Skip to comments.Republican Party in Maine looses 13 key members
Posted on 08/25/2013 2:51:04 PM PDT by lowbridge
In a letter dated August 18, 2013, 13 members of the Maine Republican Party have resigned and/or unenrolled from their political party.
The letter outlines many grievances.
Therefore, for the above-stated reasons, we can no longer allow ourselves to be called nor enrolled as Republicans; we can no longer associate ourselves with a political party that goes out of its way to continually restrict our freedoms and liberties as well as reaching deeper and deeper into our wallets.
Full text of letter:
August 18, 2013
To Maine State GOP Secretary Chuck Mahaleris:
There are times in your life when you must choose between two paths.
The first path, if taken, would require us to remain within the Republican Party despite the fact that we know without a doubt that Republican ideas of more freedom and less taxes while sounding good and repeated by any and all candidates are in fact, worth no more than the paper that they are written on.
The second path leads to a principled preservation of our individual integrity, helping out our fellow citizens at the local level, and doing our level best for our Creator, our families, and our friends.
We have therefore chosen to follow the path of the latter.
(Excerpt) Read more at maineinsights.com ...
I will repeat the question I made on this subject earlier today:
What is the issue those who dropped out, had with the GOP?
Were they (legitimately) saying the GOP was too much like the Democrats?
What was their basis for leaving?
It's not that difficult.
It's not your fault, lowbridge, it's the original article.
Did you read the article?
Seems clear enough to me.
Basically Boehner is a Boehn-head, and the RNC is going along to get along ("maybe they'll like us if we...").
Well folks, finally someone gets it.
“What is the issue those who dropped out, had with the GOP?”
Same reasons I changed my party affiliation from Republican to unaffiliated after 40 years.
1) No principles
2) Poor leadership
3) Unwillingness to serve the people who elect them.
Go Read their Letter! It is VERY SPECIFIC!
That is my question.
I’ll repeat it, because it seems less than clear.
I (think) this says a handful of GOP people who actually stood for something, stood up.
Is that what I am reading?
That this is 13 Republicans, who actually want to be Republicans but found the GOP to be too milquetoast for them?
The person at the center of this article (Gregory Hodge) is very conservative. The Maine GOP has a history of pushing conservatives to the side. Governor LePage, while quite conservative, has made some unfortunate decisions also.
typical of what passes for journalism today.
So basically these people quit the GOP because the GOP has become too much like the Democrats.
Hooray for the Maine 13.
This could be real bit, real fast...
This could get “real big”, real fast.
I’ll bet the group of freepers who delighted in screaming PURIST!!! as the cause of all our evils a short while back are about in a full case of the vapors over this.
Just for personal piece of mind, I’d really like to leave the Republicrat Party.
However, I’m not going to give them the satisfaction—despite open primaries in my state for all offices, the presidency is the exception and those primaries are closed.
I refuse to let the elite wing of GOP anger me to the point of where I can no longer participate in primary elections.
So, I guess my advice would be not to allow the RINOS to tempt you into changing your party registration-especially if your state has closed primaries. Conservatives *have* to participate in the primary process if we have any hope .
Someone is confused.
Thank you! Great link!
Now THAT was a message to the ME GOP, for all the right reasons. When fully cooked, it’s generally the time to leave the boiling pot.
I wonder where they let them loose ? I hope the area is safe.
Gimme a break. Learn English.
I (believe) what the above article implies anyway, is that there is a section of Republicans in Maine who are unhappy with the current focus of the party, in that the party seems to be for a series of things which the GOP has traditionally been opposed to.
To make it simple, the 13 are for traditional GOP positions.
They are leaving the GOP because they do not like the new big-government big-brother positions which have been taken, and want to return to the traditional GOP positions.
They feel their ability to support what (had) been traditional GOP positions has been lost in the current GOP, so they are quitting the GOP.
In effect, they are throwing off their GOP stripes in protest against a state GOP which is too much like democrats?
Is that what is happening here?
“I wish folks would learn the difference between “loose” and “lose”.”
Try the ESPN and Youtube forums, the level of literacy approaches Arab-level stupidity. And don’t get me started on the idiots who couldn’t get the different between “Your” and “you’re”...
The Maine GOP stole Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential primary victory.
My,Oh My.I’m actually impressed with that letter to the Maine GOP.
Now if a lot more Republicans do the same thing,Just maybe the Republican Party and the Speaker of the House will wake up and start fighting this dictator who’s trying to bankrupt us while at the same time strip away or Constitutional Rights.
