Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Jack Richardson IV should be ashamed of himself

Lost in much of the hoopla over last week's political campaign filing deadlines (particularly Bruce Lunsford's entry into the Democratic Senate primary and Ron Lewis' exit from the Republican 2nd District Congressional primary) was the situation in Louisville's 3rd District GOP race.

Former Rep. Anne Northup decided to make a bid for her old seat after GOP candidate Erwin Roberts backed out, citing the impending call-up of his Army Reserve unit.

But prior to Northup's entry into the race, Louisvillian Chris Thieneman jumped into the fray. After Northup announced, Thieneman alleges, he got heavy pressure from operatives for Northup and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell to drop out of the race and yield the right-of-way to Annie-Come-Lately, who wasn't even going to attempt the race until Roberts withdrew.

While we're troubled by Thieneman's allegations, we're even more bothered by what Jefferson County Republican Chairman Jack Richardson IV had to say about the party's involvement in discouraging candidates to run for office.

About the only place this has received any coverage is in the left-wing blog PageOne Kentucky, which gave a good account of an on-air conversation Richardson had with Francene Cucinello on WHAS-AM.

Richardson's comments can only be interpreted one way: Rank-and-file Republican voters don't know what they are doing, and it's up to the party hierarchy to select candidates. GOP voters shouldn't have a full field of choices in a primary election; they should only be able to choose from the candidates preferred by the party's leaders.

Of course, Richardson has a track record of being full of himself. He took Greg Stumbo's side when the Democrats led an all-out assault against Ernie Fletcher, Kentucky's first Republican governor in three decades. Richardson never publicly sided with Fletcher, instead offering criticisms that sounded more like they might come out of the mouth of Stumbo or Ben Chandler than the Republican party chairman in the state's largest county.

Richardson is a disgrace to the Republican Party. Francene is right. Elections -- even primaries -- should be decided by We The People, not They The Party Officials. Besides, if Northup wanted to run for her old seat back, she could have announced her candidacy months ago instead of waiting until Roberts had withdrawn and Thieneman had stepped up. Perhaps if Northup had made her intentions known earlier, Thieneman would have never filed and none of this would have happened.

(While we're still very upset with Northup's treatment of Fletcher, we hope she wins her old seat back and kicks John Yarmuth out of Congress. She was a good representative and it's be great to have her back in Congress and Yarmuth out).

If you're a Republican in Jefferson County and you're angry and insulted about Richardson's shameful and disgusting statements and conduct, you can do something about it. This is the year that the party reorganizes on local, district and state levels. This spring, you will have the opportunity remove Richardson as county party chairman. It would be in the party's best interests to do just that.

5 Comments:

At 4:36 PM, February 05, 2008, Anonymous Larry West, MCSD, MCPD, MCITP, MCTS, ... said...

Re: If you're a Republican in Jefferson County and you're angry and insulted about Richardson's shameful and disgusting statements and conduct, you can do something about it. This is the year that the party reorganizes on local, district and state levels. This spring, you will have the opportunity remove Richardson as county party chairman. It would be in the party's best interests to do just that.

Let's hope it works that way this year. Last time, Jack and his cronies pulled some shenanigans and got most of the people against him kicked out. In the 28th district, they wouldn't let people vote on a slate to the convention; in the 29th (my district), they sat a slate that we had specifically VOTED DOWN. Remember that Doug Hawkins had to threaten to sue in order to find out where the LD conventions were even going to be held at!
Jack thinks he has the majority, but the county convention with only his supporters was just a third the size of previous county conventions.
Please find out where the LD conventions are going to be at, and let everyone know. This man must be stopped.

 
At 4:37 PM, February 05, 2008, Blogger jefferson poole said...

You have a terrible misunderstanding of the situation, judging from this paragraph:
"Richardson is a disgrace to the Republican Party. Francene is right. Elections -- even primaries -- should be decided by We The People, not They The Party Officials. Besides, if Northup wanted to run for her old seat back, she could have announced her candidacy months ago instead of waiting until Roberts had withdrawn and Thieneman had stepped up. Perhaps if Northup had made her intentions known earlier, Thieneman would have never filed and none of this would have happened."

Northup did not have intentions to run. She was supporting Erwin Roberts' bid. When Roberts stepped out due to being called up, Thieneman stepped in and said that he was running regardless of what Northup decided to do. Then Anne decided she would run.

If you want to ask a question like this, you might ask why Thieneman didn't run against Roberts - and only decided to run when Roberts stepped out, leaving Thieneman to potentially set himself up for a primary with Northup.

 
At 4:40 PM, February 05, 2008, Blogger jefferson poole said...

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At 4:41 PM, February 05, 2008, Blogger jefferson poole said...

Also, you might be intrigued by this new column from JRIV:
Setting the Thieneman and Francene Record Straight: by Jack Richardson

And, pay attention to my statement at the top of the page.

 
At 8:42 PM, February 05, 2008, Blogger K-Pac II said...

Jeff,

Thieneman is really tangent to this discussion. He was only the trigger for it.

What really bothers us more than anything are Richardson's statements about rank-and-file Republicans not being qualified to nominate candidates:

"You don’t know the political system that well, because you always want to put forth the best people."

"You may need to know more about what you’re talking about."

Richardson ducked and dodged Francene's questions about the party apparatus's activities in encouraging or discouraging primary candidates. He didn't even address that part of it in his non-answer answer on your blog.

We don't care about Thieneman. What we do care about is the elitist and arrogant attitude Richardson showed in his comments to Francene. The people are imminently qualified to put the best candidate forward and to think that the party chair or central committee are the only ones qualified to determine who is best is ridiculous.

Coupled with his shameful lack of support for his party's governor, we have concluded that we don't have much use for Richardson and his brand of leadership.

And we'd forgotten about his shenanigans four years ago during the party reorganization process.

This isn't about Thieneman. It's about arrogance within the party leadership.

 

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