Monday, October 17, 2005

Owens v. Norquist

And you thought Pawlenty had it bad.

Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist are in a turf battle over where to debate the Republican governor's support of what Mr. Norquist calls "the Democrats' massive tax-increase plan," Ralph Z. Hallow of The Washington Times reports.


After Mr. Norquist accepted Mr. Owens' challenge to debate, Mr. Owens wrote a sarcastic letter asking Mr. Norquist to name the time.


"I'm always ready to discuss issues that affect Colorado with my conservative friends who make their homes on the other side of the country," Mr. Owens wrote.


Mr. Norquist had his scheduler write back, inviting the Colorado governor to a duel at the regular Wednesday invitation-only strategy session in Washington that Mr. Norquist leads and that is attended by about 200 anti-tax emissaries from conservative interest groups, Congress, the White House and Republican governorships.


Mr. Owens fired back, expressing "disappointment" that Mr. Norquist wasn't willing to debate in Colorado: "A discussion of the issues more than a thousand miles away from our state in your office would serve no purpose."


Mr. Norquist faxed back a letter calling Mr. Owens "disingenuous" for attempting to pass off the Wednesday gathering as a private meeting in Mr. Norquist's office.


"You yourself know how important this meeting is, as you attended frequently in the past until your pro-tax position ended your national ambition," Mr. Norquist wrote.
(Source: Washington Times, Oct. 17, 2005)



Leave it to a novice like Owens to start a fight with a conservative bomb thrower.

2 Comments:

At 10:31 PM, Blogger lloydletta said...

Did you see that the Family Research Council is having a cow because Norquist spoke at a fundraiser for Log Cabin Republicans in Texas?

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger Republican Minnesota said...

No Eva, I did not.

Norquist has bigger problems than the Family Research Council right now. His organization is rumored to have laundered money for Jack Abrahamoff's schemes.

The fiscal and religous conservatives are always at odds. Of course, you wouldn't know this because you aren't actually a Republican, you only masquerade as one.

 

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