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GOP Chair Fires Party Director

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The leader of the Utah Republican Party fired the executive director, but he predicts the exile will be temporary.

"I was told to just ride it out, and (party leaders) say they will make sure I'm back in," Jeff Hartley said.

Party Chairwoman Enid Greene said she fired Hartley because of money woes. She will give up her job in June.

"He was and had been spending far too much money," Greene said.

Greene became GOP chair in November after Joe Cannon resigned before becoming editor of the Deseret Morning News.

"I was told that the party was $180,000 in debt," she said. "But come February, suddenly it jumped to double that."

Hartley acknowledged that debts grew.

"That's because we didn't have all of the invoices" in November for work done on behalf of Republican candidates, he said.

Hartley called his termination a "personal, petty, mean, vindictive act."

------ Information from: Deseret Morning News.

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