On April 13th, the appointed head of the Chicago GOP illegally fired thirteen elected committeemen, including two black Republican women who supported Dr. Ben Carson and now support Donald Trump, condemning them as Democrat party “plants.” Now the fired GOP committeemen are questioning the Chicago GOP’s conflicts-of-interest and racism.
Because Chicago GOP official Chris Cleveland is also Sen. Ted Cruz’s Illinois co-chairman.
On April 27th, Cleveland made a public declaration of love for Cruz, his college buddy, at a GOP gathering:
Tonight I’m honored to introduce my friend Senator Ted Cruz. I’d like to offer you a more personal perspective on the man I have known for almost 20 years. I spent the day on Wednesday at events with his wife Heidi, and my wife took our son Sam, who is seven, and Ted and Heidi’s children Caroline and Catherine, who are seven and five, to the zoo, where they spent the day joyfully climbing on things they weren’t supposed to climb on…
Adrian Wright and Philanise White, elected GOP committeemen of the 3rd and 7th Chicago wards respectively, lashed out at Cleveland and Cook County GOP chairman, Aaron Del Mar in an exclusive Citizen Kelly interview on 1590 WCGO:
The two GOP committeemen aren’t just any Republicans. Adrian Wright, GOP committeemen of Chicago’s third ward, has worked in Republican politics for decades. Not only did Wright work for Republican Gov. Jim Edgar but she worked on the campaign of Jack Ryan to oppose then state Sen. Barack Obama for U.S. Senate.
With 86 days to go before election, Ryan was gobsmacked by the Illinois GOP after disclosure of sealed custody documents stemming from his divorce from actress Jeri Ryan became public. In its infinite wisdom, the Illinois GOP leadership quickly sidelined Ryan and drafted Maryland native Alan Keyes – who never lived in Illinois – to run for U.S. Senate instead. Barack Obama won election to the U.S. Senate in a landslide and the rest is history.
Let that sink in: The Chicago and Cook County GOP are trying to fire an elected black female Republican committeemen who opposed Barack Obama for U.S. Senate because she supports Donald Trump.
Wright and White say they have retained legal counsel and intend to go to the Illinois GOP convention with all the rights their elected position as GOP committeemen affords them – and that includes supporting Donald Trump for president.
“We started out as supporters of Dr. Ben Carson,” says Adrian Wright. ” But when he suspended his campaign and decided to support Donald Trump, I decided to support Donald Trump as well.”
Philanise White says she also intended to attend the Illinois GOP convention.”We will both be at the convention volunteering our services to help Mr. Trump get into office. I’m looking forward to going and serving him and whatever else we have to do to get him into office,” says White.
The Cook County GOP instituted a questionable last-minute change in its bylaws as of March 9 to declare vacancies in the offices of any committeeman determined to have voted in a primary election held by the Democratic Party or any other political party in the last eight years. Under the new “rule,” Cook County GOP chairman Aaron Del Mar, who actually supported Hillary Clinton in 2008, would have been removed from his position. Instead, Del Mar and Cleveland did the firing.
Del Mar resigned quickly right after the illegal firing took place. Sean Morrison, the new Cook County GOP chairman, has a history of voting Democrat and was sued by female MMA fighters for non-payment after his reality TV show production went awry. According to his voting record, Morrison, was registered to vote in Chicago’s 19th ward until late 2008 and donated to the Democrat Party several times through June of 2009. In fact, Morrison took a Democrat ballot in five of seven primaries prior to 2008. Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, too, has donated millions of dollars to Democrat organizations and candidates, including the Democrat National Committee, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU’s reproductive rights project.
Perhaps the wrong Illinois GOP officials were “fired.”
The Chicago/Cook County GOP’s new “rule” effectively eliminates most black and other minority Republicans like Adrian Wright and Philanise White from possible Republican committeemen posts in Chicago, which has led many to criticize the new “rule” as not only illegal but arbitrary and racist. Yet another embarrassing and racist black eye for the Illinois Republican Party. It’s nothing short of shameful.
If Sen. Ted Cruz is not aware of the actions of his Illinois chairman in the illegal firing of these two elected GOP committeemen, Adrian Wright and Philanise White, he should be.
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