It was a bad week for the Buncombe County Republican Party. The party and its chairman, Chad Nesbitt, were harshly criticized for a 9/11 fundraiser and an associated video; the Board of Elections found their highly publicized complaints over an early voting site to be based on faulty information; and Asheville City Councilman Bill Russell left the party, citing its "antics that demonize people" and "political games."
Facing controversy over a domestic violence conviction involving his ex-wife during his successful 2009 bid for vice chair of the North Carolina Republican Party, then-Buncombe GOP Chair Tim Johnson produced a statement, supposedly from her, supporting his candidacy. Now, she says she never wrote that endorsement, or had any knowledge of it until after his election.
Early this morning, local Twitterer WNCGOP began his day with a terse politically and sociologically charged one-liner: WNCGOP: "Good morning everyone. It's raining here in Asheville, NC (which is a good thing, because it keeps down the stink of those damned hippies)." Here's what happened in the ensuing hours of Twitter discussion:
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