The Sedgwick County Republican Party went over the top in censuring County Commissioner Jim Skelton (in photo) last week for the sin of being bipartisan. According to the resolution, Skelton “publicly supported a Democratic candidate over a Republican candidate.” In commenting recently to The Eagle about the challenge by Republican political novice Ben Sauceda to 11-year commissioner and current Chairman Tim Norton, who happens to be a Democrat, Skelton had dared to say: “I want people on the board who are going to be working for their constituents, not working against the government. I don’t want to work with someone who every time you turn around, they’re voting against something.” The message of Skelton’s censure – that party fealty means more than anything to the county GOP, including collegiality.
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