Pinedale roundup | Jackson’s Republican fundraiser sparks protest
JACKSON – At 73, Jorge Colon had never participated in a protest.
That changed on Thursday, when he and a crowd of over 20 other people gathered at the corner of Spring Gulch Road and Highway 22 to protest a fundraising night for some of the more conservative members of the House. American representatives.
People held up signs that read “Vote Liz”, “Trump is the Big Liar” and “Stop Funding Hate”.
Most people walking past and reacting – usually honking their horns – gave passersby thumbs up. Some returned the bird to the protesters. Colon said he was awarded two adults.
“It deserves a protest,” he said. “All the people sponsoring this, they should be ashamed of themselves, because this valley is not about QAnon.”
For the benefit of the House Freedom Fund, the fundraiser’s guest list included some of former President Donald Trump’s most ardent allies: US House Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan, and former leader of White House cabinet Mark Meadows.
All are or have been members of the House Freedom Caucus, which the Pew Research Center says includes the “most conservative of all Republicans.”
The fundraiser was hosted by Peter and Stephanie Lamelas, Dan and Carleen Brophy, and Jay and Karen Kemmerer, owners of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Ticket prices started at $ 2,000.
Jackson Hole Daily’s request for a press pass was not responded to.
The newspaper contacted Jay Kemmerer, via his family foundation’s main line, but did not receive a response until press time.
Protesters were not happy with the Kemmerer couple’s support for the event, although some said they believed Connie Kemmerer, another co-owner of the complex, did not have the same policy.
Yet family support for fundraising was enough to deter some people.
“I am a recreational skier and will never ski in the resort again,” said Annie Myrvang, 30. “It was the icing on the cake.”
In response to a request for an interview with Mary Kate Buckley, president of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Hill’s brand director of communications and content, Eric Seymour, said his employer “has no idea or comment. regarding Jay Kemmerer’s personal investment decisions “.
Local Republican and Democratic Party leaders said they had nothing to do with the fundraising or protest.
Teton County GOP President Mary Martin said the local party did not organize the fundraiser and only emailed Republicans in the area about it. July.
Maggie Hunt, president of the Teton County Democrats, said her party did not organize the protest. She said she would not be present to make it clear.
“The word has been spread in various ways,” Hunt said. “It’s basic.”
Greene was criticized by Republicans and Democrats during the election campaign after Politico reported on a series of old videos in which she and others called the 2018 midterm elections “an Islamic invasion of our government” . In this election, two Muslim women won seats in the United States House for the first time.
Greene won Georgia’s 14th District in 2020 with nearly 75% of the vote. She has since contested President Biden’s electoral college victory and fought against congressional mask mandates. Eleven Republicans and 219 Democrats voted to remove Greene from his committee duties for his past support for QAnon and other conspiracy theories.
The vote came around the time of House Republicans’ first attempt to remove Representative Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, from her leadership position in the House Republican caucus for criticizing Trump. National media such as the New York Times described the move as “a proxy battle for the soul of the party.”
Cheney’s spokesperson did not return a request for comment on the fundraising until press time Thursday.
The spokespersons of the Senses. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., Said Barrasso would not attend Thursday’s event and Lummis “was not invited.”
Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, and Meadows are founding members of the Freedom Caucus and vocal advocates for former President Donald Trump.
The American Conservative Union Foundation, which hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC, gives Jordan a lifetime rating of 100%. The foundation gives Meadows a score of 95.9%. He hasn’t rated Greene yet.
Jordan is the most senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and led Republicans’ opposition to Trump’s first impeachment.
He voted to challenge the Electoral College’s vote in the 2020 election, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi barred Jordan from being part of a panel investigating the January 6 violence on Capitol Hill.
Republicans called Pelosi’s decision “a flagrant abuse of power” and most boycotted the committee.
Protesters on Thursday were mixed as to whether Greene herself or the combination of politicians at the top of the fundraising ticket got them out. But all the picketers who spoke to the Jackson Hole Daily said they were tired of the misinformation and conspiracy theories.
Nikki Kaufman said the protest was not a “Democratic versus Republican thing.”
“It’s not like they have a principled Republican with a small government to talk to,” she said. “We protest against the fact that [Greene] actively supports and promotes conspiracy theories and lies that adversely affect real human beings.