The Boyer family of Campbell County has worked tirelessly for years to elect republicans to office, including their 5th district Congressman, Robert Hurt. They are the backbone of Campbell County Republicans. Tim Boyer is the former Republican party Chair. Last night the Boyer family was shown the door when they were slated off the 5th district and state conventions. Numerous other life long Republicans will not allowed to vote in the upcoming conventions. Mike Thomas, Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, presided over the meeting as parliamentarian. Tim Boyer posted the following on his Facebook page last night:
Folks, it happened again. Well over a hundred county democrats came out tonight for the Campbell Republican Mass Meeting, under the leadership of establishment “republicans”, took over the meeting and slated off the vast majority of the delegates to the 5th district and State GOP conventions…almost every single delegate slated was a long-time conservative Republican activist. Guess who served as their parliamentarian after taking the meeting over? None other the First Vice-Chair of the Republican Party of Virginia, a certain Mike Thomas. Thanks Mike, for all the ticked off, disaffected and now disenfranchised former Republicans in Campbell County. Ripping the party apart and voting them all out of the committee should really contribute to electing and re-electing GOP officials down here. Most of the people who were denied their right to vote tonight have worked their butts off for Steve Newman, Kathy Byron, and Matt Farriss for years and years, and this is the thanks they get. One would think RPV and others might want to think about how their actions affect their electoral chances before acting like democrat thugs, or could it be that doesn’t concern them….. Young Guns on the menu, Mike? Virginia Beach, Richmond, Charlotte, Now Campbell, Fauquier next. The slate-fest continues, and I’m finding that some people I thought were my friends may have been part of it as well. Politics.
Derick Dickens of Lynchburg also attended the meeting and reported,
Politics makes sense when you break the word down. Poli means many. Tics are blood sucking parasites.
I, for one, experienced the parasites first hand tonight.
At the Campbell County Republicans mass meeting, there was a successful attempt to win the leadership of the board by recruiting democrats to infiltrate the committee meeting and to take over. Lying about people in our community and mis-characterizing others, they used scare tactics to drive democratic voters to the meeting in order to vote for people who do not reflect conservative values. The left won.
The candidate they elected gave a glowing speech about being inclusive and not divisive. Only then to jettison every other delegate nominated to represent our county at both the state and regional Republican Meetings. Both my wife and I were nominated as delegates but was never given consideration because we were not a part of the hand selected left leaning group in charge. In fact, every person nominated could have represented the county, but because they could not guarantee a left leaning delegation, they selected some who would ensure our agenda would not be welcomed.
It was obvious this was engineered, even having signs printed to tell the democrats how to vote. Often in meetings there are votes that are just a formality, but even then the liberals didn’t know how to vote. The liberals began to oppose a certain formality, but eventually changed their vote when they were given the “cue” to change their vote.
With blatant lies about the outgoing chairman and the elected Republican Supervisors, they clearly used political plays designed to turn out the Democratic base in a Republican meeting to gain control, limit delegates to the Republican meetings, and to turn a solid Republican county into a meaningless county for the left.
They won! It was accomplished with lies, deceit and democrats.
I think it was educational for my children. They attended and got to see the shenanigans first hand. Tonight, they were given a new appreciation for how well the left tries to manipulate and control. In fact, I didn’t have to tell them about it, they got to see it.
Overall, tonight was a night where they saw hypocrisy… “we must work together as one” to only see two minutes later the same group trying to exclude everyone not hand selected.
Almost 600 people turned out for a meeting that normally wouldn’t get even half that number. How did this happen? It seems Neil Vener organized the meeting and drove turnout by sending emails to the teachers and employees of Campbell county, having obtained their email addresses through an FOIA request. He told employees that if they didn’t turn out for this meeting, and vote the way he instructed, they would face cuts,
“The Board of Supervisors is just one member away from being totally controlled by political extremists whose only agenda is to blindly cut taxes and ruthlessly slash the budget with no regard for the damage they will inflict on Campbell County residents and to you as faithful employees,”
According to republican supervisors, that is NOT the case, their budget will include raises for employees. But the emails were enough to scare county employees into attending the meeting. Scaring people into the voting booth is a tried and true democrat tactic and it worked again in Campbell County. More on the story here.
