Ron Paul Supporter Purged from Alaska GOP Leadership

Russ Millette, a Ron Paul supporter elected by the Alaska state Republican Party convention last April as their chairman (to take effect this year), has been blocked from taking control by the existing executive committee.

The Alaska Dispatch's take:

After a couple of hours of back and forth between insurgent party chairman-elect Russ Millette and his supporters, and the members of the party's State Executive Committee, plus an hour or so of the latter huddling in the secrecy of an executive session to consider Millette's future, the committee voted to sack him.

The story details a lot of internal-Alaskan GOP wars and backbiting dating back to the Palin days and culminating in Lisa Murkowski's 2010 write-in victory over Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller, who won an insurgent victory over her in the primaries; many party old guard stuck with Murkowski, not the actual Republican candidate Miller.

By April 2012, [angry Miller fans] had merged with equally unhappy supporters of failed Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul to try to take over the party. They succeeded and elected Millette the new chairman....

Millette was accused of being a crummy fundraiser for the Party during his past 10 months as chairman-elect, and as Finance Chair.

After deliberating on Millette's fate, they emerged from behind close doors to announce that the job of the chairman-elect was to raise money as the finance chair, and noted that Millette flunked what could be considered an internship on the way to the chairman's post.

"He failed to perform his duty as finance chair," said Ruedrich, still a member of the executive committee as of late Thursday night. "Grounds for removal is failure to carry out or perform."

David Nalle of the Republican Liberty Caucus paints it as a pure old guard coup against the new guard Paulites in a Washington Times piece:

A plan was put forward to hold a hearing on the charges [against Millette] at the installation meeting of the Executive Committee on February 1st.  Then, to the surprise of party members who described the action as "a sham" and "a witch hunt," the hearing was moved forward a day so that the new committee members would not yet be seated or have a vote on the accusations.

Even more troubling to many party members was the notification right before the meeting that outgoing Chairman Randy Ruederich had cleaned out the party treasury of $35,000 and transferred the money to a bank in Juneau out of control of the Executive Committee, a classic "rule or ruin" tactic designed to make sure that if the new leadership takes over they will have no money to fund party operations.....

Alaska Republicans want reform and a new direction for the party and that's why they elected Russ Millette in the first place.  He may not be loyal to the corrupt party establishment, but he does represent what the party rank and file want - change,

The outcome of the meeting was that the Executive Committee removed Millette as Chairman-elect pending an appeal to the State Central Committee....

The final resolution will come at the first meeting of the State Central Committee is scheduled for February 9th in Juneau, at which time Millette will appeal the ruling against him as party insiders try to complete their coup and disenfranchise the rank and file members who elected Millette.  

Nalle sees this as part of a national old v. new war within the Party:

Struggles like this are taking place all over the nation in county and state Republican parties.  Many party members are up in arms about the failures in the 2012 election, the corruption of the party leadership and their reluctance to make needed reforms and changes in strategy which would make the party politically competitive again...

If Millette manages to somehow come out on top, it may be a sign of hope for the party in Alaska and nationwide.  If the old guard's coup succeeds, then conflict will continue and intensify with two factions locked in a death struggle for months to come...

The Associated Press account of Millette's ouster. John Tate, president of the Paulite grassroots activist group Campaign for Liberty, issued a press release condemning Millette's firing:

The outgoing leadership, which is now pushing the ouster of Millette, includes the same individuals who freely violated Party rules by publically opposing a Republican nominee, encouraging activists not to attend Party events, and taking sides in contested primaries. These individuals are simply angry that Alaska Republicans have had enough of their leadership selling out to politicians who support Big Government and refuse to stand for Republican principles. Millette is a staunch defender of liberty and a committed Party activist who was duly elected by fellow Alaska Republicans. If the Alaska GOP wants to remain a viable Party and actually increase its membership, then the State Central Committee should vote to seat Russ Millette as chairman at their February 9th meeting.

My book on Ron Paul's Revolution.

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  • Eduard van Haalen||

    So long, Alaska GOP, don't let the wrath of the people smack you on the butt as you leave the state.

  • Homple||

    And how many of these wrathful people are there, really?

  • Paul.||

    So, is this a result of Paul people still fighting to make a change in the party, or is this the long-term payback for Romney?

  • RyanXXX||

    I doubt its payback - welfare leech minorities are blamed for Romney's loss (with some justification) by most rank and file and establishment Republicans.

    It's more a general distaste with these outsiders they view as pretending to be GOPers, institutional inertia, "get off my lawn" syndrome, and the (also justified) confrontational outlook of many Paulians.

