- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2014

A member of the Republican National Committee joked this week that people who can’t make up their mind which party they belong to probably shouldn’t be allowed in the voting booth in the first place.

Arizona RNC member Bruce Ash, who chairs the party’s Standing Rules Committee, made the remark as GOP officials debate the fallout from Mississippi’s open Senate primary, where many think incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran turned back a tea party challenger with the help of independents and Democrats crossing over to vote in the Republican primary run-off.

Mr. Ash is one of a number of top party officials backing closed primaries, in which only registered members of the party are allowed to vote to pick its candidates. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has long advocated the closed-primary system.

Mr. Ash joked that people who have voting age and still can’t commit to one political party may not deserve the right to vote at all.

“How could anyone in America today be truly politically independent if they have a brain or a heart?” he asked.

“If someone cannot make up their mind which side they are pulling for today, they probably lack a brain, a heart and can’t be trusted to cast a ballot intelligently,” he added.


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