For evidence of its depressing state, you need look no further than the Roanoke Tea Party’s forum Thursday night for Republican candidates for the Board of Supervisors.
Tea Party hijinks have more or less driven Republican supervisors Richard Flora and Mike Altizer into announcing their retirements. Now, unfortunately, the Tea Party has hijacked the GOP issues agenda. The result was lots of hot air wasted on things that are part mundane, part insane.
One was the county’s membership in an environmental organization, ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability, which has long been thorn with the Tea Party.
Another was whether the county should have wasted taxpayer dollars fighting for unfettered prayer at board meetings. A third was whether restrictions on backyard chickens violated the constitution.
Loony-bin issues are bad enough. But the Roanoke County Democrats seem in even worse shape. Their problem is loony-bin infighting.
A bitter leadership struggle between former party chairman Richard Evans and Brian Lang, the current chairman, has hamstrung the party and dragged it into both civil and criminal court.
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