  • pmains||

    Paul people still fighting. They lost here, but they've had a lot of successes that have gone unreported. I bet you could write a whole book on it.

  • RyanXXX||

    It's gonna be a long war.

  • Paul.||

    And the old guard will win.

    Romney 2016! This Time We're Serious!

  • RyanXXX||

    No no no. The Party High Command has narrowed it down to another member of House Bush or the charming Latino Prince.

    Tow the right lion, damn you!

  • Sevo||

    You sure either one is sufficiently god-talking to satisfy the troglodytes?

  • RyanXXX||

    GWB 2 was a cocaine-sniffing frat boy who went to an Ivy League school, and he had them by the balls. The troglodytes are easy to fool

  • Sevo||

    Yeah, but he 'found god' (or suffered some mental problems that manifested themselves in such fantasies)

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    I don't recall McCain talking God at all, and Romney mostly did it to stiffarm the Mormon baiting.

  • Paul.||

    McCain didn't have to talk God. He's never been liked by the GOP faithful either, except for different reasons than Paul.

  • Sevo||

    Tulpa (LAOL-PA)| 2.1.13 @ 9:38PM |#
    "I don't recall McCain talking God at all..."
    Yeah, he managed to offer enough innuendo to never quite mention so-con crap directly.

  • Obama's Douche||

    When will you Bushpigs realize that all secular capitalists are liberals? Rand knew that Conservatives are the enemy along with the Christfags.

  • ||

    Shrike, is that you? I am confused.

  • Sevo||

    Shreek is certainly a douche, but I'm not sure this douche is shreek.
    Sure reads like it...

  • Generic Stranger||

    It's a sockpuppet of the sockpuppet. Sockception.

  • Ted S.||

    I think it's supposed to be a parody of Shriek.

  • pmains||

    They can have both with George P Bush, but I don't think he'll be ready for 2016.

  • pmains||

    What am I saying? He has plenty of time to organize communities and serve two years in the US Senate.

  • CE||

    Rand Paul has this one pretty much wrapped up, what with Christie kissing Obama and Rubio sponsoring the path to citizenship and Ryan caving in on the fiscal cliff.

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    Ted Cruz is riding a wave of popularity right now.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    A lot can change in 2-3 years.

    Remember what people thought about the direction GOP in February 2009? Nobody foresaw the T Party.

  • CE||

    No, the old guard will dodder of to retirement homes, and the Ron Paul supporters will win.

  • RyanXXX||

    BTW, since I figure this is a good thread for Paul Clan questions:

    1. What's that fucking weasel Jesse Benton been up to? Last I heard he was working for that well-known Liberty candidate Bitch McConnell

    2. How do most people view Rand Paul's pandering on Israel? On one hand, I realize you must suck Tel Aviv's dick to go far in the GOP and I'd like a Paul to go very far indeed. On the other hand, once you start going down that road, what will be rationalized next? Personally, Rand has so far been swinging from inspiration to disappointment. I just hope he isn't slowly worn down during his stay in D.C. into something unrecognizable

  • Sevo||

    "2. How do most people view Rand Paul's pandering on Israel?"
    Cite?
    Last I read, he was taking heat for suggesting we cut foreign aid to them and to the remainder of the Mid East governments.

  • ||

  • RyanXXX||

    In a way, this is a more dangerous "handout" than foreign aid: it creates a huge foreign policy moral hazard.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Not really. Israel's nationstate enemies are weaker than they've ever been and Israel isn't skimping its military.

  • Sevo||

    "Israel/Rand"
    Hmmm.
    Be interesting to hear how that squared with the comments re: Foreign aid.
    And I'm not sure he can legally make that claim; do we have such a treaty with Israel?

  • pmains||

    (1) I don't care what Benton is up to. The news about hemp today makes me think that Rand is making an impact on McConnell, though.

    (2) I am unsure what to feel about Rand's pandering. I don't think Rand really believes that an attack on Israel is the same as an attack on America. Nobody does. If we did, we would send troops rather than miltary/foreign aid when Palestinians fire off rockets. Except for that statement -- which obviously can't be right -- I agree. Cut all foreign aid. If we can use Egyptian support for terrorists to cut their aid first, fine.

  • Ted S.||

    What I find fascinating is how many people want NATO to get involved in Syria, but when Israel allegedly bombs an installation in Syria, the same people shit their pants in horror: how dare the Israelis do that!

  • Sevo||

    Ted S.| 2.1.13 @ 9:42PM |#
    "What I find fascinating is how many people want NATO to get involved in Syria, but when Israel allegedly bombs an installation in Syria, the same people shit their pants in horror: how dare the Israelis do that!"

