Chairman Bob Wilson says he doesn't know if he'll appoint members to the York County GOP committee before the group holds a reorganization meeting next month.

The committee's bylaws certainly allow him to do so — even the tea party members acknowledge that.

They just don't want Wilson to wield that power.

That might make it harder for the far right wing to oust him from his chair at the June 14 gathering of hundreds of committee people from around the county.

Like many other Republicans — we would guess most, actually — Wilson just isn't conservative enough for the ultra conservative tea party.

He's an example of the "good ol' boys network that has a monopoly on the party," said Beth Roberts, a spokeswoman for the York 912 Patriots who confirmed a plan to overthrow Wilson.

"Revolution, and that's what this is, takes time," she said. "We, the tea party or the independent people here, are the people who are actually committed to the Republican principles of economic freedom and limited government. We are the real Republicans. The imposters here are the establishment who ... hijacked the party."

Roberts lost her House bid against incumbent Republican state Rep. Seth Grove earlier this month in the primary election — one of a string of tea party losses in legislative races.

Its members did, however, manage to get some followers elected to the county's Republican committee. Whether it's enough for their planned coup won't be known until the write-in votes are finalized this week.


Hence the fear among tea party members that the chairman will appoint sympathetic Republicans to vacant seats on the committee. After all, it only takes a simple majority to elect the committee's chair.

And if a majority want Wilson gone next month, so be it. He said he doesn't even know if he's going to seek another term as committee chairman.

But while he holds the position he should follow the rules and fill whatever vacancies remain after the final vote tally. That's his responsibility to the Republicans in those precincts.

Should these GOP members be denied a voice just because it might not be as shrill enough for some?

If the tea party wants a revolution, it's simple: Its members should win a majority at the ballot box.

Then, perhaps, they can legitimately claim their "real Republican" label, they can choose any leader they like, maybe change those annoying rules.

Until then, their power grab seems like nothing more than an attempted hijacking.