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March 28, 2016 · OPINION

“Radical extremist element” wants to control local GOP

By James Rich
The Plains

What is at stake on April 2 in the Fauquier Republican Committee election?

The Republican Party is by far the majority party in Fauquier. All local offices except one independent are held by Republicans. All of our General Assembly representatives are Republican. In statewide, including the presidential, and congressional district races, the Fauquier Republican vote ranges nearly 60 percent or higher. All of this has happened under the leadership of the current hard working Republican Party one of the most effective in the commonwealth.

The Republican committee has a significant say in who is nominated and how they are nominated: by transparent primaries, canvasses or closed conventions. We have generally preferred primaries and canvasses so that more people can participate. Consequently, it is important the Fauquier Republican Committee represents the vast majority of Republicans, not extreme elements who have a history of losing at the polls in November. What is at stake here is the heart and soul of the Fauquier party.

The Fauquier Republican party has traditionally stood for long held values of freedom and limited government, opportunity for all in the context of our superlative free enterprise system. And we believe in a strong national defense. Additionally, because Fauquier is blessed with unique natural, historic and scenic resources, our local party has been protective of those resources including small business, agriculture and our special quality of life.

These policies have helped provide quality education in our schools including smaller class sizes, less traffic congestion, lower taxes, less stress on our first responders and open spaces giving us much appreciated relief from the nearby hectic metropolitan region to our east. We can all breathe cleaner air, drink cleaner water and enjoy healthier lives. Fauquier is a wonderful place for all and a great place for children to grow and flourish.

There is a radical extremist element that would like to change the party in Fauquier. They are hostile to our efforts to preserve our quality of life. Many don’t support any zoning at all or land-use valuation and are very hostile to conservation easements, supported by Virginia and federal law. Under their control, Fauquier would soon look and feel like Prince William County with higher taxes, crowded classrooms, traffic congestion and little open space.

Additionally, they have an authoritarian, my-way-or-the-highway mentality. You must agree with them 100 percent. For them, 70 to 80 percent agreement is not enough, and you are branded as inauthentic Republicans and subject to attack and ridicule. They have exhibited a real mean streak, actually working to get a great young Republican leader with four children fired from at least two jobs just because he dared run against one of their candidates.

We can’t allow this type of thuggish behavior in Fauquier. In their view, you must always oppose transparent primaries in favor of the old, smoke-filled room conventions, which exclude the elderly, many working people, parents with young children, government workers and our brave men and women in uniform. In their opinion, you must never compromise with people who may have a different viewpoint.

Oftentimes they will not support, and have actively opposed, our Republican nominees from president to supervisor. Some of these extremists, under party rules, were expelled from the local party for actively campaigning against our Republican candidates in our last election.

Two years ago, this radical element attempted to take over the Fauquier party, but they lost in a landslide election where more than 1,200 people voted, a huge turnout for a political party election. But they didn’t accept their defeat; they prevailed upon the establishment party bureaucrats in Richmond to throw out the election, even though under party rules there were no grounds to throw it out. Only a lawsuit against the state party brought by local Republicans who actually won seats on the committee prevented an illegal takeover.

This year, the same extremist element is making an attempt to take over the committee again. Along with the party bureaucrats in Richmond, they have conspired to have the state party, in violation of party rules, take over the management of our local election.

Unbelievably, the extremists tried to force us to cancel our traditional, centrally-located voting location in Warrenton and move it to Remington, which would have made it difficult for many in Fauquier to vote. They also tried to force the vote on Easter weekend.

To preserve our tradition of fairness, the current committee leadership fought back strongly and demanded that the Warrenton location be retained and that the election would not take place on Easter weekend.

We can’t let extremists, completely out of step with most Fauquier residents, take over our majority party. Fauquier and the principles we believe in are worth fighting for.

Please, vote on April 2 for Chairman Kay Hayes, a principled, ethical leader and her ticket of common-sense conservatives, who will fight for Fauquier and our civilized way of politics.

The writer is a former, three-term chairman of the Fauquier Republican Committee and former, 10-term chairman of the 10th Congressional District Republican Committee.
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martinkus · April 17, 2016 at 4:33 pm
jpebbets;

This discussion is not worth continuing. Good bye.
jpebbets · April 16, 2016 at 9:38 pm
Wow buddy there you go again assuming things! Cool! Noe not a trumpite. Good try for an idiot like yourself though. And thanks for advice to harm my self. Sorry about your level 2 i q
martinkus · April 16, 2016 at 9:33 pm
jpebbets:

Nice comment - you must be a "Trumpite." You might do the world a favor if you took your lower lip, pulled it over your head, and swallowed hard.
jpebbets · April 16, 2016 at 2:56 pm
martdinkbutt, bet that felt good using all those exclamation points huh? high blood pressure am i right? anyone? anyone? idiot liberal! thanks Obama!
martinkus · April 16, 2016 at 12:23 pm
jpebbets:

