In the case of last night’s Douglas County Republican Party meeting, they literally meant hiring a dude with a gun as muscle for the event in case things got out of control. (And since when can a guy who is hired security get authority to tell people to calm down at a party meeting?)
But things came close to getting out of control.
Voices were raised, tempers flared.
People shouted over one another.
“Shut up!” was shouted more than once.
In a situation that screamed out for opposing parties to step into a smoke-filled room to hash things out, instead participants decided to settle each others hash out on the meeting floor in front of God and everyone.
The meeting started with an introduction by Party Elder, Hal Daub, and a close by party junior, City Councilperson Aimee Melton. But in the end, the meet, called alternatively a “shit storm” or a “shit show”, depending on who you talked to, ended up with a simple counting.
The side that wanted “Ron Paulista” Jon Tucker as the new Chairman beat the side who wanted “Non-Paulista” Brandon Petersen…by 6 votes. One would likely argue that the 17 people who got the boot from the Central Committee for missing meetings made the difference.
And the arguments about what constituted a meeting, or what was notice, or what was the course of conduct, didn’t make a difference in the end.
If you’re a party member, you hope this is the end.
The new Chair promised to personally call all the Central Committee members.
That’s a start.
And the aforementioned Aimee Melton noted that all the upheaval and disagreement needed to end when the lights were turned off. She noted that members from both sides of the aisle at the DCRP had helped on her campaign. And that if members didn’t come together there would be a victorious side: the Democrats.
(If nothing else comes out of this, it may be the breakout moment for Aimee Melton.)
We look forward to see what happens next.
Wow, interesting story in the OWH about the new gig for Governor Pete Ricketts adviser Jessica Moenning.
We had heard a while back that Ricketts was thinking of using private funds for a position, but we figured it was for the newly created C.O.O. position — and frankly let it drop when that became an official state job.
But with the revelation that Moenning will have some sort of quasi-public/private job, we found it…unusual, to say the least.
There are dozens of questions about this, right?
Will Moenning keep her current lobbying clients, on state issues?
Will she keep her state political clients?
Will she be subject to state ethical considerations?
Will the records of her activities be subject to public review?
Is she a state employee?
Is she a private adviser?
Is she working in a state office?
Who does she report to?
Who reports to her?
What guidelines does she fall under?
Is she campaign staff?
What of her husband’s lobbying?
Here is a legitimate question: If the State Auditor — who used to be Lt. Governor Mike Foley — wanted to audit her, could he? And what could he review?
The thing that we don’t get is that with questions like this, why even bother? Why not just make her either a public employee or keep her as a non-public kitchen cabinet adviser?
The C.O.O. and H.R. positions were “outside the box” for the Governor.
This one can’t even see the box.
We just aren’t clear why they’ve put themselves into this gray area.
The Pat McPherson saga slogs on.
So, everyone stands up and shakes their fist and tells him to quit!
And then…he doesn’t. And they can’t make him quit. And can’t fire him.
On the one hand, McPherson can stand his ground, demonstrate, to the best of his ability, that he’s not a racist, is fair and yadda yadda.
On the other hand, by staying in his gig, he gives the Dems the opportunity to constantly point at him as what’s wrong in the party. And he sticks it to all the other office holders who are forced to show how much they don’t like McPherson.
What a joy.
Stay tuned tomorrow…