The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

March 18, 2012

Letters to the Editor 3/18/12



Quentin D. Anderson Sr.


Disagree with letter

Dear Editor:

My letter is in response to the Athens News Courier "Letter to the Editor" written by former vice chairman of the Limestone County Republican Party, Randy Smeenk.

Randy Smeenk stated that it is civic duty to inform the voting public of some moral and ethical issues surrounding two Limestone County Republican candidates. I am publicly stating that Randy Smeenk's statement couldn't be further from the truth and I totally disagree with him.

The two members who Randy named are our present chairman and present vice chair of the local Republican Party. The reason Mr. Smeenk feels they are unethical is they voted to lower candidate qualification fees. If lowering the fees was morally or ethically wrong, the entire Limestone executive committee is equally guilty. The Limestone Republican Executive Committee voted unanimously to lower  candidate qualification fees to open the door to more candidates.

Furthermore, in respect to our two members who Randy Smeenk is choosing to slam and lie about. Our new chairman, Ronnie Coffman has been a loyal member of the Republican Party before it was "cool". Our new vice chairman, Rex Davis, (who I might add, replaced Randy Smeenk), has worked tirelessly for the Limestone Republican Party and if anyone deserves to hold office as a local Republican, it's these two men.

Randy Smeenk also has a problem with the fact that each candidate holds a recently elected position in the Limestone County Republican Executive Committee while running for public office and said it is ethically and morally wrong.  

In my opinion Randy Smeenk is a sore loser and will do anything he can to harm the sitting committee members of the local Republican Party.

During the time Randy Smeenk held the position of vice chair he did everything he could to run the tea party members out of the Republican executive committee.  I am one of those tea party patriots who he turned his wrath upon. If you do not totally agree with Randy Smeenk you are on his hit list.

Last but not least, Randy Smeenk's statement, “We need candidates with strong moral and ethical character representing us at all levels. Let us start this process now, by electing highly qualified individuals for public office.” This is one statement I can agree with Randy Smeenk on. All the Republican candidates that I am aware of, including Ronnie Coffman and Rex Davis, are respectful and upstanding citizens of Limestone County.

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