Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

N.C. GOP to oust Richard Morgan as leader (Leaders he has worked against the party's interests)
News & Observer ^ | May 22, 2004 | ROB CHRISTENSEN

Posted on 05/22/2004 10:53:55 AM PDT by jern

GREENSBORO -- North Carolina GOP leaders moved Friday to strip the highest-profile Republican in state government -- House co-Speaker Richard Morgan -- of his party leadership post, saying he was "culpable of disloyalty."

In a closed meeting that participants said was filled with angry speeches, the state GOP's 45-member Central Committee recommended overwhelmingly that Morgan be excluded from party leadership -- the political equivalent of a papal excommunication.

The 500-member Executive Committee is expected to ratify the decision when it meets Sunday.

"I think it sends a strong signal that Republicans in this state are going to stand up for conservative values ... and will seek after the best interests of the party, as opposed to self-serving individuals," said Nelson Dollar, a GOP delegate from Cary.

Morgan, a veteran lawmaker from Moore County, was not present as the three-day state Republican Convention opened at a convention hotel Friday. But in a telephone interview, he said he was being attacked because he was trying to broaden the party, rather than make it ideologically narrow.

"Actions like that are two steps backwards for the Hillsborough Street Republicans," he said, referring to the party's state headquarters on Raleigh's Hillsborough Street, "and one step forward for what I am trying to do to reach out and be more inclusive and bring a vision to our party.

"I'm tired of people who just want to toss grenades and see what they can blow up."

What prompted this feud was the 2002 election, when voters elected a 61-59 Republican majority in the House. The House became deadlocked 60-60 when a Republican legislator switched to the Democratic Party.

Morgan led a group of five Republican House members to form a governing coalition with the Democrats. Morgan shared the speakership last year with Democrat Jim Black of Mecklenburg County and is doing so again in the legislative session that started this month.

The co-speakers decide which proposals come up for votes -- and which bills go nowhere. They also play a key role in deciding how to spend the $15 billion-plus in the annual state budget.

Beyond bridge-building

Republican delegates said their anger at Morgan goes beyond his forming a coalition with House Democrats. They complain that he backed a tax increase during a 2003 budget shortfall, sided with Democrats on legislative redistricting decisions last year that will make it more difficult to elect Republicans and has recruited opponents to run against several of his most vocal House critics in the July 20 Republican primary.

They chose to expel Morgan from membership on the state Republican Executive Committee to express their displeasure. No one could remember that happening before to any elected official.

Party leaders said there was just one dissenting vote Friday on the Central Committee to expel Morgan from his party post.

"It was pretty passionate in there," said Chris Farr, a Republican activist from Raleigh who helped lead the effort to oust Morgan. "This is a very sober, very sad fight."

Farr said she hoped the action could be used by Morgan's Republican primary opponent to unseat him. His challenger, Peggy Crutchfield, president of United Way of Moore County, calls him a Benedict Arnold who betrayed conservative voters.

Morgan and his allies aren't sitting still. They created the N.C. Republican Main Street Committee, a new kind of nonprofit advocacy group that can accept anonymous donations. It has already started running radio ads praising Morgan's leadership.

GOP activists said they thought the party warfare would not damage Republicans in this big election year, when a U.S. Senate seat, governor, other statewide offices and all 170 legislative seats are on the ballot. Instead they said booting Morgan would help impose party discipline and energize the party.

North Carolina Republicans have a long history of factional fights -- mainly between traditional business and mountain Republicans and more conservative Jesse Helms Republicans -- that seem not to have hurt the party's growth.

Morgan said he doesn't have to defend his record of party loyalty, noting that his work for Republicans dates to the 1970s when he served in the administration of Gov. Jim Holshouser.

Morgan speaks out

He said the opposition is being led by his critics in Wake County, singling out former state Rep. Art Pope, a Raleigh businessman whose family has been a financial patron of Republican and conservative causes.

Morgan likened his own efforts of working with Democrats to those by two fellow Republicans -- President Bush and North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole -- to broaden the party among women and other groups of voters. Morgan expressed concern that North Carolina Republicans are having a difficult time winning the support of moderate suburban voters.

"I'm tired of an extreme point of view holding the rest of the party hostage," he said.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: gop; mainstreet; ncgop; northcarolina; oldnorthstate; richardmorgan
It is about time that someone put Richard Morgan in his place. Good job.
1 posted on 05/22/2004 10:53:56 AM PDT by jern
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Constitution Day; mykdsmom; Howlin

good news ping!


