Local Republican Party Explodes as Infighting Roils Group
When Washington State’s Clark County Republican Party elected their leader last December, group members thought all their problems were behind them.
Boy, were they wrong!
David Gellatly assumed the chairmanship of the party pledging to bring unity. So far, he has failed and social media has played no small role.
“I guess certain people in the beginning that I thought were excited to work with me, they felt like they were losing their control over the party,” Gellatly lamented this week.
“And they didn’t like that feeling, so they went on attack.”
Local GOP activist and a leader of the opposing grassroots group, Mark Engleman warned that unless he sees some changes soon, he will orchestrate the removal of chairman Gellatly.
In a Facebook post this week, he called Gellatly “an arrogant man-child who storms in with ham-fisted leadership, extremely poor judgment, and intolerable arrogance.”
Not to be out done, Gellatly responded that a small group of people have gone out of their way to divide the party. He called the local party the laughing stock of the state association.
“This small radical ideology of anti-electeds has no influence over anything in the county, but managed to manipulate the numbers on the central committee to make a fake grass-roots, but in reality, top-down authority where few people controlled the voting party,” Gellatly wrote.
Another local activist, Rick Halle posted that he warned Chairman Gellatly that he was in over his head when he accepted the chairmanship position.
“Better wise up,” Halle posted in response to Gellatly. “I already told you that you were out of your element and should step back until you are better prepared. It is beyond that now though.”
The seed of this discord was sown in 2012 when Gellatly aligned himself with the grassroots in his push to win the chairmanship. He later found himself on the outside when he attempted to embrace the “big-tent” ideas of the state and national party
See also: GOP Sweats As Montana Voters Go To The Polls.
“When I started working with other people and not attacking every public official and not taking the direction they wanted the party, I was on the receiving end … And I began to question the integrity and reality of what they had been telling me about other people,” Gellatly said.
He said he believed that majority of the local party activists agree with his vision even though a small minority within the party is bent on sowing discord.
“I’ve never gotten so many thank-you cards and messages than I have in the past few days,” he said adding that “sometimes to unite people for something great, you have to remove those that divided them in the first place.”
The response to party activists? Awesome. When can we vote you out?
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