California Republican lawmakers oust Chad Mayes over climate-deal rift

SACRAMENTO — In a leadership shakeup linked to last month’s bipartisan climate deal, Assembly Republicans on Thursday voted in a closed-door meeting to replace Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes with their colleague Brian Dahle, a farmer from Lassen County.

State party leaders took the unusual step last week of calling for his replacement, a motion brought by Republican National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon, a San Francisco lawyer who accused Mayes of trying to make the state party “Democrat lite.”

“I’m relieved — I won’t call it a victory or a celebration — that the struggle has come to an end in a positive way, with a unanimous vote,” Dhillon said Thursday afternoon.

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