Are Dems trying to squelch the GOP at the Union County Fair?
I caught this in one of the Union County Newspapers yesterday. Dr. Thomas Burns of McCook Lake expressing his displeasure at the Union County Fair Manager who disinvited the GOP because it supposedly "compete with a business uptown."
And what is this flap all about? Smoothies.
Yup, someone in town might be also selling smoothies to the populace, and THOSE DAMN REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO RUIN THEIR BUSINESS.
You have got to be kidding me. And not just a little.
This is despite the fact that I'm sure that aside from the offending smoothies, there likely are people offering such oddities at the fair such as soda pop, ice cream, popcorn, bbq's (or taverns), cheeseburgers, and a plethora of fried oddities. And somehow, I imagine if you look hard enough, you can find somone offering fountain pop in town.
Are we going to next hear about other vendors being kicked out of the county fair because they might offer (shudder) BOTTLED WATER?!?
Yes, the sarcasm is dripping today.
So what do I think is driving this, as if you couldn't tell from the blogpost headline?
Yes, I'm sure I'll get a few comments saying "you don't know what you're talking about." But I'd find it hard to believe that it wasn't politics.
It's just too coincidental when I went up to the library to dig this up. I went and did a search on the Fair Manager's name, Janelle O'Connor.
If you've been involved in politics at any length, the O'Connor name has popped up here and there involved in Democratic politics. So, I went on my fishing expedition.
I first found the article at the left noting Janelle as Fair Manager and to contact her if you'd like exhibit space for the fair this weekend. But as I dug, I also found another article with her name in it.
Yes, this article would seem to show the exact same Janelle O'Connor as being the point of contact for the Union County Democrats.
My, what a coincidence.
The Fair Manager who kicks the Republicans out of the fair is also the point of contact for the Democratic County party.
And that's despite the County GOP apparently conducting the same activities last year with no incidents. But this year, Janelle is apparently telling them that "they might compete with a business uptown."
Sorry, without a better reason this smacks of politics to me. And that's a poor reason to deny a group their access to the fair.
So, my message to Janelle? Knock off the partisanship and next year, Let my smoothies go.