Fauquier Republican · February 20, 2018 at 6:03 pm
I have been an associate member of the FCRC for a while now, and I am considering whether I should continue. I don’t want to put my name because I don’t like confrontation, and I have seen what happens when others spoke out.
There is a lot of division among the members, and in my opinion it stems from the head table, and that is where Mr. Burroughs sits. Mr. Burroughs may be a perfectly nice man, but he has an ugly side too which he displayed when Mr. Buchanan questioned the method of bringing in new members. I have spent some time reading the bylaws and I believe Mr. Buchanan was correct, but because the chairman would not acknowledge that, he had to take his argument higher. Although the chairman never said so at all, I understand that higher powers agreed with Mr. Buchanan.
I don’t profess to understand all this political stuff, but I’m learning. What I have learned so far is that the current leaders of the Republican organization here in Fauquier don’t seem to do a whole lot to recruit new people to our organization. Why do we have more associate members than actual members? I’ve done some asking around, and Fauquier is the only Republican organization in Virginia that even has associate members? Why is that? We have also lost about 75 or 80 members in the last two years, mostly it seems over rather arbitrary issues, especially in light of the acknowledgment by our chairman that the membership roles were messed up. I guess that’s why the old membership chairman quit.
I think we should invite all Republicans to join us! More hands make lighter work, and as far as I can determine, we have never actually done any activities to get voters out to the polls, we just sit at the polls and hand out sample ballots which most people don’t really want anyway.
For the last election for governor we had a building in Warrenton, but as far as I know the only one organizing anything was Alec, and he was always pleading for people to come help. I think some NRA people came to knock doors a few times too.
I understand other local Republican organizations do something called precinct organizing to get people out to vote. I don’t recall that Mr. Burroughs who is our precinct organizer for the committee ever organized anything that I saw. My precinct leader did all that for us, and the only things we got from the committee were the sample ballots, and we didn’t get them until a couple of days before the election.
Mrs. Hayes always talks about how the committee once again won the day for Republican candidates in our county, but the facts as I see them are that Fauquier has always been a Republican county, and people are just doing what they normally do, which is go out and vote for Republicans. I do worry that the county is becoming more and more Democrat though, and if we don’t begin to do something more than have a booth at the fair and pass out sample ballots, then we will soon have Democrats running our county.
So when Mr. Schumacher said he was going to run, I thought that maybe this would be the change we need to get our committee working to elect Republican candidates. I hope he can win and we can get to work. Everyone on the committee seems to like him, and he has a lot of leadership skill having been a general and all. Our country needs us to elect Republicans every time we can and the current leaders of our committee don't seem all that interested in doing what we are supposed to be doing, at least according to friends I have in other counties.
I think I will be voting for Mr. Schumacher.