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February 19, 2018 · OPINION

The race for chairman of the local Republican committee

By George Beveridge
Warrenton

I am writing about the Fauquier County Republican Committee race for chairman.  
 
I find it disingenuous that Greg Schumacher says he wants to create a more inclusive, diverse Republican committee in Fauquier. If this is the case, why did he vote to expel 14 new members? His shocking action is so baseless that it is now being considered by the Republican State Central Committee. Ironically, in voting to expel these members, he voted to expel himself. He is no longer a member of the committee he aspires to lead!
 
So why did he vote to expel 14 hardworking volunteers? The answer is that he apparently works collectively with Cam Jones and Rick Buchanan. Instead of announcing his candidacy at a Republican committee meeting, Mr. Schumacher announced his candidacy at a meeting of an outside group controlled by Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Jones, who are effectively running his race. So much for including the Republican Committee that he wants to lead.
 
I support Harry Burroughs for Fauquier Republican Committee chairman because he walks the talk, gets the job done and is demonstratively inclusive as he has supported adding new members to our committee.
 
We can't afford to have Fauquier turn into Fairfax County, where bad actors in their Republican committee are souring their own race for chairman and attracting unflattering national headlines.
 
Fauquier deserves better than that.
 
The writer is the Fauquier County Republican Committee vice chairman for membership.
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martinkus · March 11, 2018 at 9:48 pm
RGLJA:

You folks are sad!
RGLJA · March 11, 2018 at 8:49 pm
But still no ballot for you martinkus.
RGLJA · March 11, 2018 at 8:45 pm
Ha! You're hilarious martinkus. Good luck!
martinkus · March 11, 2018 at 1:30 pm
RGLJA:

WOW! You sound like a Tea Party "wing nut"! What, you folks going to have thugs at the canvass requesting "identifying papers"? And please tell me, how will you prove that all registered voters attending the canvass are 100% loyal Republicans? You can't, period!
RGLJA · March 10, 2018 at 11:11 pm
No ballot for you martinkus. Gotta be Republican. We'll be watching.
martinkus · March 10, 2018 at 5:29 pm
RGLJA:

WRONG...WRONG...WRONG!

I CAN VOTE at the canvass if I wish because Virginia does NOT register voters by party affiliation! There is no credible way to prevent any voting age citizen in Fauquier County from casting a ballot come April! Voters will have to sign a "silly form" pledging allegiance to the elephant but that "silly form" is NOT legally enforceable in future elections, both primary and general elections. You should know better!

As I said previously:

The local Republicans have a choice for their leadership post: a Tea Party supported military retiree or a moderate/centrist. From what I know and have heard, the local Republican committee meetings can have a "circus-like" atmosphere. "Dysfunctional" comes to mind, much like the Republican dysfunction up on Capitol Hill and within the White House. As for Vickie's comment below about "...getting Republican leadership elected in all of Virginia..." - good luck with that. It is clear that the Blue Wave continues to grow nationwide, and also within Virginia, so the Republicans' task will be difficult. Corey Stewart for U.S. Senate--are you kidding me??!! Good luck to the local candidates at the upcoming Republican canvass.
RGLJA · March 10, 2018 at 12:49 pm
Seriously George, don't you think it would be fair to say that Greg Schumacher never voted to deny anyone membership? To claim otherwise, people might get the idea you're telling a great big whopper just to protect your "Rich" friends. We all know that vote was about the procedural shenanigans your "Rich" friends were using to get around FCRC bylaws. And of course, when those shenanigans were appealed to the 5th District, you and your "Rich" friends were overruled unanimously (I think George just forgot to mention that in his article). I know it's a nuiscance but it really is a good idea to follow the rules. So now it's quite "Rich" of you to claim Greg Schumacher was voting against new members. After all, Greg himself would have benefit personally if he had just overlooked your "Rich" shenanigans. Greg Schumacher is an honorable man, and all he asked is that we follow the bylaws which allow full participation of the FCRC membership.

The time has come for a unifying Chairman like Greg Schumacher to take the helm. All members of the committee acknowledge Greg is a very capable and honorable man who wants nothing but the best for the FCRC membership as a whole. I would encourage ALL Republicans in Fauquier County to come and out and vote in the next party Canvass on April 14, 2018. If you are a Republican in Fauquier County, it's time to get involved. Take some time to compare the candidates. If you do, I'm confident you'll prefer Greg Schumacher for the next Chairman of the Fauquier County Republican Committee. Come out and vote on April 14, 2018 at Fauquier High School, 8am to 4pm.

