Buncombe County’s Republican Feud Intensifies


Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThis stuff almost writes itself.

Buncombe County Republicans lost everything in the November, 2006 elections, and it’s been a bitter pill to swallow. While I don’t pretend to know about the private machinations of the BCRP, the public faces of the party present a bitter struggle between conservatives and libertarians, and Party regulars.

In the fight to elect a County Chair to the Party earlier this year, Mike Harrison won over Chad Nesbitt. Harrison resigned shortly after his election:

“The chairman of the Buncombe County Republican Party on Monday said he resigned from the post after personal attacks on his character and his wife’s character.

Mike Harrison said in a written statement that he left the job May 1. He had hoped his election to chairman in March would bring the party together, he said, but that did not happen.” – link

Harrison supporter, Tim Peck, got into a very public conversation with Nesbitt supporter, Don Yelton. Peck and Yelton gave us a glimpse of the beginning of each group’s encampment in what may be a long war of attrition:

Tim Peck: “Mike Harrison is the best choice as chairman for Buncombe County Republicans. Whether they know it or not.

The alternative, Chad Nesbitt, would have been an embarrassing disaster.”
Don Yelton: “ello [sic] Tim it is me and I know what was said by people about Chad, and phone calls were made as if they were from the party (that was underhanded). You continue to make it necessary that the truth be told. Yes phone calls were made and people talked about Chad behind his back. Actually people said such things as he is a mouth piece for Don Yelton. Anybody that knows Chad, knows he is not a mouth piece for anybody.
If the Republican Party becomes a select party of people that feel better and superior because they are self described intellectuals, they are no better or worse than any other party… I want better.” – link

Now in the heat of August, both groups have sprung up with a mighty grassroots yawp to take control of the Buncombe County Republican Party. You read about The Carolina Stompers here just the other day. Now meet Operation Republican Takeover.

Based around libertarian principles exemplified by Republican Party Presidential Candidate Ron Paul, ORT offers this at their website:

“Attention all hippies, peaceniks, and all who find the USA PATRIOT Act to be an abomination: it’s time to register Republican!

“Republican??? That’s the party who gave us the Iraq War and the PATRIOT Act?! What gives?”

All true, but the party is weak now. President Bush is setting near record disapproval numbers, and they have lost both houses of Congress. The Neocons have mismanaged the party long enough. It is time for new management. The party is ripe for a hostile takeover.”
We have the power! We can:

Get the U.S. out of Iraq,
End the War on Drugs,
Restore civil liberties,
End corporate welfare.
But it will take work.
“The goals of Operation Republican Takeover are to:

Make the case for Ron Paul to people who are not traditionally Republican
Convince them to register Republican and vote in the primaries
Make the case for a longer term hippie-conservative aliiance should Ron Paul win the nomination.”

Lest you think this is just some crank with a website, a couple ORT leaders, Tim Peck and Carl Milstead, Jr. had an hour with Matt Mittan the other day to discuss their plans.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketBoth Milstead and Peck assert that, since the Republican Party is so weak, the time is ripe for new ideologies to take the helm and that Ron Paul’s candidacy is the perfect rallying point. Peck summons a new coalition of “progressives, libertarians and classic liberals to charge the ramparts and take over the Republican Party”, while Milstead imagines a “hippie-conservative coalition” that will lead this “hostile takeover”.

Operation Republican Takeover’s strategy is to register new Republicans who are in support of Ron Paul’s candidacy or of Libertarian principles in general. These new Republicans may be libertarians, dissaffected liberals, or anyone who just really likes Ron Paul.

Meanwhile, back on the outskirts of Republican Party proper, The Carolina Stompers plan to take aim at anyone who isn’t conservative enough. Theirs is more of an attack from within, holding elected officials and Party Officers to a Stomper standard.

