As David Freddoso mentioned yesterday on NRO, there is an interesting race for National Committeeman this weekend at the South Carolina Republican Convention. Delegates will choose between Glenn McCall, the chairman of the York County Republican Party, a movement conservative who would be the first black committeeman from the South elected to the RNC since the 50’s, and Drew McKissick, a former director of the Christian Coalition, respected political operative and Mitt Romney staffer in the recent presidential primary. It is worth noting that McKissick worked for Warren Tompkins in the ’08 primary and that Tompkins’ firm is now helping run McKissick’s campaign. In addition to working for Romney in ’08, Tompkins is the consultant who masterminded the attacks in 2000 on John McCain, including the infamous “black child” smear on McCain’s daughter.
Today a South Carolina political blog is running pictures of McKissick’s car with a bumper sticker on it that asks “Who would Osama vote for?”Â While they’re pretty blurry, you can clearly see the sticker and the rest of the car with the license plate.
While I don’t find this sticker offensive, it is interesting in light of McCain’s skittishness about attacks of this type on Obama and the Democrats. One could make an argument that this should be far more troublesome to the campaign than anything Soren Dayton or the NC GOP did. Dayton was just a staffer, and McCain strongly denounced the North Carolina GOP. But McKissick is a sitting member of the RNC with a sticker on his car that runs directly contrary to the stated position of the nominee.
Jill Hazelbaker, call your office.