Purges. They aren't just for Stalin anymore. Flush with a sense of righteous victory after formally censoring State School Board member Mary Scott Hunter, the Madison County Republican Executive Committee has another apostate in its sights: State Senator Bill Holtzclaw.
You see these two fellow travelers have declined to beat the anti-Common Core drum enthusiastically enough for the committee's conspiracy theorists. And it's getting personal, y'all:
“Mary Scott shows a lot of the earmarks of the liberal,” said Hugh McInnish, an executive committee member who voted for the censure of Hunter. As for Holtzclaw, said McInnish: “He's as bad. We're going to give him some attention.“
McInnish, if you recall, was last seen cavorting with birthers in an effort to have President Obama removed from the ballot. Hey, he had to try something after his much-anticipated “white paper on Obama's birth certificate” failed to generate enough outrage. Ridicule, it appears, just wasn't an acceptable substitute.
Unable to take down a sitting President, McInnish and his allies have now turned to easier targets: their own Republican Party elected officials. You know, those same folks they let on the ballot in the first place.
Well, the committee isn't happy with them now. Here are the charges laid out in their “elephant court:”
Hunter, a Republican who represents North Alabama on the state school board, was accused of helping block legislation that would have repealed national standards, known as common core, for Alabama's public schools. Holtzclaw is accused of the same.
Republican leadership at state, national and county levels oppose common core. McInnish accused Holtzclaw of “bragging” to business leaders about defying party leadership.
But don't worry, guys…. there's still hope:
The next executive committee meeting will be the third Monday in September. “If he wants to come and repent of his wrong doing, we'll listen,” said Johnson of the senator. Johnson said he advocated censuring elected officials by name last year.
Since 2007, we've covered some of the antics of this group, so let's indulge in a quick review on the flip:
- 2007: Madison County GOP moves to stifle dissent with an eye towards keeping “certain people” off the ballot.
- 2011: Party Switcher Tom Butler was courted by the state GOP, but the Madison County Committee wouldn't let him on the ballot.
“Tom Butler is a likable gentleman and a good, moral man,” GOP Executive Committee member Hugh McInnish told The Times before the meeting. “But he's a Democrat and a liberal, and he does not fit the Republican Party.”
Yep. The GOP certainly doesn't want any candiates who are good, moral, or likeable. How else can you explain Shadrack McGill?
- 2012: Madison County GOP Recount Bait & Switch. 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.
- 2012: Campaign Finance Reporting Kerfluffle. Chris Messervy defeated Linda Coats in the runoff – although Coats led in the primary. Now, Messervy's win is being challenged two local Republicans who say Messervy didn't file his reports on time. But oops! Neither did Coats!
Stay tuned campers, because the sight of the Madison County Republican Party dissolving like the witch in the Wizard of Oz is truly riveting political theater.