LaNasa calls out GOP leaders, quits party after election loss

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Submitted: Thu, 11/10/2011 - 4:57am
Updated: Thu, 11/10/2011 - 1:52pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A day after losing to incumbent Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, Justin LaNasa is calling out another political leader.

In an e-mail this afternoon thanking supporters for their help on his campaign, LaNasa said he will leave “the Republican Party due to its lack of leadership, efforts and knowledge.” LaNasa encouraged his supporters to follow his lead.

“I feel our New Hanover County GOP chair Rhonda Amoroso and select few executive committee are not working for the benefit of the Republican Party and I will give a few examples,” LaNasa’s e-mail continued. “I feel the low voter turn out was due to lack of GOP involvement.”

LaNasa cited the party’s lack of financial support for Republican candidates in the non-partisan city elections. He also suggested the leadership could have pushed a media campaign to oppose incumbents, which he believes would have worked.

“I didn’t here (sic) or see much work or help at early voting or even during Election Day from the GOP. What really is a big disappointment the current GOP chair Rhonda Amoroso allows Republican In Name Only to hold executive positions and allow candidates to run on Republican tickets,” LaNasa wrote.

Amoroso has not yet returned our call and e-mail asking for comment.

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29 Comments on "LaNasa calls out GOP leaders, quits party after election loss"

2015 years 8 months ago

Great idea Pinkfish…I hope everyone else in the republican party will follow your lead, you’re a genius!!

2015 years 8 months ago

Do you view a local tax increase as less onerous than a state or federal tax increase?

Yesterday should serve as a wake-up call to every single Republican, Libertarian, and especially those identifying with the Tea Party.

No political movement will achieve success if it only works in fits and starts. It has to be a continuous effort and you can’t afford to get “sick and tired.”

We saw one of the biggest supporters of increasing your vehicle registration to fund “buses to the beach for bums” re-elected because 83% of eligible voters were too damn lazy to take five minutes out to vote.

We DESERVE the county, state, and country we’re slowly getting. They’re winning the fight because we’re simply not showing up to fight.

Dear Ann Ette
2015 years 8 months ago

Or just maybe, a few of us know Justin well to know what a train wreck it would have been to elect him?

Maybe some folks just applied brain cells to the equation instead of just blindly whoring ourselves to a political party? Does a political party affiliation really matter in a mayoral election in Wilmington NC in 2011?

Rather, I’d say common-sense prevailed.

I will agree that it does take a certain amount courage to run for political office and I do tip my hat to anyone willing to subject themselves to the process…so for that, Justin, thank-you for your continued interest in public service. As a voter, I will continue to vote for who I think is the best overall candidate…party be damned.

Ann ette Ju stice
2015 years 8 months ago

I can tell these comments are done by people who probably didn’t want Justin LaNasa to win. The people in the Republican party who didn’t support Justin Lanasa gave their support to Bill Saffo. They are no better than Elizabeth Redenbaugh. Why not just change to the Democratic party? Justin was the only person that had the courage to stand up and run against Saffo.Shame on you rinos!! Thank you Justin LaNasa and I apologize for the negative remarks and support from those so-called Republicans.

where o where
2015 years 8 months ago

but where did the fcc alert article go?

I posted 3.2 did not show an alert

and shazam!

it disappeared. ?