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Outgoing Young Republicans Chair: Backing Mitch McConnell Caused Loss to Tea Party Activist
WFPL ^ | March 12, 2013 | Phillip M. Bailey

Posted on 03/12/2013 12:12:30 PM PDT by mdittmar

The outgoing chair of the Louisville Young Republicans says he lost his seat to a Tea Party activist due to publicly supporting Senator Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign.

James Young had served as the group's leader since last year, but lost re-election to Louisville Tea Party Vice President Andrew Schachtner this week.

The chair position was the only contested seat in the group's elections Monday.

Young says he didn't begin to receiving threats of opposition until he began defending McConnell on this station.

"I'm very confident my appearance fueled some ideas in the minds of people looking for opportunities," he says. "There was an instance where I was specifically told through other individuals that ‘hey there are some people very upset within Tea Party organization that view you using your position to support Senator McConnell' and influencing others to do so."

Much has been written about the gulf between McConnell and Tea Party groups throughout the state. In several news stories, Young pushed back against talk of a primary challenge against Kentucky's senior senator.

Schachtner admits hearing rumors about displeasure with Young's leadership over those comments, but McConnell had little to do with the young Republicans decision to elect a new chairman.

"That might have been the timing," he says. "I think I have a lot of to bring to the table for the Louisville Young Republicans. I want to focus on precinct organization, getting young people into positions in the Republican Party and getting them in places where they can effect change in the future. And to work on fundraising."

Asked if he supports McConnell's re-election bid, Schachtner told WFPL he does "on default" because the Seante GOP leader is the only one running. The 24-year-old conservative adds he would have to reevaluate any decision if a primary challenger entered the race.

"I am a Tea Party guy, and that's my philosophical background. I am still waiting to see what the race is going to look like before I make any final decision on who I support or who I oppose," says Schactner.

Local Tea Party leaders dismiss Young's assertion that McConnell was the chief reason for his loss and argue the ouster was more about an attempt to change the group’s by-laws.

"I don't think anybody should believe there is some weird Tea Party conspiracy to overthrow the young Republicans. If it were that I'd be aware," says Louisville Tea Party President Sarah Durand, who voted for Schactner in Monday's election. "What (James Young) took heat for was I think him wanting to change the rules to endorse in a primary, and they've never done that before."

Young denies any attempt to make those changes, but did argue the group should officially support McConnell until a primary opponent emerged. Both Young and Durand agreed "quite a few" Tea Party activists who are registered Republicans showed up to vote, however.

"I do believe if I were to have kept quite about Senator McConnell, if I would not have appeared on WFPL, if I wouldn’t have answered questions from reporters about the importance of young Republicans getting involved for Senator McConnell, I do believe I would have went unopposed and I would have been re-elected," says Young.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: 113th; ashleyjudd; kentucky; lundergangrimes; mattbevin; mcconnell; mitchmcconnell; teaparty

1 posted on 03/12/2013 12:12:30 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Back the King of compromise at your own peril.


2 posted on 03/12/2013 12:19:45 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: mdittmar

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??!


3 posted on 03/12/2013 12:20:29 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: mdittmar
"I do believe if I were to have kept quite about Senator McConnell....

Are there no editors any more?..........

4 posted on 03/12/2013 12:20:51 PM PDT by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: mdittmar

I once mingled with the Jefferson County Young Republicans about 14 years ago. I wonder if it is the same group.


5 posted on 03/12/2013 12:24:50 PM PDT by MachIV
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To: Red Badger
What's wrong with it? It's a subjunctive form, which can be wordy, but is otherwise correct.

-PJ

6 posted on 03/12/2013 12:25:28 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Red Badger

I don’t blame the editors,gotta be able to put a sentence together.


7 posted on 03/12/2013 12:25:51 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: Political Junkie Too

The word ‘quite’ was used instead of ‘quiet’.............


8 posted on 03/12/2013 12:27:21 PM PDT by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Red Badger

Five “would haves” and a “went”. Obviously the editors would have went to lunch.


9 posted on 03/12/2013 12:38:55 PM PDT by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: beelzepug

Quite........


10 posted on 03/12/2013 12:40:50 PM PDT by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: beelzepug

“I do believe, had I kept quiet about Senator McConnell, had I not appeared on WFPL and answered questions from reporters about the importance of young Republicans getting involved for Senator McConnell, I would have gone unopposed and been re-elected,” says Young.

Now doesn’t that sound a bit more someone you might like as a leader in the GOP. English as a first language. I’m all for it.


11 posted on 03/12/2013 12:51:23 PM PDT by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: Red Badger

I’m quiet sure they were on break.


12 posted on 03/12/2013 12:51:40 PM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Red Badger
I admit that I didn't see that.

-PJ

13 posted on 03/12/2013 12:52:08 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Durus

Maybe they quit........


14 posted on 03/12/2013 12:53:28 PM PDT by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: beelzepug

I suppose I could do a better job of proof-reading my corrections. Mea culpa.


15 posted on 03/12/2013 12:55:06 PM PDT by beelzepug (Telling other people they need to die is a good way to get your own lamp blown out.)
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To: mdittmar

If McConnell gets primaried, Ashley Judd may become senator. Right next door in Indiana, Mourdock lost to a Democratic non-entity.


16 posted on 03/12/2013 1:02:18 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Ashley Judd is hot.


17 posted on 03/12/2013 1:10:11 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Maybe 20 years ago.


18 posted on 03/12/2013 1:10:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Zhang Fei
Senator McConnell could actually leave a lasting legacy if he could help locate and elect the next Rand Paul.

Hell, Kentucky would be better off by bringing Jim Bunning out of retirement. I was rather fond of Sen. Bunning despite (or maybe because of) his reputation of not suffering fools gladly.

19 posted on 03/12/2013 1:31:36 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: mdittmar
Local Tea Party leaders dismiss Young's assertion that McConnell was the chief reason for his loss and argue the ouster was more about an attempt to change the group’s by-laws.

While I'm not expert. I suspect this is true. The bylaws change would have put them outside the National YR Federation. That would be enough to cause a one to be voted out.

Plus if it was a legitimate take over, they would have probably taken down more than just the chairman. A smart coup doesn't leave one with a board full of your opponent's people.

20 posted on 03/12/2013 1:32:06 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Let it burn, let it burn, let it burn)
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To: mdittmar

I tend to believe the insurgent Tea Party faction on this one: “Local Tea Party leaders dismiss Young’s assertion that McConnell was the chief reason for his loss and argue the ouster was more about an attempt to change the group’s by-laws.”


21 posted on 03/12/2013 1:44:19 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Rockingham

Me too,the one I’ve been involved with does not endorse.


22 posted on 03/12/2013 1:49:35 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Live by the RINO die by the RINO.


23 posted on 03/12/2013 2:06:42 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

You shudda kept quite.


24 posted on 03/12/2013 2:21:30 PM PDT by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: shove_it
Yeah, I was reading it on my smartphone while waiting on the lunch line. I shudda knowd betta.

-PJ

25 posted on 03/12/2013 2:31:19 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: mdittmar

Also, for a Young Republican leader, blaming his reelection loss on the Tea Party and his support for McConnell is a lot less painful than admitting that he miscalculated his political strength in the organization and was rejected by his members for an ill-chosen bylaws change.


26 posted on 03/12/2013 2:34:02 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Political Junkie Too

Sorry for the shot. I came in late to the party, which I realized too late to keep quite myself.
;o)


27 posted on 03/12/2013 2:44:01 PM PDT by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: shove_it
Not a problem. I earned it!

-PJ

28 posted on 03/12/2013 4:37:12 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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