Here’s your next generation of Republicans, at the supposedly fine institute of higher learning, Duke University:
Duke University junior Justin Robinette claims his sexual orientation was the reason for his impeachment Wednesday as chairman of Duke’ College Republicans.
But his official impeachment article and members of the organization’ executive board said the impeachment and request for resignation was because of “conduct unbecoming of a person in a position of leadership” among other reasons.
“Comments were made directly to me and my executive board before and after the meeting concerning my sexual orientation, calling me a supporter of the faggot center, calling me ironic, calling me disgusting,” said Robinette, who is gay.
Carter Boyle, the new chairman of the chapter, said Robinette disrespected members of the board, deliberately ignored members of UNC’ College Republicans, did not attend events and used the organization’ funds for personal use.
Robinette described the reasons held against him as “petty” and said most had occurred prior to his re-election as chairman on March 16.
“There’ a defense to mostly all of them,” he said. “Those were mostly dummy reasons.”
Cliff Satell, former vice-chairman of the university’ College Republicans and president of the Duke Conservative Union, said he attended the meeting as a neutral observer. He said both sides were at fault, but he was appalled at the way the impeachment was carried out.
“There was no debate, no opportunity for rebuttal,” Satell said. “It was clear back room deal-making had been done.”
Although several members of the organization’ executive board knew Robinette was gay, executive director Samuel Tasher found out only the weekend before the meeting took place, Satell and Robinette said.
“The fact that it went from a few people knowing to a lot of people knowing was a catalyst to his impeachment,” Satell said. “If he wasn’t gay, he would still be chairman.”
Read the whole thing. I’ll be watching for a certain conservative gay blog to write a post defending the students who impeached Robinette, and then to blanch at the suggestion that they’re self-loathing.