The Sussex post-election GOP meeting….a taste of bittersweet. An anecdote about the rudest way I was ever treated in my life. It happened at this very same meeting.
I fretted all day about writing this column. First concern being that I got to wonder who much cares about a bunch of people at a meeting of the Republican party, folks few readers will even know.
And I pondered just where my writing talent will go in the future as options abound. Not to worry those who don’t care for me, nobody’s offered me a fortune for the thoughts of The Wise I.
So I shall try to keep such notes as how Cindy Green-recent winner of the Sussex county Recorder of Deeds, a position she also currently holds-looked especially striking in her classic cut suit. Or maybe I won’t mention how Bill Christy, co-editor of sorts of this Blog, greeted me with a big hug that felt right nice.
After all, do many people even know Cindy Green, Bill Christy, or Bill Colley for that matter, a former DJ for WGMD who also was there last night, 11.10.14.
These are all tidbits of gossip and part of the bittersweet I experienced last night. Along with an incident that really hurt my feelings.
Finally I wonder if I will even continue to cover the Sussex GOP in the future but on that matter I have decided I will.
I’ve been part of the Sussex County Republican party for the full 12 years that I’ve lived here. Goodness I have lived through it all, the tossing of Rep. John Atkins, the revolt of the Heathens over Mike Castle, the change of the Delaware legislature to a Democratic super-majority. I remember Ron Sams quite well and if Ron ever says a bad word about me know that he’s lying. We got along just great.
The winners at the Sussex GOP meeting on 11/10/14.
I remember Dave Burris. I remember when John Atkins was a Republican. I remember when Vance Phillips was a driving force in Sussex county politics. I was a member of the Sussex county Republican Woman’s Club for several years, when Pam Fitzgerald was President. I cried for her and with her during her struggle with cancer.
I am but a humble Blogger but I worked the Georgetown GOP office, I was Don Ayotte’s campaign finance manager. I was an ED of the 37th Representative district then it became the 20th. Eric Bodenweiser was my RD.
I’ve been around, folks, and while I would consider myself a Tea Party type in the manner of Ted Cruz, I was never mean to anyone, I am not stupid, I gave of my time and intellectual property.
Thus I write as someone with some experience.
There was a lady sitting behind me. I don’t know who she was, I did not once turn around. But I listened and I don’t think I’ve ever heard such animosity in my life.
Fortunately, and handled well I think, immediately after Chairman Rieley announced about the upcoming elections for the Sussex Republican party someone made a motion to adjourn.
Eliminating all the nasty talk about motions to eject Rieley coming forth, calls for poor Laurie Purdy to be thrown out with a heist for Larry Mayo. Their crime was liking Sheriff Jeff Christopher but still they are both very hard workers and they weren’t too ostentatious about it. Really? Do certain factions of this party in Sussex county truly think throwing two of the hardest-working, probably the nicest people on the planet is a good action.
Especially considering that the Republican Rep. of the 35th representative district, Dave Wilson, came right out on the advent of the election and openly, blatantly, over the air waves endorsed a Democrat?
Now I know the party can’t throw out Dave Wilson from anything, he being duly elected while poor hard-working Laurie and Larry dare to be ED’s and subject to the whims of the angry.
As for John Rieley, it was when John Rieley announced he did not intend to run for Sussex Chair that the unknown person behind me actually clapped.
Well it was a soft clap but someone wanted to make it known that they were happy that John was not re-running. So okay, it’s a small thing but for the whole of the meeting, such as it was, this person kept making comments, really mean comments.
Still I do not know who it was but I wonder about Republicans, for God’s sake, being so mean and unhappy. I thought only liberals felt that way.
It was the incident that happened later that had me leave abruptly, a bit sad.
Let me state right here that there are three people who witnessed this incident of which I write. I am one of them. The other is the perp. The third will recognize the anecdote, should he or she be one of the two or three people who read this Blog. That person can reveal his or her self as he or she wills. I will not release any identity except my own. I must give but one hint, it was a person normally associated with what I call the “Karl Rove” wing of the Republican party.
Bill Colley and Duke Brooks mug for the camera.
I call it that with tongue-in-cheek but it’s no secret that the Sussex GOP has differing factions, a not unhealthy situation I hasten to add. Even nationally and in almost every state, the Republican party hs the Karl Rove faction and the Tea Party Heathens. Some of us were born at night but not one yon reader was born LAST night.
Like the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson before us, the law of counter-vailing forces shall prevail. For the pendulum shall swing to the left and life, common sense and popular power will pull it back to the center.
Which shall happen, I suspect, but man, first we got to get rid of the mean-ness folks.
So I walk up to the third party and make a query. It’s no matter my question except as part of it I mentioned that I did not know something.
I can’t say what I admitted to not knowing and I understand if yon reader doesn’t believe there was something I didn’t know but hey, I admitted it.
In an attempt to be cute, my 65 year old self, I said something to the effect of “can you believe?”
The member of the other side of the pendulum answered my question, in fact, and yes, I did ask.
“No I don’t believe you didn’t know this. How long you been coming here?”
I suffered my berating with the person I was trying to communicate with witnessing my humiliation as my brain tried desperately to figure out how to handle this.
This is why they call me The Wise I. Actually I am the only one who calls myself this but I do like.
“And look at me!” I said with a smile and an animated voice, “trying to learn all about it!”
I mean was really necessary to berate me publicly? This person did shut his or her mouth as my rejoinder was, I say with little humility, perfect.
Please understand I didn’t lose any sleep, I did not sob all the way home, I am a big girl.
I did ponder the need for this party to be so fractured and I know it’s not helped by the northern GOP Blue Bloods fanning the flames.
I end this written soliloquy with no answers, alas, except perhaps to remind folks that next year is a new year.
The Republicans won a couple of big races in Sussex county and state-wide. This even though John Rieley did absolutely nothing to help anyone his awful self.
It’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
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