College Republican Chairman Candidate Toasts Friend Who Called His Opponents ‘Nerds and Fags’
In a recently released video, Texas College Republicans Chairman Charlie McCaslin is shown giving an apparently drunk endorsement of College Republican National Committee Committee Chairman candidate Alex Schriver. In the video, McCaslin talks about what can only be described as sexual escapade with two girls in the room and then goes on to endorse Schriver before declaring that Schriver’s opponents are “nerds and fags.”
Soon afterward, candidate Schriver toasts back in appreciation of the drunken, lewd statement.
Schriver, Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Alabama, and his “Move CRNC Forward” team are running against Jonathan Snyder, Chairman of the Ohio College Republican Federation, and “InnovateCRNC” for control of the committee. It’s likely Snyder and his group were the focus of these attacks and they have since released this video:
In response to the video, candidate Snyder said he “was shocked by the actions of Alex Schriver, and believes he lacks the necessary leadership and character to head the College Republican National Committee” and calls for his resignation.
Schriver’s rebuttal was that McCaslin’s toast was not in support “of the more than just kind remarks about him.” Schriver also says he “regrets putting the situation, and that the video could be a distraction and an embarrassment in the near future,” and offers up a “sincere apology.”
It’s hard to make a judgement call here. For one, the most damning things said in the video were stated by Charlie McCaslin, not Schriver. Further, they were out, I’m assuming privately, having a good time. All are above the age of 21, so I don’t see how drinking could be a problem either. However, when a candidate for a national office within the larger GOP hears disparaging words (especially homophobic ones) being thrown at their opponent, toasting back at the man doing the insulting is not becoming of a CRNC chairman.
Should Schriver resign? I don’t think so. It seems he realized he did the wrong thing and apologized. However, that does not mean the incident should not be taken into account during the race for CRNC chair.
Disclosure: I’m a member of the Shawnee State University College Republicans, which is in Ohio and under the OCRF, which Jonathan Snyder chairs. I’ve never met Snyder and do not know him.
UPDATE: Here’s the full, unedited video of the incident. Not much more to be seen really, but it by no means makes any of this better. interestingly, someone says the tape is “going to go viral.” Did McCaslin and Schriver know they were on tape… but said what was said anyway?