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Sunday, March 22, 2009

A balanced view on Jeff Frederick from RPV State Central Committee Member Bill Flanagan

Posted by MAXIMUS

Bill Flanagan, of Colonial Heights, VA, is a long time member of RPV's State Central Committee. He is a retired full bird Army Colonel---a Vietnam Veteran who calls it like it is. Flanagan is as straight a shooter as anyone you will ever meet. He has served on the RPV SCC for over years, two of which were as a District Chairman from the 4th Congressional District.

About two years ago, Col. Flanagan won the RPV award for best Precinct Captain in Virginia. Also under the leadership of Col. Flanagan, the Colonial Heights City Committee won the RPV award for Unit of the Year. Col. Flanagan is as conservative as they come. He has done yeoman's work for George Allen, Jim Gilmore, Randy Forbes, Vance Wilkins, and the Republican Caucus in the House of Delegates. This is Col. Flanagan's letter regarding Jeff Frederick. It is the most articulate spot on passage that I have read regarding Jeff Frederick. Here it is:

"Over the last 10 days or so, I have received several emails – some in support of the RPV Chairman and others supporting a special State Central Committee meeting to consider removing the Chairman. Those supporting the Chairman have advanced the case: (1) those in favor of removing the Chair have been out to remove him from the start; (2) veterans know the meaning of loyalty: (3) this is not a grassroots effort; (4) a newspaper said this action will be bad for our candidate for Governor. As I have some understanding of the aforementioned areas, I felt I should share my views.

First, full disclosure - I voted against Jeff Frederick. Before I left the convention however, I shook his hand, congratulated him on his victory, and said I would do what I could to help him be a success. I also stated that I expected much from him and I expected him to make good on his campaign pledges. For the rest of 2008, I sent him many emails with suggestions and feedback on his initiatives and, to his credit, he answered each in some detail. In late November, just before the Republican Advance, I was asked to support his removal. I declined and advised against it. Since that time, more things have been brought to my attention. Only after separate meetings at the end of February, with three members of the Executive Committee and detailed questions and answers, did I sign on to ask the Chairman to step down or to be removed. You can’t say that everyone supporting this action was against the Chairman from the start.

Second, I note that some email writers are veterans, as I am, and they cite their military service and the need for loyalty to the commander. There is some validity to that point, but in the military we also relieve commanders from command for cause. I say that as a 30-year Army veteran who has been a commander and a Chief of Staff for a 10,000 member field organization in Europe and a Chief of Staff for a 22,000 member organization based in the US with elements around the world. We expect our commanders and leaders to meet certain standards and to succeed in their mission. When necessary, we have to relieve them of their responsibilities to protect the welfare of our soldiers and for the good of the service. Our State Central Committee has the responsibility to hold our Chairman accountable and, in accordance with our party plan, is following the proper procedures for relief for cause for the good of our party, elected Republican officials and candidates.

Third, regarding the role of our grassroots supporters that are vital to our party, I know something about that issue. I have been a grassroots guy for 15 years, serving as a precinct captain, a city committee chairman, a congressional district chairman and I am currently serving as a member of the State Central Committee and a legislative district chairman. Over this period, I have been recognized at the congressional district level as the volunteer of the year. Our unit has been selected as the outstanding unit by RPV and I was designated by RPV as the Outstanding Precinct Captain of the year at our 2006 Republican Advance. This is not ancient history as our city election results always reflect some of the highest – in the top 5- voter percentages for Republican candidates in Virginia. Last November was no exception, with a 71 percent vote for McCain and over 50 percent for Gilmore. The grassroots people I work for have elected me at least 6 times for various positions to include 3 times to the State Central Committee. Republican grassroots supporters have elected almost every member of the State Central Committee, to include the executive committee. As most of you know, State Central Committee members are not appointed by an all powerful person working in opposition to our grassroots members. The State Central Committee members are elected to represent the grassroots supporters in their cities and counties, the people that are out there with them working the polls, stuffing the envelopes and making the calls, year in and year out. The grassroots members elect their State Central Committee members, for the most part, at their district conventions. The grassroots people who have elected me several times, elected me to use my best judgment to advance their interests and the Republican Party’s interest. That is what I try to do, and I am sure other members of the State Central Committee, regardless of what side of this issue they are on, are trying to do the same thing. When we hear from our Congressional delegation, Virginia Senators and Delegates – we know they were all elected by the people and would not be where they are without our grassroots supporters. I see the representatives of our grassroots – the State Central Committee - meeting their responsibilities to make decisions in the best interest of the grassroots, the Republican Party, elected Republicans and Republican candidates.

