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Holcomb re-elected as GOP chairman

Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Eric Holcomb was re-elected last week during the first meeting of the State Central Committee following county and district reorganization.

Vice Chair Sandi Huddleston, Secretary Barb McClellan and Treasurer Peter Deputy were also re-elected.

“It is an honor to continue serving the Indiana Republican Party as chairman. I view this nonelection year as the most important year in the four-year cycle. This is the time when we invest and engage to ensure we have the best-trained volunteers and supporters armed with facts to win the debate, so when the time comes to get-out-the-vote, we are ready,” Holcomb said.

Gov. Mike Pence supported Holcomb’s leadership.

“A political party is not just about winning elections. It’s about identifying quality candidates for public office, organizing at the local level, engaging the public, and offering a compelling vision of how to better our state in the years to come,” he said.

“That’s why I asked Eric, and the entire executive committee, to remain at the helm of the Indiana Republican Party. I have confidence in their integrity and the success of our entire Republican team under their leadership.”

Easy come, easy go

The Allen County Democratic Party raised $72,219 in 2012 and spent all but $5,673 of it, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Allen County Election Board. It began the year with $5,120 on hand.

The Allen County Republican Central Committee, meanwhile, began the year with $23,546 and raised $154,183 more. Though it spent $163,620 – more than twice as much as the Democrats – its fundraising prowess let it end the year with $14,108.

Republicans spent nearly $39,000 on catering, more than $26,000 on rent for their headquarters, and more than $10,000 on printing costs.

Allen GOP women

The Allen County Republican Women’s Club had a full day at the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday, arriving at the Capitol following a 5:30 a.m. departure time from Fort Wayne.

The busload of women – along with several kids serving as pages, a few men and a few liberals – attended committee hearings, enjoyed boxed lunches in the atrium and watched the House and Senate in session.

The highlight, though, was a tour of the Governor’s residence, where they met First Lady Karen Pence.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, also spoke to the group, which received a tour of the Statehouse and ended the day meeting Gov. Mike Pence (and taking a group photo with him).

The group then had dinner and was back in Fort Wayne by bedtime.

Pricey reception

People will pay as much as $13,000 to attend an April 22 campaign fundraising reception for U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., will be the featured guest. Cantor will be the keynote speaker later that day at the Allen County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

According to an invitation to the fundraiser, hosts will pay $13,000 and sponsors $2,600. Suggested individual contributions are $1,000.

Judging by the invitation, Stutzman – up for re-election to a third full term in 2014 – already has raised more than $100,000 well in advance of the party. Six people or couples are listed as hosts, and 10 more are listed as sponsors.

Dan Stockman of The Journal Gazette contributed to this column.

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