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Controversial GOP chair resigns

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Linda Sorenson has resigned as chair of the Delta County Republican Central Committee, but her exit raised more questions from local party members trying to get a handle on her controversial Facebook posts.

Sorenson met with the party's accountability committee June 30 to discuss the circumstances surrounding a Facebook "like" that was strongly criticized locally and nationally as racist. The committee also explored allegations that Sorenson had made statements concerning local and state political candidates that were less than objective, in violation of the committee's bylaws.

After the meeting, Sorenson issued a statement to the media:

"After meeting with the accountability committee this evening, Sheriff McKee recommended I resign.

"I resign my position of Delta County chairman as of 7:45 p.m. June 30, 2016."

That short statement prompted another meeting of the accountability committee, to clarify that McKee did not recommend she resign. After Sorenson offered to resign, committee members report, "Sheriff McKee answered that he would support her decision to resign and then made it clear that he was not speaking for the accountability committee.

"At that point Mrs. Sorenson stated that she would resign and left the meeting without giving the rest of the committee an opportunity to comment. At no time did any member of the accountability committee (including Sheriff McKee) suggest or recommend that Mrs. Sorenson resign her chair position. We, the Delta County Republican accountability committee, had neither the charge, nor the authority to ask for, nor recommend resignation to anyone.

"Today, July 2, 2016, after having time to consider Mrs. Sorenson's resignation, we the Delta County Republican accountability committee agree with and support Mrs. Sorenson's decision to resign from the Delta Republican chair position."

Sorenson's replacement was expected to be one of several items on the agenda for the July 5 meeting of the Delta County Republican Central Committee, which meets monthly. A standing vacancy committee is already in place.

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