Pat Powers and the South Dakota Republican Party that pays for his spin blogging does not like Dave Roetman, who has caused trouble for the SDGOP by rousing the right-wing anti-vax election deniers in Minnehaha County to challenge the party establishment with radical fringe candidates like election denier turned Secretary of State Monae Johnson. So naturally, when Roetman got a plum job directing the North Dakota GOP, Powers went into blog-war mode, immediately criticizing Roetman and eagerly amplifying North Dakota conservative writer Rob Portman’s reporting on Roetman’s bigoted and sexist social media posts. The “revelation” that Roetman is a male chauvinist pig led Roetman to resign after just a week on the job:
Republican Party Chairwoman Sandi Sanford has confirmed to WDAY Radio Now that recently-appointed North Dakota Republican Party Executive Director David Roetman resigned Monday, effective immediately.
Roetman was named the NDGOP’s Executive Director last Monday.
Roetman provided a written statement to WDAY Radio Now.
“I am a man who stands by his words. I invite everyone to judge them for themselves. I do think this was an unnecessary distraction for the Party, and that I help the party best by taking a different path,” said Roetman.
Roetman’s resignation follows recent reports about some posts to his social media accounts that some observers perceived as controversial [Chris Larson, “Executive Director of North Dakota Republican Party Resigns,” WDAY Radio, 2023.10.30].
Well, it’s nice that even Roetman agrees that making sexist comments that some (?!?) perceive as offensive distracts from running a political party and warrants the stepping aside of the the sexist commenter. But if Roetman, Powers, or any of their state party leaders really meant what they are suggesting about the unfitness of sexist pigs for leadership positions, they’d be recanting all of their previous campaigning for Donald Trump and calling for the Mar-a-lago Menace to follow Mike Pence out of the Presidential race. After all, if Dave Roetman’s public endorsement of groping women disqualifies him from leading one measly state party, Donald Trump’s comparable endorsement of sexual assault should disqualify him from leading the national GOP, not to mention the White House and the free world.