Today, March, 26, a divided Buncombe County Republican party elected Henry Mitchell to be its new chair.
Photos by Jerry Nelson
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.
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.”
Last weekend, the Buncombe County GOP threw a fundraiser on 9/11 at the Bee Tree Fire Station in Swannanoa. The event featured participants rappelling down a 90-foot tower, with donors asked to contribute $100 per rappel. In its wake, the event and an associated video used to promote it have set off a storm of criticism. This post includes a brief video interview with BCGOP chair Chad Nesbitt at the event as he was about to rappel.
With election season revving up, the Buncombe County Republican Party is first out of the gate in Internet video volleys, with Chair Chad Nesbitt decrying “socialistic terrorism” in this pitch for the party’s 9/11 fundraiser at the Bee Tree Fire Department:
With the political season heating up, Buncombe Democrats and Republicans are both gearing up for a party this Saturday, with Dems holding their annual convention, and the GOP celebrating the grand opening of their new headquarters.
Buncombe County Republican Party Chair Tim Johnson, who was recently elected Vice Chair of the state party, will step down from his local leadership post on July 31, according to an announcement yesterday. County Vice Chair Robert Malt will take over as chair.
Avery’s Creek resident Mark Delk will head Buncombe County Republican Party.
In the wake of the sudden resignation in early May of its new chair, Mike Harris, the Buncombe County Republican Party has been through the rumor mill and come out on the other side.
Monday night’s Buncombe County Republican Lincoln-Reagan Dinner at the Crest Center brought out the “party” in the local GOP.
This Saturday’s precinct meetings for the Buncombe County Democrats herald the season of party organizing for the coming year, with the Buncombe County Republicans Lincoln-Reagan Dinner following close behind on Monday, Feb. 19, the newly minted Buncombe County Greens getting together March 3 and the Libertarian Party Convention coming up March 26.