More Dissension in RIGOP Ranks
According to this Chariho Times story, there is some dissension bubbling from below in the RIGOP, and, unsurprisingly, Mayor Laffey is involved.
Members of the South County Republican Coalition and the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee, two local republican organizations voted no confidence in the state party leader Patricia Morgan. Both groups are asking for her resignation.
The votes stem from dissatisfaction with the way a Republican State meeting was conducted on Tuesday September 13. The results of the meeting brought in $500,000 from the National Republican National Committee.
It is the contention of the two groups that Morgan and her fellow speakers used deception to garner a favorable vote. In order for the Republican National Committee to grant monies to state parties, party leaders must sign a letter to approve acceptance of the money. . .
Hopkinton resident Ernie Cormier, who is a member of the Hopkinton Town Committee, affirmed that he voted no confidence in Morgan because he felt she hoodwinked Republicans at the meeting. “The money brought in as a result of that meeting is going to be used to reelect Senator Chafee and that was not represented by Morgan, or the other speakers,” said Cormier. Cormier stated that the issue is not specifically about Laffey, but about the bettering of the Republican Party.
Ken Mott, another member of the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee also stated that he was unhappy with the manner in which the meeting was held, and as a result, submitted a no confidence vote on Morgan.
Robert Manning, a known Laffey supporter and the Rhode Island Representative to the Republican National Convention who was also required to sign off on the measure said that he would if the voters presented him with a mandate. Manning stated that because there was a 4-1 vote in favor of accepting the money, he felt obligated to sign off on the measure. Manning refused to comment on whether or not he believed the meeting was handled in an honest manner. “I’m not going to give you an opinion on that, I’m the Republican Party’s elected representative to the RNC, I’ll let the delegates answer that,” he said.
Morgan said that she doesn’t intend to resign, although she takes the fact that Republicans are unhappy with her seriously. She said that the actual no confidence votes were politically inspired. In Morgan’s opinion, Scott Bill Hirst, who has served as a Republican on Hopkinton’s Town Council, has a personal vendetta against her, and is thereby leading the charge for her to step down.
Hirst is a member of both the Hopkinton Republican Town Committee, and the South County Republican Coalition.
“Scott Bill Hirst is behind this, he is very upset that he wasn’t chosen as a delegate to the national convention two years ago and he’s taken it very personally,” said Morgan.
Morgan gave an assurance that the $500,000 will be used to benefit all “endorsed” candidates, from the senatorial candidate, down to the candidates for local school committees. When asked if the money will be used to benefit Chafee at Laffey’s expense, she stated, “sure it will”.
Morgan stated she finds it ironic that when Laffey ran for reelection in Cranston as the mayor, he received the endorsement, and money from the state party that his opponent wasn’t extended. In Morgan’s opinion, it’s only now that the system is working against him that he sees it as corrupt.
Morgan stressed the fact that the money will be used to strengthen the Rhode Island GOP as a whole. “We’re going to hire a director of voter identification, a communications director and a director of voter registration,” stated Morgan.
Hirst said although he is no fan of Morgan, the situation is not the result of a vendetta, but of irresponsible leadership on her part. “She has a credibility problem, at least in some people’s opinions, especially as far as the delegate issue…I think last Tuesday was particularly stupid in the way that meeting was handled,” said Hirst. “If this was just a personal thing with me, why are all these other people going along with it”.
What a soap opera.