Will the California GOP Close Its Primaries?

By: Teddy Partridge Saturday August 22, 2009 3:02 pm

The California Republican Party, on its continued suicidal march to oblivion, will consider a motion to exclude from its primaries for statewide elections (just as they already do for presidential primaries) any voters not registered as GOPs.
The proposed bylaw to the state Republican platform, which delegates will decide at the party convention next month in Indian Wells (Riverside County), has riled some business leaders and Republicans.

They say it could be disastrous for the party's future and could relegate Republicans in the state to "permanent minority" status by keeping independent voters from supporting Republicans in primary elections.
Activists within the Party (crazy people) believe that only party members should determine the party's nominees. This is likely to favor the far right-wing candidates for Senate and Governor in 2010, if implemented.
The GOP plan allows conservative party insiders to shape critical 2010 races, said strategist Patrick Dorinson. "They want to pull up the ladder to the tree house where they play," he said. "They're treating the GOP like it's a club where they all make the rules for everyone, and the signs says, 'No girls allowed and no Latinos.' "

In the gubernatorial race, he said, "this is their way of helping (State Insurance Commissioner) Steve Poizner, who is in real trouble. ... They think this is a way to stop (former eBay CEO) Meg Whitman and (former Rep.) Tom Campbell," both moderates expected to get independent support. Also at stake: the 2010 U.S. Senate race, where ex-Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, expected to appeal to moderates and independents, is preparing a GOP primary run against Irvine Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, a favorite of grassroots conservatives, he said.
I can't wait for the GOP to pull up the tree house ladder. The fewer participants in the disastrous California Republican party, the better it is for all of us.

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