Travis County GOP re-elects Dickey, unseats Morrow

The Travis County Republican Party re-elected James Dickey as chairman Tuesday night, unseating the controversial Robert Morrow, according to our partners at the Austin-American Statesman.

The Statesman reports Dickey won 97 percent of the votes while his competitor Brendan Steinhauser, an Austin political consultant, won 28 percent of the votes. Matt Lawrence, who isn't well known in the political realm, received two out of the 92 eligible voters. 

According to the Statesman, the debate showed there was still some strife among the top two contenders about supporting republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. 

When the time came to choose, Steinhauser said, "he could not in good conscience (vote for Donald Trump)." Dickey , however, asserted he was never a "never Trump" person because he felt the chairman needed to be a supporter of the party on all political levels.

Dickey was unseated by Robert Morrow last March during the party's primary, the Statesman reports. 

Consequently, Morrow's tenure was soiled after he put in a bid for President of the United States in August. The party said he violated a rule that forbids party chairs from running for another office while they are still in office.

Other members of the party added Dickey wasn't the best with financial management during his first tenure. He allegedly left the party with only $6,000, according to the Statesman. Nevertheless, Dickey admitted to the precinct chairs he had brought in $20,000 from three donors. He said the party could use the money to help with needs before the November election.

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