Finally, a Washington Post story is cited as it states the removal action under consideration by the State Central Committee could do harm to our candidate for Governor. This is the same newspaper that is probably the most anti-Republican paper in Virginia. This is the same newspaper that led the charge to oust Senator George Allen based on a one word slip. As I review political news clippings from 3 sources as part of my daytime job, I can tell you there are other papers out there that support this action and the remarks by our candidate for Governor. The Richmond Times Dispatch for example, one of the few major papers to support Republican candidates, ran a favorable OP-ED on our gubernatorial candidate’s stance on this issue. Other papers have been extremely sarcastic and critical of our Chairman. What I see in the wide range of press relating to our Chairman tells me he is in a no win situation. There is such a loss of respect and credibility that I believe our Chairman could put out a statement saying “it is a nice day” and he would be criticized for emphasizing nice more than day. One of the Chairman’s major tasks is to be the spokesperson for our party. Do you think he can be an effective spokesperson? Even before the removal action and the public statements of no-confidence, I had my doubts. Now there is no doubt – he can’t accomplish that mission.

I wish our Chairman would be a great spokesperson for our party; I wish we had not lost the many elections that we lost on his watch in November 08; I wish our Chairman had the confidence of our Republican elected officials from Washington to the courthouse; I wish that all our Chairman’s actions were beyond reproach; I wish we were not where we are now; I wish our Chairman would recognize he cannot effectively lead our party and step down for the good of the party; and I wish I did not have to support his removal. But we are where we are and I support the call for a special State Central Committee meeting to remove the Chairman.

I respect those who feel otherwise. Whatever the results, I pledge to be out there with our grassroots supporters working to elect our Republican candidates on November 3, 2009."

Respectfully,

Bill Flanagan
4th District State Central Representative

14 comments:

Loudoun Insider said...

Great letter from a great American.

Compare the experience of this fine gentleman against most of the young gullible types that make up the bulk of Frederick's unfathomable continuing suppporters. Real men know what the deal is with this guy.

Citizen Tom said...

Where is the beef? This is nice resume for Col. Flanagan. He seems to be a nice, competent fellow, but this post hardly says anything about Jeff Frederick or why he needs to be removed.

The newspapers don't like Frederick, and they are making fun of him? That is why we are suppose to remove him? Our elected Republicans, the people we have counted upon for budget discipline don't like Frederick? That is why we are suppose to remove him? You can't be serious.

The only point that has real substance is the statement that State Central Committee (SCC) is an elected body, elected by the grassroots, and we should be able to trust the SCC. No one should have to disagree with that; we should be able to trust the SCC's decisions.

Nonetheless, we cannot forget the obvious. The SCC a political body; it exists for politics and is consumed with politics. So if the SCC chooses to remove Frederick, the SCC must demonstrate its decision rises above mere politics. The decision to remove Frederick must be based upon concrete, verifiable and demonstrable reasons. In addition, Frederick's replacement must be someone the grassroots respects. The SCC cannot replace Frederick with a chairman who merely reflects the preferences of our gubernatorial candidate.

Spank That Donkey said...

If this esteemed Veteran has reservations, he needs to enunciate them to this veteran!

CT:
You are exactly right that it's just a resume, about how we need to trust his judgement...

Big News... I want to know what you know, as a State Central Representative.

That is the rub here, it's all innuendo, and as I have stated in a post on my blog if a Republican, muchless a Conservative is actually guilty of something, they resign in 5 minutes!

This is looking more and more like the GOP party insiders have got some changes in store for the GOP platform, and they need to install an apologist to get them past the sheep....

Spank That Donkey said...

and BTW:
The sneering that comes from Loudoun Insider is no doubt indicative of the 'insider' crowd you represent in your views on removing a Republican, who has one of the most Conservative voting records in the House...

Which undoubtely is Jeff's main offense... You know, walking the walk?

James Atticus Bowden said...

