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Letters to the Editor

April 8, 2012

Letters to the Editor 4/8/12



Jim Burden


Cease damaging rhetoric

Dear Editor:

I have been a member of the Limestone County Republican Executive Committee (LCREC) since 1988.  During that time, I have seen election cycles come and go.

However, never in my life have I seen a presidential election where there is so much at stake as there is this year.  The future of our nation is at stake is the voters in this country decide which of the two competing visions being put forth by the Republican and Democratic Parties will be embraced.

Therefore, it is extremely frustrating to me at a time when all of our energies should be focused on defeating President Obama and his big-government policies to have to deal with the revisionist history being put forth by our former Vice Chairman Randy Smeenk, most recently in his letter to the News Courier on April 1, 2012. 

The elections of 2010 were the most successful for the Republican Party in Limestone County history.  This was due in no small part to the efforts of “Tea Party” Republicans who worked tirelessly (along with longtime members) to promote our slate of candidates.

However, after the elections were over, the newer members (along with several established members) became concerned over the inaction of the LCREC leadership to capitalize on our newfound success and grow the Party. At this point, the LCREC leadership sent a letter to the state Party attempting to have 13 of the new members removed for not being “committee material.”  The state Party met with members of the LCREC (I was present for this meeting) and encouraged us to find common ground and move forward. Soon after this, the LCREC leadership and several longtime members, frustrated that the state did not take the action they desired, resigned from the LCREC. This was not a decision welcomed by any of us left on the LCREC, as no one who stayed bore any animosity against those who left.

I am asking Mr. Smeenk to cease with his damaging rhetoric (for the record, nobody on the LCREC has referred to those who left as cowards) and to start being part of the solution instead of part of the problem. Only with the help of all Republicans pulling together can we be successful this November.

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