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College Republican leaders ousted over bake sale
Grand Rapids Press ^ | 4/7/05

Posted on 04/07/2005 11:06:24 AM PDT by KidGlock

College Republican leaders ousted over bake sale

Thursday, April 07, 2005

By Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood

The Grand Rapids Press

ALLENDALE -- Kyle Rausch started the day Monday as president of the Grand Valley State University College Republicans.

By day's end, he had denounced the Republican party and was considering law school as an alternative to public office.

"My political career is pretty much shot," said the 19-year-old political science major who spearheaded last month's controversial bake sale, sponsored by the College Republicans.

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At the club's meeting Monday, Rausch, of Adrian, club vice president Paul Leitelt, and treasurer Matt Blondke were asked by fellow members to resign.

"There was outside advice, but the group made the decision on its own," said Mike Westcott, past president and founder of the Grand Valley chapter of the College Republicans.

Westcott, 23, of Grand Haven, said the group wants to "apologize for offending and move on."

The March 21 bake sale upset several students, including five who filed complaints with the university, alleging the group violated GVSU's anti-discrimination policy.

During the sale, the students offered cupcakes for $2 for white men, 75 cents for blacks and white women, 50 cents for Asians and Hispanics, and 5 cents for American Indians.

Prompted by the complaints, administrators set up a review panel to conduct a hearing this Friday.

Paul Leidig, the club's faculty adviser, said "the club supported the idea of the bake sale as a satirical form of expression against affirmative action."

But Leidig, who also is chairman of the Ottawa County Republican Party, said he did not know the students planned to use a racially biased price scale when he approved the event.

"Had I known that, I would have not approved it," he said.

As a result of the controversy, Leidig said he advised the students to consider a leadership change to acknowledge they respect the fact people were offended by the bake sale.

"They do not feel they violated any section of the student code," Leidig said.

Rausch said he was planning to make a case at Friday's review for why the group had the right to hold the bake sale.

"The university recognized the fact that as long as I was in the driver's seat, I was not going to back down," Rausch said.

"They used the Republican Party to force me out and got the group to apologize for something they never should have apologized for.

"I've been called a bigot and racist," Rausch said. "There's nothing racist about saying affirmative action should be based on economic means and not race."

Rausch now describes himself as a "conservative independent" and said he plans to start a campus conservative student group next year.

Westcott said he will represent the College Republicans at Friday's hearing.

"We should admit wrong where wrong was done," he said.

"We're reasonable people. We're not going to fight for the sake of fighting."


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KEYWORDS: academia; affirmativeaction; bakesale; collegerepublicans; fired; gutlessgop; reallystupididea; rino
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1 posted on 04/07/2005 11:06:26 AM PDT by KidGlock
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To: KidGlock

Looks like he got sold out by candyasses.


2 posted on 04/07/2005 11:09:21 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: wideawake

Looks like it.


3 posted on 04/07/2005 11:11:04 AM PDT by Enterprise (Abortion and "euthanasia" - the twin destroyers of the Democrat Party.)
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To: KidGlock

Westcott sounds like a future Orrin Hatch!


4 posted on 04/07/2005 11:12:28 AM PDT by Txsleuth (Mark Levin for Supreme Court Justice)
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To: KidGlock
Silly kids, don't they know that racism is only permitted to be used by the college and its liberal leadership, not at the college, by its students.
5 posted on 04/07/2005 11:12:40 AM PDT by TChris (Just once, we need an elected official to stand up to a clearly incorrect ruling by a court. - Ann C)
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To: KidGlock
"I've been called a bigot and racist," Rausch said. "There's nothing racist about saying affirmative action should be based on economic means and not race."

It's ironic that the guy trying to point out racism is being called a racist.

6 posted on 04/07/2005 11:13:32 AM PDT by TheDon (Euthanasia is an atrocity.)
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To: KidGlock

Sounds like Ottawa County has some idiotic and stupid republicans.

