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rabs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-06-09 02:33 AM
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Democrat group barred from Oktoberfest
Lincoln County is a bastion of the GOP but this takes the (chocolate) cake. Following is a letter to the editor of the Ruidoso News last week. (Note the headline says "Democrat group," a talking point of Limbaugh, Beck and other Repubs.)

To the editor:
Posted: 09/30/2009 09:16:01 AM MDT

Dear Mayor Nunley and Village Council Members: As you know, our local community festival, Oktoberfest, is managed by a non-profit enterprise operating as the Special Events Resource Group (SERG), run by Mark Doth of Grindstone Graphics.

A few days ago, a newly formed local chapter of the New Mexico Democratic Women de-cided to investigate the possibility of selling chocolate at Oktoberfest. Their vice-president, Judy Foulds, phoned Mark Doth, asking about the booth situation for next year. Here is her transcription of that conversation:

Just talked on the phone to Mark Doth, of Grindstone Graphics, and Spec. Events Resource Group that puts on Octoberfest to ask him what we had to do to get a booth in next yrs. event as it was prob. too late for this yr. and he said, not necessarily ... what was out (sic) product. I said Chocolate items and he said, yum, I like cholcolate (sic) and what is the group? I said Dem. Women. He said, "I've had too much trouble with your group in the past and I won't even go there" and hung up on me. I called him back and said, you have not dealt with my group in the past as we have only existed for six months. He then says, "I hate everything the Dem. party stands for and I won't even consider it," and hangs up again.

When Ms. Foulds and other members of her group phoned the Ruidoso Chamber of Commerce to report the incident, they were told to file a formal written complaint and send it to the Chamber for his file and they will forward it to him to address. It will be up to him whether he wants to address these complaints. This seems an inordinately weak response to such an affront to our fellow community members. The chamber avoids confrontation; SERG avoids accountability; and the women of the Democratic Party are shut out, just as Mark Doth insisted that they would be.

I am very disturbed to find that my hometown overtly discriminates against its own citizens based on political affiliation, not even bothering with the convenient excuses of scheduling or booth availability. The insult is clear, for the Republicans have an Oktoberfest booth every year and I understand will be selling burgers this year.


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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-06-09 11:46 PM
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1. that's messed up.
really messed up.

get your Dem Ladies to start volunteering at the OFest and run that guy out of his director job

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comanchero Donating Member (74 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-07-09 08:43 AM
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2. That is what happens in heavy Republican areas
It is to be expected in SE New Mexico. Sorry to hear it. You will probably get a deaf ear from the organizers, the town etc. Surely you will not get any help from the C of C. Maybe register under a different name and then hang up the Democratic banners. But do not give up.
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kenichol Donating Member (198 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-13-09 11:14 PM
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3. SE New Mexico
South East New Mexico is seen as an extension of West Texas and Ruidoso is their playground, owned by Texans.
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T Wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 01:28 PM
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4. Time to spread the news that the rethugs are making their burgers friom diseased meat.
Any actions to take down this organization that runs the pukefest is valid.
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NavyDavy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 08:12 PM
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5. well it is oktoberfest.....they are just honoring their hero "der fuhrer"
jk ;-)
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Matt St John Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-28-10 04:41 PM
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6. Hitler?
How are republicans like Hitler?
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