Correction: The election was today (Saturday). Audra Shay won by a vote of 470-415.
I'm not young and I'm not a Republican, but I'll jump in anyway. When the two major political parties, whom I disdain, are not fighting with each other they seem to fighting with themselves. We should have heeded the advice of George Washington, who said in his farewell address:
Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind, (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely
out of sight,) the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the
interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.
It serves always to distract the Public Councils, and enfeeble the Public Administration. It agitates
the Community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one partagainst another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.
But we didn't listen and this post isn't about that, so I will not get on my soapbox.
Audra Shay of New Orleans has been considered a shoo-in for election as president of the Young Republicans. A 'young' Republican is anyone aged 18-40. Democrats stop being young when they are 36.
One of her stands has been that the party should embrace all technology and the internet to reach everyone possible. Personally, she has reached out and the results have not been stellar.
Audra got into a discussion on Facebook in which a commenter said:
“Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals...”
To which she replied:
“You tell em Eric! lol.”
A couple of Republican friends called her out and questioned the exchange. She deleted them from her Facebook friends. Now it is impossible to find Audra anywhere on the social networks, as she is apparently attempting to clean up those little internet footprints.
That exchange and some cute noose talk have given pause to many. One state delegation has asked her to withdraw. She has a lot of powerful support, however, including our own Bobby Jindal and Congressmen Steve Scalise, Bill Cassidy and Joseph Cao.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out tomorrow.
You can find more details on the exchanges at The Conservatist and at The Guardian.