Thursday, February 07, 2008

More on Jack Richardson IV: He can't even follow his own rules

The saga surrounding Jefferson County Republican Chairman Jack Richardson IV keeps getting more interesting -- and more maddening.

Two weeks ago, WHAS radio host Francene Cucinello rightfully raked Richardson over the coals for his statements that party leaders, not party voters, should choose candidates for primary elections in an effort to put the best possible people forward.

Their dust-up was part of the fallout from the withdrawal of Chris Thieneman from the 3rd District congressional GOP primary field. Thieneman has alleged that he got heavy pressure from operatives of Anne Northup and Mitch McConnell to drop his bid.

Thieneman originally said he was going to endorse incumbent Democrat John Yarmuth and change his registration to Democrat. He's since backed off the latter claim but still plans to support Yarmuth, probably in retaliation for what he considers to be the party's strong-arm tactics against him.

But wait, there's more.

In his announcement last week that he's dropping out of the GOP race, Thieneman fired a few more shots across Richardson's bow. Some of them were direct hits.

Thieneman spent some time on the Jefferson County GOP executive committee and says he can't believe some of the things he was privy to during that time.

"You had to say that you swore to support every Republican no matter what," Thieneman says Richardson required.

Hmmm. Seems Richardson can't even follow his own rules. We remember that for the last two years, Richardson basically took former Democrat Attorney General Greg Stumbo's side against Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher. Richardson showed his own party's governor no love nor support, opting instead to bash Fletcher at every opportunity given him when a Courier-Journal reporter called Richardson for comment.

This just serves as another reminder as to why Richardson is not good for the Republican Party. Not in his home county and not in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He needs to be replaced as chair of the party in the state's most-populous county and Louisville Republicans will have that option this spring. We hope they'll avail themselves of the opportunity and choose a real, loyal Republican to lead them.


At 6:07 PM, February 07, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of representation, just how does one go about shaking up the RPK executive committee?

I think it is about time for some new blood.

At 7:55 AM, February 08, 2008, Anonymous Larry West, MCSD, MCPD, MCITP, etc. said...

The rules also state "As Republicans, we are and we must be committed to encouraging the broadest possible participation in the affairs of our Party." Jack hasn't done that either.
I have heard that the local convention will be at Ballard High School on Sat. Mar. 1st - I have also heard that it won't be decided until the Executive Committee meeting on Tue. Feb. 12th. I found the rules at -- let's hope they follow them this time.

At 11:26 AM, February 08, 2008, Blogger K-Pac II said...

Mr. West, we thought the county conventions were held in early June after the May primary.

In the smaller towns, these are usually advertised in the local newspapers. We don't know how word gets out in Louisville. Perhaps a perusal of the RPK bylaws you cite will give more details.

At 2:23 PM, February 12, 2008, Anonymous Larry West, MCSD, M.Div., etc. said...

K-Pac II:
There is no requirement in the bylaws that the place be published, only a requirement to give a press release to the largest newspaper in circulation. That means that they have to tell the Courier-Journal the location, but not the rest of us. Since both the CJ and Richardson apparently have the same goal (embarassing Republicans), I expect the CJ to co-operate with him and not release the information.
It is a shame that the State Party goes along with this [deleted].

At 12:12 AM, May 16, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Jack Richardson IV performs his duties as bad as he treats his own clients, he does not deserve to be in a political leadership position.


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