    Sorta like when W rattled sabers, he was a cowboy, while when Obozo does so, why, he's saving mankind!
    Yeah, the hypocrisy is detestable.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Rand has so far been swinging from inspiration to disappointment.

    Oh Christ. I sure hope most libertarians don't have this attitude or they'll end up as irrelevant as the LP and they'll deserve it.

  • deified||

    Seconded.

  • RyanXXX||

    You didn't find his comments about gay marriage stupid? Or when he said that he personally doesn't support legalization?

  • Paul.||

    Is it possible to be friendly to Israel and a (l)ibertarian at the same time?

    Signs point to "yes".

  • deified||

    The noted Zionist (and, from an Israeli perspective, hawk) Daniel Pipes is in favor of ending all foreign aid including to Israel. He thinks that the specter of losing aid from Washington restrains Israel from acting independently and vigorously pursuing its interests.

  • robc||


    What's that fucking weasel Jesse Benton been up to? Last I heard he was working for that well-known Liberty candidate Bitch McConnell

    McConnell didnt want to get primaried, so he is selling out to appeal to the Rand wing of the KY-GOP.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Asshole club wants assholes just like them.

    Ho

    hum.

  • ||

    They purged the Paulites here in Louisiana and it was very nasty. Fuckin' GOP, in my mind, is more to blame for the decline of our culture than the goddamn dems. They simply are too stupid to do their job, which should be to keep the roaches from taking over the house.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    The problem here is that the paulistas are too confrontational, uncompromising and angry. Is it the same there? I'm guessing the answer is yes.

  • np||

    lol, probably. But seeing how their guy was treated--I mean after all that effort finally reaching the convention, 0 votes, nada--I don't blame them...

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    I don't see how anyone can look at this situation and think it's primarily the Paul people's fault. True, the Paulites do go overboard sometimes with the rhetoric, but the party establishment is lying, cheating, breaking rules, throwing out ballots, scheduling secret meetings, etc to maintain their power. It's quite clear which side is in the wrong.

  • Paul.||

    It'd be interesting to see what would happen if the GOP split so badly, that one side merely stepped aside and said "We're the GOP", and the old guard literally couldn't do anything about it.

    Fantasy, I know, but fun thought experiement.

  • Gladstone||

    Well the last split gave us the Progressives and Woodrow Wilson. Oh wait...

  • VG Zaytsev||

    I don't see how anyone can look at this situation and think it's primarily the Paul people's fault.

    I'm not saying that it's the paulistas "fault" exactly. Just that there's a culture clash and they don't have the numbers or power to force their will, which is what they want to do here.

    The thing is that it wouldn't take much effort to on their part to co-opt the establishment. A few nice words and feigning to care about the establishment would probably suffice. But the fervor of the paulistas won't allow even that.

    Ultimately, the problem is a lack of social grace which is just pathetic.

  • Ted S.||

    Ultimately, the problem is a lack of social grace which is just pathetic.

    I agree. The old guard has been graceless for decades.

  • robc||

    they don't have the numbers

    apparently they do. That is how they elected a state chair.

    or power to force their will

    True, but that is because those with the power arent willing to step aside gracefully after losing.

    As Ted mentioned, the lack of social grace is entirely from the old guard. When you lose, you step aside. And try to win the next election.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-PA)||

    apparently they do. That is how they elected a state chair.

    I think what VG is saying is that they don't have support among the GOP rank and file to force the old guard to do what they want. Which is true. Among the people who are willing to take the time to go to a state/county convention they have a majority, but not among the rank and file.

    What I find distressing about VG's analysis is that he lays absolutely no blame on the establishment types for trying to get away with this corrupt shit.

  • VG Zaytsev||

    I'm only relating my experience in CA. If they have the numbers in AK and are literally being robbed by a corrupt establishment then they should sue and continue the electoral fight. They will ultimately prevail in that case. But I suspect that it's not as cut and dried as it is being presented here.

  • robc||

    The problem here is that the paulistas are too confrontational, uncompromising and angry

    I dont think they are confrontational, uncompromising or angry enough.

  • Rzraick||

    If there was ever a time to be confrontational, it is now.

    Do you really think comprimizing with tyrants as a good plan?

  • jamesCAMeroni||

    Big fan of Doherty but a lot of grammar mistakes in this post - he even gets his name wrong. Commas where there should be periods and vice versa. Come on man!

  • Paul.||

    Cavanaugh's no longer doing the proofread.

  • Gladstone||

    What ever happened to Cavanaugh? Has he turned full Weigel?

  • T o n i||

    Time to get rid of the freedomists who infest the GOP. Then the GOP will realize that taxes, regulation and government are not bad things.