Too damn bad! Freedom of choice - deal with it!
jpebbets · April 16, 2016 at 12:03 pm
Martinkus. Yes I have a problem with that. Duh. And why follow up with the explanation of what is going on with the Republican Party?
martinkus · April 16, 2016 at 11:31 am
jpebbets:

The guidelines for posting require a "user name"...any name. Got a problem with that? Many individuals like to post anonymously...I have no problem with that whatsoever! It appears you do. The bantering you read is typical of the infighting currently ongoing withing the local Republican Party - very conservative versus moderate...much like what is going on at the national level. It will be interesting to see if the newly elected local leadership will be able to heal the deep wounds between the "right" and "moderate" wings of the party. Time will tell. As for the national party, it is doomed to implode come the convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Cruz or Trump? BAD!
jpebbets · April 16, 2016 at 9:25 am
it's interesting that most responders here are too afraid to use their real names. like listening to a bunch of disgruntled spoiled brats.
Anton_Afterwit · April 2, 2016 at 8:42 pm
Despite trying to rig the election, Cameron Jones, Rick Buchanan, and the bureaucrats at the RPV lost again. Great job Kay and your team!

martinkus · April 1, 2016 at 10:18 pm
Ah yes, the "Fauquier Free Citizen"...much like the "National Inquirer" I believe! Great source of reliable information! LOL
Publius · April 1, 2016 at 7:26 am
WOW! A perfect example of why we need a change in the FCRC leadership.

Everyone needs to know who Kay Hayes really is; read this:

http://fauquierfreecitizen.com/kay-hayes-friends-need-know-saturday/
martinkus · March 31, 2016 at 1:49 pm
WOW! There are actually two (2) "Anton Afterwits" posting and going toe-to-toe! How funny is that? The local vitriol is much like the national headlines featuring the GOP's top two "yahoo" candidates: CRUZ & TRUMP! The local individual "Anton Afterwits" can decide who is who! How sad for the local GOP to engage in such juvenile activities (not surprising though since the far-right Tea Party activists dislike the moderate Republicans whom the Tea Party often refers to as the "PECers." Such animosity (on both sides) is very sad and will not lead to a unified local GOP party. Rather, it may have the opposite effect. Reasonable folks who vote may just bolt from the GOP and vote third party (i.e., Libertarian perhaps) or may just "stay home." There is an ongoing "Republican War" in Fauquier County much like on the national level. The GOP is imploding from within, both nationally and locally. Perhaps it's not a bad thing. Maybe the implosion (if it truly occurs) will lead to the birth of a third political party in America and perhaps locally. That might not be a bad thing considering the state of the current two major political parties and their respective candidates currently vying for their party's nomination for President! What a fiasco!
Concerned for Fauquier · March 31, 2016 at 12:58 pm
I have met Pete and he is a very nice individual who is concerned for Fauquier County. Unfortunately, it is the people who are behind his run that concern me. Cameron Jones and Rick Buchanan have proven again and again that they are willing to do anything in an attempt to gain power. While I like Pete, I just can't vote for a slate of people who are associated with Buchanan and Jones.
RGLJA · March 30, 2016 at 10:27 pm
Pete is promoting unity as you acknowledge yourself. He is a decent man and well respected in the community. He will make a great chairman. Read his letter, and contrast that with the outrageously polarizing editorial above. The better choice is very clear. Vote for Pete and the Cornerstone slate.
Anton_Afterwit · March 30, 2016 at 9:34 pm
While Pete is promoting unity in the race for Fauquier chair, this supporters are doing anything but. Look at this post on Facebook stating that this election for Fauquier GOP is "a war."

https://www.facebook.com/Twitch324

Reading through the articles shows that Cameron, Rick, Pete and their Tea Party friends want nothing to do with unity.
Interesting Math · March 30, 2016 at 1:52 pm
It's interesting, if you do the math on increasing the voting membership of the Fauquier County Republican Committee. Cameron, Rick, Pete, the RPV bureaucrats and their Tea Party friends want more inclusion, thus more voting members. In fact they mandated it from on high in Richmond. Now remember the current Fauquier GOP can have as many members as they want, they have only limited voting members to the committee, with anyone able to join as associate members. With a voting population of 44,000 in Fauquier County and knowing that the county is fairly Republican (lets say 50%) the bigger voting committee that Cameron et al want will equate to one voting member for every 440 Republicans in the county (again just a guesstimate).

Well, if it is good for the goose, it should be good for the gander. Shouldn't John Whitbeck recommend increasing the state central committee's voting membership to align with those he is forcing on Fauquier County? Then numbers seem reasonable, right? But if you add up the numbers at the state level, even being more conservative and saying only 25% of the voting population is Republican, the voting membership of the RPV central committee would be (population x 25% (number of Republicans)/ 1 member per 440 republican voters (same as Fauquier County) and you get a central committee with 2,952 voting members.

