The fact that the GOP central committee continues to support party chairman Randy Ruedrich is entirely fitting. It is clear to everyone that Mr. Ruedrich violated state ethics law and it is becoming increasingly clear that many high-level Alaskan Republicans routinely violate ethics standards and laws in order to retain their hold on power. We certainly shouldn't be expecting anyone in Gov. Murkowski's administration to ask for Mr. Ruederich's resignation. They have been too busy raising money to get President Bush re-elected.