One of the relatively few Republicans in the South Dakota Legislature who bothers to consistently act like a Republican (Rep. Stace Nelson) was kicked out of the Republican caucus by a bunch of liberal RINOs who like calling themselves “Repbulicans” while voting and behaving like Democrats.
From Bob Mercer’s Pure Pierre Politics:
UPDATE: Nelson just confirmed that he received word, in a phone message from House Republican leader David Lust at 4:45 p.m. yesterday, that he was kicked out of the caucus.
The Rapid City Journal is also reporting on the issue today. It seems that another genuine Republican, Rep. Lance Russell of Hot Springs, is no longer welcome in the RINO caucus (which should be a compliment, but the RINO caucus still goes by the name of “Republican caucus”).
Rep. Nelson told me earlier this morning that the dispute referenced in this article is one that arose when Nelson tried to iron out some smaller difficulties with another legislator. Nelson said the other legislator was offended that Nelson would appeal to the Republican platform as a standard for votes, and the conversation devolved from there. However, while Nelson admits he and the other legislator made disparaging comments to one another, no threat was ever made.
Meanwhile, Nelson says that an old-guard East River RINO told Russell after a contentious committee vote earlier this week, “You are a piece of s***.” Apparently that behavior is acceptable to legislative leadership, so long as it is a RINO putting an uppity elephant who acted like an elephant in his place.
The liberal Republican leadership is of course trying to paint themselves as victims who had no choice but to deal with a “difficult” member in this way. However, those who insist on doing what is right and that groups uphold their own values are always branded as being “difficult” by those who insist on the latitude to violate principle and subvert what is right. Salt does tend to sting an open wound, and light does tend to hurt the eyes of those living in darkness.
It seems Nelson started off on the wrong foot with “Republican” leadership last year, and every move he’s made since then has only made things worse. He has insisted that Republicans should vote like Republicans (and several scorecards over the past year have revealed that Nelson is one of the most Republican of the “Republicans”). His efforts to make the voting records of legislators more user-friendly for the voters also won him no friends among “Republicans” in the legislature (who frequently vote contrary to Republican principles and platform). Reports that Republican leadership in the legislator had pressured the Legislative Research Council staff to violate confidentiality and reveal what bills conservative legislators were working on didn’t impress the RINOs either. Nelson just refuses to go along and be a good little liberal-with-an-“R”-after-his-name.
The arrogance of these Republican liberals is astonishing! Apparently we’ve had a hostile takeover of the Republican Party in South Dakota by the Left, and real Republicans are no longer welcome. It wasn’t enough to just derail Republican principles and goals as they did repeatedly last session; they’re apparently intent in removing those who insist the party remain faithful to its values.
We gave them a wakeup call with the Tea Party movement (a political uprising born in response to Republican dereliction in the face of Democrat assaults on our liberty), and they stuck their noses in the air.
We tried convincing them with our phone calls, letters and emails last session to vote like Republicans; it fell on deaf ears.
We tried shaming them into acting like Republicans with three vote scorecards over the course of the past year; they all not only fell on deaf ears, but were met with arrogant defiance by some.
It looks like the only way to get through to these donkeys-in-elephant-skins is to primary them and get rid of them. What good are Republicans if they insist on acting like Democrats?
Well, if these liberal RINOs who are making a complete joke of the South Dakota Republican Party want a war with real Republicans, by golly they’ve earned themselves one!
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