The bake sale was a perfectly fine event.

I demand an apology from those Republicans for offending me.


7 posted on 04/07/2005 11:13:45 AM PDT by Bogey78O (*tagline removed per request*)
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To: KidGlock
Apparently now everyone has the "right" to not be offended on a college campus... unless of course you happen to a white, Christian Republican... then the only right you have is to sit down and shut up.
8 posted on 04/07/2005 11:14:01 AM PDT by Namyak (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: wideawake

yep.

And those candyasses are likely future leaders of the republican party.

It's not called the stupid party for nothing!


9 posted on 04/07/2005 11:14:05 AM PDT by flashbunny (Every thought that enters my head requires its own vanity thread.)
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To: KidGlock

"Leidig said he advised the students to consider a leadership change to acknowledge they respect the fact people were offended by the bake sale."

Sounds like another GOP clone of Neville Chamberlain. We have a few of them in the SENATE already....


10 posted on 04/07/2005 11:15:54 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (ATTN. MARXIST RED MSM: I RESENT your "RED STATE" switcheroo using our ELECTORAL MAP as PROPAGANDA!)
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To: KidGlock
Sounds like what you actually have here is a group of RINOs.
11 posted on 04/07/2005 11:16:19 AM PDT by Desron13
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To: KidGlock

"But Leidig, who also is chairman of the Ottawa County Republican Party, said he did not know the students planned to use a racially biased price scale when he approved the event."

Yeah, how dare they inject race into a debate about affirmative action!


12 posted on 04/07/2005 11:16:21 AM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: KidGlock; rdf

Racial preferences (masquerading as "diversity" or "affirmative action") appear to have become as accepted in the body politic as free speech or Social Security. I don't like it, but there it is.


13 posted on 04/07/2005 11:18:03 AM PDT by untenured
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To: flashbunny

bump


14 posted on 04/07/2005 11:18:31 AM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: KidGlock

"I've been called a bigot and racist," Rausch said. "There's nothing racist about saying affirmative action should be based on economic means and not race."


(ahem) MR. RAUSCH, this is your defining moment. Grow a spine, grow a couple---and show the local "GOP Advisors" how it's done....don't let the PC/Tolerance crowd castrate you, Sir!

NEVER RETREAT! NEVER SURRENDER! -- Churchill


15 posted on 04/07/2005 11:19:56 AM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (ATTN. MARXIST RED MSM: I RESENT your "RED STATE" switcheroo using our ELECTORAL MAP as PROPAGANDA!)
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To: Blurblogger

They're offended by the bake sale, but not the policies that inspired it. It's okay to discriminate against whites for college admissions, but not to charge them extra for a cupcake.


16 posted on 04/07/2005 11:20:23 AM PDT by mbynack
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To: KidGlock

Leidig sounds like he needs permission to go to the John, let alone hold an independent thought. I am sure he fits right in with the other campus faculty.


17 posted on 04/07/2005 11:20:41 AM PDT by kimoajax
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To: KidGlock
"My political career is pretty much shot," said the 19-year-old

A friggin NINETEEN year old?!? Heres a news flash: you dont HAVE a career at 19 dolt!

18 posted on 04/07/2005 11:20:46 AM PDT by Windsong (FighterPilot)
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To: Windsong
Yeah, but here's a young guy who could have been a good Republican candidate in the future who will now never have anything else to do with the party.

The GOP RINOs may be riding high now, but just like the Democrats did in the 60's, through their arrogance they are sowing the seeds of their own destruction.

19 posted on 04/07/2005 11:24:53 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Violence never settles anything." Genghis Khan, 1162-1227)
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To: KidGlock

Is it kosher to publish an email address for Paul Leidig so that the rest of us Republicans can give him a piece of our minds?


20 posted on 04/07/2005 11:27:18 AM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: KidGlock

A complete lack of backbone and an extreme aversion to "offending anyone". These members are simply proving their worth as good future Republican office holders.


