More details released on Rees’ arrest

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 09:40 AM.

“It’s horrifying, but it’s a reminder that very creepy people look just like the rest of us,” Gaetz said. “It’s a reminder to keep our guard up.”

Jim Anders, the chairman of the Walton County Republican Executive Committee, said he was “as surprised as everyone else to hear about Lane’s arrest.”

He said he spoke to Brenda Rees and learned she also was shocked to hear the allegations.

Anders said the county’s GOP executive committee will meet April 15. Its members can decide at that time to meet in special session 10 days later to decide whether it will seek to vote Rees off the committee.

A two-thirds vote of the committee is required to remove a member, Anders said.

The Republican Party of Florida also can take action against Rees if it decides to do so, a party official said.

“According to RPOF rules, the executive board has the authority to remove someone from holding a party office. It’s merely a question of if there is a desire to do so,” said the official, who did not want to be identified. “No decision has been made yet.”

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