Salt Lake County Republican Party Chairman Chad Bennion is facing some political heat.
Last week he told Reporter Brian Carlson he thinks the Salt Lake County District Attorney has an agenda against cops.
"Speaking to various different groups about his childhood and police brutality and injustice, I believe that that's coloring his decision as a D.A. in Salt Lake County," said Chad Bennion, Salt Lake County Republican Party Chairman.
Bennion is referencing Gill's ruling that West Valley police were not justified to shoot and kill Danielle Willard last November.
"He's coming down harder on law enforcement than he is on the criminals," said Bennion.
Now because of those comments party leaders are speaking out.
"I think even Chad has admitted that using term cop-hater was unfortunate, and that different language could've been used," said James Evans, Utah Republican Party Chairman.
A group calling themselves “Concerned Republicans” want Bennion out.
In an email sent out to politicians and media alike, they believe quote:
“Chairman Bennion's embarrassing, overly divisive, false, racist, and self-serving comments have significantly weakened the chances of getting a Republican elected to the office of Salt Lake County District Attorney and also likely has weakened the chances of getting Republicans elected to other offices in Salt Lake County;”
And they want it resolved:
“That the Salt Lake County Republican Party approves the removal of Chad Bennion from the office of Chairman of the Salt Lake County Republican Party.”
Longtime party member Lyle Decker believes that's going to be hard sell. He showed Reporter Brian Carlson the party bylaws, and said Republicans against Bennion would have to show cause that he harmed the party.
"I'm not certain that his private comments whether they were private or publicly made as a chair rise to the level of harming the party," said Lyle Decker, Salt Lake County Republican Central Committee member.
Decker has been with the party for 35 years. He tells Carlson the other element that makes it unlikely for Bennion to get voted out, is that county Republicans would need a two thirds majority of their Central Committee, that's roughly 800 people. Their next meeting is scheduled for September 19th.
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