Republican Party Fight

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El Paso County's Republican chairman wants 13 party officials to resign.

That's because they publicly supported a write-in candidate over Republican Douglas Bruce in the November election.

The 13 officials have until Thursday to give up their posts voluntarily. If they don't, the party will begin hearings to consider removing them.

Bruce is a longtime anti-tax activist and the author of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. During his race for the District 2 El Paso County Commission seat, some GOP leaders put their support behind write-in candidate Bob Null.

Party bylaws say party officials can be removed for publicly supporting a candidate opposing the Republican nominee in a general election.

County GOP chairman Lee Gilbert says the action doesn't represent a rift in the party but is an attempt to remind officials that they must stand together.