Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Everyone Is Welcome At Republican Caucuses. Unless They Oppose Senator Orrin Hatch

In his most recent campaign journal, Senator Orrin Hatch had this to say about the neighborhood caucus meetings: "The precinct caucuses are democracy in their purest form, where you ,the voter, have an opportunity to make your voice heard regarding the direction of your political party and the candidates you select to carry the party banner in the upcoming election... I hope you will attend and get involved in our political process at the ground level. " Those are nice sentiments, but they only apply to Senator Hatch's supporters. Mike Ridgway, Republican challenger to Senator Hatch, had some problems accessing the details of his caucus meeting. When he attended the caucus, he found the caucus presided over by County Chairman James Evans while all ballots cast were counted by State Party Chairman Joe Cannon. Also present was a uniformed Deputy of the Salt Lake County Sherriff who removed Ridgway from the Caucus meeting as he attempted to call for a vote to remove Evans as caucus chair. The Republicans present proceeded to elect Ridgway in absentia as a County Republican Delegate.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow...sounds like a mini version of a Utah Court

3/22/2006 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its the Red Mafia!

3/22/2006 10:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

I just read Ridgeway's blog...he comes across as a conspiracy nutjob. Just reading his blog proves he lacks the professionalism to be a legitimate Senator.

Having said that, kudos to him for running for office. Nutjob or not everyone who runs gets my respect - not necessarily my vote though...

3/22/2006 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Logan said...

Senator Hatch was at my Caucus meeting last night. He is a nice enough guy. They allowed a question period at the end, but everyone there kissed the ground he walked on so no one really brought up anything interesting. Most looked like they had been a supporter of Hatch before he even entered office.

I was just so bored. The meeting took far too long.

3/22/2006 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger Reach Upward said...

I think it's been apparent for some time that SL County Republicans have some problems. It's also clear that Ridgeway has had a long-running war with the party's county leadership. While the events Ridgeway describes sound outrageous, there's some history that may have warranted at least some of the bizarre goings on.

Ridgeway's approach to political problem solving more resembles professional wrestling and less resembles Dale Carnegie. That can be a useful quality in a politician, but you have to lie in the bed you make for yourself. Still, I admire him for actually doing something to bring about the changes he wants.

3/22/2006 01:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it any surprise that Mike Ridgway seems to have the SAME problems with WHOEVER is in leadership?

Sounds like a guy that is JUST a bit envious.

And ridiculous.

3/22/2006 06:20:00 PM  
Anonymous je said...

Ridgeway is a human being who deserves respect just like any other "nutcake". He could have expressed himself at any otrher party's meeting and left on his own accord. Joe Cannon is still chair because of Hatch. Huntsman wanted Ivory for chair, but Hatch said that he needed Joe. Now you see why.

Can we please vote these damn carpetbaggers out of office?

3/22/2006 11:11:00 PM  
Blogger Mike Jones said...

I expressed my oposition for Orrin at my caucus meeting and I even said that I support the democratic candidate (though I conceeded that I would talk with the new republican challenger). Not only was I not escorted out by a policeman, I was elected precinct chair anyway. It'll be fun.

I would guess that Ridgeway has not yet learned how to work effectively for change within a political party.

3/23/2006 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Ridgeway's problems with the party seem to stem from one big basic fact. He is challenging the insider-club mentality of the party elite. He actually believes that the party is an instrument of the grassroots, not a reserved domain of the insiders.

Anyone who believes that the insiders will not use any and every dirty trick available to preserve their little kingdom is being rather naive.

3/29/2006 09:36:00 PM  

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