Kim Tran resigns from SD Republican Central Committee
The 2010 candidate for City Council today resigned her position on the San Diego County Republican Party’s Central Committee citing a rift with chairman Tony Krvaric.
Tran, who ran against the Republican nominee Lorie Zapf in the District 6 primary, sent the letter of resignation to Krvaric via email. Although she lost the city council race in the June election (Zapf and Democrat Howard Wayne made it to a November run-off), Tran was elected separately to the central committee.
“I did not seek election to the Central Committee to be your puppet,” Tran writes in her resignation letter to Krvaric. “I ran so I could help restore what was once a vibrant, ethically based volunteer organization that fought for smaller government and the rights of the people.”
Tran says in her letter that he resignation was prompted by what she says was a plan by Krvaric to “get rid” of her after the election because she refused to drop out the District 6 race.
In July, Assembly candidate and ex-officio central committee member Derrick Roach formally asked Krvaric to remove Tran from her position for that very reason. A vote was scheduled but ultimately tabled.
“Please do not mistake this resignation as my retreat from the political arena, as that could not be further from the truth,” she writes. “I will merely wait for the Central Committee membership and donors to rise from their slumber and realize how ineffective, unethical and tyrannical the committee has become under your leadership.”
The committee’s bylaws state that, in the event of a resignation, the committee will elect a replacement at its next meeting.
Asked for a response, Krvaric (who seemed to be expecting our call) simply said, “We’re focused on defeating Democrats in November.”
Download Tran’s letter here.