CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming Republicans will choose this weekend whether their new state chairman should be their party’s state vice chairwoman or a Casper radio personality.
Tammy Hooper and Brian Gamroth are both running to succeed outgoing Wyoming GOP chairwoman Diana Vaughan. Party leadership elections will be held Saturday in Jackson.
Gamroth, who’s hosted K2 radio’s morning show since the mid-1990s as Brian Scott, announced Wednesday that he’s running to become state chairman.
As party chairman, Gamroth said, he would push for the Republican Party to do a better job of educating voters about its beliefs and candidates.
He also said he would work to ensure that Republican elected officials represent the ideals of their party, pointing to some Republican state lawmakers who proposed tax increases during the recent legislative session. If they don’t represent the GOP platform, he said, the party can do anything from “giving them a stern talking to” to withholding campaign contributions.
“I think we need to get back to the very foundations, the very basics, of what the Republican Party is, and re-educate our leadership, re-educate our legislators, and instill in the voters that we know who we are and what we are going forward,” Gamroth said.
Gamroth unsuccessfully bid to be appointed by former Gov. Dave Freudenthal to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., in the summer of 2007.
Hooper, who declined last month to run for re-election as chairwoman of the Albany County Republicans, said she would work to educate voters, articulate the Republican message, and help out local party officials and organizers around the state.
The role of the Wyoming Republican Party, the Laramie resident said, should be to raise money for GOP candidates across the state.
“I’m willing to work hard, and I have worked hard for the party,” Hooper said.
Asked about the differences between him and Hooper, Gamroth said he was the more conservative of the two. While they likely agree on “95 percent” of issues, he said, he and Hooper had “philosophical differences” about the role of the state chairman and on political issues.
Hooper said that came as a surprise to her, as the two have never talked with each other about their political stances.
During the state GOP’s central committee meeting on Saturday, party officials will also vote whether their new vice chairman should be Platte County Republican Party Chairman Paul Miner or former Laramie County Republican Party Chairman Dicky Shanor.
Fremont County Committeewoman Darlene Vaughan so far has no competition for state party secretary.
The Wyoming Democrats are also holding leadership elections on Saturday in Casper. Interim party chairman Chuck Herz is so far running unopposed for a full term.