How many more counties will fall to slating? How many more hard working republican volunteers will be disenfranchised? We’ve already lost thousands of our grassroots voters who won’t be allowed to attend their local conventions and or state convention. Henrico and Fauquier counties are likely to be next, disenfranchising thousands more.
Who’s behind this well orchestrated take over of our party? Congressman Eric Cantor. Many of us remember the rumors last year that Cantor and his “Young Guns” PAC were prepared to donate $5 million to the cause of flipping the State Central Committee from a grassroots, conservative, pro convention, committee to an establishment committee, controlled by people like Eric Cantor and Mike Thomas, a committee that would support primaries over conventions. Primaries can be controlled by money, something the establishment has plenty of. Primaries take control away from the republican grassroots and puts it under the control of the party establishment, something Eric Cantor and Mike Thomas very much want to see happen. These “Young Guns” are investing their money in robo calls and emails guaranteed to get their vote out in counties across the Commonwealth where they can impose their slate while eliminating the grassroots from a role in conventions. Grassroots don’t have the money to fight them. The Young Guns PAC money is taking over our party and disenfranchising thousands of republicans across the state, including lifelong republican volunteers like the Boyer family of Campbell County. Disgusting.
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If its “your party” then we can assume you accept responsibility for being almost broke…
Why are you focusing on money? What’s that got to do with the slating that is happening across the state to rid the party of the grassroots?
The point of the article is that even though it is “our party”, we don’t actually control it – usurpers do. And it’s their fault the party is broke (in more than one sense) and thus, if this is your genuine concern, you should be aboard the effort to eject them from leadership.
We Conservative republicans could learn a lesson from the Conservatives who took back control of the Southern Baptist Convention. Conservative activists had for decades sought to control who was SBC president, but the drift to the left continued. One man studied the problem & saw that whoever sits as committee chair is the most powerful. Executive Committee, etc. had been overtaken by liberals in the 1970s and 1980s. They had power of appointment, the determination of who would and could decide any matter. The conservative strategy was to populate the committees who appointed Seminary Presidents, approved faculty, ran publishing, etc. By systematically electing conservative chairs, over a 20 year period all the liberals were out of power and the convention was able to get back to its roots and its core business. It is much more effective now than it was in those years WHEN WE DID NOT KNOW WHO WE WERE AND DID NOT LIKE WHERE WE WERE HEADED.
The Virginia GOP will only change if we get conservatives as county and district party chairmen. Win this and we win back the party.
I was just suggesting how new candidates might overcome the “stigma” of being Republican, http://www.unifiedpatriots.com/2014/03/21/overcoming-the-stigma-of-being-republican/, and the establishment goes out and resurrects the truth of it.
Oh well, no battle worth fighting isn’t one worth fighting hard.
Well then it’s entirely possible the GOP will implode in Virginia, because if they’re going to disenfranchise the base, they will lose.
They have forever lost my votes. Republican = liberal.
Vote Democrat for spite. Then perhaps we can escalate the demise of it all and rebuild.
