Wednesday, September 6, 2017

UPDATE: El Paso County GOP worker resigns citing "lack of fundraising"

Posted By on Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 12:04 PM

We received this missive that further explains the GOP situation:

Dear El Paso GOP Executive Committee,

I would like to follow up on Susan’s email from earlier today because it appears to have caused great confusion. To start with, I would like to thank Susan on behalf of the El Paso GOP for her service over the last number of months. Her contributions have been very valuable.

The El Paso GOP is on solid financial ground, and any rumors to the contrary are false and unfounded. As of today, the EPCGOP has enough funds to suffice through the 2018 Caucus and Assembly with no additional fundraising. Typically, the EPCGOP hosts an event in the fall which raises additional funds which could cover additional expenses such as increased staff for caucus/assembly. The next Chairperson will have the ultimate say in what events are run, but volunteers are already working a number of potential fundraising opportunities.

As it appears members of the Executive Committee are actively contacting the media about party issues, please refer all media inquiries to me as the official spokesman of the EPCGOP. I am the only person authorized to speak with the media on behalf of the EPCGOP at this time, and I will make myself available to any reporter who has questions. I can be reached at or (719)213-3428 with any questions.

Thank you for your support of the El Paso County GOP, and I look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming Executive Committee meeting.

Eli Bremer
Spokesman, El Paso County Republican Party 
————ORIGINAL POST 12:04 P.M. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2017————

On Sept. 1, we reported that Trevor Dierdorff resigned as chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, citing a desire to spend more time with his family and business.

However, now we learn that Dierdorff didn't quite turn out to be the rainmaker his fellow party members thought he would be.

The county party's office manager, Susan Dahlby, resigned today, Sept. 6, sending an email to the Executive Committee saying this:
Effective immediately I am resigning my position as Office Manager. My last paycheck was 25 August 2017. Due to the lack of fundraising on the part of Chairman Trevor Dierdorff, I can no longer in good conscience accept a paycheck from the El Paso County Republican Party. The current funds need to be allocated to upcoming meetings, caucus preparations and monthly expenses.

With great regret ,

I am respectfully yours,

Susan Dahlby
click to enlarge Dierdorff: Resigned last week. - COURTESY EL PASO COUNTY GOP
  • Courtesy El Paso County GOP
  • Dierdorff: Resigned last week.
This is an odd turn of events, considering Dierdorff said this in his resignation letter:
Since being elected in February, I cut our operational expenses by 50% over last year and the party will have the financial resources to pay our bills through the caucus, so my successor will be able to focus on the 2018 election immediately. I am happy to leave that legacy, though I had hoped to do more.
The county GOP's most recent finance report filed with the Colorado Secretary of State's Office covers the period from Oct. 31, to Dec. 3, 2016, and shows cash on hand of $158.93.

The next report is due in December.

We first reached out to Daniel Cole, who's provided consultant services in communications for the party. He says he's "not in a position to comment" and couldn't address the funding shortage because, "I don't have access to the party's bank account."

We then called the local GOP headquarters and were told that no officers were around. "It's just us volunteers here," the person on the other end of the line said.

If we hear back from someone authorized to speak on behalf of the county party, we'll circle back with an update.

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