An interesting intra-party fight has developed between some Republicans in Haywood County and the North Carolina Party leadership.
Our friend Brant Clifton at the Daily Haymaker has all the details and I urge you to check it out for insight into the sometimes-strained relationships between local ground troops and the party state leaders.
But, essentially, some of the Haywood County GOP folks want to censure a County Commissioner - a fellow Republican.
Leaders of the local and state party are trying to prevent that from happening.
From Clifton's write-up:
We’re in the middle of the primary election season. These times are all about internal debates / discussions between party members as they chart the direction of and craft an agenda for their parties. Yet, it appears the NCGOP hierarchy – including The Pope himself — is enforcing a ban on public criticism of GOP officials by GOP activists.
A Haywood County precinct chairman, Eddie Cabe, wanted to know if there was an order from the state party not to censure fellow Republicans.
From NC GOP Chairman, Claude Pope's reply:
It’s time we had a little “prayer meeting”, as we say down in these parts.
Regardless of the County Chairman’s best efforts, there will always be a group of individuals with a bee in their bonnet and a bent toward negative criticism, disruption, and ultimately destruction of the very organization that seeks to turn out the vote and elect Republicans at the local level. Most of the criticism seems to derive from those who have some sort of “purity” notion, or in come cases a “holier than thou” approach – both of which are ineffective and impractical when it comes to actually winning elections – and the bottom line is – we’ll never “govern” if we don’t win elections.
In my humble opinion, your passions for conservative politics, while admirable and heartfelt, would be much more effective if directed towards the defeat of democrats like Kay Hagan rather than your continued assaults on your local county chairman or your local Republican elected officials.
Mr. Cabe replied (on the Daily Haymaker blog):
Mr. Pope ,
Around these parts a “Prayer Meeting” is done Eye to Eye, and man to man, not through e-mail. I would be open to a real prayer meeting with you sir anytime and any place.
I had simply ask you for a answer to a simple Question, in which you danced around like the political bureaucrat you just proved to me you are.
I sir, do not have a “Bee in my bonnet” , a “purity notion”, or a “holier than thou approach” . I simply understand if we can not hold our elected officials accountable for their actions. And insist that they uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. And make sure that they abide by the North Carolina Republican Party Platform, here in our own county, then we are left with nothing but corruption and lies.
Some really good discussion is in the comment thread, and party faithful should check it out to get a full understanding.
What do you think?
Is this an unfair and counterproductive purity test? Or are the Haywood GOP activists right to push for a censure of fellow Republicans for failing to abide the party platform?
-March 3, 2014-
3:00 -- Pete makes an uncontested arrival in the studio to discuss the Russian uncontested arrival in Ukraine.
4:00 -- More discussion on Russia's uncontested arrival in Ukraine. Plus, NC Lt. Gov. Dan Forest joins us to talk about his visit today to Asheville. Also, an update on the Kelo v. New London eminent domain case.
5:00 -- More on Russia, Russian dressing, and the horrors of Pete's childhood breakfasts. Plus, homeless Jesus statue causes outrage in Davidson, NC.
March 4, 2014
3:00 -- The Commissioner of the Southern Conference, John Iamarino, joins us to talk about the SoCon basketball tournament in town this week. Plus, the NC Democratic Party Chairman says party leaders don't "believe in the goodness of their neighbors."
4:00 -- Asheville City Council can't seem to figure out how to crack down on graffiti.
5:00 -- John Marshall joins us to appraise YOUR record albums.
March 5, 2014
3:00 -- Another delay in the implementation of Obamacare - this one specifically designed to shield vulnerable Democrats in the upcoming midterm election.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from the Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest issue on news stands today. Plus, if you think the local graffiti debate is over the "line between art and vandalism" - you've already lost the debate.
5:00 -- Sen. Kay Hagan votes to confirm to the DOJ a lawyer who defended cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Plus, what's the difference between a hot tub and a jacuzzi?
March 6, 2014
3:00 -- Roger McCredie from the Tribune joins us to talk about the City of Asheville's attempt to take over the Pack Place building.
4:00 -- The Asheville City School Board adopts a lottery to pay 25% of teachers
5:00 -- A teachers union launches a website called "Cashing In On Kids" to attack private companies looking to educate kids. Plus, the Sicilian Space Program launches a connolo into space.
February 28, 2014
3:00 -- Russia invades Ukraine; Buncombe County Board of Elections asks to reduce its early voting hours for the primary; Kay Hagan goes to Seattle to raise money comes back a "middle-out minion"; NC NAACP President says vouchers aimed at getting poor black kids out of failing government schools is the same as 1950s white racists who tried to use vouchers to get white kids out of going to school with black kids.
4:00 -- The last time Federal agents devoted massive resources to investigating voter fraud was 1982 in Chicago, where 100,000 fraudulent votes were discovered (about 10% of the total cast).
5:00 -- The President interrupts Pete's show to express his disapproval of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Plus, voter fraud and monogamous flies.