Now, I am not great at math, so these could be off, but the point is that if the RPV, Cameron Jones, Rick Buchanan, and Pete want an increased voting membership for the Fauquier GOP, the State Party should do the same thing, right? I mean, wouldn't it be great to have 2,952 more voting members on the state central committee to help lead the GOP? When will Whitbeck introduce this idea to the committee?
Anton_Afterwit · March 30, 2016 at 10:48 am
Toni - Did you just compare Jim Rich and the PEC to the Nazi regime in WWII that killed millions of Jews??? Really???

That is just crazy.
RGLJA · March 30, 2016 at 10:39 am
@ Bill Brunsey, I completely understand how one can get cynical, given all we have had to endure lately. But I have to disagree with your recommendation about how to fix it. If you check out and don't participate, nothing changes. It can be better and will be better if you get out there and stand up for what is right. Ultimately, we get the government we deserve. I think Fauquier county deserves better than what it has been getting lately from our government and I'm confident things will change for the better.
Bill Brunsey · March 30, 2016 at 9:17 am
It does not really matter which faction wins, the local party has already been heading down the path of irrevelance for quite some time. I do think that journey will be a faster one if the tea party/cornerstone group succeeds. So what though, let them have it. It won't take long for the core group of those guys to piss off everyone and show their true colors. People will see firsthand how they operate, how they reward their cronies and basically treat everyone as poorly as they claim the "RINOs" treat them. They're no different, because it's all politics at the end of the day - a minority trying to tell the majority what's right and what's wrong - all the while, showing they have no fidelity to the rules. It's do as I say, not as I do. F*ck the two parties. If you want to shape your community, go get your hands dirty and make it happen outside of the political arena. None of them represent the common man by virtue of the fact that they are involved in politics at any level in the first place. Jim Rich, Rick Buchanan, cornerstones, establishment - it is all the same. They're all rats jockeying for your cheese. No thanks.
Mochilee · March 30, 2016 at 8:53 am
It seems that Fauquier County is a microcosm of the Republican Party as a whole. I agree with "Martinkus"..there is NO ONE I am able to vote for in this election. My conscience can't tolerate the current choices in candidates. I may be "throwing my vote away" on a write-in like Kasich.
Anton_Afterwit · March 30, 2016 at 8:06 am
Oh, Anton, I forgot, you are Anthony's brother, right? That still puts you at 280+ years old, which is still impressive. No seething here, I am as happy as a clam, speaking truth to power and having a hoot of a time doing it.

Now we get to the crux of the matter, you state that voters are "silly" if they don't vote for your preordained candidate. You hear that voters of Fauquier? Vote to the Tea Party candidate or you are dumb. that is how Rick, Cameron and their crew think. Shame on them.

You write "freelance" for the Fauquier Free Citizen? So, you have to know the owners of the Fauquier Free Citizen then and your statement claiming that you have "no interest in being a part of the Fauquier Free Citizen website" is completely false. You should ask Cameron and Rick why they use copyrighted pictures on their site without permission.

Well, if you don't support conventions, you should know that Cameron, Rick, the Tea Party, and the folks running against the current leadership of the Fauquier GOP do believe in conventions. Conventions where military personnel cannot participate, where parents with families would have to pay for babysitters to participate, where elderly voters in nursing homes would not be able to participate because of the length of the average convention. If you don't support conventions, then don't vote Pete or their slate. BTW, I thought slates were a bad thing...

I completely support legislation on registering by party and closing primaries. It is the Tea Party and folks like Russ Moulton who are really opposed to the idea.

Actually, it is the liberals who are okay with folks self identifying who they are and not digging into people's past enough. Look at Elizabeth Warren, Ward Churchill, and Rachel Doleful as examples. I am in the Reagan camp of trust, but verify. Unfortunately your posts show that I cannot trust you, so I need to verify. You said your "clan" which leads me to believe that you are Scottish in ancestry. I know a guy here in Fauquier who is really involved in politics and has also been part of the Fauquier Scottish Heritage Society. I wonder if you know him.

Yes, you are promoting class warfare, it is easy to see the you are jealous of those who have done better than you and you want to punish them for it. And if you are for "fair" taxing, then the income taxes for the wealthiest in the U.S. should come down a lot.

Yes, there is an issue with funding for our schools. Chuck Medvitz had a great letter to the editor that demonstrated that we spend over $1,000 per student than surrounding areas, why is that? Why do we need more money each year for a school system that has a flat to slightly declining enrollment? Why do single people, the elderly, homeschoolers, and people who put their kids in private schools have to pay taxes for schools when they have no students attending? And if we eliminate the PDR, Lee Sherbeyn won't be able to take advantage of the program again.

The RPV bureaucrats didn't have to intervene, they chose to do so in an effort to support their Tea Party friends. Everybody agreed to the rules and only after the election, which Cameron lost badly, did the Tea Party seek to toss out a valid election. Again, I think a small, but vocal, group is upset, that is all, but we will see.

Cameron isn't running?!?! That is just great news, thanks for letting me know!!! I am even more happy now!!!

