Bob Dugan, current Fulton County, New York Republican Committee Man. Until he resigned last week in protest of the tainted process by which liberal Dede Scozzafava secured the Republican nomination for Congress in New York’s 23rd Congressional District, Mr. Dugan was the Vice Chairman of the Fulton County, New York Republican Committee
The TCOT Report has the story HERE that may explain why Newt Gingrich is steadfatly clinging to his endorsement of Dede Scozzafava in the NY-23 race.
Somebody’s been telling Newt Stories. Somebody with connections to both the NRCC, the local upstate NY area, and access to upper-level Republican movers and shakers.
And someone who doesn’t give a great hairy ca-ca if he trashes Net’s reputation in the process. Wake Up, Mister Speaker!
Gingrich has adhered to the story that “There were four Republican meetings. In all four meetings, State Representative Dede Scozzafava came in first.”
Dugan and many of the local Republican County Committeemen and rank and file were not happy with the tainted process by which the National Republican Congressional Committee forced the liberal Scozzafava upon this largely conservative district, as was first documented by The TCOT Report.
Scozzafava was nominated on July 22 at a meeting of the eleven county chairmen. Prior to this meeting, a series of four regional meetings were held throughout the district, at which time nine candidates were given a chance to appear in front of a select group of Republican committeemen and State Party officials.
Contrary to the Speaker’s assertions, Scozzafava received a majority of the support in only one of these four meetings. Two of the meetings resulted in support for conservative candidate Paul Maroun, and one resulted in support of conservative candidate Matt Doheny.
So how did Scozzafava get the nomination?
Despite her lack of support among the majority of the committeemen who attended the four regional meetings, Scozzafavva emerged from the July 22 meeting of the local county chairmen as the nominee of the party.
Each county was allocated a weighted vote based upon the percentage of the Republican population of the district residing in the county. After the first round of voting, Scozzafava had 49% of the vote, and the two conservatives–Maroun and Doheny–had 51% of the vote.
Which begs the question: who has been telling stories to Newt Gingrich?
Blogger Dan Riehl, in his investigative report on the NY 23 nomination process yesterday, documents that the supposedly “open” nomination process was rigged from the beginning by the NRCC, at the behest of former Western New York Congressman and NRCC Chair Tom Reynolds, who wanted the nomination to go to Scozzafava.
First elected to Congress in 1998, Reynolds shares Gingrich’s “big tent” philosophy and proclivity for letting Washington pick local Congressional candidates. Though he resigned from Congress in 2008, under a cloud for his handling of the Mark Foley scandal, Reynolds is said to be still closely connected to staffers at the NRCC. Over the past few years, and especially recently, the “big tent” strategy has backfired for the NRCC.
If even half of this story is true (and I have no reason to dis-believe ANY of it — the author grew up in the area of upstate NY) this is a damning indictment of the “Old Boy” network that ran (and continues to run) the internal politics of BOTH major political parties.
They just don’t understand that the entire dynamic has changed with the Tea Parties/9-12 movement. Everything has changed — and you don’t have our automatic allegiance anymore.
Get a damned clue, folks. Wake up Mister Speaker.