The ax has apparently fallen on Gary Bray, the new Washington County GOP Chair. Following yesterday's missive about Democrats all being "communists" and something about "utopian enslavement", Mr. Bray has succumbed to pressure to step down from his post.
Bray said in an early Wednesday morning email resigning his post that it quickly became evident to him that the political position "has not been a good fit" for him and that he would instead focus on his wholesale lumber business.
Greg Leo, the chief of staff of the Oregon Republican Party, said Bray came under pressure to resign from local Republican legislators.
Bray's email, much like Rep. Shawn Lindsay's (R-Hillsboro) complaints that it's everyone else's fault that he lost, casts blame and makes no effort to look inward for a possible problem with what went down. Apparently, personal responsibility is only for the little people--or the non Rs. Or something. An excerpt:
So whoever forwarded that to Mapes you ended up getting zero since that is how much I have invested in this job. If it was a year from now and had invested a ton of time or people from the county had it would have been a much harder decision, this one is simple. I really don’t want a job where people fight and claw to hold onto whatever they have and will stab you in the back if they don’t like what you are doing. That is not the job I applied for and not the one I care to take. So I am turning everything over to Lea Williams to handle and the Executive Committee can move forward. I am resigning my Chairmanship and Area Chair and going to go back to the best job in the world.
So there you have it. It has nothing to do with Bray writing crazy BS that's completely out-of-touch with anything resembling reality. It's that someone forwarded it to Mapes. And that others wanted to claw and scratch him out of the way.
I wonder how far these guys think this lack of introspection will take them. Have the GOP become so entrenched in their own paranoid martyrdom fantasies that they really believe this has nothing to do with their own behavior?