There will be some excitement next Saturday when members of the state Republican executive committee gather at the South Charleston Holiday Inn.
The meeting became necessary when state Party Chair Conrad Lucas announced his resignation because he is running for Congress. Lucas, with deep Cabell County connections, entered the 3rd District race that already had notable GOP candidates such as Delegates Carol Miller of Cabell and Rupie Phillips from Logan.
Almost immediately, national committeewoman Melody Potter announced that she wanted to replace Lucas as chair. Potter said she will not resign as national committeewoman, if elected chair.
Potter’s entry for the spot prompted the entry of Thomas O’Neill into the race. Some say they think it is overreaching for Potter to hold both jobs. Others say Potter, an obvious Tea Partier, is divisive and will not prepare the GOP for future growth. It is clear, when one deals with Potter, that she expects others to toe a strict line on issues. Agreeing with her 99 percent of the time never seems to be