RALEIGH – The real forces that power the NCGOP became apparent after the election of Hassan Harnett to chairman was quickly met with manufactured scandals, legal battles, and, finally, kicking Harnett out to replace him with Robin Hayes.
The whole fiasco made it clear that the party had very little tolerance for the grassroots conservative activism that elected Harnett, and they;d be on guard against it thereafter.
Enter the ‘Haywood Five‘ – a handful of Haywood County conservative activists that had a knack for getting under the skin of establishment NCGOP fixtures.
Now, one of them, Eddie Cabe, has filed a grievance with the NC State Bar regarding the NCGOP General Counsel banning the individuals from last year’s convention, and using a photo of him and his teenage daughter on what amounted to a “Wanted” poster.
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Cabe is incensed that a photo of his young daughter was used, hence the grievance, but conservatives should be incensed about the fact that conservatives were issued ‘No Trespassing’ orders.
Banning conservatives from the N.C. Republican Party convention is not something that is likely to earn the respect of the grassroots conservatives across the Old North State that put Republicans in power in the first place.
From the grievance filing:
“On May 16 2017 Mr. Stark sent out “No Trespass” letters to folks across the state. Myself and several others in Haywood County received one of these letters, see attachments. EXHIBIT Al, A2, Banning us from Attending any Republican Party meetings in the State of North Carolina, even events in our own home counties, preventing me from voting in Local County and State GOP issues. All mailed from Mr. Stark’s Address in Chapel Hill, NC.
My thoughts then were that he had NO authority to ‘ban’ or discipline anyone; these responsibilities were not in his job description. Perhaps the NCGOP Board might be authorized to take such action; however, I was unable to find any such measure in the GOP Plan of Organization or allied formation documents. Besides, if they did have this power, why was their action not included? I am an honorably discharged veteran, with NO criminal history; I did rebut the caustic letter from Mr. Stark, AND contacted his office several times afterwards, both by registered US Mail and by many emails attempting, without success, to obtain some response, however meager, to my inquiries.”
So, conservatives take note – if your a rabble rouser for the constitution and the principles of liberty and get a little too “aggressive” on social media, the NCGOP may seek to blackball you from all sorts of Republican events.
This year’s convention is being held in Hickory, June 7-10. You can register here, but make sure your Facebook rants aren’t too aggressive first.
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