Posted: Jun 7, 2013 7:26 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
BOZEMAN - Republicans from all over Montana are gathered in Bozeman this weekend for their annual Convention.
This Convention comes at a time when division in the Republican Party is at its peak. Conservative Republicans and moderate Republicans have been butting heads over policy and politics.
So as the events of the weekend unfold we can expect to see this rift trickle into the elections of Party leadership.
Republicans will elect a Chair and Vice Chair. But Party officials hope they will be able to keep the discussion open and civil.
"And that's one of the best ways to settle a socially difficult situation, when you have a division. This is a chance for folks to get together in an informal setting and just chat. There are no bills going on, no hearings going on. You don't have to be giving a speech or listening to testimony. You can just talk about what your positions are and what you really want to see happen. This is a lower stress environment that I will hope lead to better relationships between folks," Bowen Greenwood, Montana Republican Party Executive Director.
We will also hear speeches from the two Republican candidates who have announced their bid for US Senate: Corey Stapleton and Champ Edmunds. Congressman Steve Daines will also speak.
One thing we'll be watching is whether or not these statewide candidates aim their speeches at one side of the Party or the other?
Or will they attempt to bring unity to a Party which is splintered.