2 posted on 05/22/2004 10:55:20 AM PDT by jern
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jern

This would seem to open the door for George Holmes (the Yadkin County rep that lost out in the Speakership vote last year) to assume the throne... unless other shuffles are in the works.


3 posted on 05/22/2004 11:02:58 AM PDT by alancarp (When does it cease to be Freedom of the Press, and become outright sedition???)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jern

AMEN! I am glad to see the NC GOP is making moves to oust his RINO rear-end! "Sharing" the speaker position was the straw that broke the camel's back for me.

Good move, IMHO.


4 posted on 05/22/2004 11:05:03 AM PDT by Littlejon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: jern

Sounds good. I take it that "Main Street Republicans" is just a newfangled way of saying "Big Tent Republicans."


5 posted on 05/22/2004 11:06:01 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jern

AND, the Civil War of our time moves to a new front. I am liking it!! GOOD JOB!!!!!!!


6 posted on 05/22/2004 11:29:18 AM PDT by Gator113
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jern

Could you fill is us westerners about this guy's errors? (Not that I disbelieve that article - RINOs are anathema!)

I just want to get cheered up.


7 posted on 05/22/2004 11:53:57 AM PDT by little jeremiah ("Gay Marriage" - a Weapon of Mass. Destruction!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jern

Ousting Morgan is similar to leaving 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean -- a good start.


8 posted on 05/22/2004 11:54:22 AM PDT by TommyDale
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jern
""I'm tired of an extreme point of view holding the rest of the party hostage," he said."

Liberals infiltrating to move republicans further and further left.

9 posted on 05/22/2004 12:05:34 PM PDT by monkeywrench
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JohnnyZ; William Creel

Morgan & Decker need to be ousted in their primaries.


10 posted on 05/22/2004 1:15:18 PM PDT by Kuksool (Get your souls to the polls in November)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: monkeywrench
Liberals infiltrating to move republicans further and further left.

Communists have a word for that, convergence.
11 posted on 05/22/2004 4:13:07 PM PDT by DarkWaters
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: DarkWaters

It sounds like this Morgan as the NC "Speaker" is much in league with the "Republican" President of the FL Senate, Jim King, another "popular" moderate.


12 posted on 05/22/2004 5:21:41 PM PDT by Theodore R. (When will they ever learn?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: jern

But first the party will need to have a quorum at the Sunday morning meeting. For that reason, Huber and I will be hitting the road shortly for an hour-and-a-half drive to Greensboro, for a 10 minute meeting. (At times I question my sanity.)


13 posted on 05/23/2004 3:42:41 AM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: TaxRelief

who's driving???LOL..thanks for all you and Huber do.


14 posted on 05/23/2004 3:48:12 AM PDT by rrrod
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: rrrod

The big tent concept is a good idea except some Republicans think this means caving in to the RATS! We need to attract voters that have conservative values..and there are lots out there! Points of policy and ideas can be debated but not principles....Toss out the RINO scum!


15 posted on 05/23/2004 3:58:49 AM PDT by rrrod
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Theodore R.
It sounds like this Morgan as the NC "Speaker" is much in league with the "Republican" President of the FL Senate, Jim King, another "popular" moderate.

There is a difference; like Morgan, King is self-serving; unlike Morgan, however, King is evil.

16 posted on 05/23/2004 4:26:04 AM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: rrrod

That's why we need to start walking in old, established, black neighborhoods and sharing the Republican message. They need to hear that the Democrat party took a "sharp left turn" and left them behind.


17 posted on 05/23/2004 4:31:40 AM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: jern
Wow!!!

This is the best news I've read all week, thanks for the ping!
Is anyone challenging him or Michael Decker in the primaries?

18 posted on 05/23/2004 7:44:04 AM PDT by Constitution Day
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Constitution Day

yea Decker is tost...


19 posted on 05/23/2004 8:39:42 AM PDT by jern
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: jern; Constitution Day; *Old_North_State; **North_Carolina; mykdsmom; TaxRelief; 100%FEDUP; ...

History was made today in North Carolina.



"Whereas Richard Morgan has stated publicly his intention as Speaker to defeat his political enemies within the Republican House Caucus...

"Whereas Richard Morgan was intimately involved in the disign of the adopted unconstitional redistricting maps that would likely prevent the Rupublican Party from obtaining a Republican majority...