RGLJA · March 30, 2016 at 7:33 am
We have in Fauquier county a little sample of what is happening nationally. A mini-rebellion is underway. The voters are not going to be satisfied any longer with a small group of elitists controlling the party, ignoring the needs of the middle class, continually increasing our taxes, dismissing our concerns, and using money and raw power to benefit their wealthy donors.

This outrageous editorial is an example of how far they will go to maintain that power, by visciously attacking anyone that challenges the status quo. It doesn't have to be this way. We outnumber them. You can make a difference, but only if you will take the time to vote on Saturday.

Most Fauquier voters simply don't participate in these party canvasses, which makes it easy for incumbents to prevail time and again, so nothing changes. Don't let that happen this time. Come out and vote. Look for the Cornerstone booth and get everything you need for an informed decision, and vote.
Anton Afterwit · March 29, 2016 at 11:27 pm
Mr Imposter, Ms Imposter, or Jim Rich, whoever you are.

Wow, you are really seething now. You can't even get your facts straight. My name is Anton Afterwit. The pen name used by Mr. Franklin was Anthony Afterwit, not Antony. You are right, you are silly to attempt to show your intelligence when it is obvious you are lacking in that arena.

Yes, the voters of Fauquier were silly enough to listen to you and pick Gerhardt over Sherbeyn, and Gebhardt followed right along and raised taxes to ensure the continued funding of PEC priorities instead of school funding. Too sad they did not get educated on the facts and we would have had Sherbeyn in there helping to fight for school funding and decreasing the amount of tax breaks given to large property owners of non-producing land.

I write freelance in my spare time and the Fauquier Free Citizen has been kind enough to publish some of my postings, but they are not the only ones. They did not post everything I submitted, only some. But alas, I have been busy with other endeavors and have not written or posted in quite a while. That was of course until someone alerted me that Mr. Rich had penned this poison opinion piece smearing the Republican Party (yet again).

I do not support conventions but I can see the wisdom in a state where people like you stopped the bill to register by party affiliation. Why should Democrats be allowed to decide who the Republican nominee will be. The way you want to run things is to allow you to decide who gets the nod for each party based on turning people out to vote in the affairs of the other party, just as you did with the FCRC elections. Sad.

Your liberal ignorance shines through in challenging me to prove that one of my ancestors was a slave. It is an unfortunate fact of history and if you care to study it you will see that there were slaves of every race, color, sex, and creed. I don't care if you believe me or not. I know that my ancestors were slaves, my ancestors have been killed on many continents, but that does not change me. I was not personally a slave and I hold no malice to those in the past that owned slaves.

I am not promoting class warfare, I am promoting class equality when it comes to taxes. If you own land you pay the same rate as everyone else based on land use. If it is a working farm producing farm goods, then you get the farm rate. If it is a vast estate with no farming on all or part of the land, then you pay regular rates for the non-farm property and farm rates for the farm property. Simple and fair. Why should you get a tax break on owning land that you will never farm?

And there is nothing wrong with funding our schools at a level consistent with our neighbors. I believe with a little research it will be found that many people in the teaching profession leave our County every day to travel to other Counties to earn a decent living because our County pays some of the lowest wages. Now I am not saying all of the budget asked for is needed, but certainly a higher level than it is currently funded at. All they have to do is reduce the exemption for non-farm property and eliminate the PDR program and there will be lots of money for the school and the ability to reduce individual and personal property tax rates for the rest of the Citizens in Fauquier.

If the Jim Rich flavor of running things was so popular, then why did our neighboring County decide they had enough of him and vote him out of their Republican Committee? If Jim Rich and gang were so great at organizing, why are there so few members of the FCRC and why did the State Party have to intervene? If the FCRC was doing such a great job of following the Party rules and working with the Citizens of Fauquier, then why did the State support others who felt the FCRC was inadequate? I think the writing is on the wall and folks are tired of the do nothing FCRC being controled by a small special interest group who funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars into Democrat campaign coffers. Your votes on those organization are a matter of public record and it is very clear where your interests and loyalties lie.

As for Mr. Jones, it is interesting that I do not even see his name on the list of approved candidates who applied for a position on the Committee. So your slurs that this is all about Jones and Buchanon seem to be a little off since Jones did not even put his name in the ring. Interesting how that works for your narrative.

So who is the boogey man this time. Those running against your slate of elitists are not developers, are not builders and are not looking to pave over the County. In fact, in many of the meetings I have been able to attend, there was lots of appreciation shown for the nature of the County and the farmers of our area. So I guess now the enemy in your eyes are teachers and parents who want the best for their children.
Anton_Afterwit · March 29, 2016 at 10:16 pm
Imposter? Really? So, are we to believe that you are really the Antony Afterwit who first published a letter in Ben Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette on July 10, 1732? Wow, you have aged really well. That is just amazing. And now that we have that silliness over with, onto the next issue. All of this time I thought you were Joe McCarthy.