You will note in this letter the process that Bill bought in and accepted. It involved secret meetings where a cabal shopped the list of accusations.

How is that for fair play? Honest and above board?

If the accusations had sufficient weight they wouldn't have had to be worked so hard by so few so secretly.

Loudoun Inisder said...

STD I am absolutely not on the inside of RPV. I'm just a very interested outsider who can plainly see that frederick is a combative charlatan scheister who is only out for himself, not the party. He needs to go. Wake up.

ccMAXIMUS said...

STD and JAB:

You two have my absolute respect and admiration for your service to our Country. However, I am very concerned that both of you are so willing to overlook J-FRED's use of his Chairman's authrity to steer internet vendor contracts to his his own company, then misrepresenting that when asked about it by the Ex. Comm. over a period of two months. Really, why gloss it over? I am sure ethics in a Chairman matter to both of you, so I don't get why both of you are so willing to overlook the transgressions in Frederick. Puzzling.

Further, how do both of you feel about a Chairman that can't make it out of boot camp? Is that walking the walk when the Republican Creed states that we believe that peace is best preserved through a strong national defense? I will agree with you gentlemen close to 98% of the time, but not here, not on this issue, not ever. Indicator of his personality, no? Just ask him for his DD214.

ccMAXIMUS said...

STD and JAB:

I know one of you is a Marine and the other a West Point Grad. You stand by this man when he couldn't muster what it takes to make it out of boot camp? Explain Please.

We will have a Conservative as our next Chairman so kindly cease and desist the red herrings about a moderate coming in.

ccMAXIMUS said...

JAB:

How are facts above board and honest? Facts are Facts and remain that way prior to discovery, during testing, and after processing.

It matters not how facts are brought to bear--it does not make them less true. Sunlight is the best disenfectant here, why doth the Chair protest so much? Is he above accountability and beyond reproach? Fortunately not.

ccMAXIMUS said...

Change line one above to read, "How are facts NOT above board and honest?"

ccMinimus said...

You gotta the way folks like JAB and STD toss the red herring of "moderates vs conservatives" around when there are good conservatives like Steve Martin and Mark Obenshain supporting J-Fred's resignation.

Of course, the difference is that these are conservatives who have actually won elections and accomplished things rather than the type who sit in the bleachers, toss rocks and complain, but who do not actually accomplish anything (or even win a Congressional nomination).

Sundance said...

I read this thread with a mix of emotions. Part amused, part sad, part disappointed, part frustrated.

I dont understand (well, wait, I guess I really do understand) why Jeff's supporters keep casting this as an "elitist insider" vs. "conservative grassroots" battle. If the simple facts didnt comport with my viewpoint, I suppose I would try to divert the discussion as well.

There are 10 issues to which Jeff has responded inadequately on all 10 counts. But the key issue is the allegation of financial impropriety. State Central Committee has provided the documentation and Jeff has admitted to the financial impropriety, while trying to claim that it was a necessary and temporary impropriety. Ugh.

As a conservative and as a Christian, I find this breach of faith with the grassroots to be unforgiviable. In any business environment at all, unethical behavior such as this would result in immediate termination. How can any conservative or any christian justify eggregious unethical behavior?

Yet for some reason, Jeff's supporters seem to ignore this eggregious breach of ethics and talk about elites vs. grassroots. I submit that the conservative grassroots are offended and incensed to learn that Jeff has been skimming off the top of their contributions for his own personal financial enrichment. Ugh.

But let's look to November. It is clear the grassroots have lost complete confidence in Jeff. He cannot lead. Even his friends admit that his immaturity is at best an unfortunate distraction and at worst an anvil around the neck of our statewide ticket.

There are 10 ample causes to remove Jeff from office. But the 11th is our need to win in November, which every reasonable observer now honestly ackowledges that cannot happen with Jeff at the helm. We need a new chairman who has the support and confidence of the grassroots, which Jeff clearly does not.

Anonymous said...

ccMAXIMUS - To hell with his 214, I'd like to read his 201 cover to cover....Maybe people should start demanding to see that. After all since he's got his 'veteran' status in on his websites and gets government work because on it we should know what the details from his ‘premature’ withdrawal from service was.

NickWalt said...

I don't think Jeff claims his business is veteran-owned. Does anyone know if he put this on his business website?