Thursday, August 30, 2012
Another Bad Day For Nebraska Republican Party and its Chairman
Yesterday we talked of the lack of respect shown by the Nebraska Republican Party and its Chairman Mark Fahleson toward the Ron Paul members of the state’s delegation to the Republican National Convention.
Sadly, yet another and perhaps even more egregious example of abhorrent behavior on the part of Chairman Fahleson has come to our attention.
In this case, his behavior could be termed anti-black, anti-Jewish and anti-woman. Apparently, the Republican Party that Fahleson would have everyone believe is an open tent isn’t so open or welcoming.
So what happened?
Fahleson refused to allow a long-time former Nebraska delegate a guest passes for her daughter and her nursing-child. Fahleson and the party had confirmed that the individual, who ran as a delegate and wasn’t elected, would get two guest passes for the convention for which she paid $250 each. Relying on such the individual and her daughter (a prior Republican National Convention page) paid airfare and hotel to attend the required five days. The individual and her daughter showed up, Fahleson wouldn’t issue a guest pass for the nursing child and then rescinded the individual’s daughter’s pass as well. Why? Because this black, Jewish woman supposedly had said to some undisclosed member of Fahleson’s staff that he was a racist. She denies ever saying any such thing and we know and believer her.
Given Fahleson’s response one might just ask who is the racist? Who is anti-Jewish? Who is anti-women?
Apparently, Fahleson failed to listen to Mrs. Romney’s speech on Tuesday evening--a speech which was supposed to attract women to the GOP ticket, a speech that was supposed to ameliorate the anti-female perception that liberals promote. And apparently in his petty small-minded vindictiveness Fahleson didn’t heed the party’s outreach to minorities and the Jewish.
Further, he repeatedly told the individual involved that "It's not my problem your daughter is nursing."
Fortunately, Nebraska Republican National Committeeman Pete Ricketts stepped up and resolved the problem. We would have expected nothing less of Ricketts who is a true gentleman and a Republican who appreciated the efforts of the individual involved (her son has spent the summer working for Lee Terry). We should have expected the same of Fahleson whose actions only bring disgrace on himself and the Nebraska Republican Party.