New Utah chairman: Republican Party in more debt than he thought

Rob Anderson, Utah Republican chairman

(KUTV) The new chairman of the Utah Republican Party says the party's debt situation is worse than he thought.

Rob Anderson, who was elected chairman Saturday after defeating incumbent James Evans, told 2News the state party's debt sits at more than $400,000.

"I'm a little concerned," said Anderson. He said the GOP had not yet paid May's rent at its headquarters, among other unpaid bills.

Anderson confirmed the party laid off communications director Cindie Quintana as part of an effort to cut costs.

"As soon as I can retire the debt, I will," Anderson said, although he did not have a timeline for making that happen.

The party is facing another imminent expense as delegates in the third congressional district will meet to narrow down the candidates seeking to replace Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Anderson said that will take place at a school and will be run as cheaply as possible.

"We can't throw money around," he said.

Evans, the former chairman, was criticized for allowing the party's debt to balloon while legally challenging SB54, the law that allows Republican candidates to bypass the convention system and gather signatures to get on the primary ballot.

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