It's his second day on the job and Tom Fetzer, the newly elected state Republican Party chairman, is already taking shots at the Democrats.
In his first press conference, Fetzer called on the Democrats to cancel a June 26 legislative fundraiser that he said violates the spirit of ethics laws.
The fundraiser is a reception for state legislators, and tickets range from $50 for individuals to $1,000 for sponsor groups. State Democrats said the party hosts this reception annually to recognize senators and representatives.
Fetzer said hosting the reception while the legislature debates the budget invites the perception the Democrats are allowing interest groups to influence the process.
"This is wrong, the timing is wrong," Fetzer said. "The Democratic party needs to cancel this fundraiser."
State law prevents legislators from raising money from political action committees while the legislature is in session. It does not prohibit the party from raising money. Fetzer said the Democrats should wait until the end of the session like the Republicans.
"At the very least this creates the appearance of pay-to-play politics," he said in a statement.
Correction: A previous version of this post misstated fundraising restrictions on legislators.