Gurvich retains Louisiana GOP chairmanship with 101-90 vote

January 19, 2022 GMT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louis Gurvich has been re-elected chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party, fending off a challenge from party secretary Michael Bayham.

Gurvich won re-election Saturday with a 101-90 vote of the Republican State Central Committee, The Advocate reported. More than 200 Republican activists and elected officials attended the Baton Rouge meeting.

Bayham had criticized Gurvich’s leadership, noting that there have been four executive directors in three years. He was backed by businessman and GOP 2019 gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone and a some state lawmakers, including state Rep. Lance Harris, who attempted to unseat Gurvich last year. Rispone said the state party is lagging its GOP counterparts in other states in fund raising under Gurvich.

Gurvich said he wouldn’t let a “wealthy businessman wrest control” of the state party. And he said Bayham had consulted for Jay Dardenne, a Republican who serves as Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards’ chief budget officer.