See a runoff election decided by just 32 votes. See the loser pay $750 for a recount. See the Madison County GOP vote to cancel the recount – after spending the $750. What do we “see” here? Republican notions of “fairness” on full display.
It appears that Madison County Republicans belong to “no organized political party,” but instead affiliate with an organization controlled by a cabal of 7 members who set policy according to their own whims.
A recount of Eddie Sisk's narrow win over Parker had been set for Wednesday, but the campaign committee of the Madison County Republican Party voted 4-3 Tuesday not to allow it, said county GOP chair John Noel.
After losing by 0.86 percent of the vote (or by 32 votes) in the April 23 runoff, Parker – a teacher and the boys basketball coach at New Hope High School – immediately sought and received permission from Noel for a recount. Parker paid $750 for the recount last week and has been told he won't get that money back, either.
Noel said opponents of the recount said there was no proof offered that there was an issue with the initial results and that it would set a bad precedent to have the recount. Had Sisk's margin been less than .5 percent, a recount would have been automatic, Noel said.
As for the $750 Parker paid for the recount, Noel said it went to a business in Birmingham that prepared the ballots for recount. Those services were rendered, Noel said, so the money is gone.
Yep. Making sure that all ballots are counted and the results are accurate would set a bad precedent, wouldn't it? Just ask Al Gore.
That Executive Committee is a busy bunch:
The executive committee voted to block longtime Democrat Tom Butler from the ballot for the District 2 seat on the County Commission after Butler changed parties in October 2011. Butler eventually lost an appeal to the state Republican Party.
The local executive committee also voted to stop Jeff Cooper, Sisk's opponent in the general election, from running as a Republican.
There are no guarantees in politics. In general, you pay your money and take your chances. But at least if you pay your money, you expect to get a chance. Joey Parker just got taken.
As for the county committee? What a bunch of losers.