Sunday, July 19, 2009

MDGOP Executive Fortitude

And so another misguided attempt by a cabal of political opportunists to pull off a GOP palace coup crashes into a smoldering and fetid heap on West Street yesterday. The fetid heaps are beginning to pile up, too. The latest episode marks the third attempt over the last two years to discredit conservative leaders in the MD GOP (once in the Spring and again in the Fall of 2007) and the smell leads straight to those named in the e-mail message I received describing the whole sordid affair.
"On Saturday the Republican Executive Committee passed a resolution of no confidence in Chairman Pelura by a vote of 20-10. However there is not any immediate impact of the resolution. Pelura told the meeting he had no intention in resigning.

"Under the by-laws, only a full vote of the entire state Central Committee at a convention can remove the Chairman, and a two-thirds vote is required. Counties representing a potential weighted vote of about 50% at a convention opposed the resolution, including Anne Arundel, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's, Wicomico and Worcester. The other counties and all the officers voted except Pelura for the resolution. Pelura did not vote.

"The Committee rebuked candidate for Governor Mike Pappas on several occasions. First Pappas attempted to prevent Pelura from presiding at the meeting as Chairman. This effort was defeated. Later Pappas attempted to close off discussion, although Charles County Chairman Charles Lollar was attempting to be recognized. The Committee voted down the Pappas resolution and Lollar was given a chance to speak.

"Repeated criticism was also directed at First Vice Chairman Chris Cavey for his press comments criticizing Pelura. Some members called on him to resign if Pelura remained as Chairman."
In addition to Pappas and Cavey, I would add Sens. Nancy Jacobs and Allan Kittleman. How miserable they must be now that they have been turned out by the grown-ups of the MDGOP and sent to their room to cry. I guess we'll need a new candidate for Governor, assuming that Pappas isn't entirely shameless and does the honorable thing.

Here's a suggestion: instead of working for another six months on making yourselves look like utter buffoons (not hard work, granted) why don't all you self-promoting, disloyal, counter-productive, self-important panderers to the politically correct, just go away? Hmmm? Take a vacation. You must be exhausted. Climb a mountain. Better yet, move your operations to Chicago. You could learn a few things about how to run a real morally corrupt political show there.

For those who are not as familiar with the big picture, or for those for whom the smell test isn't quite enough, I suggest the following excellent essay on power politics in the MD GOP by Michael Swartz.


Anonymous said...

Gee, maybe Sara Palin and Jim Pelura have something here. You know, state a conservative opinion and wait for the scavengers to rise to the surface only to find they are alone on water and not supported. Wow! Maybe The MD GOP could ask Sara to speak at a Republican Central Committee meeting on, oh maybe get your sierra all in one bravo, before you mouth off. Im just sayin'
Bill Netherland
Severna Park

Anonymous said...

Okay, so Pelura alienates not one, not two, but five legislative leaders over two years (Brinkley, Kittleman, Jacobs in the Senate, O'Donnell and Shank in the House), has not gotten the GOP out of debt-not all his fault but still happening on his watch-petulantly fires the Exec Director (2nd ED in 2 and a half years that he tired of), has been through two events coordinators, and has his entire group of party officers (who are all longtime party activists and conservative) asking him to resign, but Pelura is right and everyone else who knows anything about politics and winning elections is wrong, liberal, your words...not a grownup.

I suppose that only Pelura (and you) get to define who is a real Republican and who isn't. Apparently, when the supreme chairman speaks, and someone even has a small disagreement, then that person is "a liberal" or disloyal...

Your logic is spell-binding in it's are we going to win elections next year with no money and no plan in a liberal state?

Leadership is NOT just bossing people around and when they disagree with you, calling them names and blaming them for's bringing people together...something Pelura has not done.

Mike Netherland said...

1. Pelura didn't install himself by force; He was ELECTED chairman by these same "longtime" Republicans and conservatives who suddenly now find they were wrong about him. What were they thinking when they voted him Chairman? Were they temporarily insane? Were they duped? Drugged?

2. Only one ED was fired. His predecessor, John Flynn, left under amicable terms to pursue other opportunities and is a staunch defender of Pelura.

3. Maybe I don't know what a Real Republican is anymore. True partisanship in Maryland is a farce. There probably are more life-long Republicans at the New York Times than in all of Maryland.

I can't say the anti-Pelura crowd are not conservatives; But I can question their motives and their logic. It is self-defeating to openly challenge our conservative Republican leaders. It makes us look like petty theives or worse and is red meat for the liberals.

We have become the laughingstock of Maryland politics because of it. Is this MY fault?

Now if you want to debate the finer points of fundraising and winning elections then you need to take a broader view. Pelura may be a horse doctor but neither he nor anyone else you can think of can bring light and sound to the Republicans in MD who are guided mainly by their sense of smell. And nothing smells better than bacon.

Anonymous said...

Pelura was elected in December 2006 right? Have you ever voted for someone, realized you made a terrible mistake based on their actions, and tried to get them out of office later? They probably thought that Pelura would get the job done and play well with others. Are we better off than we were in 2007? Just sayin...

"Openly challenging our conservative Republican leaders"
Is Pelura criticizing GOP General Assembly leadership in the press not the same thing? And, by the way, I don't think most of our GOP legislators in Annapolis are "porkers". I remember both caucuses tried to get bond bill funding stripped last session but were voted down by the know, the REAL enemy?!

As to your point about true partisanship, you've obviously never listened to floor debate in the General Assembly as Session goes down to the'll hear Republicans standing strong against the left-wing habits in our state.

If this is a conservative vs. liberal thing, then why are Alex Mooney and Andy Harris on board with getting rid of Pelura? Because they understand that we have to have resources and a strong organization to have any hope of winning anything in Maryland.

Republicans get elected in Maryland by and large when they campaign as independent of the establishment and as common sense leaders. Very few areas in Maryland will elect Republicans if they think that they are far-right conservative Republicans...much as it pains me. So, the answer is to project a common sense, independent image while campaigning, and then vote the right way and use the bully pulpit in Annapolis.

Mike Netherland said...

Ouch. This is the first I've heard that Andy Harris is a bandwagoneer. Given my well-known support for the Harris campaign and Harris personally, you would think I would have been so advised.

Well, I have a e-mail out to Andy asking where he stands...stay tuned.

Anonymous said...

Am I missing something? Aren't the same people moaning about the dire future of the Republican Party in Maryland if Jim Pelura remains as Chairman the same people who George Costanza, I mean Mike Pappas, should be a candidate for Governor.

Close your eyes and picture Pappas in a debate with O'Malley. Not good.

Is this their idea of candidate recruitment?

Mike Netherland said...

This just in: Andy Harris has NOT taken a position on the Pelura issue and likely will stay out of "internal party business."

I (and Sen. Harris) agree with you that GOP candidates will likely succeed or fail on their own, regardless of the state of the Party's finances. What the state party apparatus and leadership can do is set the tone and articulate the principles of the party so that voters can compare a candidate's position with that of the party.

Of course a well-financed party should be able to do this more effectively. But if Republicans don't see this as a priority or if they have reason to believe their funds will be squandered while party pooh-bahs fight amongst themselves, then no matter who is chairman, funds will continue to be tight.