I don’t usually trust the News Journal account of things. They are a liberal leaning newspaper. But in certain instances if they report that there is a fire and you have actually seen the fire then you need to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Beth Miller deserves some kudos for giving a very fair and balanced account of the Hartly Debates last week. I am more than willing to be critical of liberal media bias. Last Sunday’s account of the Hartly Debates (3-27-11) was as fair and balanced as anyone could ask for.
With all of that being said, today’s News Journal reports that John Sigler is the odds on favorite to win the job of Repubublican State Chairman.
Sigler has been endorsed by Charlie Copeland in New Castle and Vance Phillips in Sussex. I don’t know anyone who believes he can raise $112,000,000 as he did when president of the NRA but he does understand the process which neither of his opponents have demonstrated any knowledge of in their past performances.
Here are some of the quotes from today’s article starting off with the eminent Brandywine Hundred Conservative (and the maker of great cookies) Gretchen Ellixson.
Sigler appears to Ellixson — and many others around the state — to be the man to put the party together again and restore trust in the disillusioned.
“He’s not going to be a man who is controlled,” she said. “He’ll make steps in the right direction.”
He has the endorsements, too, of Copeland and of Sussex County Council President Vance Phillips.
“I think it’s going to take strong leadership, the kind John Sigler will bring to the table,” Phillips said. “And we’ll still have the iconic figures like Pete du Pont to help keep a strong hand on the rudder.”
Republicans are hungry for a unifier. Many who are not NRA advocates have jumped on board. Again from today’s News Journal.
Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson, R-Milford, who grew up with Sigler and urged him to run, said he believes Sigler is precisely the right man at the right time — able to relate effectively to Republicans from all around the state and able to help the party craft a message that will appeal to voters outside the party.
Dave Jones of the Colonial Region GOP said Sigler will win on the first ballot.
“He brings the best of both worlds,” Jones said. “He returns every phone call, he listens, and he understands that the poor widow in Bear is just as important as the rich person in Greenville.”
The News Journal article also points out the flaws in Sigler’s opposition. Those who call for Unity probably should not be seen as preeminent in inter party fights. Here is the quote from the News Journal about Don Ayotte.
He has done some committee work in Sussex, and earlier this year was part of an uprising in Sussex County that culminated in a confrontation with party leaders, including Sussex Chairman Ron Sams. Sams now plans to step down from his regional chairmanship after the convention.
Ayotte says he wasn’t part of that, but that his name was used by others.
I will leave it up to the readers of this blog to tell us if Don Ayotte was or was not part of the effort to unseat Ron Sams. Or if as Don has been quoted as saying that his name was simply being “used by others.”
The long (13 years) and never ending saga of ne’er do well Mike Protack is also on display. The News Journal reports on Protack’s history of smear and overall nastiness.
A former Sussex County Region chairman and political blogger traced nasty anonymous comments to Protack’s Internet address several years ago.
And Protack was widely accused in 2007 of circulating anonymous pink postcards that included anti-Semitic epithets about a likely 2008 GOP gubernatorial candidate who is Jewish, an accusation Protack denied again last week when it was raised by Primus Poppiti at a meeting of the Brandywine Region GOP.
“My judgment is sound,” Protack said. “I don’t do dumb things.”
Yeah right Mikey that is why you have won so many elections.
That former Sussex County Regional Chairman referenced in this article was Dave Burris who founded this blog. In 2007 Burris exposed, on this very website, Mike Protack for being the author of scurrilous anonymous attacks on anyone who Protack saw as crossing his path. (A constant path of failure.)
At any rate the News Journal article makes it clear that Protack will continue his perfect record of never having won an election of any kind whether it be local or statewide.
The overall assessment of Protack’s chances are that he will go down faster than a cheap Saturday Night Hooker from the nearby split of Route 13 and 40 outside of Protack’s hometown of New Castle.
I will give my own independent assessment later as I am still talking to folks in the various regions. I have already linked this NJ article but for the full treatment one can click here.