posted by Mark Moore (Moderator) at Thursday, June 23, 2005
John Brummet has reported that Asa was snubbed at the recent fundraiser with Jeb Bush this week. Apparently he woke up that morning with the understanding that he would get platform time, only to be told shortly before the event that he would not. Instead, his rival Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller was given ample speaking opportunities. Florida Governor Jeb Bush lessened the impact of the snub by praising Asa in his remarks.More details can be found here...http://www.arkansasnews.com/archive/2005/06/23/JohnBrummett/323375.htmlBrummet was unable to find out who made the decision. State Republican Chairman State Senator Gilbert Baker of Conway was not telling. Neither was GOP HQ.Is the party apparatus picking sides in the primaries? Is there an "inside group" that gets an unfair amount of face time at these events while the "outsiders" (often the most conservative candidates in the race) get excluded?If so, what should conservatives do about it?
Clickable link to the article.Shocker! I guess Asa didn't sell enough tickets to the dinner either (ha ha!). With his recent $25,000 donation to the RPA, this latest incident is proof that no matter how many hurdles people like Hutchinson or Holt clear, they will never placate the entrenched elite. The "insiders" will not allow their positions to be threatened.Whatever you do, do NOT send any more money to the state party. Donate directly to your preferred candidates, including conservatives in third parties. But until the rat's nest in LR gets cleaned out, you're only wasting your money when you write the RPA a check.
Oh Clint...not good Clint...
Way to go, Mr. Toast. Let's tell people not to give money to the party that can spend and do on behalf of candidates. Real smart. Here's the deal: Asa is not a current officeholder while Win is WHICH IS THE WHOLE REASON HE SPOKE AT THE EVENT. Yeah, Asa and Jim Holt and LaGrone and whomever else could have had facetime BUT WHO WANTED TO BE THERE UNTIL MIDNIGHT? Not me. Plus, I do believe the theme of the evening was "A Salute to Mike Huckabee" not "Come on down and campaign night". Clint and Gilbert are doing the best they can to make the RPA the best it can be. Just because you THINK they are doing something against Asa doesn't mean they really are and it's a TOUGH position to be in with a primary of this magnitude. I think if you're a Republican, you should support the RPA and Clint and Gilbert and cut them a little slack. They do thankless jobs and they aren't accumulating wealth, either.
Jenny, How does your "theory" of Rockefeller being a current office holder explain Matayo's presence at the podium.
Matayo is a State Rep., right? I do have another question, though: Do any of us know for sure that Asa picked up the phone and asked Clint/Gilbert to speak at the dinner? Or did he just assume he was going to be given the chance to speak? Maybe that's why Matayo led the pledge--he asked to and Gilbert couldn't be rude and say no. Maybe Asa thinking he was going to speak was just a miscommunication between him and Gilbert. Because no one here really knows what has been discussed between the 2 of them besides Gilbert and Asa, right?
Jenny,you are living in denial. yes Matayo is a St. Rep. but Holt is a St. Senator. And Gilbert has admitted to many people that he had told Asa that he would speak right before Rockefeller and had to change it the last minute. The party leadership screwed up. We can move on and let it go, but don't try to defend it.
What did Reed do before this job? Wasn't he a driver for a candidate?Why is he qualified for this job? Was it just that no one would take ti after all the financial woes and he was dumb enough to do it?
Reed ran the Bush campaign. I am upset with what happened Monday night, but I don't know why some want to insist that it's Clint Reed's fault.
I can't wait for Asa to win and let conservatives have a voice in the party again.
The next Republican Primary looks as if it will become a dog fight.
What I heard was that Hutchinson was told right up until an hour or so before the event that he would be speaking. Then he got a call and was told, "Oops, we can't let you. You're not an elected official...yadda, yadda, yadda. But, it doesn't really matter. As usual, Hutchinson took the high road and came out "shinin' like new money." Gov. Bush commented on their friendship and Huckabee dumped on Rockefeller as reported at nwapolitics.com. http://www.nwapolitics.com/blog/index.php?blog=7&p=84&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#more84
I read your interesting link, but that was not much of a dump. I think Huck still prefers Win over Asa. Just a hunch.
You may be right. Problem for Rockefeller is Huckabee will probably lie low on this one. We'll see.
The truth is that Huckabee threatened not to show if Asa spoke on the podium. The party leadership didn't really have a choice. I know Clint and Gilbert very well. They were trying to raise more money by giving the candidate who gave the most money to the event the speaking slot. The governor stepped in at the last minute and forced it. Anyone on here who REALLY knows how Huckabee operates will not be surprised by this.
I know that the Governor did not do what was described above. He did not know Asa was ever scheduled to speak, so how could he threaten to not show. You are getting bad information, and I suspect it is from somebody affiliated with the Rockefeller campaign who is trying to make this a big story to divide Hucakbee and Asa.
The person who posted the comments at 6:39pm above has his facts straight. The Gov threw a fit and threatened not to show. Really... anyone who knows him or has worked with him in the past would not dispute that this is the kind of thing he does regularly. The man's a whining little snot-nosed baby.
We seem to have some different stories here on what actually went down. A little detail from either side might help our blogforce sort it all out.
Well, I don't have the inside track on this, but are we really expected to believe that Huckabee had no idea that Asa was scheduled to speak at this Republican fundraiser? Ha!
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