An Open Letter from Chad NesbittBy
Well, not really — the spelling and grammar are too good and the thought patterns are too deep. If you ask me, it reads like something straight from the nimble fingers of my old friend Carl Mumpower — the wording, the style and the desperate, narcissistic attempt at spin are unmistakable.
Later in the week, I’ll have complete analysis of the total failure of the Buncombe County Republican Party (and the hopeless buffoons who are in charge of it) — and tell you why the following letter is a big load of crap.
In the meantime, you can listen to a podcast of an interview I did the other day with Lesley and Blake over at Local Edge Radio (it starts about 12 minutes in).
Read Chad Mumpower’s letter after the jump…
AN OPEN LETTER FROM BCGOP CHAIRMAN, CHAD NESBITT
Political pundits on both sides of the spectrum love to stir the pot and are well known for hysteria as a priority over accuracy. Local media hosts were no exception in their interpretation of our recent mid-term election.
Though it has been popular to blame Republican losses on my “antics”, a quick course in Reality 101 or Honest Journalism 101 would reveal deeper truths.
Asheville and surrounding area did not earn a reputation as “The “San Francisco of the East” because we are a bastion of conservatism. In fact, Buncombe County is consistently ranked as the most liberal county in the state, even beating out the liberal concentrations found in Chapel Hill’s home county. Buncombe Republican candidates swim in pretty lonely waters.
The recent and central goal of the BCGOP has been to energize conservatives, from both parties, to the polls and promote awareness that conservatism is alive and well in our community. With a limited pool of volunteers, we nonetheless kept our party in the public eye and took advantage of every opportunity to challenge the increasing political dominance of liberal progressives. I did my personal best to step over timidity and reach for creativity in that mission.
Our efforts contributed to the election or reelection of a NC Senator, a Republican state representative, a Republican school board member, and two conservative judges.
Arguments that our enthusiasm of pointing out the misbehaviors, leftist policies, and extremism of the opposition party impaired Republican candidates are disengenuine. The 11th District’s congressional candidate won only one of fifteen counties and many Republican candidates in Haywood, Madison, and other counties were also unsuccessful.
If our pundits are going to throw darts at the BCGOP, they might want to demonstrate some journalistic integrity by comparing apples to apples. In the second most liberal county in the state, (Orange County), Democrats won every race.
This election offers an extraordinary opportunity for the Republican Party to reestablish its dedication to good government and turn North Carolina from the corruptions and excess of the Democratic machine.
The BCGOP is delighted to have done our part to step away from “RINO” Republicans who advocate for passivity and pretense over persistency and principles. Their model was in place for well over a decade and we have watched the Republican banner drop further and further under their control.
It may come as a surprise, but the model for the new BCGOP was borrowed from the “founders” of the Henderson County GOP. These pioneers, many of whom are no longer with us, helped turn what was traditionally a Democratic stronghold into WNC’s Republican cornerstone. They did it by being creatively proactive and putting principles first.
Though our efforts to turn on the lights have understandably received the strongest media attentions, behind the scenes the BCGOP has been working hard to stand for something. We have reaffirmed our dedication to our Party’s true principles, established 5 action committees, conducted numerous fund raising events, established a strong and visible headquarters, challenged liberal shenanigans and political extremism, ran political outreach ads, manned the polls with enthusiasm, and much more.
Going forward is our intention to continue what we are doing with two important additions. We are going to start monitoring and grading the performance of Buncombe’s elected officials and generating action groups to attend local and state meetings to challenge liberal policy dominance.
It has been my honor to serve as Chairman of the BCGOP during one of the most crucial mid-term elections in our country’s history. Advocates for the continued dominance of the Democratic machine, our community, and political pundits are free to throw personal insults as they wish. They are simply mirroring the immaturity accusations they are throwing.
Democrat political power brokers do not howl because their opposition is failing – just the opposite. Media pundits, well, they simply howl to howl.
Buncombe County Republican Party