Buncombe County Republican Chair Declares WarBy
Mike Harrison, a favorite of libertarian leaning Republicans, was voted in as Buncombe Republican Party Chair in 2007. His competition for the seat, a Stompy gambler named Chad Nesbitt, didn’t take the loss well and harassed Harrison until he resigned the Chair. Tim Peck and Carl Milstead, Jr. made a feint at taking the Party over, but that appears to have been more hype than hope.
Richard Mills became acting Chair when Harrison bailed, and he selected Mark Delk to head the floundering Party, riven in the vacuum once filled by the lumpy predilections of Taylor loyalists. Since June, 2007, Delk captained this rudderless ship. At the time he said, “We, as Republicans, need to base everything we do on what is rightâ€”not what is expedient [or] popular.â€ Nesbitt claimed to like him, and he certainly sounds Mumpalicious in his sentiments.
Mtn. X: “Last yearâ€™s internal fighting followed 2006 elections that saw Buncombe County Republicans lose to Democrats in two of three state House races, the state Senate, the race for sheriff and the race for clerk of court. In a region-wide race, Republicans also saw Democrat Heath Shuler dethrone their partyâ€™s top elected official, eight-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor.”
Fast forward nine months, and Dr. Timothy Johnson, the newest head of the Buncombe County Republican Party, is whistling a very different tune:
“When itâ€™s all said and done, we want to win in November.â€
“We are going back to war. We have much to say and much to do.â€
This newest winning warrior, having lived in Buncombe for only two years, won’t be embraced by nativists like Ralph Roberts, but Lord knows the rest of the Party is likely to treat him as a savior sent to rescue them from the purgatorial political trinity of infighting, inefficiency, and ineffectiveness.
I can’t say I’m happy about it. I’m really fond of the idea of a Buncombe Republican Party in tatters, flailing from ego to ego in a vain attempt to build something that doesn’t suck. But it looks like they may have actually settled on someone with strong tactical and leadership skills. It’ll be a while before we see if the Yelton/Nesbitt wing of the Party torpedoes this guy or if the libertarians try to take a whack at him. Until then, know that the best way to defeat Republicans is by helping Democrats.
Register. Vote. Volunteer. Donate. Show up and do something. Dr. Johnson just declared war on you.