No, the Fauquier GOP has not pissed off nearly as many people as you suggest. In fact the people who support the Fauquier GOP leadership are the same ones who chose Rick Gerhardt over Lee Sherbeyn for their supervisor, elected Chris Butler and re-elected Chris Granger as supervisors, much to the chagrin of you and your compadres who were actively working against the Republican candidates. And we all know that the reason people were removed from the committee is because Cameron Jones won his appeal and the RPV demanded that the committee revert to the former members before the election. It is simple as that, everything else is a lie.

Hey, you should get your crow with RGLJA’s pig. you practically have a farm going.

Well, you may say you have not interest in the Fauquier Free Citizen, but by the number of editorials you have written for them, they seem to know who you are. Or maybe they lack all journalistic integrity and let a man from 1732 write for them on a regular basis. Weird. I just did a google search on you and look at all the posts on Fauquier Free Citizen:

https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=anton+afterwit&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

And you should know, Holder was not picked by a closed committee, he ran in the Primary Election. Anyone, including you, could have run against him as a Republican and there is nothing the committee could have done about it. Those are the facts.

You are right, we will see how big your group is. In fact, you may even win control of the committee. And if you do, it will only be a matter of time before Democrats start winning elections in Fauquier. First you will eliminate any committee member who does not agree with your twisted idea of conservatism, then you will make sure there are absolutely no primaries (ensuring that families with kids, military personal, the elderly, and business owners have no say in who represents them), and finally, you will continue to stack future elections in your favor (using Big Brother at the RPV as a crutch). If you win, we all lose.

Look, I think you are just outright lying about your ancestors being the original slaves on the plantation. Where are your clans from that they were slaves, please enlighten us. And no, I don't believe anyone is here to provide me with position. I earned my position through hard work - that’s the American way, right?

Why would I join the Democrat Party? I am a conservative Republican. You are the one who promotes class warfare, full funding of the education budget, divisive politics, and socialist agenda, all hallmarks of a liberal. Can’t you hear Bernie calling you??
martinkus · March 29, 2016 at 10:04 pm
Anton Afterwit:

I am not a member of the Democratic Party nor do I support the witch from Hell (Hillary Clinton). My point is that the Republican party is imploding and will simply hand over the Oval Office to Ms. Clinton. Cruz or Trump...seriously, is that the best the Republicans can offer in 2016? Kasich has the best credentials but cannot gain any traction against these two yahoos. As for local politics, I cannot envision the far right burying the hatchet with the other side of the Republican Party. Like I said, the local Republican Party is an embarrassment!
Anton Afterwit · March 29, 2016 at 8:59 pm
Wow is all I can say. Jim Rich and his band of goose-stepping elites are so hurt by the truth being told that they have to attempt to create confusion by posting under a name so similar to mine that only a few will notice. There is only one Anton Afterwit and the poser posting as Anton_Afterwit is not it.

Well, Mr. Imposter, let me address your questions.

1. The FCRC could do three locations but they have pissed off so many people that they cannot get anyone to get involved. There are many who are running on the Cornerstone slate who have given many hours in the past to helping the FCRC with activities. Their reward? They were removed from the FCRC without following the bylaws or even refunding their dues. I know of several that you just simply stopped calling their names as members after you actively solicited them to rejoin as voting members. Sad. So sad that for the Primaries you could not have people at the polling places but the Democrats could.

2. The crowing is in your article and your previous articles. You remind me of the rooster in the barn yard that crows all day long about absolutely nothing. That is usually the rooster that winds up getting shipped out to another farm or winding up in a stock pot.

3. I am not, have never been, and have no interest in being a part of the Fauquier Free Citizen website. I did not actively campaign for anyone against Holder Trumbo because he was the unfortunate choice of the closed committee. And that was the one spot on the ballot that I had to swallow real hard to vote for the Republican despite my strong desire to purge the FCRC of the Democrats like Holder.

4. We will see soon how small the supposed group opposed to your antics are. The election is coming and we will be watching to see how many of the Cornerstone slate win seats, and how many of the Elites win seats. This will definitely be telling if we are of the vocal minority or if people are fed up with your policies and control and take it back for themselves.

5. For your information Mr. Rich (sorry, I mean Mr. Imposter), my ancestors were the original slaves on the plantations and yes, many of my clans have been sold as slaves for the plantations in the past. Many of my ancestors have been slaves in many countries in the world. And many of my ancestors have been brutally murdered. But that is not the point, your mentality is the point. You believe the Citizens of Fauquier are here to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide the Citizens of Fauquier with freedom. You have failed the citizens of Fauquier by creating policy that only benefits the large land owners while punishing the small property owners with excessive taxes and burdensome regulation. You use your position to try and bully anyone who disagrees with you (just like you tried with Martha Bonetta). You use your position to try and control the people of Fauquier rather than work with them.

Please, go ahead and leave the Republican party. You, martinkus and Silii can return to the Democrat party from whence you came and which you openly support. There is a reason you were thrown out of the leadership in the 10th District. As Mr. Maistros stated, Mr. Rich attempted to undermine the local comittee and their candidates. Same behavior he has exhibited in Fauquier County and the Citizens of Fauquier are not going to wait as long to see you removed from here.
martinkus · March 29, 2016 at 7:18 pm
IT IS "PARTY TIME" AGAIN IN FAUQUIER COUNTY!

