The chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans has resigned, and has announced that he is switching his party affiliation because he can no longer bear association with Tea Party extremists.
In his resignation letter, Evan Alvarez says that the Republican Party has allowed its Tea Party members too much control, “and because of that, the platform of the Republican Party has shifted too far to the right in my opinion.”
His objections stem from MFCR member Kolby busby’s refusal to follow the rules. Busby used the organization’s name in robocalls for Tea Partier Chris McDaniel, who believes he was recently defeated by black people (or, as he phrases it, “liberal Democrats.” This, of course, violated the MFCR’s policy of not taking sides in Republican primaries.
The Mississippi Federations of College Republicans board impeached Busby, charging him with negligence in the performance of his Constitutional duties.
However, at the impeachment hearing on Saturday, 35 Tea Partiers and McDanield supporters turned up to yell incoherently, according to Alvarez. The meeting had to be postponed because of the disruption, even though leaders had decided only to ask for an apology from Busby for his decision to misuse the name of the organization.
“When we informed him there wasn’t going to be an impeachment, but simply a reprimand and apology his attitude became more ignorant and cruel. He said he was not apologizing for anything and refused to be reprimanded for the two robocalls. At that point myself and the staffer at the GOP decided to cancel the meeting that day, and push it back to another Saturday in the coming month. We came to that conclusion because there was no way we would be able to have an effective meeting with roughly 35 yelling tea partiers in the lobby of the building, that were feeding Busby’s ignorant attitude,” Alvarez told the Clarion-Ledger in an e-mail.
“When I ran for Chairman in the spring, I ran to be Chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College REPUBLICANS, not the Mississippi Federation of College ‘Tea Partiers,’” Alvarez wrote in his resignation letter. “Also, I believe that the Republican Party has allowed these groups of extremist to have too much of a voice and because of that, the platform of the Republican Party has shifted too far to the right in my opinion.”
He added that society would be “crippled” if the Tea Party managed to enact the “drastic cuts” in federal spending that it wants, and that the “hatred and cruel words and actions of the far right extremists” would continue to hurt the party’s chances with “Women, African Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities in our country.”
“I simply cannot be apart of organization that have members who support these far right extremist views, much less be the Chairman of the organization,” he said.
Alvarez told the Ledger that he is speaking with the Mississippi Democratic Party, and will be switching his affiliation to Democrat in the next few days.
Read his full resignation letter, below:
I over the last 48 hours or so, I have been in deep thought about the future of MFCR and of the Republican Party. I have come to the conclusion that I no longer want to be the leader of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans. I refuse to simply let people break the rules and think they don’t have to answer for their actions, admit they were wrong, or even apologize. When I ran for Chairman in the spring, I ran to be Chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College REPUBLICANS, not the Mississippi Federation of College “Tea Partiers”. Also, I believe that the Republican Party has allowed these groups of extremist to have too much of a voice and because of that, the platform of the Republican Party has shifted too far to the right in my opinion. For example, the drastic cuts on needed federal funding that these groups of Republican extremists support would leave society weak and crippled. Secondly, their far right stance on immigration is not only ignorant, but it is cruel. After all our country is a nation of immigrants and should welcome immigrants from every country. My father was an immigrant from Cuba and came to America in 1959 because of the freedom that this nation offers. This freedom should be available to each and every individual that wants to come work hard and pursue his or her goals in America. Finally, I believe the Republican Party has not done enough to put a stop to the hatred and cruel words and actions of the far right extremist in the party. The Republican Party consistently says they are trying to appeal to minorities, but this will never happen when we allow members of party to say cruel and ignorant things about Women, African Americans, Hispanics, and other minorities in our country. I simply cannot be apart of organization that have members who support these far right extremist views, much less be the Chairman of the organization. So in conclusion, I, Evan Alvarez, am hereby resigning my position as Chairman of the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans, as well as my membership at the Mississippi State Chapter of MFCR. This change is effective immediately!