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College Republican Battle Royal

Civil war has been declared among the ranks of college Republicans across the state. On Tuesday evening, a conference call among the state’s seven college Republican chapters was organized. During the call, five college chapters, PSU, Wichita State, Benedictine, Baker and K-State, urged the remaining three  chapters of the Kansas College Republican Federation, KU, FHSU and Washburn, to through their support behind Rep. Todd Tiahrt. The four colleges making the push had already declared their backing of Tiahrt but Federation bylaws don’t allow individual chapters to endorse a candidate- the Federation as a whole has to make the endorsement. Therein lies the issue.

The college ruffled some feathers among those not supporting the endorsement. 

According to a press release issued by the FHSU college Republicans, Harrison Hems, President of the Kansas University College Republicans, said “I don’t agree with groups (of any kind) as a whole endorsing primary candidates. I think candidates should be endorsed by individuals to stay away from any problems that could arise. I especially think it is very irresponsible for the Federation of Kansas College Republicans to endorse a candidate because they represent all college republicans throughout the state. What they are doing is silencing the voice of the supporters of Jerry Moran and dividing the party, which is the one thing we should stay away from if we are going to win big in 2010.”

It seems that the groups were simply “playing politics” as the 4-3 vote meant the Federation would endorse Tiahrt.

Despite the three colleges best efforts, other College Republican chapters chose to abandon the best interests of the party. Jacob Kessler, President of Fort Hays State University College Republicans, said this. “It deeply saddens me to see the Federation make such a drastic mistake. College Republican groups are here to be facilitators of information during the primary season. We are not here to play to our own personal biases and use our positions of power to gain favor from the different campaigns.”

It seems that all is not fair in love, war and politics.


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4 thoughts on “College Republican Battle Royal

  1. All I’ve got to say is WAHHHHHH! What a cry baby!!!!

    I’m not a College Republican but I have been following all the recent endorsements and I am pretty impressed with this group of college students. This Jacob is needs to pick himself up by the bootstraps and get on with his life. If fact, he should stand behind the vote that was made.

    I have been told that this wasn’t just a careless vote. There was actually pretty extensive discussion on this issue. There was a motion to endorse, and each chapter had the opportunity to make a decision. It was voted on and 5/8 of the votes was for endorsement of Todd Tiahrt for US Senate. I was also informed that Jacob and 2 others voted against endorsement, not for Moran.

    The CR’s didn’t abandon the best interest of the party…they took a stance and are trying to make a difference by getting the candidate they feel is best get put into office. I wish more organizations would have the guts to do this. They are fearless and I think it’s brilliant! I can’t wait to see what this group of STRONG leaders does next! Look at Kansas, the CR’s are choosing to be different. They are going to do it a new way, their way! CONGRATS CR’s! You guys rock!

    Where do I sign up to get into this group? I’d love to walk next to some of these people for what they’ve done. You’re a coward, Jacob. You had the chance to fight LAST night! You chose to cry about it the next day publicly, instead. I guess you would be a Moran supporter, as this kind of mousy move resembles Jerry’s behavior.


    To my understanding, no one would have been able to tell that Jacob and the other two even had a strong opinion about this issue, as they stayed relatively quiet the ENTIRE phone call. If they felt this passionately about this, they probably shouldn’t have waited until the day after a vote to WHINE about it. Seriously, you are a part of an organization. Not everything that happens in ANY organization is agreed upon. THIS CRAZY thing called voting is to help make decisions. It’s easy to COMPLAIN about it when you’re in the minority!

    You should stand behind your organization….how embarrassing that you come out publicly about this and try to make the College Republicans look bad. It just makes YOU look bad. You’re NOT a team player. I hate to see what happens if you ever lose an election…are you going to come out publicly against all the voters because you know a few of them voted for you???

    I wonder what your motives are in doing this….hmmm. Strange. You may not like it, but to take it this far….? Are you some kind of Moran pawn? Did you have this planned all along…to vote against and come out with a BIG stink? My source said that it was NO secret what the phone call was going to be about last night….and it was pretty obvious many of the voters were for Tiahrt.

    Cry baby, like Moran…go pout in your corner. Stick your widdle lip out and just cry….maybe Moran and his little groupies will come along and change your diaper.

    Posted by lanejosephtaylor | April 29, 2010, 12:49 am
  2. Vicki – was that you?

    Jacob, you’re doing a fine job. The party needs more people like you. Clearly the author of the previous comment is incredibly misinformed. The vote you made was for neutrality, because that’s how CR chapters should remain throughout the primary. Regardless of who you support, neutrality is the key for organizations like yours in a Republican primary. Fort Hays, KU, and Washburn are a role model for others. Many, many people are behind you.

    To all the College Republican Moran supporters who are feeling misrepresented and betrayed- stay classy. Your integrity in this matter shows. Integrity and Jerry Moran often go together.

    It’s odd how strongly the author of the previous comment feels – when they clearly have no idea what they are talking about.

    Posted by bornandraisedinkansas | April 29, 2010, 3:02 am
    • One last comment – regardless of who you support, a certain amount of respect is deserved by both men. The author of that previous comment is incredibly, and embarrassingly, disrespectful.

      United States Congressmen – Moran and Tiahrt – deserve some respect. The previous author showed none.

      Posted by bornandraisedinkansas | April 29, 2010, 3:04 am
  3. The author of this article is a bit misinformed.

    First, there are eight CR chapters in Kansas: KU, KSU, PSU, FHSU, WSU, Benedictine, Baker, and Washburn.

    Also, individual chapters ARE allowed to endorse.

    The Federation itself is allowed to endorse, per its constitution, by a majority vote, or 5 votes out of the total of 8.

    There is absolutely no issue with individual chapters endorsing, no matter what is coming out of the KS GOP HQ.

    The issue is, that after a proper vote by the Federation, three schools (who, according to my sources, voting to “endorse no one” vs. “Endorse Jerry Moran”) are embarrassing themselves instead of supporting the interests of the federation as a whole.

    Posted by jonathantmiller | April 29, 2010, 3:41 am

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