AR GOP Wants Independent Audit

October 21, 2003.  Posted at 7:37 AM CDT  --

LITTLE ROCK, AR  --Republican state legislators want an independent audit of state party records.

And party officials say they'll tell party chairman Marty Ryall to resign or work without pay. The developments came amid a Federal Election Commission investigation that party leaders have acknowledged likely will result in fines.

Party leaders last week said the party's Victory 2000 Committee is the focus of the investigation.

The state Republican steering committee plans to meet tomorrow about concerns over party operations.

One member of that committee, Peggy Jeffries, says Ryall has been informed of his options.

Ryall, however, said he had NOT been told about the option and did NOT plan to resign. Ryall was the party's executive director from March 2001 to December 2002.

He has served as a full-time, salaried chairman since June 2002.

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