The Republican Study Committee of Colorado lost another member today — state Rep. Kathleen Conti, who joined 10 House legislators who quit the ultra conservative club earlier this week. The exodus followed a House Republican Caucus meeting on Monday night when legislators rebelled against the RSCC for having characterized House Speaker Frank McNulty, Majority Leader Amy Stephens and other GOP lawmakers as RINOs (Republicans in name only).
In an attempt to thwart the uprising, state Rep. Chris Holbert vowed to persuade his fellow RSCC executive board members to cease and desist. Holbert blamed the RINO insults on RSCC Executive Director Rich Bratten. But, sources said that most of the GOP legislators pondered whether the architect of the attacks was retired Sen. Dave Schultheis, RSCC treasurer and founder.