Abilene downtown hotel project causes divide among Taylor County Republican Party

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TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Taylor County Republican Party is divided over Abilene’s downtown hotel project, with many members publicly disagreeing with a newsletter that asks them to vote ‘no’ on the hotel. 

Republican Party President Winston Ohlhausen sent the letter out Wednesday, penned by party member ‘Amanda’. At the top of the letter, Olhausen included the following message: “Folks this is just one of many local business owners and Republicans that have spoken out.”

In the letter, Amanda alleges, “It is NOT the city’s place to get involved financially in business. Furthermore, it is not fair to the local business owners who own hotels to have to compete with a city-backed and built downtown hotel.”

Wednesday afternoon, other Taylor County Republican Party members spoke out against Ohlhausen’s endorsement of Amanda’s message, saying they do support the downtown hotel project and that this isn’t representative of the entire party’s thinking. 

A social media post from party member Kevin Halliburton reads in part, “I want to make it crystal clear that this conservative, Taylor County, resident Republican strongly disagrees with the anti-hotel letter drafted by a non-Taylor County resident and sent out by a handful of Taylor County Republican Party members on the party letterhead yesterday.”

KTAB and KRBC are discussing this matter with Taylor County Republican Party members on both sides of the issue and will update this report throughout the day.

Stick with BigCountryHomepage for the latest information. 

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