With Don Yelton’s controversial remarks on the Daily Show making national news, here’s some context about local right-wing activism. In 2007, Xpress profiled the Carolina Stompers, a local hardline conservative activist group including Yelton and then-future Buncombe GOP Chair Chad Nesbitt, known for flamboyant tactics and its promises to “stomp” liberalism.
In the wake of the recent primary elections, tensions continue to mount among different factions of the Buncombe County Republican Party.
On Saturday morning, Oct. 22, Chad Nesbitt and a friend drove an extra-large street-sweeper style truck in circles around the Occupy Asheville campsite while blowing what amounted to an air or boat horn. He did this as a form of protest, but in truth it was a form of harassment. He did this to veterans, […]
Former Buncombe County Republican Party chair Chad Nesbitt announced today on WWNC radio’s “The Matt Mittan Show” that he’s planning an Aug. 28 rally in downtown Asheville to protest the Aug. 21 GoTopless rally. He said the demonstration will be held at 2 p.m. in Pack Square Park and invited the public to attend.
A look at what’s been making headlines.
Former Buncombe County Republican chair Chad Nesbitt says his attorneys may soon contact Paul Van Heden; Nesbitt claims the Asheville resident ran a Twitter account, @chadnesbitt, that resulted in the U.S. Secret Service investigating possible threats against Pres. Bill Clinton last year.
(On the left is the real Chad Nesbitt. On the right is an image from the fake @chadnesbitt’s Twitter account.)
In this week’s Local Matters podcast, Xpress News Editor Margaret Williams talks to reporter Jake Frankel about the election of Henry Mitchell as the new head of the Buncombe County Republican Party.
Today, March, 26, a divided Buncombe County Republican party elected Henry Mitchell to be its new chair.
Photos by Jerry Nelson
A look at what’s been making headlines: Rep. Heath Shuler concluded his bid for speaker of the House last week, and controversial Buncombe GOP Chair Chad Nesbitt bowed out of a second term. Also, snowy weather continued to blanket WNC.
Chad Nesbitt, current chair of the Buncombe County Republican Party, has notified executive committee members he does not plan to seek reelection this spring. He may, however, seek a different office soon.
The Buncombe County Democratic Party has raised nearly $47,000 this year — more than twice what the Buncombe County Republican Party has collected — according to the latest financial disclosure reports from the North Carolina Board of Elections. Click through for more, including video of a recent BCGOP telethon.
In the wake of an investigation by the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department, the unknown administrator of a satirical Twitter avatar of Buncombe County GOP chairman Chad Nesbitt has announced he will no longer tweet from the account. On the left, is the real Chad Nesbitt. On the right, is an image from the fake @chadnesbitt’s Twitter account.
A look at what’s been making headlines in politics this week: Clinton comes to town; the Chads come to blows.
The Buncombe County GOP recently released a video that urges voters to “sweep out the Democrats.” The video features chairman Chad Nesbitt driving a street-sweeper truck covered with local Republican candidate campaign signs and honking his horn at Democrats gathered for an early voting rally.
Will the real Chad Nesbitt please stand up? Buncombe County GOP chairman Chad Nesbitt was reportedly interviewed by the U.S. Secret Service last night ahead of today’s Oct. 21 visit by President Bill Clinton. According to a press release sent out by the local party, the interview was prompted by concerns over statements made via a satirical Twitter handle that bears his name. On the left, is the real Chad Nesbitt. On the right, is an image from the fake Chad Nesbitt’s Twitter account.
News roundup: Buncombe County’s political parties continued to butt heads last week in the run-up to the Nov. 2 election.
Hunt the Cure, a local cancer charity that was associated with a recent controversial fundraiser held by the local GOP — which, as it turns out, raised a total of $310 — has declined any donations from the event. John Boggs, the group’s founder, cites a rash of bad publicity and harassing phone calls from Democrats and “people posing as journalists” for the decision.
Larry Pierson, deputy chief of the Swannanoa Fire Department, says that no one at the department was informed that a recent fundraiser held by the Buncombe County Republican Party was political in nature or that it would directly benefit that party’s get-out-the-vote efforts.
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.”
No action was taken at a Thursday evening, Sept. 16, emergency meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Elections after it clarified that the door of Rep. Heath Shuler’s congressional office was 25 feet away from the door of a planned early-voting location at 199 College St. in downtown Asheville. The board called the meeting in response to complaints by the Buncombe County GOP that the proximity of the two offices could possibly violate state law that requires a buffer zone between voting sites and election-related activity.
Asheville City Councilman Bill Russell changed his party affiliation from Republican to Unaffiliated this afternoon at the offices of the Buncombe County Board of Elections. “My job on council is non-partisan by nature,” he told Xpress. “Party politics has recently become more of a distraction than anything positive.”