YAKIMA, Wash. — One of the architects of the Ron Paul coup at the Yakima County Republican Convention last year has been named state chairwoman of the Republican Liberty Caucus.

Sandy Belzer Brendale of Yakima was elected by caucus members to chair the conservative group, which calls itself “the conscience of the Republican Party” on its website. The state chapter was formed late in the 2012 election cycle by Republican activists who opposed the perceived centrist policies of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

At the Yakima County Republican Convention last summer, Brendale led a coalition of Republicans opposed to Romney in a parliamentary coup that earned Ron Paul more delegates to the state Republican Convention even though Romney easily won the county caucuses earlier in 2012.

Brendale will make her first public appearance as chairwoman at the Republican Liberty Caucus’ state kickoff event Jan. 26 at the downtown Yakima Howard Johnson Hotel.

• This item has been updated to correct that the Jan. 26 event is a state kickoff for the Republican Liberty Caucus.