Lori Sotelo Goes After Republican Votes This Time

Look, the Ron Paul dead-enders are super annoying. I have a cousin whose goal seems to make Facebook unreadable by linking to every bit of Ron Paul nonsense ever written on the entire Internet. So I understand the urge to try to push them out of your Legislative District Caucus. But seriously this is the second most pathetic thing Lori Sotelo has done as KC GOP Chair.*

Over the weekend, Republicans in the 37th Legislative District gathered to choose delegates to the state convention.

The caucus started out Saturday morning inside Dimmitt Middle School. But it didn’t end inside the building.

After supporters of Texas Congressman Ron Paul elected one of their own to chair of the meeting, the gathering was booted to an outside basketball court by King County Republican Party Chairwoman Lori Sotelo.

The move came after attendees irritated Sotelo by rejecting her choice to run the caucus – former King County Councilman David Irons.

Instead, the group voted for Tamara Smilanich, a Paul supporter.

That prompted Sotelo to declare the meeting was no longer a Republican Party event – but a Ron Paul campaign event.

Seriously, if you can’t control your caucus even after you basically have a nominee, it isn’t the Paul people who are the problem. The GOP are poised to nominate someone nobody is excited about. And they have seemingly no core values except whatever Obama does, do the opposite. And so someone who has values (often terrible ones, but that’s not the point here) came in and got more delegates in this district. And rather than say fine, whatever they said go outside? Pathetic.

And look, I’ve been to precinct caucuses where LaRouchies showed up. I can’t imagine what would happen if they’d won enough votes to have a serious impact on the next level.** But the best way to prevent that is bringing out enough people to vote for someone else.

* The worst is this (link changed 4/25 in the morning).

**No, I’m not making a one to one between Paul and LaRouche. Only that it would be annoying.


  1. 2

    Max Spencer spews:

    Carl – Technically Lori wasn’t KCGOP chair when she filed those voter challenges.

  2. 3

    Liberal Scientist is a slut who occasionally wears a hoodie spews:

    But…but…bob says that Rmoney is going to crush Obama.
    How…if Republican caucuses are being overrun with Paulites…WTF?

  3. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Well whaddya know! If you’re a Republican your party is run like an authoritarian regime. Who wudda thunk?!! GOPers who have a problem with that maybe should think about switching to the Democrats.

  4. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “Seriously, if you can’t control your caucus even after you basically have a nominee …”

    And a little legislative district caucus where GOP voters are all but extinct to boot!

  5. 8

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Lori Sotelo is an execrable cretin who should have gone to jail for her fraudulent voter challenges. The only reason she didn’t is because our local partisan Republican prosecutor covered for her. If she’d done that to me, I’da sued her punk ass. I hope KCGOP pays her an attachable salary in case she ever does. Knowing how those guys operate, though, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out they pay her under the table to evade taxes.

  6. 11

    Richard Pope spews:

    Maybe the “chair” doesn’t have to be from the legislative district under the Republican rules? Irons is still registered to vote in Sammamish, from what I can tell.

  7. 14


    @12 and 13,

    You assume he didn’t. But just because The Seattle Times didn’t report it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

  8. 15

    doggril spews:

    Aw, give Sotelo a break. It’s pretty clear she’s suffering from Republican Voter Suppression Syndrome. Once that gets into the bloodstream, you cannot suppress the urge to snuff out all opinions that differ from yours.

  9. 16

    Proud to be an Ass spews:

    I liked it better when the LaRouchies broke out in song. Their new buttoned down look is a major disappointment.