We watch our local news so we can play "spot the misspellings." There's at least one every night.
If you don't see the Gutless Obsolete Pretenders fitting this description these days, it may be you who is confused.
We send them to fight FOR us and our issues, not AGAINST them and us.
Most have been pretending that the GOP is the opposition since Bush the elder was elected and began dismantling the Reagan Revolution and legacy.
That's worked well, hasn't it?
Sarcasm aside, lying to oneself and others, the basic tenants of the marxist progressive demonrats and french rino GOPe, usually gets the predictable results and we're ninety percent of the way there.
Grand Old Pigeons ?
You’ve pointed out why journalism majors are the lowest eschelon of college degree holders. (in a dead heat with education, of course)
This is fantastic : But the biggest question is, “What now?”
A lot of ex-patriated members are moving to Libertarian parties, while the Democrats are only forming alliances with Communist parties (Which we KNEW would happen when the mask came off) So we’re getting weaker, and the Dems are getting FAR MORE powerful.
The key is not to abandon Republican values. It’s to abandon to the idea of “Compromise”.
We are now 2 generations into the compromises of the GOP. Now their legacy compromises are what the Republicans are defending as a core value. Compromise is NOT core. The Constitution is Core.
I pop a blood vessel everytime I hear a so-called Republican talk about “Reasonable gun control” or “Mental Health” issues.
They are defending a conservative ideal from THEIR view-point: But the viewpoint has lost so much damned ground from “Compromise” with the Dems (Who are now Communists) that the GOP isn’t constitutional at all. We lost a republic. The GOP isn’t pushing for a return of the Republic, only for the preservation of an awkward post-republic democracy rife with corruption and socialism.
End result? We lose the constitution. The republic is gone. Replaced by a democracy through “Meeting in the middle” and “Compromise”.
I know what I can do. I know what my constitution does. The days of Compromise didn’t work, so lets roll back to what DID work. Leaving the GOP won’t do it, Joining the libertarians won’t do it, and allowing the RATS to join forces with Commies CERTAINLY will win.
Up to a point. And heaven help them when the lights go off or a dinner for my family costs $100.
better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
These people took over the Maine state party committee ... then they found out that the RNC didn’t want to agree with all ... that they couldn’t take over the RNC.
So they quit. As soon as they were frustrated in part, they would have copped a resentment and run off.
Do they have delusions of grandeur? Regardless, whatever they try next, they will crash and burn.
Today, obstruction rather than compromise is more likely the order of the day in Congress. No change is generally better for tea party backers than another law, which might expand government somehow, as Obamacare has done.
Lord, I HOPE that wasn’t the headline! If it was, some editor needs to be FIRED. The word in this case is LOSES, not looses!
That would be a GoodThing(tm).
Can’t loosen anything if an appendange is not in tent .
That's been obvious for years, considering Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins have been Senators from ME for so long.
Is there still a Republican Party?
Back around 2009, one county GOP group moderator banned negative comments about Collins and Snowe because the members had lots of negative comments about Collins and Snowe.
Really? This is what passes for journalism and editor's acceptance these days? Where were they "loosed" to, and why were they tied up to begin with?
Stopped reading right there. Not your fault, lowbridge, just not interested in finding out why Big Rachel J thinks she should be writing about anything.
Lay it at the feet of the buzzard behind it, John Boehner.
I will NEVER vote for a Democrat or a Libertarian. I vote for those who among other things are at least pro-life, pro gun rights and fiscally conservative.
There are not many people who get on the ballot that satisfy all of my requirements.
I stopped going straight GOP on the ballot when I saw how badly they used the new Republicans elected on the 1994 ballot. They rode into power on their coattails and did....... virtually nothing to set big government back, and continue down that path.
This article, although not written well, does actually show that the thirteen citizens had guts. They may be late in getting to the truth, but they did.
“Is there still a Republican Party?”
I dunno. We still hear some whining from under their desks from time to time, but it could be the dog.
Thinking the same thing!
Yes, they rejected the GOP for being too liberal.
“So they quit. As soon as they were frustrated in part, they would have copped a resentment and run off.”
Naaah. Sounds to me like they got a bad case of “the ethics” and decided to take a hike. Smart move. It’s not like being on a state committee is particularly rewarding: lots of work for no recognition and increasingly the scorn of your friends and neighbors.
Not to worry. I’m sure the gop faction of the uniparty in Maine will find more reliable quislings to take their place.
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