“If you want to be an activist group, go somewhere else.”

ncgopSo sayeth a key GOP establishment figure in western North Carolina.

At the September 15th meeting of the Haywood County board of commissioners, county GOP chair Patricia Carr presented a resolution — passed by the party’s executive board — calling for more openness and transparency in the county government’s property valuation process.  The Democrat majority on the board basically ignored her.  They did yield to Kevin Ensley, the only Republican on the board, to make the official response to Carr’s remarks.

“A heads-up on this would have  been nice,” Ensley can be seen saying on the video of the meeting. “The job of a political party is to recruit members and raise funds.  Recruit members and raise funds. Not to be an activist group.  If you want to be an activist group, go somewhere else.”

Interesting.  That sounds just like the mission of my local Rotary Club.  So, is Mr. Ensley suggesting that being a Republican is no different than being a Rotarian? Well, what’s that silly platform thing for, then? 

Ensley has been a key figure in the western North Carolina campaigns of Gov. Pat McCrory and Thom Tillis. Remarks like Ensley’s speak volumes about the mindset of a lot of folks at the top of the NCGOP hierarchy.