The Republican Party of Marathon County has stripped its spokesman of his title less than three months after he wrote a column critical of conservative talk radio star Rush Limbaugh.Here it is on HuffPo, here's TPM, here's the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. It was pulled for The Nation's newsfeeds. It was on thewheelerreport.com and wispolitics.com. And it was the subject of not one but two requests from MSNBC today, including one from "Countdown with Keith Olbermann."
Kevin Stevenson said he believes his March guest column in the Wausau Daily Herald criticizing Limbaugh turned local party members against him.
"They felt I was too moderate in what I was speaking and printing," he said.
Stevenson, who characterizes himself as a "John McCain-type of Republican," said the conflict was a microcosm of a national debate about what political message to put forward. A debate at a local Republican meeting on Thursday "got hostile and it got personal," he said.
So: Slow news day or totally awesome story by me? Or just pure catnip for lefty blogs?