21 posted on 04/07/2005 11:28:15 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: KidGlock

Westcott, 23, of Grand Haven, said the group wants to "apologize for offending and move on."


Im offended that he's offended so apologize to me wuss


22 posted on 04/07/2005 11:29:14 AM PDT by skaterboy (My baby is an American badass)
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To: Bogey78O
As i said before there are no republicans anymore as we seen as judges keep getting filibustered and spending spirals upward
23 posted on 04/07/2005 11:30:52 AM PDT by skaterboy (My baby is an American badass)
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To: KidGlock

This reminds me of why I keep telling hubby that our children shall start claiming to be Hispanic on government questionaires. They look like they could be. A good friend of ours was offered full scholarships to some very good schools due to her half Hispanic heritage though both of her parents are Americans since birth. She would have been passed over by those very same schools if she were only Caucasian. Anywho, hubby has said absolutely not to my suggestion.


24 posted on 04/07/2005 11:31:53 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: the_Watchman
The only address I could find on the Ottawa County GOP website was faith@ottawagop.org
25 posted on 04/07/2005 11:35:35 AM PDT by Tree of Liberty (requiescat in pace, President Reagan)
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To: the_Watchman
Ok, think I found his address.

GVSU College Republicans website

Paul Leidig
leidigp@gvsu.edu

26 posted on 04/07/2005 11:41:31 AM PDT by Tree of Liberty (requiescat in pace, President Reagan)
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To: KidGlock
Westcott, 23, of Grand Haven, said the group wants to "apologize for offending and move on.

Political stunts are supposed to offend people. Why do you think PETA puts naked ladies in cages?

My political career is pretty much shot.

Hardly, looks to me like you are on the fast track to Senate Majority Leader.

27 posted on 04/07/2005 11:44:25 AM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen)
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To: dinasour
Why do you think PETA puts naked ladies in cages?

That was supposed to be offensive?

28 posted on 04/07/2005 11:46:54 AM PDT by Tree of Liberty (requiescat in pace, President Reagan)
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To: KidGlock


But Leidig, who also is chairman of the Ottawa County Republican Party, said he did not know the students planned to use a racially biased price scale when he approved the event.

"Had I known that, I would have not approved it," he said. "

What a wussy and an idiot, sounds like a chafee in the making. The bake sales have been going on for years and he had to be living in a cave not to know about it.


29 posted on 04/07/2005 11:47:54 AM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Windsong

Maybe then, YOU SHOULD GET A JOB!!!!!
The world needs ditchdiggers too. - Judge Smails

19. Geesh.


30 posted on 04/07/2005 11:48:41 AM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: KidGlock

Dudes! You've been "Delay"ed!!


31 posted on 04/07/2005 11:49:46 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: petitfour

I'm blue-eyed and so white I'm pink. But according to some family records unearthed by my father's sister in Bermuda (where his family came to America from), I had both a great-grandmother and a great-great-grandmother that were, in the language of the day, "colored". I called up my company's HR department and asked if on that basis I could change my race classification to "African-American". I was told that it is company policy to not challenge anyone's self-identification by race.


32 posted on 04/07/2005 11:56:35 AM PDT by RonF
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To: KidGlock

multiple problems on multiple levels IMO


33 posted on 04/07/2005 12:16:22 PM PDT by Texas_Jarhead (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1366853/)
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To: KidGlock

His mistake was assuming the GOP backed a conservative platform of economic incentives and merit based advancement.


34 posted on 04/07/2005 12:25:26 PM PDT by Mark in the Old South (Sister Lucia of Fatima pray for us)
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To: wideawake; KidGlock

"My political career is pretty much shot," said the 19-year-old political science major who spearheaded last month's controversial bake sale, sponsored by the College Republicans.""

I'd vote for him!


