Horry County GOP elects new leader and prepares for upcoming elections


On Saturday, the Holly County Republican Party chose a new leader, Slate, to lead the local party through the first half of President Joe Biden and the 2022 elections.

The new leadership has some hope for influential local political parties, Back and forth Flickering Controversy With meetings Conflict between leaders.. The new leader will also be tasked with leading the party through the resulting midterm elections.In this election, the county parliamentary representative Tomuraisu On (SC-7th), the county council chairman and the school district chairman will be re-elected.

369 representatives from the large conference room at Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach were the local party chairman, vice-chairman, members of the state executive committee representing the Colombian party, and representatives of the state’s GOP convention. I voted for the slate. .. Two current leaders, co-chairs Dreama Purdue and Ed Carey, said they were not running for leadership this time. That is, party members chose almost all new leaders on Saturday.

Roger Slangle, a businessman who worked primarily in Asia but recently returned to Grand Strand, has been appointed as the party’s new county chairman. Tracy “Beans” Diaz, a longtime Republican operative who started political work for former Texas lawmaker Ron Paul and made her start in the Tea Party movement in the 2010s, has been appointed to the new state executive committee. I did.

To win, candidates had to clear a margin of 185 votes in the first round of voting to achieve a majority. Slagle received 190 votes and Diaz received 188 votes. Voting for the party vice chairman was not definitive late Saturday afternoon. Another 48 people have been selected to travel to Colombia to participate in the South Carolina GOP tournament next month.

There was still one race contested Saturday afternoon, but the choice between Slugul and Diaz shows a clear victory for the Holly County Republican right. Both candidates were endorsed by local conservative activists and those who were in the orbit of former President Donald Trump. This includes former National Security Advisers Michael Flynn and Lin Wood. ..

“My priority is to create a party,” Slugul said shortly after the victory was announced. “My goal is to have 1,000 people here in two years, whether running or not. I want to see this party grow.”

To that end, he said he would focus on engaging with young voters and other people who had never been involved in the party and strive to fold them.

Diaz also said he wanted the party to grow with new members, but he also learned from the people who ran the party before her. Both she and Slugul said they would work to bring peace and unity to the often controversial party and, along the way, make room for all Republican stripes.

“I’m not a radical,” Diaz said. “I really feel that I have a lot to learn from the people who have been here for a long time, so I’m literally not going to do anything other than learn from them.”

But both Slugul and Diaz said they wanted to reform the party in a significant way. Mr Slugul said he would consider scrutinizing the candidates more thoroughly, and Mr Diaz said he would work to bring a new level of transparency to the party.

“Now I want to fix the party, put it in a straight, tight space and implement some transparency,” she said.

Seeking a return to traditional values

Saturday’s convention is to leave past conflicts and conflicts behind and rebuild the US Constitution and a party that commits to traditional conservative values ​​such as small government, personal freedom, and “free market solutions.” Showed the efforts of the Holly County Republican Party.

About 260,000 registered voters live in Holly County, with a majority voting for the Republican Party. It’s one of South Carolina’s Republican hubs, but some have become dysfunctional in recent years. In particular, some have said: Since former President Robert Rabon He died last year at COVID-19. Although he had not led the party for several years, he continued to serve as a moral and practical leader, some party members said.

Some people running for leadership on Saturday said they wanted to “overcome” it.

“There are some problems with the Republican Party. Yes, there are RINOs (Republican In Name Only),” said Reese Boyd III, a local lawyer who ran for chair. “(But) fix this party so that you don’t destroy yourself in the process of moving forward.”

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said he was involved in a “war” with Democrats and other influential people as an indication of the role that the Holly County GOP will play in the coming months and years. Said and appeared to rally the delegation. An army trying to steer the country in a different direction than former President Donald Trump.

“You heard the alert, and that’s why you’re here,” McMaster told the crowd, Republicans ban abortion, build walls on the southern border and strengthen the second amendment. He said he needed to focus on that. “We have to fight.”