I can't wait to see all of the "crazies" in Warrenton again come April 2nd. The Republican party has become an embarrassment, both locally and nationally. I am finding it more and more difficult to support this "dysfunctional" group of knuckleheads. The vitriol and nuttiness reminds me of "The Three Stooges." Perhaps "Silii" is right...it may be time to leave the sinking ship behind! Fauquier County will remain in Republican control but folks, face it, the national election is over...say hello to Madame President!
Anton_Afterwit · March 29, 2016 at 6:07 pm
I will defer to you as the expert in mud-wrestling pigs.

Can you explain to us why your website, the Fauquier Free Citizen, promotes property rights on one hand ad violates personal copyrights when taking pictures of the internet without permission from the copyright holder?
RGLJA · March 29, 2016 at 4:36 pm
Start with the title of the opinion piece above. Absolutely false. Almost every word of paragraphs 6 and 7 are absolutely false. But I'm not going to get into a name calling contest with you. It's like mud-wrestling with a pig... everybody gets dirty but the pig enjoys it. I'm not here for your enjoyment. I'm here to argue for a better Fauquier County.
Anton_Afterwit · March 29, 2016 at 4:09 pm
RGLJA - name one falsehood. You can't and your unwillingness to do so speaks volumes.
RGLJA · March 29, 2016 at 3:34 pm
It is useless to argue every falsehood and distortion that these people use to distract us. It really comes down to this.... If you are satisfied with the status quo where a small group of wealthy donors dominate the Party, then all you have to do is sit at home and they will win again. But if you are tired of being ignored and underrepresented, then for gosh sakes come out and vote! We need to broaden this Republican Party so that it truly represents the vast majority of voters. Come out and vote for your friends and neighbors from across the ENTIRE county that are eager to bring a bit of fresh air to Republican Party politics in this county. Make a difference and vote for your friends and neighbors that make up the Cornerstone slate for this new Republican party in Fauquier County.
Anton_Afterwit · March 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm
Publius, what a half hearted effort at deflecting, you should really try harder than using ad hominem attacks and barking. If I am wrong, how about answering a few questions and proving where I am mistaken instead of making personal attacks? How about the question on your website, Fauquier Free Citizen, using copyrighted images? How about answering the assertion that Cameron Jones and the RPV only wanting one voting location in Southern Fauquier so they could suppress the number of voters coming out? How about counting the fact that the FCRC currently can have as many members as they want? How about the list of 3,800 republican women the Piedmont group was supposed to get, but never did? Why do you support class warfare?

These are the questions that people need to know the answer to!

And I will answer your question about the lawyer, my guess is that his hourly rate is what the free market is willing to pay for his services. Are you opposed to that?

Publius · March 29, 2016 at 12:02 pm
So much anger for such a small man, _(H)aft_wit impersonator!

You’re barking,… or should I say yelping, up the wrong tree though.
Interesting how you lash out in all directions when the truth is told.

Fact is, Mr. Rich needs to control the Republican committee so he can keep going to those fancy fundraisers and parties at the Mimi's and “Bobby's”. Without that to offer the rich and famous, they wouldn't give him the time of day.

I found a little bio about Chris Ashby, the lawyer Mr. Rich hired to help him keep the committee under his control. Wonder what his hourly rate is?

https://www.rnla.org/bio/BioDetail.asp?MemberID=3472

Doesn’t matter though. Mr. Rich has friends with deep pockets, just as long as he keeps control of that committee. Fancy lawyer didn’t help much though.

Average Joe Fauquier Republican should be aware of just how far Mr. Rich is willing to go to exclude them from Committee membership.
Anton_Afterwit · March 29, 2016 at 8:40 am
Publius, if you are so concerned about property rights, why does your website, the Fauquier Free Citizen and its Facebook page, regularly ignore property rights when it comes to copyrighted images? The minuteman image you use on your Facebook page is a copyrighted image that the author allows people to use, with attribution, but I don’t see where you give him attribution. The image you took from Chrysalis Vineyards website is a copyrighted image, but you have no problem stealing someone else's intellectual property to advance your cause. Even the bureaucratic leadership of the RPV has shown that they are willing to do the exact same thing, recently losing a lawsuit to a Virginia based photographer for copyright infringement to the tune of $9,000.00. Maybe some of the people the Fauquier Free Citizen has stolen images from will sue. Why do you promote property rights on one hand while destroying them with the other?

As for your “fair election,” lets be honest about that. The local GOP has always held the canvass in Warrenton because it is centrally located in the county, but this year Cameron Jones and Rick Buchanan went to the RPV and got their crony John Whitbeck to try and hold the Fauquier Republican election at Liberty High School in Southern Fauquier County in an attempt to limit the number of people who would travel to vote. It is ironic that you want more members on the committee, but you also support vastly limiting the number of people who can actually vote in the canvass. The only reason their was a second location is because the GOP committee fought for it.

