Sometimes watching the Goopers is like watching a bad sitcom. And one of the lead characters in North Carolina is Richard Morgan, who has the state Republican Party all a-twitter this week. The Pilot, a decent little paper down in Southern Pines, has this fascinating story of the current dust-up.
Morgan, the speaker pro tempore of the state House of Representatives, went out and hired a Raleigh attorney to help him in battling a state GOP campaign to elect his primary opponent, Joe Boylan, a Pinehurst businessman, in May.
The attorney, Joseph B. Cheshire V, warned state Republican Party Chairman Ferrell Blount in a letter that the party’s action to try and topple Morgan violates the state Republican Plan of Organization.
The state Republican Party leadership wasted no time responding. The party sent out a news release Monday with the heading “Morgan hires Democrat attorney to gag his own party.”
In the release, Blount called Morgan’s hiring of Cheshire “an act of desperation” and said it was an attempt by Morgan “to scare the Republican Party into silence about his record of disloyalty by hiring a high-priced Democrat attorney.” Blount also said “his choice of attorneys proves Morgan is in bed with the Democrats.”
Morgan scoffed at Blount’s assertions Tuesday morning. In a brief telephone interview, Morgan said he hired Cheshire because he “wanted the best” attorney to represent his interests. Morgan said that longtime Republican Congressman Charles Taylor hired Cheshire to represent him against charges from Democrats.
“He (Taylor) hired Joseph Cheshire because he wanted the best representation he could get,” Morgan said. He added that Taylor has been “under siege by Democrats.” Cheshire is a registered Democrat who represents both Democrats and Republicans.
A dispute between Morgan and the state party leadership came to a head last year when the state executive committee adopted a resolution authorizing party chairman to support any Republican opponent of Morgan. At the time, Boylan had announced plans to seek the GOP nomination for the District 52 seat in the state House. Boylan said Tuesday that he has not seen the letter Cheshire sent to state party leaders.
If you're looking for a laugh, go read the whole Pilot story. It's the best explanation I've seen yet of how degenerate the Grand Old Party has become. Richard Morgan actually thinks associating himself with Charles Taylor (Crook #1) and Jim Black (soon to be Crook #2) helps strengthen his position. Gotta love watching wingers self-destruct.
PS. I know Morgan will survive all this in some fashion. After all, that's the only thing he actually cares about is sustaining his own personal power. Typical Republican.