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GOP Chairman: Let Rival Speak

|| By FITSNEWS || South Carolina “Republican” party chairman Matt Moore has asked Greenville County GOP officials to permit his rival to address the county’s convention. Greenville GOP chairman Chad Groover – a liberal establishment “Republican” – curtly informed SCGOP chairman candidate Mark Powell that he was “not opening the…

|| By FITSNEWS || South Carolina “Republican” party chairman Matt Moore has asked Greenville County GOP officials to permit his rival to address the county’s convention.

Greenville GOP chairman Chad Groover – a liberal establishment “Republican” – curtly informed SCGOP chairman candidate Mark Powell that he was “not opening the convention to candidate speeches other than the presidential candidates.”

Powell was told he could “welcome to pay $10 and come as a visitor” or “buy an ad in our program or buy a table to distribute literature.”

The move is widely seen as retribution against limited government advocates – who were run out of the party last October.

To his credit, Moore – who is speaking at the event – urged Groover to reconsider his decision.

“We asked the chairman that he be able to speak,” a source close to Moore’s campaign told FITS.

According to Moore’s allies, the chairman believes “in letting all voices be heard.”

We agree …

Honestly, we could give a rat’s rear end what the Greenville “Republican” party does or doesn’t do … same with the state party.  “Republicans” have been dead to us for years.  But the ongoing battle between the establishment GOP and the limited government movement is worth following.

Especially in light of a recent effort to force “Republican” candidates and elected officials to toe the line on the party’s platform …

UPDATE: SCGOP activist Delinda Ridings has posted an email from Moore confirming our reporting.  In the email Moore states, “I’ve communicated to the county leadership that, in the interests of fairness and respect for time, I’m willing to not speak- or alternatively, any state GOP officer candidate should be allowed to speak for 3-5 minutes.”

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7 comments

TroubleBaby April 10, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Sounds like a sissy fight. Will there be hair pulling in addition to slapping?

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Mark Powell April 10, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Hope not I don’t have any to spare

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Dan Ruck April 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Ha! Ha! When the Greenville Co. Dems had their shindig their candidate for governor couldn’t be bothered to show up. Other statewide candidates gave their spiels and then split. Most of the 100 or so voters in attendance had walked out before the end, too. I don’t know why the GOP should expect a big showing either.

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Grooving April 10, 2015 at 4:12 pm

DeLinda is such a peach

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Pineapple Twist April 11, 2015 at 10:28 am

Maybe they learned something since last election under Chad’s great leadership. I think Chad and Lin Bennett did a better job at turning away Republicans than bringing them together. Kudo’s to Matt.

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Slartibartfast April 11, 2015 at 10:55 pm

If I were the director of ANY party, I would not cut the appendages off an entire area of the state and then think I had any suasion at all. Eventually, there will be a true third party, true to the constitution. And it will come from the Upstate, where Tigers roar and Gamecocks have to ask permission to go to the bathroom. As a Gamecock from another part of the state, I hope I have made everyone reasonably upset.

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Pineapple Twist April 12, 2015 at 12:01 am

LOL – I won’t disagree (gamecocks v. Tigers) but only in a humorous way. I’m routing for the Tigers.

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