|| 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.”