BTW, Sorry martinkus... you can't vote because you're not a Republican.
martinkus · February 26, 2018 at 12:59 pm
The local Republicans have a choice for their leadership post: a Tea Party supported military retiree or a moderate/centrist. From what I know and have heard, the local Republican committee meetings can have a "circus-like" atmosphere. "Dysfunctional" comes to mind, much like the Republican dysfunction up on Capitol Hill and within the White House. As for Vickie's comment below about "...getting Republican leadership elected in all of Virginia..." - good luck with that. It is clear that the Blue Wave continues to grow nationwide, and also within Virginia, so the Republicans' task will be difficult. Corey Stewart for U.S. Senate--are you kidding me??!! Good luck to the local candidates at the upcoming Republican canvass.
Vickie · February 25, 2018 at 6:14 pm
This post leaves out a significant amount of truth, either left out or twisted and turned a bit. The Republican Committee appears to have a history of lack of transparency. Civility and truth rank pretty high in the integrity marketplace. I am attracted to new leadership in the form of Greg Schumacher. The group needs a good shake up and a return to good citizenship. I appreciate cleaning house and adding a wider appeal to the local committee, not just the same old, same old. How about others? Time to give a fresh perspective, a just fine inclusive candidate like Mr. Schumacher (retired military of good character and civility). Let's give him a chance to reinvigorate our local party and to show some improvement in getting Republican leadership elected in all of Virginia, not just locally. He is a go-getter with good ideas. Mr. Beverage, you really leaned your post sideways to an unbelievable angle to meet your own agenda. We want a new agenda, and we will have it!
martinkus · February 22, 2018 at 5:02 pm

As I said, it's the Tea Party right versus the moderate Republicans for the leadership post! Y'all have fun at the canvass...be polite!
Matthew Groves · February 21, 2018 at 3:46 pm
Mr. Beverage,

This may shock you, but there are some people among us that want to do the right thing even if it disadvantages them. There is honor in following the rules and standing up for principles.

Aside from being one of the most upstanding members of our community, as well as a Major general in the Army, I think that Mr. Schumacher knows the true meaning of honor and he has the courage to stand up for all members of the Republican party and members of the Committee.

I look forward to working with General Schumacher in the years to come as Chairman of the FCRC!
RGLJA · February 21, 2018 at 10:28 am
This contest has nothing to do with right-wing versus moderates. It isn't about ideology at all. The contest is really about whether we broaden our party in Fauquier Country, or just continue to let a small handful of people maintain exclusive control of Republican party nominations forever. This small cadre in the FCRC executive committee are deadset on excluding new members that might threaten their exclusive control of the party in Fauquier County. The FCRC has become a laughingstock throughout the state as the FCRC exec committee continually battles their own general membership. The leadership refuses to adhere to FCRC bylaws, so they consistently lose those battles when appealed to District and State level reviews. District level representatives have now been directed to attend our local meetings to oversee what is happening here. The leadership's outrageous behavior is embarrassing for the FCRC.

It is time for new leadership, and Greg Schumacher is certainly the leader who can unify this committee, like no one else can. He is honest, capable and exhibits the highest integrity. He is respected on both sides. I urge all Republicans to examine the resume of Greg Schumacher, and support his candidacy for leadership of the Fauquier County Republican Committee this Spring.
martinkus · February 21, 2018 at 2:45 am
Tea Party right-wingers versus the moderates! This is going to be one helluva fight for the leadership.
Talin · February 20, 2018 at 9:00 am
Mr. Schumacher voted to overturn an illegal election of new members, not expel them. I find it disingenuous to leave out that the 5th District unanimously overturned that election in favor of Mr. Schumacher's position as they found it in violation of the Committee bylaws. As a matter of fact, isn't your new position as Vice Chairman of Membership a direct result of having that illegal election overturned, Mr. Beveridge? Mr. Schumacher simply believes that the rules should be followed and when he saw they weren't, he stood too correct them, regardless of what benefit it may have been to him. And Mr. Schumacher announced in an article posted to this site, the same way Mrs. Hayes did for Mr. Burroughs, and spoke to a crowd asking for support (and specifically stated he was for unity, not for trekking "sides"). I also find it disingenuous to neglect talking about how Mr. Burroughs lambasted a member who was standing for transparency by recording the meetings, and then voted to ban recording right before committing the very violations of the bylaws that Mr. Schumacher stood to correct. Nice try Mr. Beveridge on your revisionist history, but you should be thanking Mr. Schumacher for standing for transparency and proper procedure rather than throwing stones and twisting the truth.
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