That makes it seem funny that you are so concerned with the number of people who are members of the committee. Again, lets be honest, there is currently no limit on how many people can be members of the Fauquier GOP. Their could be 83 or their could be 2,000. the difference is the number of voting members vs. associate members. At some point, if the voting membership gets too large, the chances of getting a quorum to conduct business becomes smaller. And if you are such a supporter of growing the GOP, would you support doubling or tripling the size of the state central committee? Heck it has less than 200 voting members right now, to better represent the people of Virginia shouldn’t it have two, three, or four thousand people on the committee?

Also, I seem to remember that you folks said that you had a list of over 3,800 republican women in Fauquier County that you were going to give to the Peidmont Republican Women. We never got the list and I was wondering why not. Were you folks just blowing smoke to try and win an election?

You should know, the fundraiser was great and very, very successful. Lots of great people who are concerned about Fauquier County showed up. I am guessing that the reason you were not invited is a) because they couldn’t find an address for Publics in the phone book and, b) why the heck would they invite someone who is adamantly opposed to their cause? That just doesn’t make any sense at all. I mean, do you invite Jim Rich to your cornerstone events?

What is with you, Cameron, Rick, and others getting so upset that some people in this county are better off than you? The class warfare is a classic liberal argument meant to stir up emotion instead of using logic. Also, it is not very Republican to admonish people just because they are successful.

Anton: 1) maybe the reason the FCRC couldn’t do three locations is because almost NO ONE on your side has ever stood up in the past to help with any elections. 2) can you provide evidence of said “crowing,” I would love to see it, 3) Should you, Rick, and Camron even be allowed on the FCRC given that your website openly supported a non republican for office against Republican Holder Trumbo? 4) lets be honest, only a small, but vocal, segment is tired. And to be honest, I think you comment “telling us we need to stay down on the plantation while you know best,” is an affront to African Americans and their ancestors who actually worked the plantations as slaves. Has anyone in your family ever been a slave? Shame on you.
RGLJA · March 28, 2016 at 10:08 pm
A lot of damage has been done by Mr. Rich and his cronies, but the cure is already in place. The membership of the committee has been vastly expanded this year, so we have a chance to elect new voices that are more broadly representative of the majority of voters. All we need now is for the good people of Fauquier County to come out and vote this Saturday and make their voices heard. Vote the Cornerstone slate for true representation.
Bill Brunsey · March 28, 2016 at 7:24 pm
I would not want to be in any organization with Jim Rich. However, the same goes for Rick Buchanan and Cameron Jones. All three should be banned from the local unit, as they are peas in a pod - with different views - in that they stir sh!t
Silii · March 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Yikes! Who in the world can read and understand all this? There's a very simple solution - become a Democrat. Democrats believe in preserving open spaces, protecting the environment, strong public education, lower taxes (btw, Republicans raised property taxes), individual rights, keeping big government out of personal lives especially regarding women's rights, supporting local businesses, improving transportation, stopping Richmond Republicans from allowing developers free rein (oops, Republicans in 2016 already gave away local control for proffers from developers).
Anton Afterwit · March 28, 2016 at 4:32 pm
Mr. Rich,

I think what you meant to say was that you have citizens within Fauquier that will no longer goose-step along with you and your elitist element in trying to run the local Party committee or the County itself.

They are tired of your efforts to channel more tax exemptions to large non-farming property owners to individual residential property owners. They are tired of our schools being underfunded because instead of fully funding the schools, you raise taxes to pay more out in rewards to your LPOC (Large Property Owners Club). They are tired of you having liberals put forth as Republicans and raising their taxes every year after a few conservatives actually kept our taxes at bay and as they have pointed out that Culpeper County has reduced their personal property taxes by a significant amount.

What you failed to address is the fact that the Party said you were not in compliance with the rules, procedures, and philosophies of the Party and they would not allow you to railroad in again a small minority to try and continue to run Fauquier County and the local party. What you failed to mention is that the Chairman Kay Hayes failed to follow the rulings of the Party and attempted to hire attorneys to fight the Party Leadership again. What you failed to mention is the Party Leadership decided that we need to be a big tent party and that your refusal to expand the committee was against the principles of the Party and they mandated that you increase the size of the committee to allow others to participate.

It is so odd that you and your lackeys have been crowing about how you need to include more Democrats into the process using the "Big Tent" philosophy, but now that you are being forced to implement that policy by allowing more Republicans into the tent, you are crying foul. Just because 2/3rds of the applications are from people you do not control, you are worried you will lose control of the local party and have to actually let others into your Country Club. You are worried that if real Republicans are allowed into the process, they will see through your PEC agenda and cut out the tax exemptions for non-farmers and cut out your attempts to take control of the County from the BOS and Citizens and put it in the hands of the PEC. You have even engineered a non-governmental body to try and keep Marshall under your thumb.