Those remarks earned some lasting applause by convention members who cheered when he and others declared the party needed to return to its conservative roots.

Horry County GOP has been involved in controversy over the last few months, with frequent public combat attacks, including Facebook comments, blog posts, and recorded speeches that air confrontations between party members and observers. Caused. Two years ago, a voting conflict allowed state party officials to intervene in the reorganization of the county, eventually allowing two co-chairs (Purdue and Carey) to share party leadership.

Since then, controversy Purdue spending party funds Bringing out allegations of corruption and lack of transparency by some party members and holding a meeting Screaming match..Some party activists Said They want to take control of the party from so-called moderate Republicans and RINOS. These efforts have sparked a battle between aggressive conservatives and others who fear that the party’s wings will drive out members who are not considered sufficiently conservative.

Need to scrutinize disputed candidates

One of the concerns that arose from the conflict, according to Moderate Party members, is to scrutinize the candidates in the primary and ensure that those running for public office are fully committed to the party’s values. Therefore, it is a wish by a more conservative party member within the party.

Slugul, who was supported by conservative activists in the chairman’s election, said he would “continuously scrutinize candidates” if elected.

But the more moderate members of the party ask moving questions.

“What is the motive behind it? Is it really to choose the best candidate?” Council member Kam Crawford is conservative in himself, but other in the party. He said it wasn’t as extreme as lawmakers, but said last month when the idea first began to spread publicly.

“Are the people involved in the process prejudiced?” Crawford asked. “I have a question about motives. I have a question about the process. If the party goes and chooses, do you deprive the general public of that ability?”

However, Diaz, Slugul and others argue that reforms such as candidate screening are needed to bring the party back to its conservative roots. This is an idea that enlivens voters.

“I want to run this party in our county in a way that makes you proud to be conservative again,” Diaz told many supporters. Earlier this week..

The hustle and bustle within the party was a common topic at the convention, and some candidates for leadership pledged to return the party to a calmer and more unified day. And, in some respects, tournament leaders urged the turmoil in the crowd to settle down in an attempt to free the tournament from the recent struggle that has plagued the party.

“We weren’t very effective. Mr Boyd has been plagued by many conflicts and factions in his speech after being appointed leader,” he said. “We have to stop acting like a firing squad. We have to go beyond that.”

Candidates make their claim to the representative

In his pre-voting speech, the candidate leader presented the party with different visions.

“I want to awaken the people of this county,” Slugul said in a speech. “We want to know why we are not doing anything about trafficking or trafficking children in Holly County.

“I can survive the little battles that have taken place in the last few years,” he added.

Another candidate for chair, Bill Weegand, said she hoped to help her mother establish the Holly County Republican Party in the 1950s and carry on her legacy.

“We are in a battle of tyranny and freedom,” he said. “I like freedom. I want to return my prayers to our school.”

When elected, others promised unity and service.

“It is my duty to carry out your wishes,” said Vice-Chairman candidate Jeremy Harpin. “You run this party. You are not the chairman, not the vice-chairman.”

Another vice-chairman candidate, Mary Scofield, said the party needed to stop treating its members like enemies.

“Our enemies are not each other,” she said. “Our enemies are sitting in the White House, Congress, and the Senate. We are silent majority, but see where that silence led us: stolen elections.”

Despite allegations and proceedings No evidence So far, it has been revealed that fraud and interference have occurred in the 2020 presidential election.

Valiant Summers, who also ran for Vice-Chair, said things more frankly. “We need to use the energy we have used each other to start kicking the Democratic ass.”

Towards the middle of next year, some leaders want a new unity to strengthen the Republican position in South Carolina.

“This is the beginning of how we can win big things,” South Carolina GOP Chairman McKissick said in a short speech on Saturday. “Politics are spelled people. The more people you get, the better your campaign and the more likely you are to win.”

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