Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Dendahl, Domenici Patch Up Rift.(New Mexico)

Byline: Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer

GOP Chairman Apologizes to Party

New Mexico Republican Party chairman John Dendahl and the Republican members of the state's congressional delegation have resolved a bitter rift that threatened to split the party.

Sen. Pete Domenici and Reps. Joe Skeen and Heather Wilson called for Dendahl's resignation earlier this month after he spoke out publicly in support of drug law reform.

After two weeks of discussions with the delegation members and their chiefs of staff, Dendahl sent an apologetic letter.

"It just finally occurred to me that a letter clearing the air might be useful in burying the hatchet," Dendahl said in an interview Thursday. …

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