In response to Operation Republican Takeover, the Stompers, no slaves to grammar, syntax, or style manuals, posted this at their updated website:

“WELL BRING IT ON! This just makes our job a whole lot easier!
Today on the “Matt Mittan Show”, Democrat no, no, no….., progressive no, no……Libertarian no, no wait……- “drug pusher” Tim Peck and his stoned friends have finally come out of the closet.
They claim they will take over the Buncombe County Republican Party.
Told you so BCGOP leadership! Remember Harrison? But have no fear! The Carolina Stompers are here!!!!!!”

Remember that somewhere in the middle of all this fist-pumping is the actual Buncombe County Republican Party, which pretends that neither the Stompers nor the ORT exist. Imagine the meetings of the Party officers as they try to find their way out of this collapse. It’s like being asked to take the helm of a sinking ship.

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  1. Arratik says:

    Today on the “Matt Mittan Show”, Democrat no, no, no….., progressive no, no……Libertarian no, no wait……- “drug pusher” Tim Peck and his stoned friends have finally come out of the closet.

    So I guess “stomping” = “libel”, then?

  2. Drama Queen says:

    Hey, Matt Mittan never had me on . . . what a liar boy.

  3. Drama Queen says:

    I noticed the bloggers were not really bloggers (Screwy excluded of course). Why weren’t you there, TP?

  4. Bill O'Rights says:

    True conservatives are against those in Washington violating the Constitution, starting illegal preemptive unnecessary wars, spying on the American people, and spending money they do not have (wasting trillions of dollars that our children will have to pay). That is why disproval ratings of Congress and President are at historic lows.

    True Conservative Americans want a leader who actually believes in the Constitution, which is incredibly rare in Washington these days. Remember, the Constitution is the contract between the American people, the States, and the Federal Government. The sacred document that protects us from big government intrusion into our lives.

    70% of Americans want us out of Iraq and want change. Ron Paul is only republican candidate against the war. Ron Paul only needs about 30% vote from republicans sick of the war and abuse of powers to win in republican primaries.

    Ron Paul is not against Iraq war as a pacifist. Ronald Reagan said that “Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first.” Ron Paul is just against illegal preemptive unnecessary wars that make America and the world less safe (and waste our tax dollars and our soldiers lives).

    The American people know that something is very wrong in Washington. The American people want change!

    Find out why Ron Paul has over 30,000 registered volunteers. More than all other candidates combined.

    Find out why Ron Paul has the most contributions from U.S. military personnel and veterans above all other candidates.

    Please check out these important videos then decide.

    Ron Paul “Course of human events…” Video

    Ron Paul “Dream On” Video!!!!

    Ron Paul “Don’t Tread On Me” Video


  5. randallt says:

    but, but, but… I thought all rethugs were united in a never ending struggle to reduce government to ashes! Wake up lost thugs, wake up! Your party calls! Unite around something!…..hmmm, ok, the Prez? Lower Taxes? General P? A South Korea style unending committment to Iraq? Mumpower for Drug Czar? Come on people, throw me a bone here!

  6. shadmarsh says:

    This all reads like some weird high school drama, and reminds me why I am an independent.

  7. shadmarsh says:

    Sorry if this is a bit off-topic…but speaking of the Stompers I thought I would bring this lovely post in their forum to your attention, posted by a local business woman equating Liberals and their lust for zoning with Nazi’s.

  8. Man, that is some crazy stuff. Holy infighting, batman!

    Ron Paul is a nutjob, and if he runs as an independent (after losing in the GOP) it will be a very interesting election.

  9. Drama Queen says:

    Ron Paul may be a nutjob but he says a lot of interesting things. And I value that in this censored world.

  10. Arratik says:

    True ‘dat, DQ. A lot of people are seeing in Ron Paul what I see in folks like Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel – they’re all people who care enough about their country to criticize its leadership for pulling it down the wrong path, and who are willing to get in there and get their hands dirty to make the change they want to see a reality.

    They’re all speaking the truths that the status quo of their respective parties don’t want to hear. They’re trying to force dialogs on the issues the mainstream candidates are trying to skirt. Plus, it’s more fun watching the debates when Obama and Hillary!* have to react to the so-called fringe (that is, when they actually get to speak).

    * I stole this from one of John Armor’s Free Republic posts a while back.