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A Little Clarification

By

Hugh McInnish

Thursday Kelly McGinley was tossed off the ballot for the Republican June 1 primary. She had previously qualified to run for the State School Board.

Why was this done to her? I got my first information from the press, and was left with the impression that her removal resulted partly, or even wholly, from her criticism of President Bush on her talk show or on her web site. This was something in need of clarification, since if true it would be a threat to other Republicans, not excluding me.

So I did a little digging, and this is what I found:

On 3 February McGinley posted a piece on her web site under the title Righteousness or Republicanism which included the following:

This country is in a constitutional and moral crisis and the blind loyalty to the Republican Party has a lot to do with the problem. We have got to stop supporting a candidate just because he or she has an "R" before his or her name.

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It is time for a third party; the Constitution Party is the one I have in mind. Visit their website at www.constitutionparty.com. Check out their party platform and their candidates and you will see a big difference.

Then on 3 February she followed this apparent switch in party loyalty with a letter of resignation to her county committee. Here is what she said in that letter:

Dear Committee Members:

It is with extreme regret that I turn in my resignation to the MCREC [Mobile County Republican Executive Committer]. There are a lot of reasons, but the main reason is that there is no difference between a Democrat and a Republican except the rhetoric. For Christians this is no longer our home. I knew that the national party was too far gone, but I still had hope for our state and local party. After this last election, plus the last two meetings, the hope I had is now gone. I am a fighter, and do not give up, I just believe this is a sinking ship and my efforts can be better used elsewhere. If there are any questions please feel free to contact me. And believe me I will continue standing for truth

Sincerely,

Kelly McGinley

In summary, McGinley endorsed another party, then resigned from her county committee, declaring that all hope was gone, and that the Republican Party "is a sinking ship." With this, the lady obviously left the Party.

Based on her resigning from the Party, then, it is hardly surprising that in a 20-0 vote the Steering Committee, sitting as a Candidate Committee, voted for her removal from the ballot.

The Committee acted properly, and we can all be assured that open debate is alive and well in the Party. Just as we were free to go counter to our Republican Governor on the tax vote, and many of us did, we are free to go counter to the President when conscience so dictates.

I believe Kelly McGinley to be a good person, and she is obviously a strongly dedicated Christian. But none of us can expect to serve two masters.




9 Apr 04