THREE DULY ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL GOP BANNED FROM GOP FOR OVER 5 YEARS

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THREE DULY ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL GOP BANNED FROM GOP FOR OVER 5 YEARS

BY JOHNNY KINCAID

JUNE 4, 2024

After closed-door hearings last night, the 8th District GOP Committee handed down a decision that will prevent three recently elected Precinct Committee members (PCs) from participating in any party activities until December 31, 2029.

After leaving his hearing, Michael Daugherty said that it appears that party officials “can remove anyone from office for any reason.” The complaint against Daugherty stemmed from last year’s run for mayor on the Libertarian ticket and his criticism of Vanderburgh County GOP Chair Michael Duckworth. Former Republican mayoral candidate Natalie Rascher was the sole witness testifying against Daugherty. Podcaster and CCO reporter Johnny Kincaid and Alice Work from RAINS testified on Daugherty’s behalf.

State Senator Vanetta Becker testified that Ken Colbert posted negative comments about her on social media. The case against him was based on 17 social media posts made before he was elected as PC.

Cheryl Battieger Smith stated that her complaint stemmed from referring to local political parties becoming a “uni-party.” 

Daugherty, Colbert, and Smith asked for a ten-day extension for the hearing because their attorney was unavailable, but their requests went unanswered. 

A group of 60 protesters gathered outside Vanderburgh County GOP headquarters carrying signs saying, “Duckworth must go!” 

State Senator Vanetta Becker testified that Ken Colbert posted negative comments about her on social media. The case against him was based on 17 social media posts made before he was elected as PC.

Cheryl Battieger Smith stated that her complaint stemmed from referring to local political parties becoming a “uni-party.” 

Daugherty, Colbert, and Smith asked for a ten-day extension for the hearing because their attorney was unavailable, but their requests went unanswered. 

FOOTNOTE:  THIS IS A DEVELOPING ST0RY.

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  1. And the Vanderburgh GOP continues to self-destruct under Duckworth. Obviously, the voters votes didn’t mean anything to him and Carol.

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