Since the segment aired, I’ve received countless emails asking about the Nevada incident. This is an interesting story considering the large amount of attention my poll got on our website about a week ago. The poll I posted, which asked about the method the movement should rally behind to achieve mass success in 2010, had more than 10,000 visits, 4,300 votes and 400 or so comments.
The following is where the results stand as of the time of this post:
Where do you think the movement should go in 2010?
-The movement needs to take over the GOP 51% (2,228 votes)
-Third party… it’s time for the two parties to be taken down 21% (902 votes)
-Third party ONLY if/when it is clearly viable 14% (623 votes)
-I think we need to avoid third parties at all costs 11% (478 votes)
-The movement needs to take over the Democrats 4% (162 votes)
I know… the poll is kind of silly in a way. But it also helps lead me to some of the next few posts I’ll be publishing. Please understand that these posts are only in place to get us, as a movement, pondering strategy for 2010 and beyond.
Many have said it’s silly to consider taking over the GOP. Many have tried and failed (including me) and many of us know that in the past the effort resulted in wasted time and money.
I checked in to this and I found it to be 100% accurate. This movement in Nevada has indeed caused a significant shift in the party structure across the state. In fact, just last week there was a major shakeup in leadership within the Clark Country GOP of Las Vegas.
It has been confirmed that the following previous officials within the party resigned at an emergency meeting.
-Heather Kydd, secretary
-Martha Kimpel, executive board member District F
-Christine DeCorte, finance director
-Swadeep Nigam, treasurer
-Ron Futrell, communications director
-Richard Scotti, chairman
-Melody Howard, executive board member District C
-Norm Yeager, executive board member District A
Some of these individuals give multiple reasons for stepping down, but a very good source of mine tells me that most of it took place over frustration with movement activists controlling the votes to the point that the old establishment couldn’t continue on its current path.
This is a profound shift in what is happening within the party, and makes it clear that if the movement really, REALLY wanted to put the party back in the hands of true fiscal conservatives… it’s entirely possible to make it happen.