GOP Chairman Apologizes To Party 

GOP Chairman Apologizes To Party 
Posted by FoM on March 23, 2001 at 06:56:06 PT
By Tania Soussan, Journal Staff Writer
Source: Albuquerque Journal 
New Mexico Republican Party chairman John Dendahl and the Republican members of the state's congressional delegation have resolved a bitter rift that threatened to split the party.  Sen. Pete Domenici and Reps. Joe Skeen and Heather Wilson called for Dendahl's resignation earlier this month after he spoke out publicly in support of drug law reform.
 After two weeks of discussions with the delegation members and their chiefs of staff, Dendahl sent an apologetic letter.  "It just finally occurred to me that a letter clearing the air ... might be useful in burying the hatchet," Dendahl said in an interview Thursday.  The tactic seems to have worked. Domenici is satisfied, said Steve Bell, the senator's chief of staff. And the members of the delegation issued a joint statement Thursday saying the letter "goes a long way toward repairing the breach that resulted from his remarks."  Dendahl put it this way: "We've all agreed we'll be back on the same team."  In his letter, Dendahl said the events that started with his appearance at a March 5 news conference to support Republican Gov. Gary Johnson's drug reform package "have been contrary to the broad party-building objectives which are my primary responsibility as chairman."  He acknowledged a "clear disparity" between the legislation he was supporting, and the Republican Party's national platform and the position of President George W. Bush. Johnson's proposals included decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.  But nowhere in the letter did he disavow his personal support for Johnson's proposals.  Dendahl, who has served as GOP chairman since December 1994, also asked for the delegation's support in his plan to seek re-election May 5 when the GOP state central committee meets to elect new party officers.  Bell said the delegation isn't looking for anybody to run against Dendahl.  "Certainly, the confidence we have in John has been restored a lot, not completely, but a lot," he added.  Supporting Dendahl for re-election is "not something we thought about," Bell said. "... That's something that's up to the members of the state party."  Bell said, "Everybody now has a proper understanding of what the role of a party chairman is, as opposed to a private citizen."Source: Albuquerque Journal (NM)Author: Tania Soussan, Journal Staff WriterPublished: Friday, March 23, 2001Copyright: 2001 Albuquerque JournalAddress: P.O. Drawer J, Albuquerque, N.M. 87103Contact: opinion abqjournal.comWebsite: Related Articles:Skeen, Wilson Join in Dendahl Criticism Dendahl Would Only Delight Dems Domenici Wants Dendahl Off the Job
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Comment #5 posted by Dankhank on March 23, 2001 at 22:54:41 PT:
Where I come from we have a word for those who sell themselves for money, power, fame ...WHORESJohn Dendahl, welcome to that most noblest of professions, aimed primarily with making people feel good but inherently dirty ...
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Comment #4 posted by laughingwillow on March 23, 2001 at 14:00:55 PT:
Career Politicians
John Dendahl stands at the corner of "Job Security and "Self Respect".
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Comment #3 posted by dALY on March 23, 2001 at 11:17:05 PT:
Not Your Beliefs!
Bell said, "Everybody now has a proper understanding of what the role of a party chairman is, as opposed to a private citizen."Gods forbid a politician actually did something he or she BELIEVED in, as opposed to what they "think" will get them re-elected.
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Comment #2 posted by J.R. Bob Dobbs on March 23, 2001 at 10:36:10 PT
You will be assimilated.
>>Bell said, "Everybody now has a proper understanding of what the role of a party chairman is, as opposed to a private citizen."  A private citizen is allowed to have original thoughts. Once you become in charge, though, you have to tow the party line in your official capacity, whether you believe in it or not. Mr. Lincoln, I don't care what your personal beliefs are, we will never end slavery!
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Comment #1 posted by Craven on March 23, 2001 at 07:45:42 PT
Heaven forbid anyone in politics has their OWN opinion... why, something may actually get done one day!
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