- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

DELTA, Colorado (AP) - Colorado GOP Party Chairman Steve House plans to meet with Delta County Committee Chairwoman Linda Sorenson after party members complained she was taking sides in a party primary race, which is a violation of party rules.

The latest criticism comes after a photo that compared President Barack Obama to a chimpanzee appeared on her web page. Party officials said the photo was posted by hackers.

Party members say Sorenson has been urging people to vote for U.S. Senate candidate Daryl Glenn, even though six Republicans are competing for the right to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in the June 28 Republican primaries.

Under the rules, officials of state and local parties, including their leaders, are not allowed to endorse one primary candidate over another.

Sorenson could not be reached for comment because her phone was disconnected and her Facebook page was taken down, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported (https://tinyurl.com/hpvnhuk).

Matt Soper, an active Republican in Delta County, said he was concerned when he saw a Facebook posting urging people to vote for Glenn.

“Because the party has rules prohibiting officers from endorsing candidates in contested primary races … I did talk to other members of the party to confirm whether the posting would constitute a breach of the party rules,” said Soper, a former Orchard City council member who has managed numerous GOP political campaigns.

House has denounced the use of a racist meme, but he hasn’t called for Sorenson’s resignation.

“I’ll meet with leadership there and elected officials, and we’ll look at the situation for what it is,” House said. “I do not believe she should have had that stuff on her Facebook page.”

House also said the party is not racist.

“The Republican Party itself, we’re anti-racism every day of the week,” House said. “But if there are racial insensitivities out there, we need to bring them up, we need to talk about them, we need to make sure everyone is educated about it, and then we need to go forward. Burying our heads in the sand or not talking about it is not going to help anybody. There’s no room for racism in our party.”

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.com


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