The Colorado Republican Party, besieged by infighting for years, erupted again this week when chairman Steve House said he would resign, but then rescinded it, saying he had been "threatened" into stepping down.
Among those who sought House's resignation: Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, the Republican many believe helped House win the chairman's race in March against Ryan Call. Coffman endorsed House, while most establishment Republicans backed Call, who was seeking his third term as chairman.
House on Tuesday said when he met with Coffman on Monday, he was "surprised" that former Congressman Tom Tancredo and Becky Mizel, chairwoman of the Pueblo County Republican Party, were there. House said Tancredo confronted him about why he hadn't hired former Sen. Ted Harvey as his executive director. Also, House said he was told if he didn't resign, there was potential for litigation and his "affairs" with other women would be made public.
"No one should be bullied out of running for office or serving as a leader in our party," he said. "I am not only staying on as your chairman, but I am doubling down on my efforts to lead us to victory in 2016."
But others said House was never threatened, only confronted about his "bad decisions."
Coffman on Tuesday declined to comment.
"I am not going to comment on all the rumors and lies," she said. "This matter belongs in a confidential session with the party's executive committee, and that's where this is headed. It is a personnel matter, and I am attempting to honor a prescribed process."
Mizel and Tancredo — both of whom backed House's bid for chairman — also declined to comment.