Why was Boldt sanctioned by GOP?
Party leaders wanted commissioner to "straighten up"
Originally published March 22, 2012 at 2:31 p.m., updated March 22, 2012 at 7:22 p.m.
Republican Marc Boldt was sanctioned by the county party’s executive board more than three months ago for making decisions that were deemed out of line with the party.
Boldt, 57, faces a challenger from within his party in his bid for a third term on the Board of Clark County Commissioners.
The sanctions included getting removed from the Clark County GOP’s website and not being able to use the party’s resources, such as financial support and mailing lists, said Brandon Vick, chairman of the Clark County GOP.
A Clark County Democrats official said Thursday the party does not sanction elected officials.
Boldt said Thursday he plans to meet next week with the GOP’s executive board to see if sanctions will be lifted.More of Rice's slavish devotion to Boldt here:
And here: Boldt not allowed to speak at convention
And here: Boldt flap prompts two to quit GOP board
And then here: In Our View: GOP Wounds Self-Inflicted
All of this was internal: none of it should have been discussed in public. Everyone knew that Boldt had, after years of being the democratian's pinata abandoned his conservative principles and became their butt boy on the CRC scam and that the rag would lie, exaggerate, twist the truth and use this episode as an opportunity to screw the GOP.
Didn't work, of course: Boldt couldn't buy a democrat vote unless it was tied to the downtown mafia, and he was splattered countywide in the last election.
I point all of this out as reminder: that two democrat senators in the State Senate have been "excommunicated" by the dems... AFTER, of course, they spewed tripe like this:.
Well, here's today's installment:Oh the whaling! The gnashing of teeth! The RINO's going into outrage!
But most of all, the flat out lying of local democrats.
So, when two democrats align with the Senate GOP, what happens? They are both immediately and unceremoniously what?Of course, local Democrats could hardly contain their glee over dissension in the enemy camp, boasting about their “big-tent” inclusiveness and huffing that they would never deign to expose any donkey’s warts. Why, that’s beneath the dignity of local politics! County Commissioner Steve Stuart, a Democrat, noted that “it is amusing to see Republicans eat their own, but it is bad for the community.”Well, naturally Stuart would say that: Democrat Stuart has been the recipient of two of Boldt's endorsements.
The Clark County Democrats, in contrast, do not sanction officials.“The Clark County Democrats are a ‘big tent’ organization,” Vice Chairman Nick Ande wrote in an email. “We don’t assume that all Democrats are going to have exactly the same views, and we appreciate that diversity in viewpoint within our party rather than admonishing it. No county Democrat has been blacklisted because they have what are perceived as more moderate viewpoints.”
Kicked out. By the state democrats. PRECISELY like the county GOP gave Marc Boldt the boot
OLYMPIA, Feb. 8.–State senators Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon aren’t invited to the party anymore – so says state Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz, in a letter distributed via email Thursday afternoon.
Although party-building emails like that one arrive in email baskets every day, often three and four times a day during campaign season, it might be the first time the technique has been used for purposes of excommunication. The regular emails help build mailing lists that can be used to flood the Legislature with phone calls, raise money and target specific groups of voters with political messages. It shows resentment about Tom and Sheldon runs high enough in some partisan circles that it is judged an effective way of motivating the party faithful.
The two Democrats, middle-of-the-roaders with a deep independent streak, were among three who voted with Republicans last March 2 on the budget, turning control of the Senate upside down. This year they said they wanted to spare the endgame upheaval and joined with Republicans to form a coalition. With two Democrats and 23 Senate Republicans, the 25-member Majority Coalition Caucus has the votes to rule the Senate. The reorganization has left the Senate Democratic Caucus a minority, with just 24 votes in the upper chamber.
Tom and Sheldon say they did it to ensure that the Legislature would consider fiscally responsible spending and reforms to state programs – something they say would be far less likely under the old Senate order. But the decision doesn’t impress those who place great importance on party ties. If Tom and Sheldon hadn’t done it, the Democratic Party would have had a clean sweep of all the bases of power in the Legislature – the governor’s mansion, the House and Senate. The Senate Democratic Caucus as a whole rejected an offer of six chairmanships and three co-chairmanships, though three members individually decided to accept gavels. And while the talk on the Senate floor has been genteel, as one might expect in the state’s highest deliberative body, the state party is under no such constraint.
Calls Them Traitors
On Feb. 2, at its organizational meeting, the state Democratic Party passed a resolution of “censure” against the two members. That means no help at campaign time, it says – no more campaign contributions from the state party and no more access to Democratic mailing lists. And no doubt, a swift call to security if either show up at Democratic headquarters.
The letter urges the faithful to sign an electronic letter of protest, thus putting their names on lists that might be utilized in later battles and campaigns. The letter from Pelz urges Democrats to “call out Tom and Sheldon for the traitors they are. Join us and co-sign our letter telling Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon that they are no longer part of the Democratic party.”
Pelz minces no words. He notes that the state party gave Tom $25,000 in campaign funds, but under the new order of things, Tom has become Senate majority leader. “Rodney Tom has been paid off for his treachery,” he says. “He was given the position of Senate Majority Leader, the most powerful position in the Senate. This just shows how he’ll place his own political ambitions over the people he’s supposed to represent.”
You know, I get it. The GOP would likely do the same.
But the point of all of this is two-fold:
First, that the democrats responding to the Boldt debacle were, in fact, lying.
Second, the democratian is unlikely to spend a lot of time pointing that out.
What these fringe-left whackers don't get is that there's at least 2 more years of this: how smart is it to cut off communication with the two guys best positioned to make something happen? Who, in fact, are they going to turn to?
It's a tough situation. And the oh-so-high-and-mighty democrat's treaction to all of this?
Even harsher than that of the local GOP to Boldt.
No hypocrisy there, eh, gang?