Sussex County GOP Chair Refutes Headline In News Journal About Monday's Meeting

Apr 10, 2013 -- 10:46am

Sussex County Republican Party Chair John Rieley is refuting an article in Tuesday's edition of The News Journal, which said that the party approved a nonbinding resolution calling for the firing of state GOP Executive Director John Fluharty at its meeting Monday night in Georgetown.

According to the article, Fluharty, who's gay, attended a fundraiser last month in Wilmington for Equality Delaware, and publicly expressed his support for same-sex marriage. Both Rieley and state GOP Chair John Sigler say Fluharty was expressing his own personal opinion on his own time, outside of his official capacity with the party. Rieley says the party doesn't agree with Fluharty's position, and that he should've been more aware that his comments would be subject to public scrutiny. However, he says there is room in the party for differing views on different political issues, since the party isn't a completely homogenous organization.

Rieley says the resolution that was introduced at the meeting Monday night called for party employees to support the positions in the party's platform. He says the resolution has been referred to the county party's Resolution Committee for discussion, and if it's approved, will be released publicly ahead of the party's meeting next month, when they'll vote on it. Rieley says the News Journal's headline, which read "Fluharty ouster sought in vote," is "completely false."

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