Celeste Greig, the Republican activist who said this spring that rape rarely results in pregnancy, has lost her position atop the California Republican Assembly, organizers of the conservative group said.
By an 84-78 vote, CRA members at a convention over the weekend selected John W. Briscoe, of Fountain Valley, to be president, said Aaron Park, the conservative blogger and CRA official who ran Briscoe's campaign.
Park faulted Greig for "embarrassing headlines" and shrinking membership in the decades-old CRA, and he said the group "took decisive action to change course."
Park said membership in the CRA, which Ronald Reagan once called the "the conscience of the Republican Party," has declined to "several thousand statewide." He declined to be more specific.
Greig did not immediately return a telephone call Monday for comment.
She suggested to a San Jose Mercury News reporter in the run-up to last month's California Republican Party convention that a woman is less likely to become pregnant if she is raped because "the body is traumatized." At the time, she was criticizing a Missouri U.S. Senate candidate who made a similar remark.
PHOTO CREDIT: Celeste Greig, then president of the California Republican Assembly, speaks to reporters at the California Republican Convention in San Diego on Friday, August 20, 2010. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee