Mullins wants to ditch the loyalty oath

On Facebook last night, RPV chairman Pat Mullins issued a call to the party’s governing body to reconsider using the presidential primary loyalty oath the party adopted at its December meeting:

I’ve called a special meeting of the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee meeting for January 21st. The only agenda item will be to revisit the loyalty oath that Republicans must agree to before voting in the GOP Primary for President.

I’m asking the members of the State Central Committee to talk to their various constituencies about this before the vote.

The broader issue is …. we need Party registration in Virginia. Democrats have fought this for years for obvious reasons. We can’t have Democrat party loyalists flood our primaries to affect our nomination process. Party nominees must be chosen by their party.

However, in 2012, there are quite a lot of non-party-affiliated voters who will be helping us remove the current occupant of the White House — tea party members, conservative independents, new first-time voters, young people who can’t find work — people who want to participate this year to save their country. We must consider this in our deliberations.

He’s right. Republicans have railed against infiltrators and other malefactors infesting their party primaries. But requiring an unenforceable, obnoxious loyalty oath is not the answer to the problem.

  • It’s almost as if Mullins read our legislative agenda – that will be released in the next issue of Bearing Drift Magazine.

    We’ll just put this out there anyway:

    Bearing Drift supports registration by party and endorses the idea that the Republican Party of Virginia should ditch the proposed loyalty pledge.

  • Conservative gal

    Couldn’t agree more!

  • Party registration is one way to go. Loyalty oaths combined with tax payer funded primary elections open to everyone except write-ins is another. A good start.

  • Doesn’t Virginia already allow a voter to declare party affiliation when they register? It was a long time ago when I registered here, but I seem to recall that I was allowed to choose a party designation or independent. I chose independent which was true back then. (I have only recently adopted a party designation, and no I have not bothered to go back and change my registration.)

    There are pluses and minuses to demanding party registration in order to participate in that parties primary. Chief amongst the minuses is that it freezes independents out of candidate selection. If and independent has had enough with the incumbent, he/she is now allowed to participate in the selection of the candidate from the opposing party to run the incumbent out of office.

    Have you ever heard anyone complain about being forced to choose between the lesser of two evils when they look at the ballot? Eliminate their ability to participate in the primaries and their frustration will only grow.

    I’m opposed. Leave it like it is.

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  • Steve Richardson

    “The only agenda item will be to revisit the loyalty oath that Republicans must agree to before voting in the GOP Primary for President.”

    I’m pleased that Mr. Mullins shares his fellow Republicans’ concerns about the oath. However, the problem is not accurately described here because the primary is still open to all voters and the policy requires everyone – not just Republicans – to pledge support for their nominee. This is an attempt to close the primary by asking others to promise something even many party members would not accept.

    As an Independent, I appreciate Virginia’s open primaries, which properly allow all voters to participate in the entire election process. Closing primaries to “members only” by any means will aggravate the partisan posturing that consumes elected officials’ attention and alienates voters.

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