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8th Trumbull GOP leader quits

Robert Carr, Trumbull County Republican Party’s first vice chairman and briefly its interim chairman, will be the eighth party officer to resign in the past year.

Carr, whose resignation is effective Aug. 31, said two weeks ago that he would be quitting because his insurance and workers’ compensation business needs his attention and his volunteer work for the Republican Party is taking up too much time.

Party Chairman Michael Bollas, elected Aug. 4 to the position, said: “He has to concentrate on his business. This took too much time away from that.”

The party’s bylaws require its executive committee to select a successor within 30 days of Carr’s resignation.

A meeting will be held in compliance with the bylaws, Bollas said.

“It’s an issue for the next meeting,” he said.

This latest resignation will be the eighth time since last September that a Trumbull Republican Party officer quit before his or her term expired.

The most recent resignations were Kenneth Kline as chairman on July 17, followed two days later by his daughter, Gabrielle, as secretary. The two were elected to the positions at the party’s June 10 reorganization meeting though Kenneth Kline was initially elected in February 2020 to the unexpired term of Kevin Wyndham who resigned that month as chairman.

Carr served as interim chairman after Kline’s resignation until Bollas was elected Aug. 4. At that same Aug. 4 meeting, the party also filled three other vacancies — for secretary, treasurer and deputy treasurer.

As chairman, Kline faced criticism from some within the party for a lack of leadership.

The Klines said they resigned for personal reasons.

Five party officers resigned between last September and March, citing issues with Kenneth Kline’s leadership as the reason.

Jacquelyn Loges resigned effective Sept. 12 as first vice chairwoman, Lori Hineman left Oct. 15 as secretary and Barbara Rosier Tryon quit as treasurer effective Dec. 15.

Lynda Hall Chos, selected to replace Tryon as treasurer, resigned March 20. She wrote in her resignation letter that Kline “made no effort to bring (a March 17 officers) meeting to order” after she was “verbally attacked” by Marleah Campbell, who was elected secretary Aug. 4 to replace Gabrielle Kline.

Three days after Chos quit, Gregory Scerbo resigned as deputy treasurer — citing the “eruption and disruption” at the March 17 party officers meeting.

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