The Washoe County GOP at least somewhat recognizes that there is an election in less than three months, and they have filed the necessary paperwork to separate themselves from the Looney Toons who have hijacked the Nevada Republican Party and the Clark County Republican party.
This didn’t make others in the state very happy, and so began the civil war. The Clark County GOP, now hopelessly and completely controlled by militant Ron Paul fanatics is demanding Washoe Chairman David Buell’s resignation after they filed to become their own PAC.
From their release:
“The CCRP Executive Board has also called upon Chairman Buell to immediately resign as WCRP Chairman for his actions that have endangered the Nevada Republican Party and all of its county affiliates.
The CCRP sympathizes with those Republicans in Washoe County who have been caught in this situation by the decrees of autocratic party leadership, and hopes that if the WCRP is disaffiliated from the NRP, those Republicans in Washoe who truly seek to elect conservatives will help to rebuild and form what can become a new, efficient NRP affiliate in Washoe County.”
One has to love the rhetoric used by the new regime over at the CCRP Headquarters. The “decrees of autocratic party leadership?” My goodness! So Washoe County Chairman David Buell is some sort of ruthless, wild eyed tyrant simply because he wants to do the job he was elected to do, which is to help the Republican ticket get elected?
According to CCRP Chair Cindy Lake and Vice Chair Carl Bunce, yes.
Oh, and notice that this release said “those who truly seek to elect conservatives” rather than “those who truly seek to elect Republicans.” The CCRP leadership has no desire to elect Republicans; they have only one goal—disrupt the Republican national convention in Tampa and hand Nevada’s delegates to Ron Paul.
This goes to show how serious this problem is. Washoe County will be critical to the upcoming election. Washoe is a swing county in a swing state and the polls are very close here. Senator Dean Heller is only a few points ahead of his Democratic challenger, Rep. Shelley Berkley, and President Barack Obama’s lead in Nevada over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney is also rather thin. Romney actually has a chance, but the Republican Party in Nevada is a disaster. Part of it is shackled because of leadership; the rest is focused solely on their false prophet, Ron Paul.
The RNC has tried to blunt the impact of the Ron Paul wingnuts by beefing up support to Romney’s Team Nevada operation, but those resources can only be stretched so far. They know that Heller is vulnerable, but they also know Romney has a chance here. Nevada is a hotly contested prize this year, and control of the Senate and the White House may rest on our shoulders.
Cindy Lake and her tinfoil hat contingent can huff and puff all they want, but it isn’t going to matter. David Buell will not be ousted at her hand. The Nevada GOP has been taken over by an ideological fringe that has a tenuous grasp on reality at best, and the RNC is not going to watch Nevada go blue (again) because the local party is a circus sideshow.
I yearn for the day when rationality once again becomes reality, and we can return to a normal brand of politics. This idiocy needs to cease and until that happens, Nevada is only going to get bluer.
Sean Cary is a local business owner, freelance writer, host of Nevada Matters heard on Fox News Radio (www.nevadamatters.us) and pundit on the television show “Nevada Newsmakers.” Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and read his blog at www.seancary.com.