Local Republican ‘Cage Match’ set for day before midterm elections – Reuters


On Monday, November 7, Horry County Republican Roger Slagle and his team will hold a meeting denouncing the recent elections organized by the Horry County Republican Party (HCGOP).

Slagle said in a video address to South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick that he would not comply with party demands that he turn over bank accounts and social media accounts to HCGOP.

Unfortunately, I feel the need to address the coup that is taking place in our county party,Slagle said in a recorded message posted Oct. 21 on social media. “As the duly elected Chair of HCGOP, I will continue to provide custody and stewardship of HCGOP’s financial assets, databases, and media platforms.

Why aren’t Republicans concentrated locally here?

The next day, November 8, the nation will hold a primary election in which the GOP hopes for a “red wave.”


As we highlighted in our article today, Horry County has two local political parties: the Myrtle Beach Area House Liberal Party and the Horry County Conservative Residents Party.

There would be no local RINOs, or Drew McKissick influence, without the funding, backing, and support of members of the Myrtle Beach area Chamber of Commerce.

So why is Slagle taking this “telegraphed approach” that can only hurt National Republicans?

On October 11, MyrtleBeachSC News reported that Reese Boyd, Mike Connett and Robert Visconti had been elected as HCGOP’s new leadership team. This, after all former HCGOP leaders resigned. Slagle later recounted his resignation, but other key executives wanted to leave.

All other major media outlets in our area covered this same story in the same way we reported it.

However, Boyd and his team now face continued conflict from the few remaining members of HCGOP’s old guard.

I didn’t plan on signing up for a Texas cage gameReese Boyd told reporters on Oct. 24.

It’s not a fight that either of us went for“, Boyd said.”It was brought to us. We just try to do the right thing. It’s not a coup. We did not plan to have this battle. The previous management team set this in motion by all stepping down at the same time.”

Coup or not, the local HCGOP faces opposition from its own former members. The party is divided almost in two, fighting a public battle. The battle includes verbal assaults and disparaging posts on Facebook and social media.

The fight has all the earmarks of a public cage match.




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