Saturday, March 6, 2010

'Message to the National Republican Establishment: Stay Out of Our Primary'

Ever since John Cornyn and the NRSC backed Charlie Crist in Florida last May, that's been the basic message of Not One Red Cent. But if you thought Florida Republicans were outraged at national GOP meddling in their primary, just wait until you see the 'Bama buzzsaw that hits John Boehner when he gets to Huntsville on Monday:
Not long after invitations were sent out for a Rep. Parker Griffith fundraising event, headlined by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), several local organizations from both sides of the political spectrum announced plans to protest the event. Planned for March 8, 2010 at the Space & Rocket Center, starting at 5:00 pm, the the protest will include members of the Huntsville Tea Party, Left In Alabama, Athens-Limestone Tea Party Patriots, AAMU Democrats Student Club, The Dale Jackson Show, North Alabama Healthcare for All, Madison County Republican Executive Committee, and the Limestone County Republican Executive Committee. AFL-CIO will be holding a press conference at the Marriott Hotel near the Space & Rocket Center in protestation, before the protest event and the fundraiser. Organizers invite the public to attend.
"We are sending a message to the national Republican establishment: stay out of our primary. . . . We're pushing back against the political machine," said Christie Carden, founder of the Huntsville Tea Party. . . .
Read all of that. Just as with Cornyn's support for Crist against Marco Rubio, Boehner's backing of Griffith puts the national GOP establishment in the position of campaigning against the exact kind of dynamic young leaders they need to be supporting. Republican candidate Les Phillip:
"Congressman Boehner coming to Huntsville to raise money for Parker Griffith goes to show exactly how out of touch Washington D.C. is with the rest of America and their refusal to listen to "We the People"," remarked Phillip.
"Two of our local Republican executive committees specifically asked the National Republican Congressional Committee to stay out of this race and let the people of North Alabama decide who our best candidate is, but they refuse to listen because they think they know better than we do what is best for the fifth district." . . .
"John Boehner and the NRCC are supporting Griffith with the notion that he will lure more Democrats to switch parties. This approach does not take into consideration the conservative nature of Republicans in Alabama's 5th district, or Griffith's record of voting with Nancy Pelosi nearly 85% of the time, more than many of his former Democrat colleagues."
The liberal blog Left in Alabama has announced support for Monday's protest:
Griffith is everybody's problem. Sure, I won't agree with everyone at this protest on every single thing -- maybe not on most things. But we all agree that Griffith has got to go, and for now that one common purpose will let us stand on the same sidewalk in near perfect harmony.
Wingnuts and Moonbats unite! You have nothing to lose but those clueless morons at the national GOP!

(Cross-posted at The Other McCain.)

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