RIGOP Dissension II: Further Illumination
I noted earlier that there was some dissension in the RIGOP as two local GOP committees had called for RIGOP leader Patricia Morgan to step down. Well, the comments to the original post have provided further illumination and are worth highlighting.
First to comment was the anonymous “Robert,” who had some unkind things to say about Scott Bill Hirst:
Unfortunately, I happen to know Scott personally. Hirst does nothing to help the party. He is always bringing it down, in any way he can. I find him very destructive to a party that is on the move.
Get over it!!!
When everyone sees the fruits of the 1/2 mill. on Election Night in 2006 maybe he will shut his mouth.
If he put half his energy towards the Democrats in this state, instead of always attacking his own party, we wouldn’t be such a small party.
“Robert,” I also happen to know Scott personally. Although I can attest from firsthand experience that Scott can be a bit quirky at times, his heart is usually in the right place. Scott is currently noncommittal regarding who he supports in the US Senate race. One thing that I think it very important here is that this isn’t just Scott Bill Hirst venting (and I believe he would have every right to do so), as it is a considerable segment of the party at large which is sick of blindly playing “follow the leader” and not seeing any good come about as a result. To be perfectly honest, I don’t care who leads the party, as long as they are providing real leadership and not more excuses for repeated failure.
I think one of the reasons why our party is in the mess that it’s in, and has been in for a very long time, is that the leadership of the party generally doesn’t reflect the views and attitudes of the rank and file members of it. This is not particular to RI, it is quite common nationwide. The RNC itself (this may surprise some libs) is not a conservative organization. Their willingness to sell out principle for political expediency time and time again reflects that. Unfortunately, too many within the RI Republican Party are “sheeple.” People that are all too willing to do what they are told, in order to get some perceived benefit from it, or more often than not, because they fear retribution.
As for the $500,000.00 worth of in kind assistance (it’s not cash!) from the RNC for “party building,” if it actually ends up being used for party building, instead of “Chafee building,” I will be a very happy camper (and I’d guess, the Laffey camp would be, too). Your hope is based on trust; trust needs to be earned. I’m much more concerned about the long-term health of the RIGOP as a viable alternative to the Democrat Party here, than I am about the fortunes of Sen. Chafee. A little over a year from now, the RIGOP will still be around. However, I absolutely believe that there will be a new senator representing us in DC (don’t underestimate Laffey, as it appears the NRSC already has!).
Also joining the fray was “Jim,” who provided further insight into Morgan’s specific charges against Mayor Laffey.
I found this paragraph in the Chariho Times article rather puzzling: “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”.
Patricia Morgan seems to continue to have a big problem with the truth. As finance chair for the Laffey mayoral campaigns, I am in a position to know whether money came in from the RIGOP, as Morgan supposedly claims. Also, as a member of the RIGOP executive board, I would have knowledge of any endorsements that took place. Furthermore, these things are easily verified through campaign finance filings and meeting minutes.
Oddly, I have no recollection of either of Morgan’s contentions having happened. In fact, after a quick review, I found no money coming in from the RIGOP to Steve Laffey. But, I did see how Steve Laffey gave the maximum contribution of $1000 to the RIGOP, each year over the last few years.
Does this woman even think before she talks?? Are you beginning to see the pattern here?