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Letters to the Editor

March 11, 2012

Letters to the Editor 3/11/12



Mike Wahl


Smeenk did right thing

Dear Editor:

On March 1, 2012, former vice chairman of the Limestone County Republican Executive Committee, Randy Smeenk called into the Dale Jackson Talk Show on WVNN Radio making accusations’ concerning chairman Ronnie Coffman and vice chairman Rex Davis of the Limestone County Republican Executive Committee. Mr. Smeenk alleged that Rex Davis and I lowered the qualifying fees to benefit Rex and I.

Qualifying fees are left up to each local party in the state of Alabama, with 2 percent of the salary for any particular office sought being the maximum that a local Republican Party can charge. A motion was made concerning qualifying fees to be set at a maximum of $500 or 2 percent, whichever is less. This was by a unanimous vote of the Limestone County Republican Executive Committee.

The accusations’ by Mr. Smeenk are just a case of sour grapes, some former members and Mr. Smeenk did not feel that the tea party members that applied for membership in the local Republican Party were of executive committee material. When we would vote on new members you would have a select few who would vote against people because they belonged to the tea party.

As long as I am chairman and Rex Davis is vice chairman and I believe that I can speak for him, of the Limestone County Republican Executive Committee, this committee will be open to all citizens of Limestone County, regardless of social status, religion, race or whether you belong to the tea party or not.

Mr. Randy Smeenk did the right thing by resigning his position as vice chairman of the Limestone County Republican Committee. The old saying “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen,” Mr. Smeenk decided to get out of the kitchen. Men of honor don’t leave the battlefield when the going gets tough, quitters never win and winners never quit.

The Limestone County Republican Executive Committee is in the best financial shape that it has been in my 16 years as a member and it’s all because of the conservative men and women of our committee that have worked their behinds off to elect good conservative men and women to office. We have almost doubled in membership since August of 2011. Our goal is to see that President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed are defeated in this upcoming election. We must restore America before it’s too late.

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