ITHACA, NY – Earlier this month, the Cornell Republicans broke with their party and endorsed Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson over Republican Donald Trump.

The retribution was swift: within a day of announcing their endorsement, the New York Federation of College Republicans (NYFCR) voted to remove the Cornell group from the organization.

It seems that the Cornell Republicans have come out on top after the scuffle, however. According to a report from the Cornell Daily Sun, soon after the Cornell Republicans filed an administrative appeal with the College Republican National Committee, the chair of the NYFCR, Eli Nachmany, resigned.

A statement from the group says that Nachmany resigned “to focus on getting our party’s nominee elected in November.”

The Cornell Republicans see it differently. Chair of the Cornell Republicans, Olivia Corn, told the Sun: “Make no mistake, Nachmany did not resign to help the Republican party: he resigned because he did not read the Federation’s constitution before he made a decision with massive ramifications. He jeopardized the 527 status of the federation by making his decision as a paid Trump staffer.”

Yesterday, the NYFCR’s new leadership announced that they had taken another vote, and had decided to officially reinstate the Cornell Republicans. The group did not have to retract their endorsement of Johnson.

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Michael Smith

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