The original strategy of the HQ conflict-of-interest cabal appeared to be the tried-and-true method of just “riding out” the Taylor Ferrell controversy, hoping everything would calm down eventually and they could get back to lining their own pockets (or that of their wives) while targeting GOP conservative legislators. The Memorial Day weekend was the rumored target for “weathering the storm,” after which everything would return to normal.
Yeah, well, that ain’t gonna happen.
Wilson, Robertson, Obion and Maury county GOP committees have all passed resolutions demanding the firing of the state GOP staff involved. RTP is aware of at least four more county organizations considering the same action. Instead of running the “Red to the Roots” program, the state GOP staff now has to worry about the effort underway at the local level to have their sorry butts fired.
Here’s an update:
- A number of SEC members are planning a meeting near Nashville with several of the original 27 legislators who signed the letter that exposed the disgraceful conduct of the state GOP staff and some officers. RTP’s spies, er, tipsters have not determined the exact date and location or the participants, but we’ll let you know. Could be worth the price of the popcorn to see that exchange.
- One of the SEC members not likely to attend such a meeting is Christi Cross. After rushing to the defense of Ryan Haynes and crew, Christi was exposed for breaking the very rules and by-laws she was elected to supposedly enforce.
Her astonishingly lame defense was that she was campaigning for Kelsey “outside of her [SEC] district.” Even if true, it grossly violates the spirit of the by-laws. She then said because she was campaigning for a primary candidate in a federal race, that somehow made violating the by-laws okay. Uh, nope. The state by-laws do not make exceptions for federal races. In addition, Ms. Cross fails to mention she is not just any old SEC member, oh no – she is the Secretary of the state GOP and as a state officer is a representative of the GOP for the whole state. Kinda hard to use the ol’ “not in my district” defense when your district actually comprises the entire state.
Now maybe if Ms. Cross would like to campaign for Kelsey in, say, Utah or Kentucky, her actions might be forgiven. Absent that, for the love of all that is holy please just shut up Christi, before you dig your hole any deeper.
- Word is quickly spreading that many of the traditional major donors to the state GOP’s annual Statesmen’s Dinner took a walk last month, reportedly in disgust of the slimy HQ vendor practices that were exposed by RTP and others. Guess they got tired of seeing their donations wind up in the pockets of relatives of party leaders as well as being spent to defeat conservative Republican legislators.
Payback’s a bitch, ain’t it Brent?