Baton Rouge, La. ( Associated Press) — More than 200 Republican activists and elected officials have re-elected the GOP’s beleaguered chairman Louis Gurwich.
The vote tightens its grip on the party’s leadership ahead of the 2023 elections.
Republican State Central Committee votes 101-90 to re-elect Gurwich, The Advocate Reported.
Hours before Saturday’s vote, allegations emerged that Gurwich yelled at and abused a state GOP staff member, the newspaper reported. In his election, he faced challenge from party secretary Michael Behm.
Previewing his priorities as president, Gurwich supported the closed-party primaries, saying the party was going to “fight tooth and nail against the critical race principle”. The academic concept, which advances the idea that the racist history of the United States persists in its institutions, has emerged as a popular political target for conservatives, who claim it is being taught in schools.
The Advocate reported that most of the meeting focused on the dismal finances of the party. The latest campaign finance report filed by the Republican Party of Louisiana on January 10 shows $6,400 in the bank, though party treasurer Dexter Duhon said the party has raised $20,000 in recent weeks.
Gurwich said the party’s financial problems predated his election as president in 2018 and that the GOP had had strong fundraising in the past two months. The party raised $28,000 from members on Saturday.
Gurwich, who led the party to the next election for governor, acknowledged his narrow victory, saying the stakes were too great to turn the party into infighting.
“We are here to save a country, nothing less, make no mistake. Our enemies are powerful, they are driven by Marxist ideology,” Gurwich said. “I promise that I am here for all of you.”