David Maldonado, a candidate for the 8th congressional district who came to our Midtown Republican Club meeting, emails that he is being told by the state party that he may be removed from the candidates. He writes: “According to TRP Bylaws I need to be ‘vouched for’: Any individual who is vouched for in writing to the satisfaction of the State Chairman as a bona fide Republican, such as by an officer of the TRP, a member of the State Executive Committee, County Executive Committee of the County where the individual resides, or a Republican Election Official. The State Chairman may require additional verification that the individual in question is indeed a bona fide Republican, and shall have final authority to make the determination.” He was told yesterday at 4 p.m. that he has until noon today to be “vouched for” or he will be removed. Maldonado adds, “Please consider sending an email to TNGOP Chairman Ryan Haynes at: Ryan@TNGOP.org.” Is the party trying to drive people away?
If you are still looking for the outcome in the American Samoa primary, all I can find is that Trump and Cruz each won a delegate. You’d think news services would provide this information, but apparently they don’t care.
Camille Paglia has a way with words. She wrote this and couldn’t be more right: “Trump with his pragmatic real-life record is a far more palatable national figure than Ted Cruz, whose unctuous, vainglorious professions of Christian piety don’t pass the smell test. Trump is a blunt, no-crap mensch, while Cruz is a ham actor, doling out fake compassion like chopped liver. Cruz’s lugubrious, weirdly womanish face, with its prim, tight smile and mawkishly appealing puppy-dog eyebrows, is like a waxen mask, always on the verge of melting. This guy doesn’t know who the hell he is — and the White House is no place for him and us to find out.”
Donald Trump was scheduled to speak at the Conservative Political Action group tomorrow, but got wind of a plan to have the audience walk out on him and canceled.
Here’s what someone at CPAC reported: “I’m here at the event right now and can tell you that ALL the juice evaporated after word spread he’d cancelled. It felt almost like the attendees were getting ready for a beheading, only to find out the victim had escaped.”
What’s wrong with these people?
Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar also dropped by our meeting to announce he’s running for the House District 8 congressional seat currently held by Stephen Fincher, who is retiring. Basar says he lives in the district and hopes to win the August primary.
At our Midtown Republican Club meeting last night, Shelby GOP Chairman Mary Wagner came to ask for Republicans to volunteer for the election March 1st. She said we don’t have as many Republican officials as we need. Even high school students aged 17 can help and get time off from school if approached. Check ShelbyGOP website for more information.
You are invited to attend the Fox Business Presidential debate watch party Thursday, January 14, at the Fox & Hound on Sanderlin. It starts at 7 p.m.