College Republicans Officially Split With Formation of ‘National Federation of College Republicans’

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The College Republican National Committee (CRNC) has officially split, following the announcement of the formation of a ‘National Federation of College Republicans’.

The new National Federation currently has two members, the Texas Federation of College Republicans and the New York Federation of College Republicans, two of the largest and most conservative College Republican state federations, and was formed following a rigged election for state chairman of the CRNC. In a statement posted on Twitter, the National Federation invited “disaffected” College Republican state federations to align with their new entity, in order to “return our beloved organization to its founding principles and restores ethical leadership.”

However, the National Federation stressed that it was a purely interim body, and that free and fair leadership elections were planned at the “earliest possible date” to determine the ultimate board of the new entity. (READ MORE: Young Republicans To Trump: Put U.S. Jobs First And End H-1B, OPT)

The Texas and New York federations announced their decisions to leave the CRNC immediately after the election, and were joined by the Mississippi, Oregon and Florida federations, which have not yet announced their intent to join the new National Federation, but are expected to do so.  (READ MORE: Iowa State College Republicans Get Defederated By RINOs for Pro Second Amendment Tweet)

It remains to be seen whether the National Federation will also incorporate the Iowa Federation of College Republicans and California College Republicans, both of which were expelled from the CRNC in the past, and have since affiliated themselves with the nationalist Arizona-based College Republicans United (CRU) organization. The CRU has also stated that it has had an influx of interest following the implosion of the CRNC, with chapter-level groups approaching them and requesting to join.

Unlike the CRU, which takes a more aggressively anti-establishment stance, the National Federation is also understood to have the support of several state parties, including in New York and Arizona. Members of the Republican National Committee, including state party chairs, have the ability to credential the National Federation as the party’s new collegiate wing, should a majority of them agree to do so.