Smith County Republican Chairman Ashton Oravetz announced he will resign as of Friday because the GOP is “beyond repair.”
Oravetz said he expects an exodus by other GOP county chairmen.
“I am not retiring,” he said. “Instead I will double-down and work to elect conservatives with principle who want to save this country.”
Oravetz said the final straw was the re-election of both U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. He said the Republican Party is “at war.” He said the party’s base, the party workers and ardent conservatives, are incensed with the GOP establishment which is driven by money, power and crony capitalists.
“The party doesn’t stand for anything anymore. It has a good platform but the establishment doesn’t stand for its principles,” he said. “The long-term goal will be to replace the Republican Party.”
Oravetz said the election of Ted Cruz to the U.S. Senate was a message to the national and statewide GOP that the conservative base and liberty movement is growing rather than fading.