Letter to the Editor by Rick Buchanan, Warrenton, Virginia
I read with much interest the posting titled “Prince William County Republican Committee Continues to Lead on Community Outreach” by Willie Deutsch March 19th in TBE. He is spot on target. [read_more]He spoke about Republicans showing their true nature by leading by example, by organizing events benefiting good causes and then enlisting the community to participate. Mr. Deutsch explained “While conservatives are incredibly generous caring people, it is important for the public to see that the party itself cares.”
The activities of Prince William County Republicans stand in stark contrast to those of the Fauquier County Republican Committee (FCRC).
The FCRC, in the past several years, does very little for the community as a group, rarely does fundraisers to advance Republican principles, and does virtually no community outreach. But that’s not the worst of it.
In February “Friends of Cameron Jones” (candidate for FCRC Chairman), in conjunction with a local conservative group Fauquier Cornerstone Committee, held an event featuring former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as the keynote speaker. Their goal was to raise $3,000 to benefit a local crisis pregnancy center that works with single mothers and couples during crisis pregnancies to provide alternatives to abortion.
Two days before the event, Mr. Jim Rich, who is the de facto leader of those in charge of the current county GOP committee, and one of four committee members involved in a lawsuit against the Republican Party of Virginia over last year’s county GOP canvass, made a phone call to this charitable organization in a failed attempt to sabotage the event. Mr. Rich tried to discourage this organization from being the beneficiary of the proceeds of the event by telling them they were jeopardizing their tax exempt status by participating in this event. Of course, his real intent is obvious. Should they drop out at the last minute, it would have interfered with the commitment by Friends of Cam Jones to this organization and disrupted the publicity for the event that drew about 150 people.
His reasons seem apparent, because he is desperate to retain power over the FCRC, and opposes Mr. Jones’ candidacy.
Fortunately the leadership of the nonprofit organization was not intimidated, and Friends of Cameron Jones was able to present them with a check for $5,250, more than double what they needed to purchase a much needed confidential messaging software, and to fund their college outreach program.
As recently as this past week Mr. Rich has again been in contact with this charitable organization, attempting to intimidate them over this event, implying the organization could not “legally” accept proceeds from the event. He is wrong, of course.
Mr. Rich’s form of political leadership may be just miserly and uncharitable, and that would be a charitable description of Mr. Rich in this incident. After serving twenty years as a District Chairman, he should know it is common practice for Republican committees and organizations to hold events and raise money for charities. As reported at the Bull Elephant in the before mentioned article, Mr Deutsch explains, “This year the Bull Run Republican Women’s club is using their annual fashion show to kick off the PWC GOP Community Service Initiative. The fashion show and luncheon will be used to collect donations for the B.A.R.N. Transitional Housing in Bristow which helps women and their children with transitional housing following a crisis.”
Heck, the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa gave $5 million to 82 charities.
Mr. Rich is a lawyer, and seems to be feeding this nonprofit organization false legal information designed to disrupt and intimidate for political motivations. His ethics must be called into question, and this is not the first time.
There are many good people on the Fauquier committee who would rather be doing the kind of things that committees like PWC do on a routine basis, but until Mr. Rich’s influence on the leadership is changed, it appears this is not going to be possible.
The Truth Will Set You Free – I see
you can’t focus on facts so you continue the character assassination
attempts. Like I said, I am your huckleberry and I don’t care what you
have to say about me. The readers can make up their own mind.
Please do not assume facts not in evidence. You do not even know who
wrote the information for Wikipedia so you do not know if I am the original
author of that information of if it in itself was taken from other sources
which I might have written or plagiarized from. Since this is not a
scholarly article, for which I presume to be graded upon in order to graduate
or hope to gain money from, WHO CARES! Typical liberal, don’t address
facts, just assault the individual to discredit the messenger rather than the
message. Seems the facts must be getting in the way of your discourse.
For the record, I am not a staff writer for the Fauquier Free Citizen and I do
not write for them. I write for myself to express my thoughts and they
are distributed to multiple news and blog sites equally. I do not get
paid for anything I write and I do not endorse any particular news or blog
site. Some people print/post what I write and others do not. I
don’t even care and after I hit send on a submission I do not care if it gets
published or not. It is just a way to express myself and if others like
it terrific, maybe we can make things better, and if not, then at least I made
Sorry for you, no bible verses this time and I see you could not resist trying
to teach us all another lesson about how wise you are by quoting additional
scripture because you are holier than we are and know it better. So be
it, you win, you are holier than me. So what? It does not change
the fact that the events cited did occur, the events cited were done out of
malice for an individual, and the events put the blood of many innocent
children on the hands of the transgressor. It does not change the fact
that the PEC has continued their assault on the Fauquier County Republican
Committee and have tried to stack the deck in their favor with individuals who
are anti-growth and pro-big government.