The Campbell meeting was a combination battle. On one front, it was the Campbell Establishment Republicans against the conservative crowd- with the biggest target on Rick Boyer- and then the other front was RPV and their operatives trying to take over the units in Virginia and disallowing delegates for the conservative candidates to attend the 5th and State conventions. Mitch McConnell vowed to “crush” the tea party, and the Republican Establishment in Virginia is right on board with him. And that is what we are seeing come to fruition all across Virginia. Establishment Republicans at the meeting last night blasted the Boyers and other conservative members of the unit for not being inclusive in allowing others to be involved in the Campbell Unit. It is true that occasionally, former members who chose to leave the party in order to support a candidate against the party’s Republican nominee, have not been allowed to re-join the unit, in accordance with the authority given to the local party by RPV- members even sign an oath when they join the Republican Units, that promises to support all Republican nominees for public office. So, when unit members go against this promise, are we supposed to just turn our heads and allow our members to work against us? Apparently so. Other speakers at the meeting also called out “we conservatives” for always insisting on having conservative candidates. We were accused of denying Bill Bolling his RIGHT to run for Governor and chose Ken Cuccinelli instead. The lines were clearly drawn. Conservatives vs. ‘Republicans’- as always. They absolutely hate conservatives- to them we are the entire problem with our country today. Ferguson, who was running for chairman gave a convincing speech about how Campbell needs a change in direction- how we need to be inclusive and allow all people who want to be a part of the Unit, to do so. “No more ‘My way or the highway, like we currently have’ ” he said. After his speech, my husband and I confronted him, asking him to make a motion to accept all the pre-files for the 5th district and state conventions- in light of his speech and for the sake of the unity he spoke of. He refused, saying he might only give us 25%. When asked how that was being inclusive and not my way or the highway, he then began shifting the control from himself to the people running the meeting. How is it not OK for one group of people to be selective about members and convention delegates, but it’s not ok for another group? When the time came to approve the pre-filed applicants for the conventions, we were told that it would just take way too long to go through all the pre-files, so they were going to just select a few people to make up the delegation. A token 3 or 4 of the conservatives made it on the delegations the rest were slated off and denied their right to participate in the process, simply because they would not support RPV’s candidate. Robert Hurt recently sent out a letter endorsing John Berkley for 5th district chairman and ended his letter with the words “this district belongs to all of us”. But, apparently that is only the case if you are willing to support his choice. Otherwise, you will be slated off and your voice silenced. On a local level, never in my life have I seen such bitter and angry people. Several admitted to me that Rick Boyer is the problem in Campbell. One even admitted to hating him. They told me that “Rick is all about one thing…and that is himself”. Of course, I was not allowed to defend my brother in law to them. However, if one knew the HUNDREDS (literally) of hours Rick Boyer puts into calling people to be involved in the process, how Rick Boyer gives candidates every ounce of energy he can muster, how many doors he knocks on, and how he tirelessly sacrifices his time and money for the Republican Party, one would clearly see Rick Boyer is not in it for himself. Rick took a week and a half off work- that means no money when you are self-employed, for the purpose of last night’s meeting alone.You see, the REAL problem is that Rick Boyer is about principles first. Principles in conservatism. Real principles cannot be compromised and they cannot be politically correct and they cannot be ‘tolerant’, and that ticks people off, and creates a real ugly hate that you could see, hear, and feel last night. I was told that I was part of the problem for things that happened almost 20 years ago in the Campbell party simply because my last name is Boyer- said a man who pointed his finger at my name-tag. The dirty little truth is that it is not Republican vs. Democrat. It is Democrats/ Republicans against Conservatives. They will use you for their purposes to get elected, but then they will throw you down and kick you out if you dare to refuse to follow in step with their every decision, After all, we are their subjects, right? The Republican party is not the answer to freedom. Republican party is not about patriotism and constitutional purity. It is about power, control, and money- from the local level all the way up. the very sad and hard truth is that there is absolutely NO point in electing these people to office. They are not about conservatism- just look across VA at what they are doing with all this slating, and you just can’t deny it any more. If conservatives are not wanted in the party anyway ,we need to buck up and be willing to support people who are actually conservative and not support them simply because we are afraid of not having a ‘Republican’ win. The lines have been clearly drawn, they are not hiding anything. Conservatives are NOT wanted- and that’s the real truth.
Mrs. Boyer, thank you for taking the time to write and tell us what happened last night and what is happening across our state. You are correct, they don’t want us in ‘their’ party. Time for a new party? Sounds like it. Very sad.
To make matters further disgusting and shameful, when we knew we would lose the vote for Chairman, we offered a deal to elect their chairman of the unit committee by acclimation if they would agree to seat everyone who had properly filed as delegate and unit committee. We were literally told “F**k you”, by Mr. Vener, Mike Thomas’s guy in this fight
Thanks for using my post in this article. It is a shame how under the guise of unity we can use tactics to create disharmony and advance an agenda we all despise.