  • gad-fly||

    What is this about "internal-Alaskan GOP wars and backbiting dating back to the Palin days?" Really strange non-specific charges that somehow bring Sarah Palin into the picture - almost like an indictment.

    The Alaska GOP has, according to the way Sarah tells it, always been about dishonest politicians. She fought the Murkowski graft by beating Frank out for governor. She never got along with liberal Lisa. She seemed removed from the Ted Stevens fiasco that cost him his Senate seat only to have the Justice Department clear his name - but John McCain was a big mover in getting him kicked out.

    I agree that Alaska politics are hinky but why infer that Palin was part of the Bridge to Nowhere crowd?

  • General Butt Naked||

    I agree that Alaska politics are hinky but why infer that Palin was part of the Bridge to Nowhere crowd?

    Did you read the next few sentences and the following quote?

  • Coeus||

    OT: Clinton: Benghazi Critics Don’t Live In ‘Evidence-Based World’

    "There are some people in politics and in the press who can't be confused by the facts," Clinton told the Associated Press in her final one-on-one interview before she steps down from her post at the State Department on Friday. "They just will not live in an evidence-based world. And that's regrettable. It's regrettable for our political system and for the people who serve our government in very dangerous, difficult circumstances."

    Is she talking about the imaginary snipers or the "vast, right-wing conspiracy" that orchestrated Bill's blowjob? And why does she get a pass from everybody for being the originator of the Birther movement?

  • T o n y||

    It's Obama loyal soldier Hillary Clinton's fault that most Republicans are still birthers despite the ample evidence pointing to their embarrassingly fact-averse viewpoint?

  • Coeus||

    Well, technically, it's Obama's fault. He started the rumor. But Hillary is the one who "rediscovered" it after a few decades and took it to the media.

  • ||

    What difference at this point does it make?

  • tarran||

    Just because Democrats are disconnected from reality, their critics don't automatically become realists, or vice versa.

    Most republican mover and shakers are just as nuts as their counterparts in the democratic party.

  • Coeus||

    No shit. What is this in response to?

  • tarran||

    Your comment, although I didn't mean it to sound like a put down. It was intended to be a dispassionate observation, hence the use of the word 'nuts'. ;)

  • squarooticus||

    They just will not live in an evidence-based world.
    She's talking about the gun control tards, right?

  • Coeus||

    Also OT:

    Man arrested for attempting to create a centaur.

    “I was trying to make the horse have a baby,” Mendoza explained. “I was thinking it would have a horseman baby.” He added, “I ain’t going to lie, I blew a nut in the horse. I then got off the bucket and put my clothes back on and left. I promise that I have not been back over to the horse since that time.”

    This continued criminalization of scientific endevour must not be allowed to stand.

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

  • Archduke Pantsfan||

    Sure, a germ killing robot now. What will it be next?

  • Mensan||

    That's not a robot; it's a lamp. Stupid Canuckistanis.

  • Moridin||

    Standard

  • fact checker||

    Moridin is a tall, broad shouldered young man the same size as Rand with bright blue eyes and a too strong chin. He has a deep voice. He is almost pretty enough for Graendal. (ACoS,Ch25) He is a big fellow with black hair and a deep voice. He is easily as tall as Rand. (ACoS,Ch41) He is a blue-eyed man with a square chin, perhaps a few years older than Rand. (KoD,Ch18)

  • ||

    2 things, FC:
    1) NEERRRRRRDDDD!!
    2) I finished AMoL 2 weeks ago.

  • entropy||

    Interestingly, they only took out Millette. The vice chairmen who will take over instead is also a Paul supporter.

  • Guy Incognito||

    "Remove the Stone of Shame...and attach the Boulder of Triumph!"

  • fact checker||

    Guy Incognito

    sounds made up

  • shake||

    It's pretty weird that the republican propaganda machine doesn't realize that most of the younger people who have any conservative values are into the libertarian thingy

  • tarran||

    They don't care about ideology...

    The low level party is composed of the sort of people who go into student government in high school.

    They want prestige and to be treated like they matter. They use their positions to influence and affect things like who builds what, where.

    Ideologues scare the whit out of them, because they can't be trusted to go along, get along but might upend the slop trough.

  • Rick Santorum||

    The GOP, continuing their downward spiral into irrelevance. Quick, let's write up some amnesty stuff, maybe that'll get the Messicans on our side!

  • jwind009||

    Since when is failure to perform and carry out duties grounds for removal, as far as our politicians are concerned?

  • waaminn||

    Sometimes man, you jsut gotta roll with it.

    www.ur-anon.tk

  • Rzraick||

    This is disgusting. There soon will be no path for freedom to follow other than outright revolution.

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