GOP Feud in Haywood County

Internal Debate Divides Haywood GOP reads the headline in this week's Smoky Mountain News.

No doubt veteran political observer Becky Johnson has poked the elephant out here in the mountains;

Some mainstream Republicans in Haywood County fear their local party is being hijacked by a far-right faction with extreme views on what limited government should look like.

County party vice-chair Mitchell Powell has resigned, saying that long-standing party members are falling away and refusing to contribute to local party operations.

Powell said anyone who’s not in lockstep with the party’s new activist faction is subject to public ridicule, and he’d personally had enough.

“During the meetings, I would have to endure constant attacks and smart-ass remarks,” Powell said...

“We have some people in there now that I just can’t go along with,” said Sara Warren, a long-time party volunteer who has been turned off by the melee. “Truly, I think they want us to walk out so they can have the party and reclass it as a tea party. They want us to leave.”

“They are just mud stirrers. They don’t want to move forward unless it is their way,” said Don Kelly, the former chairman of the local party. “It is so bad, they are more dysfunctional than the national Republican Party. They got a group of people in there that just overran it.”

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.


Bill Wilke

The article refers to Bill Wilke, who unsuccessfully sought the office of Haywood County Sheriff as a Republican. Wilke is a City of Asheville police lieutenant, who was involved in some of the public dustup recently with Asheville's African-American police chief, William Anderson.

Wilke claimed he was coerced during an investigation over an accident involving Anderson's son.


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

The march of the brownshirts

If they care at all about their party, they need to stand up to these ignorant bullies. And it won't be pretty, so they better pack a few lunches.

Seems like a microcosm

of the national GOP.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014