Saturday, July 24, 2010

Is Jeremy Rose Still Exec Director? And Where Are Cook County GOP Committemen?

Last Wednesday, we reported that Jeremy Rose, Executive Director of the Cook County Republican Party, might be ousted. His position there, we wrote, hinged on the outcome of a meeting between the county party's Chairman, Lee Roupas, and Eloise Gerson, chairman of the Chicago Republican Party. They've been feuding, you see, and it got ugly. Real ugly. Although Rose still seems to have retained that position, big questions remain. One of those questions: Why were ALL Cook County GOP Central Committeemen's names purged from their website last week? As we wrote on Wednesday, a source told us that on the night of Tuesday, July 20 there was a conference call between Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady and state central committeemen, in which Brady told the committeemen that Jeremy Rose will be resigning from his position as Executive Director of the Cook County Republican Party "within three days." That would have been yesterday, July 23. Rose's position with the county GOP, according to our source, hinged on the outcome of "mediation by Gary MacDougal, a former state GOP chairman, between Eloise Gerson and Lee Roupas." That mediation was, so we were told, a power struggle within the ranks of Chicago area Republicans, and also has to do with allegations of sexual misconduct within the Chicago Young Republicans. The mediation was scheduled for Thursday, July 22. In the midst of all of this, the names of every Cook County GOP Central Committeeman was removed from their website. (Click image to see the before and after listings.) No public explanation has been offered, and it caught the committeemen themselves by surprise. The phone calls between them and Roupas, whose name is the only one remaining under the heading of "leadership" on that web page, would undoubtedly make for great cocktail conversation. Both sides seem to have clammed up even tighter. They are avoiding calls from the likes of the Huffington Post, Hillbuzz, Chicago News Bench and others. (We have twice offered Jeremy Rose a "carte blanche" opportunity to respond on Chicago News Bench, but he has not responded to the offer.) Another question: Is Rose really still the Executive Director of the Cook County GOP? Given the purging of the committeemen's names, can we trust the website? After all, we doubt that the committeemen themselves have been removed from their position, yet there's the now-incomplete "Leadership" list. Time for Lee Roupas and Jeremy Rose to start answering a lot of questions - not just from bloggers, but from their own "leadership." They could start with this question: "What the hell is going on over there?" RELATED: Anatomy of a Scandal: Why conservatives nationwide should care about what Lee Roupas has done to the Cook County GOP - Hillbuzz