun-rights bloc, serving as a go-to person for major candidates.

But now he's in a dogfight, with his own power on the line. In June, Bunting, 67, began running to oust longtime state committeeman John Renke II — prompting an unusual campaign featuring a slick mailer and robo-calls to absentee voters in the Aug. 26 primary.

But a band of disaffected neighbors in Beacon Woods, organized by Dan Meahl, posed a different challenge. They want Bunting and his wife, Ann, a party leader, voted out of their precinct leadership posts. It's a rare procedural move that would make Bunting ineligible to run the Pasco Republican Party.(story here)

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:02am]


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