If you saw the post by former SDGOP chair Joel Rosenthal (which you can read here), you’ve noted Joel’s opinion of the dinner where he noted:
Stace Nelson whom I have never met and only know through his reputation at the highlight of his speech unequivocally said,
“ I am a Christian, Conservative, and a Republican. You can’t be the third unless you are the first two.”
Such xenophobic logic has no place in our political debate. Taken on its face, since Christ was a Jew, would he not meet the Nelson Republican Litmus Test? – And be denied to be a Republican?
David Montgomery had a different recollection, and Joel made note of that:
Rather than what I “thought” I heard candidate Nelson say. Following is what Montgomery says his recording of the event shows what Nelson actually said,
“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order, and I’ll be the latter as long as it supports the first two.”
It is an important distinction if Nelson is exclusively referring to himself.
However, the post received a very pointed reaction from Representative Nelson about 3pm today.
Representative Nelson is entitled to his own opinion, believing he was unfairly attacked, as is Rosenthal believing he heard Nelson’s words gave the impression one needed to be Christian to be a Republican. As a practitioner of the Hebrew faith, and a former State GOP Chair, if that’s what Rosenthal thought he heard, I can understand why he didn’t appreciate it.
So what are your thoughts? And does Nelson’s reaction to it cost him votes, or earn him votes?