Friday, May 28, 2004

GOP SPLIT: District Republicans at Odds

D.C. Councilman David Catania, one of two Republicans on the City Council, has left the local GOP over a spat with party officials. Catania, who has publicly said he would not support the re-election of President Bush, had his convention delegate status stripped by Betsey Werronen, the chairwoman of the District GOP, because of his refusal to support President Bush. Though Catania, a Log Cabin Republican, said he would vote for Bush at the convention, he said he wouldn't vote for him in the November general election.

From The Washington Post:
Patrick Guerriero, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of gay GOP activists, called Catania's break with the party "a great loss . . . and what it is for us is another very harsh reminder of the fact that the effort to amend the United States Constitution is causing a culture war within the GOP."

Carol Schwartz, D.C.'s other Republican on the City Council, resigned as a delegate to the convention in protest.


At 3:15 PM, Blogger Chris Zarate said...

Especially satisfying was Catania's wistful remark today on the Kojo Nnamdi Show that Republican leadership will eventually "die off like the dinosaurs." I'm no Republican, but that can't be a bad thing.


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