35 posted on 04/07/2005 12:25:32 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell ( CONSERVATIVE FIRST-Republican second)
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To: KidGlock

Why would someone be offended by getting a cheaper cupcake? Hell, I'd tape my eyes back, become a bad driver and do well in math to get the cheapest one. :)


36 posted on 04/07/2005 12:26:00 PM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (My kids are super cool, I hear they get that from their mom!)
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To: Windsong


He wanted to run for public office when he was older.

I wish we could try and contact these kids!


37 posted on 04/07/2005 12:26:51 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell ( CONSERVATIVE FIRST-Republican second)
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To: TheDon

These are republicans?

If anything it seems his political career is assured. It is the ones who caved who have caved.

He should go to law school. Seems like a good candidate for JUDGE.


38 posted on 04/07/2005 12:30:34 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Pah-leese. If he can't handle this light of a snub, then he can't handle politics. It gets much much worse and nobody gets ahead by taking their ball and going home.


39 posted on 04/07/2005 12:34:19 PM PDT by AmishDude (Join the AmishDude fan club: "You're a luminary!" -- Howlin; "You are a wise man." -- Torie)
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To: KidGlock

So much for freedom of speech. But then we knew that was dead on college campuses anyway.


40 posted on 04/07/2005 12:39:51 PM PDT by El Gato (Activist Judges can twist the Constitution into anything they want ... or so they think.)
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To: El Gato

Are there any freepers from this issue? If so, they should work hard to remove this guy as county chair asap.


41 posted on 04/07/2005 12:44:37 PM PDT by Austin Willard Wright
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To: Tree of Liberty
That was supposed to be offensive?

I guess it would depend on who is in the cage, But, it is, at least, beyond normal cultural norms.

42 posted on 04/07/2005 12:48:53 PM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen)
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To: Tree of Liberty

It's offensive to the feminists


43 posted on 04/07/2005 12:50:25 PM PDT by DemWatch
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To: KidGlock
Paul Leidig, the club's faculty adviser, said "the club supported the idea of the bake sale as a satirical form of expression against affirmative action."

But Leidig, who also is chairman of the Ottawa County Republican Party, said he did not know the students planned to use a racially biased price scale when he approved the event.

The faculty advisor doesn't know what affirmative action is? Sounds like big-time CYA from a RINO.

44 posted on 04/07/2005 12:52:46 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: everyone

"We're not going to fight for the sake of fighting."
Translation: We're not going to fight, ever.

Conservatives all over the U.S. should reach out to the young guy who was ousted. We should also express our anger to the people who ousted him, including the adult "leadership" of the local GOP.


45 posted on 04/07/2005 12:53:26 PM PDT by California Patriot
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To: RonF

I told hubby that we could claim to be Hispanic because several of our children were born in New Mexico. Most Americans, if polled, believe New Mexico is a foreign country, so I don't know why we couldn't claim Mexican status. :)


46 posted on 04/07/2005 1:10:41 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: KidGlock
But Leidig, who also is chairman of the Ottawa County Republican Party, said he did not know the students planned to use a racially biased price scale when he approved the event.

Of course he did. He just did not realize that he would get grief about it not only from the left, but from his fellow RINOs.

47 posted on 04/07/2005 1:32:00 PM PDT by freespirited
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To: freespirited

Let's not just complain to ourselves. Let's do something. Here is the email of Paul Leidig, the Republican faculty member who stabbed the students in the back: Leidig@gvsu.edu


48 posted on 04/07/2005 2:00:39 PM PDT by Austin Willard Wright
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To: KidGlock
This is a sad case of caving.

The damage is already done from this. By standing ground, you gain sympathy of those leaning on your side. By caving, you know PO everybody.

49 posted on 04/07/2005 2:02:52 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Defeat Granholm in 06. Mark Sanford for president in 2008")
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To: Dan from Michigan

Correction - By caving, you NOW PO everybody


50 posted on 04/07/2005 2:06:16 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Defeat Granholm in 06. Mark Sanford for president in 2008")
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