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ASU College Republican responsible for viral letter to Democrats resigns

Former Vice President of ASU College Republicans James Malone apologizes in front of other members Wednesday for a letter he sent to Democratic lawmakers earlier this month that mentioned how hard the organization had worked to ensure they were not re-elected.
Former Vice President of ASU College Republicans James Malone apologizes in front of other members Wednesday for a letter he sent to Democratic lawmakers earlier this month that mentioned how hard the organization had worked to ensure they were not re-elected.

Former Vice President of ASU College Republicans James Malone apologizes in front of other members Wednesday for a letter he sent to Democratic lawmakers earlier this month that mentioned how hard the organization had worked to ensure they were not re-elected. Former Vice President of ASU College Republicans James Malone apologizes in front of other members Wednesday for a letter he sent to Democratic lawmakers earlier this month that mentioned how hard the organization had worked to ensure they were not re-elected. (Emily Johnson/ The State Press)

ASU College Republicans announced Wednesday that vice president James Malone had resigned after sending an unapproved letter to Democratic members of the state Legislature.

President Nathan Brown said he had appointed a new vice president, who will hold the office until a new election can take place.

“James (Malone) decided to resign from our board, and I am appointing Annie Warren as vice president for 15 days as is allowed by the constitution,” Brown said.

Malone attended the meeting and apologized for his actions to the organization.

“I apologize for sending out the letter without club approval and also sorry if it caused any embarrassment to the club and hope we can move on from here,” he said.

Brown said the organization now has 15 days to prepare a vote for an officially elected vice president and Warren was the best person to hold the interim position due to her brilliance and her concern with conservative libertarian views at ASU.

“Any paid general member who has been to at least two meetings can run for the vice president position,” Brown said.

The organization passed a resolution defining polite public discourse which stemmed from the letter sent by Malone.

“This is something we have been upholding for quite sometime,” Brown said. “The letter was a mistake and unapproved by our board, and we want to re-establish the norm that we expect.”

Reach the reporter at jshanco2@asu.edu or on follow @joey_hancock on Twitter.

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