So, I wake up this morning, and the headline in the Sanford Herald screams, "Political disorganization: Lee GOP loses recognition over failure to file paperwork." Beautiful, huh? I had noticed that our local GOP was in some trouble; hell, I've met its members.
Here are the first two sentences from the article: "SANFORD — Paperwork problems for the Lee County Republican Party have resulted in the state party not recognizing any local GOP officials. The local group also faces the possibility of being stripped of its status by the state Board of Elections. "
If you can, take a read of the article. It's a venture in stupidity. My favorite part is the defense by the guy calling himself chairman (you can't chair a group that isn't recognized, can you?). Basically, he’s busy. And, it’s just paperwork right? Well, if you check with the NC Board of Elections, it’s the difference between breaking the law and not breaking it. The group calling itself the Lee County Republican Party can’t be bothered to file necessary paperwork to be recognized by ITS OWN STATE PARTY or to file paperwork that will keep it from violating state law. Classic.
One other factor to consider is this: this group recently was allowed to suggest someone to replace a vacancy on our county commission. The short version is, a Republican stepped down, and state law allows that person’s political party to suggest a replacement. The guy claiming to be the chair suggested a horrible replacement (he works for the NRA and trolls the Free Republic). He got the seat (in part because the commissioners don’t have their stuff together). So, now we find out there was no recognized party, and while the nominee was already confirmed, it does call all of those actions into question.
Here’s my suggestion for you all: check your local GOP group both on the NCGOP site and with the NC Board of Elections. Who knows what you may find.
More on my county later.