Chuck Gray Faces Some GOP Resistance For Secretary Of State
Tom Morton, Townsquare Media
After winning the Republican primary, Chuck Gray of Casper, Wyoming has some folks in Cheyenne scrambling for alternatives.
Mr. Cale Case, R-Lander called out Gray for not trusting in the state's election process.
'I believe strongly that the Republican Party must unite around the shared principles of historic conservatism especially at this time in our nation’s history,' Winters said in Cowboy State Daily op-ed Thursday. 'It is for this reason that I am calling for all Republicans to unite around our Republican nominee, Chuck Gray, and for that matter, the entire Republican ticket, following the primary.' (Cowboy State Daily).
Mr. Case tried and failed to “draft” Nathan Winters, executive director of Family Policy of Alliance as a write-in candidate against Chuck Gray in the general elections. Winters said no.
Now some key staffers are leaving the Secretary Of State's office over Grey's victory. The most recent is Kai Schon, state elections director.
'It’s time for me to start looking for other opportunities and I would appreciate your continued support in this next venture,' Schon said in his LinkedIn post.
The Wyoming Legislative Committee is now drafting a bill to strip the secretary of State of election oversight,
Once again it's State Rep.R-Cheyenne, leading the charge. He is the chair of the Corporations, Elections, and Political Subdivisions Committee. The committee supported drafting the bill with a 7-3 vote.
'We do have a 2024 election coming up that is going to be very contentious and I do have some concern that the most likely person who will be our chief elections officer, Secretary of State, has alleged that there may be nefarious activities in the ballot box in Wyoming, which I don’t agree exists,' Zwonitzer said during the meeting. 'I think our elections are secure, probably more than any other state in this country.' (Cowboy State Daily).
Chuck Gray fought for election reform to "secure elections" in Wyoming. He has been very vocal about his doubts about Wyoming's election security.
The Secretary Of State cannot change election procedures. He enforces them. Gray said that as secretary he would lobby the house and senate for changes.