Oregon GOP: Purity Test? A Rebuttal
I only became a Republican after I switched over from my Dummocrat for a Day gambit in 2008 calling for R's to vote for Hillary Clinton and run out the Democrat primary a bit longer. Rush Limbaugh thinks he started it, but I was either first or tied with him. (whoa, never compare oneself with the king, Rush) I was an Independent before this. A conservative for sure, but a registered Independent. Had been for years. It was a hold over from my journalism days and I didn't see a need to change it. However after voting for Hillary Clinton as a joke I decided I would become a respectable R and by doing so embolden squishy Independents to declare themselves if for no other reason than to swell the voter registration numbers in Oregon.
But the internecine rivalries are getting wearisome. I'm weary of the Republican
Regulars dissing the Tea Party and the Ron Paulistas going after the Regulars when their candidate has declared he's out of the race...
After drumming out Matt Wingard for his womanizing ways and then blowing out the conservative, pro life woman who wanted to replace him with a male political neophyte, I'm more perplexed. This experienced pol was drummed out because she had at one time dated Matt Wingard. Someone inside the Republican Party made sure that made the news. All of sudden, the odds on favorite to win the right to run for Wingard's seat, Lindsay Berschauer, was buried by a guy only a few insiders in the party had ever heard of.
The jihad against Representative Julie Parrish is just getting warmed up. She was mentored by Wingard and groomed for leadership--you know, the way the party is supposed to work. But will this connection doom her aspirations for a legislative leadership post?
The able, competent, self-made businesswoman from West Linn was running alone for a leadership post before another newbie to the legislature Mike McLane from Bend jumped in. I wonder was he recruited by anti Wingard forces too?
Katie Eyre is in the cross hairs of the Republican Regulars, too. Will they drum her out because the State Representative knew Matt Wingard and replace her with someone who didn't know him?
Are they only going after women? If so, why?
Now, let ME answer these preposterous questions:
1) The 40 or so PCP’s from House District 26 voted for John Davis, so if there is a “jihad” someone sure does know how to recruit a lot of “jihadists” quickly. In all reality, it was the people of House District 26 who voted for the candidate, not a “cabal of anti-Wingards”.
2) Bringing up the Rep. Parrish vs. Rep. McLane issue is problematic, at least from the perspective from above. So now instead of focusing on getting rid of Ginny Burdick, Floyd Prozanski, Peter Courtney, Brian Clem, Kurt Schrader, Kate Brown, Brad Avakian and the rest of the lowdown life sucking Democrats, we’ve gone “woman vs. man” in our OWN party?
May I make something perfectly clear here: the election of the new Deputy House Leader will take ALL 30 members of the House GOP caucus. So will there be a “jihadist” training session this week before the vote?
3) I know of a whole lot of House GOP members that "knew" Matt Wingard including Rep. Kim Thatcher (say, if Katie Eyre is in the “crosshairs”, I THINK Kim is a woman, so is she next?). How come THEY aren’t mentioned as “victims of the jihad”? Could it be that the reason a representative like Kim Thatcher is not mentioned is because she is a straight up, all around solid Conservative with a CAPITAL “C”?
The common denominator I see here is that some folks would like to see a more progressive element to our party as well as seeing that "agendas" are more important than the long time platform and functions of our party. This is both sad and tragic!
1 - With the "resignation" of Kevin Cameron as House Leader and the overwhelming election of Mike McLane as Deputy Leader, what is next? Will the "Wingard cloud" continue to hang over the House GOP leadership? Will Bruce Hanna come out and say anything about Wingard? Will Dennis Richardson tell us how why it took 5 hours for the caucus to make these decisions? What exactly is being held "over their heads" that no one is willing to speak about? Strip club visits? Underage drinking? Certain GOP representatives seen "falling down drunk at parties? CCO's being pushed by certain GOP leaders? Expansion of the bottle bill by certain GOP leaders? Yes I'd say PURITY is a good thing.
2 - After charges of John Davis sending/calling PCP's with "smears" of Lindsay Berschauer, I thought it interesting that I received an email from a PCP in HD26 today. Remember, John Davis announced his campaign on June 25. This email is dated June 26:
Now I don't believe that Lindsay herself had anything to do with sending this email out. It was done on her behalf. The garbage in this email is what I would clearly call "smear" tactics. There is NOTHING that is true nor can be confirmed here. There are some who are accusing (as the story above implies) me, the Lucas's and "others" of using "smear" tactics with the PCP's in HD 26. Now with this email the question is: who's "smearing" whom?