Debates continue over Utah Republican Chairman James Evan’s suggestion that candidates be vetted and charged a fee as a way to get around Senate Bill 54. On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2015_04_23_324_32798_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program</a>, Utah Republican Senator Curt Bramble weighed in on the brewing controversy.
“Chairman Evans at the Utah County Republican Convention last Saturday did say that if a candidate did refuse to comply with the dictates of the party that their membership would be removed. But if they dropped out as a candidate they could come back as a general member.
“I think he may have been speaking off the cuff, spontaneous. He has to go through the central committee and other things. But I think Chairman Evans is really interested in seeing that there is a Republican brand in an election that at least has some connection to the Republican Party.”
Bramble said he supports that notion. But he said the question is, is that something that is actionable to remove party membership? As a candidate, he said it is appropriate for him to say that he supports the platform but he does not feel it is appropriate for the party to say, “if you don’t meet certain criteria your membership as a candidate could be taken away.”
Bramble is president of the National Conference of State Legislators.