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Election Night 2016

Supporters cheer as Donald Trump’s win in Florida is announced during the Natrona County GOP election night party at the Black Gold Grille in Casper two years ago. The Wyoming Republican Party is investigating an internal dispute between two officials.

File, Star-Tribune

CHEYENNE — The Wyoming Republican Party is investigating an “alleged dispute” between party secretary Charles Curley and Executive Director Kristi Wallin, Chairman W. Frank Eathorne said Tuesday.

“There is an alleged dispute between our secretary and our executive director,” Eathorne said. “With the investigation ongoing, that’s all I can say.”

Curley and Wallin both declined to comment.

Eathorne said that because party operations are governed by the central committee, composed of representatives from across the state, no action can be unilaterally taken in resolving disputes. He said that there were witnesses to the incident in question and that once the investigation was complete, the central committee would be able to act according to set rules of procedure.

“We’ll have more information forthcoming,” Eathorne said. “We want the public to know we’re following due diligence and will be very transparent.”

Wallin is a paid staff member of the party while Curley was elected secretary by party members.

The nature of the dispute remains unclear. Rep. Marti Halverson, R-Etna, who serves as national committeewoman for the state party, said, “I only know what I’ve heard.”

Asked what she had heard, Halverson declined to comment.

Eathorne estimated the investigation would be complete, and the state party would begin adjudicating the dispute, within 24 hours.

“There are people that are interested and want to see justice and that’s our interest as well,” he said.

Wallin has had a long career in Wyoming politics, working for past U.S. Sens. Malcolm Wallop and Al Simpson and current Sen. John Barrasso. She has also worked as a development officer for the University of Wyoming Foundation, according to a short biography on the Wyoming Humanities website.

According to his personal website, Curley is a lobbyist for the libertarian Wyoming Liberty Group. However, the group says he hasn't worked for them for two years. He was first elected party secretary in 2015.


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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