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Republican Convention

An elephant covered in campaign stickers welcomes guests to the 2016 Wyoming GOP Convention at the Parkway Plaza in Casper.

File, Star-Tribune

CHEYENNE — The Cheyenne Police Department is investigating an alleged assault that took place Feb. 23 between the Wyoming Republican Party executive director and party secretary.

Details of the incident that occurred at the Wyoming Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Legislator Appreciation Dinner could not be released pending further investigation, said Public Information Officer Kevin Malatesta.

Malatesta said that police did not respond to the incident but that within the last week an individual filed a report with the police.

The Wyoming Republican Party released more information Wednesday about the alleged altercation between party secretary Charles Curley and party executive director Kristi Wallin that took place in late February.

“Immediately after receiving a complaint by WYGOP Executive Director Kristi Wallin, several executive members of the party were notified,” according to a party press release. “Eyewitnesses were identified and interviewed.”

Party Chairman W. Frank Eathorne said in a statement: “State party executive members took immediate action upon receiving the complaint of a dispute. Then, steps were taken to effectively eliminate further contact between the involved parties.”

While Eathorne confirmed Tuesday that an incident had occurred between Wallin and Curley, he said he could not release more information due to libel laws. Both Wallin and Curley declined to comment earlier this week.


State Politics Reporter

Arno Rosenfeld covers state politics including the Legislature and Wyoming’s D.C. delegation, focusing especially on the major issues facing the Cowboy State like economic diversification and what it means to be the most conservative state in the nation.

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