By Derek Ellerman
The purge of truly limited-government activists from the Republican Party has reached new lows, as one of Wisconsin’s top activists found out.
Todd Welch, Chairman of the Wisconsin Campaign for Liberty and constitutional activist, has been “declined” membership in the Republican Party of Dunn County in Wisconsin and his dues check returned. His crime? Holding the Party accountable to its rhetoric and promises. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. I wrote about Speaker Boehner’s purge of conservatives from prominent committees in Congress here.
In the recent past, serious grassroots activists were deliberately disenfranchised at the Republican National Convention in August. Dean Clancy has more about that here. Most recently, former Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin and current Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has made an effort to court those very same disenfranchised activists. Apparently the leadership in Dunn County didn’t get the memo about Priebus’ olive branch.
I reached out to Mr. Welch about the situation and this is what he had to say: “This is about keeping the Tea Party, Grassroots, and any one that wants to hold Republican candidates accountable to Republican principles out of the party.