Originally posted by @SoDakCampaigns South Dakota War College
You really don’t know how extreme some officeholders are until they show it.
Because in a postcard that was sent to me last night, a group of Republican officeholders are apparently so unhinged they’re breaking ranks and abandoning the GOP in the District 35 State Senate race:
Sens. Julie Frye-Mueller & Phil Jensen and State Reps. Tina Mulally and Tony Randolph, along with several other apparent “Republicans In Name Only” seem to not like the fact that State Senator Jessica Castleberry serves in the seat, and overwhelmingly won in the Republican Primary.
Because despite her 100% pro-life rating from SDRTL, 100% pro-business score from business group Elevate Rapid City, and A Rating/Endorsement from the National Rifle Association…
…apparently State Senator Jessica Castleberry isn’t extreme enough for this herd of RINO’s. So they’re rejecting the choice of the voters of the Republican Party, and leaving the fold.
As one local party official noted to me “I think it’s shameful that four (4) sitting GOP legislators and the current Vice Chair of the Pennington Co. GOP would endorse an Independent candidate. These sitting legislators routinely complain that the GOP should somehow police the ranks to deny support for those they believe to be RINOs.”
I guess we know who the phonies are that these legislators believe the party should police. Themselves.
Update – When Republicans are faced with a cancer from within, and a group that wants to reject the voice of the voters, it’s a good opportunity to rally support, and remember why real Republicans work together.
8 thoughts on “Group of radical RINO’s abandon party and line up against GOP candidate in D35”
anon23 says: October 18, 2020 at 11:26 amA few thoughts: First, it speaks volumes that only a handful of RC legislators oppose Castleberry. The real news is the names not on the card, including Real Republican Tim Goodwin. Second, everyone should google Gentry’s recent NPR interview. He was asked why he’s running as an Independent instead of a D or and R. He responded, ”we wanted to protect the seat.” I don’t know what that means. Protect the seat from a woman with a 100% pro-life and pro-business voting record??? What or who does he want to protect the seat from, and why? Gentry had the same opportunity as everyone else to run in the Republican Primary, but he didn’t. So now he’s running as an Independent to unseat a credible Republican who happens to vote according to the Republican platform. Shame, shame, shame on all you RINOs. Reply
Anonymous says: October 18, 2020 at 11:39 amBrian Gentry aka Mr. Platitudes Brian can you tell me specifically what you’re top priority is if elected. He responds in platitudes. . Brian anything else you would like to see in South Dakota as a legislator? Mr. Platitudes responds “I like sunny days with one day a week where it rains and like good roads.” Reply
ED RANDAZZO says: October 18, 2020 at 12:11 pmAs Pennington County Republican Party State Committeeman, I am saddened that sitting Republican legislators and a Party officer would PUBLICLY endorse another party’s candidate against a Republican candidate. Republican legislators caucus together and should have, at minimum, a level of trust and loyalty with each other. While disagreement on some issues is expected as they advocate for their districts, PUBLIC electoral opposition should be out-of-bounds. This is particularly regrettable when PUBLIC opposition is expressed across district lines. I hereby PUBLICLY ENDORSE ALL STATEWIDE AND DISTRICT REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES WITHOUT EXCEPTION. THAT WOULD INCLUDE SENATOR JESSICA CASTLEBERRY OF DISTRICT 35. Reply