Park County tea partier survives leadership vote

By: AP
By: AP

Cody, WY (AP) - A tea party member of the Park County GOP has survived a mainstream Republican effort to oust him from leadership.

Bob Berry's membership on the party's executive committee was unsuccessfully challenged during a meeting Monday night because of his opposition to the area's longtime state senator, Hank Coe, to step down.

Berry's phone number appeared in an advertisement calling for people to sign a petition asking Coe to resign. Berry and other tea party members are upset about Coe's efforts to strip power from schools superintendent Cindy Hill.

Park County Republican Terry Hinkle told the Casper-Star Tribune that Berry is focusing more on the tea party than his responsibilities to the GOP.

Wyoming's tea party membership, as a percentage of the population, is the second highest in the nation.

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