Should What’s Good for the Goose Be Good for the Gander?

Monday at 7 PM, the Eleventh District Republican Committee will meet in order to determine if its chairman, Brad Carver, should be removed from office for cause.

The facts of the case are straightforward. As filed with the Georgia Ethics Commission, last year and early this year, Chairman Carver contributed $575 to the campaigns of Democratic officeholders and candidates. The rules of the Eleventh District Republican party say,

a) Any officer or member may be removed from office for cause by the District Committee, subject to the same terms and conditions as prescribed herein, by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) majority of a quorum present at a duly called meeting of the District Committee; …

(b) Cause as used herein shall include:

(iii) Public support of any candidate or nominee of an opposition party in a primary, runoff, or general election by any member of District Committee shall be prima facie evidence of conduct detrimental to the best interests of the party.

One of four things will happen before the eleventh district committee adjourns Monday night.

  • Chairman Carver can resign his position. This gives him the advantage of being able to frame the narrative. As Nathan pointed out, there are many reasons why Chairman Carver would legitimately want to donate to Democrats, especially given his position as a lobbyist at the Gold Dome. Lobbyists have to work with both parties, after all. Following his resignation, he could still attend the RNC convention later this month, and continue his support of Republican causes, just not as District Chairman.
  • Two thirds of the committee will vote to remove him from his chairmanship for cause. As with resigning, Chairman Carver will still be able to attend the national convention and participate in party activities.
  • More than half but less than two thirds of the committee will vote to remove him. Think of this as the reprimand option. A majority of the district committee disapproves of Chairman Carver’s actions, but there aren’t enough votes to remove him.
  • Less than half of the committee finds enough evidence to remove him from office. As with the reprimand option, Chairman Carver keeps his position.

On Tuesday morning, FBI Director James Comey announced he would not recommend that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should be indicted for having a home brew email server and using it to transmit classified intelligence material. Justice Department head Loretta Lynch confirmed that Clinton would not be charged.

Tuesday evening and Wednesday, my social media feed was filled with posts and tweets from Republicans furious that the government was applying special rules for insider Hillary Clinton. In response to the lack of an indictment, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted that “the system is rigged.”

One of the reasons for Trump’s rise is that ordinary voters also believe that the system is rigged; that political insiders and special interests are more interested in protecting themselves, rather than working for the benefit of the people they represent. Hence, the popularity of the outsider candidate.

Changes in political opinion, and therefore power, do not happen overnight. The conditions leading up to Donald Trump’s nomination did not begin in the last year. The transition from Democratic to Republican leadership at the Gold Dome occurred over the space of several years.

In itself, l’affaire Carver is a small data point in the political universe. But, if Carver is allowed to keep his chairmanship, the flouting of the rules is the type of thing that contributes to disdain for the GOP establishment, and hence the party. And that empowers the agenda of Sam Moore, Alex Johnson, and Donald Trump, not to mention the Democrats, who are happy to use any excuse to turn the Peach State purple.

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Not a Republican, but would like to say that the rule about not donating to any members of an opposition party is incredibly, incredibly stupid. Is Brad Carver not allowed to have Democratic friends or colleagues? Is he not allowed to support a moderate Democrat in a deep blue district in the hopes he/she can knock off a more liberal primary opponent? Is he not allowed to support Democrats who agree with him on issues that are important to him individually? The insistence on ideological purity over pragmatism is dumb. Insisting on unabashed party loyalty is dumb. It’s how you… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It was only natural that Gowdy’s committee turned its attention from the Benghazi non-scandal to Clinton emails, because would-have-been Speaker Kevin McCarthy candidly said, the whole point of its existence was to bring down “her numbers.”

Remember the years long multiple Congressional investigations into millions of Bush White House emails that went missing between 2003 and 2005, conveniently including those when Rove, Cheney, and Armitage were formulating a response to Ambassador Joe Wilson and his covert CIA operative wife, Valerie Plame? Neither do I.

xdog
xdog

The Clinton/Carver comparison seems strained to me. A threat of criminal indictment isn’t in the same ballpark with losing one’s spot in a private group for violating membership rules.

Charlie
Charlie

How do you know when a party is broken?

When this much time and effort is used to parse words and create narratives to overturn the last election for officers, rather than focus on winning the elections that are less than four months away.

Baker
Baker

On the state level, for various reasons, most of the elections would seem already locked up, even for Congressional districts. Sadly, this contributes to farting around over useless arguments and pushing of fringe issues which really have no chance at passing or little impact.

On the national level, there may not be a reason worth wasting your time…

Or is there?… http://www.dailywire.com/news/7337/exclusive-dump-trump-rnc-delegate-leader-we-have-daily-wire?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=news&utm_campaign=twitterbenshapiro

Nathan
Nathan

So, witch hunts by the “holier-than-thous” in the Party will now be expected. My question is, would someone had gone through the trouble of trying to find dirt on Brad if he had donated to a Libertarian candidate’s primary campaign? Brad is a fellow district chairman and friend. I can imagine he was thinking of his friend moreso than the political ramifications…good, bad, or indifferent. Of course, we’re about to nominate a man who has donated to Democrats in the past and has even floated the idea of nominating a Democrat for the VP slot, so yeah….let’s demonize one of… Read more »

Baker
Baker

“Of course, we’re about to nominate a man who has donated to Democrats in the past and has even floated the idea of nominating a Democrat for the VP slot, so yeah….let’s demonize one of the hardest working grassroots Republicans in our state.”

I’d be really interested to know the folks who would support the removal of Mr. Carver, how they feel about the current nominee. My first thought was that they would love him but actually I think not. And therein lies another division within the party that partly created the path for this slimy worm billionaire to slide through.

Profit
Profit

It’s not just 3 Democrats Jon. Since 2007 Brad Carver has donated to at least 16 Democratic candidates, and many he donated to multiple times. The list includes: House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams Senator Steve Thompson Rep David Wilkerson Rep Karla Drenner Rep Pat Gardner Senator Elena Parent Senator Jason Carter Rep Stephanie Stuckey Benfield Rep Margaret Kaiser Senator Doug Stoner Senator Michael Meyer Von Bremen Senator David Adelman Rep Stacey Evans Rep Rashed Taylor DA candidate Sherry Boston, and Rep Ronnie Mabra Evans, Stoner, Parent, Abrams, and Kaiser all got multiple donations over the years. I understand he can… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If memory serves me: Evans, Stoner, Parent, Abrams, and Kaiser all come from strongly Democratic districts. Same for Sens. Parent and Carter and pretty much everyone else on this list. Also, I believe Carver and Sen. Meyer Von Bremen work for the same law firm.

Y’all need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid that has convinced you the GOP has the only solution to every issue. Maybe Carver recognized that these folks had good ideas and a willingness to work across the aisle.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ok, I throw myself on the mercy of the Republican Court: I voted for Buddy Darden multiple times while he was in Congress!! These purity tests are dumber than hell! This is another one of these local-yokel crap issues that are just plain worthless. How did Carver get to where he is within the Repub hierarchy if he wasn’t a hard working guy for the cause? And who has the hard-*n for him to go after him now? Jon, was an ethics violation really filed against this guy for this issue? A real-life official ethics violation? Again, like with the… Read more »