Trouble in the GOP over chairman encouraging candidates for state committee
AL.com reports: An internecine battle is brewing in the Alabama Republican Party, which last month appointed a committee to investigate the large number of newcomers who challenged incumbents on the party's Executive Committee.
Some party members believe Chairman Bill Armistead improperly recruited candidates to run for party positions and surreptitiously accepted donations from the Alabama Education Association and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Armistead denies both allegations.
Political consultant Baron Coleman said he agreed, at Armistead's request in February, to run for a party seat from Lowndes County and to help recruit other candidates from across the state to oppose members from the "Mike Hubbard-Bob Riley wing" of the party.
"He had a list in front him -- all of the Executive Committee members," recalled Coleman, whose candidacy the party ultimately invalidated based on a residency issue. "He was trying to line up candidates to run against members who were not friendly to him." -- Questionable donations, allegations of improper candidate recruitment fuel Alabama GOP strife | AL.com