"Whereas Richard Morgan has since the adoption joined as a plaintiff in legal actions designed and contrived to prevent a Republican Majority...

"Whereas Richard Morgan refused to voter for either of the Republican House Caucus nominees for Speaker of the House, and

"Whereas Richard Morgan's activities withing the Republican House Caucus directly and substantially contributed to the loss of a solely Republican Speakership of the NOrht Carolina House, and

"Whereas Richard Morgan's vote in favor of the House resolution naming himself and Democrat Jim Black as Co-speakers falls withing the meaning of "influencing the outcome of any election against a Republican endorsed be the appropriate Legislative Caucus," and

"Whereas Article VII.G of the NCGOP State Plan of Organization states that "Each officer and each Member of the State Executive Committee shall refrain from utilizing the powers and dignity of his or her office or position in any Republican Primary for public office at any level," and

"Whereas (2 more violations listed)

"Whereas ...[he was warned by this committee]... (snip)

"Therefore the Executive Committee of the NCGOP finds that Richard Morgan's agenda is different from and injurious to the NCGOP, and

"Further blah, blah, and

"Further the Exec Committee of the NCGOP orders Richard Morgan's immediate removal from the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Republican Party pursuant to Article VII.A.7 of the North Carolina Party State Plan of Organization.



NC *Ping*

Let MYkdsmom, Constitution Day or Taxrelief know if you want on or off the NCPing list, or if you think you've been accidentally dropped, or ....
If you hear from ayone that this was "divisive", ask them why the decision was unanimous with the exception of Morgan and his small band of Morganistas (8 out of 170 votes).
20 posted on 05/23/2004 12:32:58 PM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Constitution Day

Peggy Crutchfield is challenging Morgan (in the primaries) and
Larry Brown is challenging Decker (in the primaries).


21 posted on 05/23/2004 12:41:06 PM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: TaxRelief

I thought the NCGOP was the cause of all bad things in NC?


22 posted on 05/23/2004 1:12:29 PM PDT by jern
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: jern
I thought the NCGOP was the cause of all bad things in NC?

For example?

23 posted on 05/23/2004 1:48:42 PM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: TaxRelief

just going be some of the posts on this board. I mean to put in the </sarcasm> tag.


24 posted on 05/23/2004 2:23:16 PM PDT by jern
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: TaxRelief

The decision will be meaningful only if Morgan is defeated in the primaries or if he switches to the RATS.


25 posted on 05/23/2004 3:28:05 PM PDT by Kuksool (Get your souls to the polls in November)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Kuksool

Mebbe we need to find a way to support his primary opponent, Peggy Crutchfield.


26 posted on 05/23/2004 5:37:47 PM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: rrrod

2cool was at the meeting, too!


27 posted on 05/23/2004 5:39:57 PM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Gator113; Littlejon; TommyDale; Cicero
Update on Richard Morgan- post #20
28 posted on 05/23/2004 5:51:13 PM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: TaxRelief

Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would sure like to see much more of this kind of thing across this Nation.


29 posted on 05/23/2004 6:17:15 PM PDT by Gator113
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: jern
This is a great action, but only a symbolic one.

It's time to do something meaningful, and time's wasting. Please support Peggy Crutchfield.

WE

30 posted on 05/23/2004 6:44:47 PM PDT by Windom Earle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Windom Earle

BTW, I heard there was one vote in support of Morgan at the Central Committee meeting. Anybody know who it was? I've got a suspicion but haven't confirmed it yet...


31 posted on 05/23/2004 6:56:18 PM PDT by Windom Earle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Windom Earle

I assumed that it was Richard Morgan himself.


32 posted on 05/24/2004 5:55:58 AM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: TaxRelief

Did he have the guts to even show up?


33 posted on 05/24/2004 6:45:09 PM PDT by Windom Earle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Windom Earle

Morgan was not at the convention, and when his staff was questioned about that, one of them responded with "He doesn't have time for this; He's out making jobs for the citizens of North Carolina!" [Barf]

He may well have been at the first Central Committee meeting, however. I don't know. Kidd was his only outspoken supporter otherwise. Maybe there is some relevance to the fact that Martha Spiegel was the one who made the motion for secret ballot. So who knows who the dissenting voter could have been?


34 posted on 05/25/2004 5:21:03 AM PDT by TaxRelief (Keep your kids safe; keep W in the White House.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson