(Remember the Loyalty Oath the State Republicans had to sign last year? – promoted by mooncat)
You know the Madison County Republican Party is in trouble when Mo Brooks is the voice of reason:
“I'm absolutely certain that this will retard our ability to attract good candidates.”
From today's Huntsville Times: GOP forbids crossing party line
Times Staff Writer Steve Doyle has an excellent article detailing the Madison County republican party executive committee's vote to give itself the authority to block candidates from running as Republicans if – during the past 6 years the candidate has:
“publicly participated in the primary election of another political party or publicly supported a nominee of another political party…”
Rumor has it that this move is aimed at two particular Madison County elected officials who have supported Democratic candidates in the past.
Committee member J. Elbert Peters says that's not the case. (and this is snarky, but don't you just have to wonder what the “J” stands for if he prefers to be called “Elbert”?) Although Peters does admit that:
other executive committee members could use the rule to try to block Strong or McAdams from running as Republicans in future elections. Strong is up for re-election in 2008, McAdams in 2012.
Dale Strong is a Madison County Commissioner and Rich McAdams is a Madison County school board member.
So? Is this some sort of inside power play by people who want to run for those seats? Or maybe someone has plans to go after other county elected officials? Brooks seems to think it's a possibility:
Brooks also said he fears the rule could be misused by future Republican candidates to try to quash their GOP rivals.
If so, I say this: “Pass the popcorn!”
Check out the whole article. Doyle saves the best part for last. Rich McAdams very forthrightly notes that he supported Democrat Butch Taylor in the special election for the state house District 22 seat:
“My constituents elected me to vote my conscience, and I'll do that whether I agree with the Republican Party or not. There is that outside chance – however shocking it may seem to people – that the Republican Party may be wrong.”
Now, I'm not shocked, but I've never been a big fan of Kool-aid either. Guess McAdams swore off it as well.
LIke Brooks, McAdams said the new policy could make more moderate candidates think twice about running as Republicans.
“We don't have a plethora of qualified candidates that are running now,” he said. “The last thing we want to do is be perceived as close-minded, where you agree with the executive committee or you're not welcome.”
As if close-mindedness is not an admired and respected GOP virtue? Somehow I have to wonder if McAdams has actually spent much time with his fellow Republicans. Don't you?