Deschamps gets another term as Mont. GOP chairman
Will Deschamps has been re-elected to a third two-year term as party chairman by Montana Republicans, but the vice-chair changed hands and went to a favorite of conservatives.
Lee Newspapers of Montana reports that delegates at the Republican Party state officers' convention selected Sen. Jennifer Fielder of Thompson Falls on Saturday and ousted Rep. Christy Clark of Choteau.
A split in the Republican ranks grew during the legislative session and carried over to the convention. One side calls itself the "Responsible Republicans," while conservatives contend moderate members aren't representing constituents when they work with Democrats.
The party is coming off election losses in key statewide offices topped by disappointments in the governor and U.S. Senate races last year.
Deschamps says it's time to "fix up our bruises" and work together.