And if I understand the inside baseball about what is going on, the challengers to the elites currently controlling the Party asked for 3 polling locations to make it easier for citizens in Fauquier to participate and it was your group that demanded that it be limited to one. And the Party Leadership said there would be at least two (one North and one South) and your team chose to have Warrenton while those who are trying to open up the Party chose Bealeton because of the high number of Republicans in the South End of the county that want to get involved (after years of abuse by the elite in the North who exempt themselves from the same rules and harassment they subject the South end folks to).

You crow in your opinion piece that the Party has traditionally stood for long held values of freedom and limited government, yet you support the exact opposite. You support the PEC (a NGO) controlling citizens more, you support the County Government "controlling the citizens of the County" as expressed by your henchman Holder Trumbo, and you actively support the Fauquier government creating more regulation and more policies with the expressed purpose of limiting growth of any kind, especially the growth of business.

Your policies have not lead to less traffic congestion, lower taxes, or less stress. Your policies have resulted in more traffic as people leave the county every day to find work, as people pass through out county to get to adjacent Counties for work, and then come back at night stressed out after long days dealing with traffic. Your policies have not kept our property taxes low, exactly the opposite. You want to compare them to the built up counties, but when you compare our taxes to those of surrounding Counties with similar property demographics, our taxes are a lot higher and going up each year, while the others are a lot lower and are in fact decreasing.

The Citizens of Fauquier are tired of your scare tactics that have been practiced since reconstruction, telling us we need to stay down on the plantation while you know best. You get excited because the majority in this County are not willing to let your status as plantation owner stand without challenge. You get upset when the minions leave the plantation and start thinking for themselves. Time to get over your old plantation thinking because the minions have decided that they want a Party of the people, by the people, for the people.
RGLJA · March 28, 2016 at 4:31 pm
Wow. I don't think I've seen such a totally distorted opinion piece ever published on this page before.

There is nothing radical or extreme about the good people from Fauquier country trying to regain representation and strengthen the local Republican party. For too long the local Republican leadership has been dominated by narrow special interests that in no way represent the majority in Fauquier County. The current regime has sought to limit membership to protect their small club, and they summarily dismiss people who don't support the interests of their wealthy donors. They even recruited Democrats to come and vote for them and thereby narrowly won the last election with those Democrats.

This time we have a well-organized grass roots effort from good conservative hard working people all across the County who want to regain access to our local Republican party. I encourage all Republicans to vote the Cornerstone ballot this Saturday and make a real difference for positive change for the future of Fauquier County.
Publius · March 28, 2016 at 4:27 pm
Same ol’ Same ol’ from Mr. Rich and crew.

First I would like to know how advocating for property rights is radical? Our great nation is founded on property rights. The right to own property AND do with it as you please if the cornerstone of our nation and our Constitution. Without that right, you have nothing.

So the Radicals here are Mr. Rich and his friends, who believe they have the right to tell you what you can and can’t do, through regressive regulations that their cronies in local government put in place.

Mr. Rich and those like him, have controlled this county for decades. Are you not tired of having them dictate whether you can have basic services like water and sewer? Are you not tired of them fighting things like cell towers that would bring internet to your home; things you want and need for your safety and your children’s education?

Those who Mr. Rich defines as “radical extremists” have worked hard to get a fair election this time around; free of requirements like having to get signatures to join YOUR Republican Committee; free of the Democrats that Mr. Rich and crew brought in last time to win the election.

Jim Rich and his friends have fought tooth and nail against expanding the committee numbers to include more Republicans. In the past the committee has been limited to 83 members and this time around it appears it will be over 200.

In the past few weeks I understand they have employed Mr. Chris Ashby, Arlington lawyer to help them keep RPV from opening up the membership to more good Republicans during this election.

Why is Mr. Rich against more Republicans joining the committee; he wasn’t opposed to bringing in Democrats?

Let me explain; he needs to control the FCRC for his own edification. He needs to maintain his power base, and letting the great unwashed masses of Fauquier Republicans onto the committee, like those in the Southern Part of the County, will threaten his control. By controlling the FCRC for the landed elitists in upper Fauquier, he gets to hob knob with the rich and famous.

That is probably why the 1,000 acre club is having a fundraising meeting at Mimi Abel Smith’s tonight. In case you don’t know who Ms. Smith is, think DuPont Corporation heiress.

Any of you invited? Didn’t think so…

If you need proof that they don’t want you, Mr. and Mrs. “working class” Republican, consider this; some of you may have received a mailing from Ms. Hayes who is running for Chairman. Did you see anywhere in that mailing that you can vote in Remington?

Well you can!

Why do you think Ms. Hayes, acting Chairman of the FCRC, would leave such a fact off of her mailing?

All Republicans should come out and vote next Saturday, April 2nd, from 9am to 5pm at either the Remington Lions Club 11326 James Madison Hwy, Bealeton, VA 22712, or the Warrenton Community Center, 430 E Shirley Ave, Warrenton, VA 20186.

This is your chance to elect your friends and neighbors who have stepped up to represent you on the committee, and end the one sided tyrannical control of the FCRC by the Radical Anti-Property Rights Activists like Mr. Rich.
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