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Republican Party aims to remove Councilman Corbin from Party

PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:23 am
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Effort aims to remove C.P. councilman from party post
Local Republicans file petition, complaint about Corbin's support of Uran

CROWN POINT | Local Republicans' resentment regarding Crown Point Councilman Bob Corbin's support of Democratic Mayor-elect David Uran still smolders more than a month after the election.

Crown Point Republican City Chairman John Moos said Monday he filed a motion to remove Corbin as a party precinct committeeman.

"You got the right to vote and support who you want, but not when you're an elected official of the party," Moos said.
Moos filed a complaint seeking Corbin's removal on the grounds of "gross misconduct affecting the party organization."

Moos said the complaint was filed on behalf of petitioners who were upset with Corbin's support of Uran. Moos said he fielded numerous phone calls and was presented with a petition with 18 signatures asking for Corbin's removal.

Corbin inflamed local Republicans when he staked a large Uran political sign in front of his South Court Street home and openly declared support for the Democrat in the November election.

Corbin ran unopposed for the Fifth District council seat in the general election after beating Bryan Bodamer in the primary.

"No one's spoken to me about it, nor have they presented me with a copy of anything that's been filed," Corbin said Monday. "If such a request is made, I'll address it at the time."

The petition was filed with Peter Thayer, secretary of the Lake County Republican Central Committee. It was forwarded to Lake County Republican Chairman John Curley for consideration. Curley said he received it in the mail Saturday.

Curley said he has 30 days to either dismiss the complaint or schedule a hearing of three members of the county committee to consider Corbin's removal. Any removal would require a two-thirds vote of the hearing board.

"I won't act on it until I speak to all parties concerned," Curley said.

BY MARISA KWIATKOWSKI
mkwiatkowski@nwitimes.com
219.662.5333
Date posted online: Tuesday, December 11, 2007