I am glad you are my huckleberry, not sure what that get me though.
It is interesting that you say that I “can’t focus on facts” but you fail to show any examples.
Yes, the readers can make up their own mind it you plagiarized from Wikipedia. It is clear to me and most likely, clear to others as well. I highly doubt that you are the original author, unless your wiki name is Netsurfer123 and you have also edited articles on botany, I am guessing it is not you. But even if it was you, there is such a thing in academia as self-plagerism, which you would be guilty of if you did write the Wikipedia article. Who cares? Anyone who cares about integrity or morality, I think. Look at Scott McGinnis and his plagiarism scandal, or Monica Crowley, or Maureen Down, or Joe Biden – none were getting graded, but it showed their lack of integrity.
Regarding your comment, “Typical liberal, don’t addressfacts, just assault the individual to discredit the messenger rather than the message.” Talk about character assassination…
Good for you that you do all your writing for free. It is too bad that you don’t care if what you write gets published, maybe that is why you don’t get paid for what you write. Or it is just not that good. Sorry, that was a bit snarky, I admit it.
Yes, you are right, I do try and teach people about God’s Word. It is my daily handbook and I think it is critical to living a Godly life. Again, I am not holier than anyone, but it does concern me that you throw that out when someone quotes scripture. Do you say that minsters are holier than thou? Or biblical scholars? Would anyone on the Gospel Coalition site be holier than thou in your eyes because they use the bible?
Finally, can you tell me the number of innocent children on Jim Rich’s hands? I wonder how you quantify that. I would be interested to know.
The Truth Will Set You Free – I’m your huckleberry. Come on here and try to show everyone how you are holier than everyone else quoting your scripture to defend the misdeeds of your fellows, while at the same time trying to criticize others using biblical passages. Your type are the reason so many have left the churches in the first place.
As for the discrepancy in the seat count, I arrived late at the event (it was announced in the paper and I did not receive a personal invitation). There were no seats available and many of us stood in the back of the room. I remember seeing someone they called Chuck there in the back of the room as well. I counted the seats and there were 120 chairs, so with all of us standing in the back I would say 150 is a very fair number. Not sure what press you are citing for the low figures, but it does not match what I counted or saw.
As for your big tent, thanks for letting us know who you really are. The big tent reference was not about inviting Democrats into the party. If you are going to use the term, make sure you understand it. The term came about during the Civil War and represented the Republican Party having membership that included big business interests, laborers, and many African-Americans due to Republican Abraham Lincoln’s abolition of slavery and the party’s stance on civil rights. In politics, “big tent” refers to attracting people with a wide viewpoint, not opening the party to the opposition. It refers more to advocating multiple ideologies and views that are similarly aligned, not those that are in direct opposition.
Reagan did not become a Republican overnight. He stopped participating in the Democrat Party both personally and financially long before he decided to become a Republican. His transformation started in the 50’s, he admittedly voted for Dwight D. Eisenhower (a Republican if memory serves me right) which was, oh yea, 1952. And then he finally declared as a Republican in 1962. That is a ten year transformation, not a 10 day transformation. So please stop telling us that the big tent means we need to invite the Democrats into the party weeks after they have made donations to the Democrat candidates. Maybe they should wait a few years before they become actual elected members of the Party. Maybe they should donate to Republican candidates for a while and stop donating to Democrats for a few years before they become a voting member of the local committee.
Bottom line is you have a cabal of Democrats who are so misguided that even the Democrat Party of Fauquier does not want them so they run to the Republican Party so they can be in charge. They don’t align themselves with the ideologies and principles of the Party, they just want to tell everyone else how to do things. This is very evident in their support for candidates that push a nanny state mentality of big government and “controlling the citizens” (a quote from your liberal left Supervisor Trumbo). If they truly want to be Republicans in spirit, they need to embrace the philosophies of liberty, smaller government, and less regulation. But alas, it is more about fooling the voters of Fauquier into thinking they are something other than they really are and then doing what they want instead of what the citizens of the County want.
Thank goodness we have people in Fauquier who are willing to stand up to the Country Club elitist. I have met each of the people involved in this issue (Mr. Jones, Mr. Buchanan, and Mr. Rich) and while they may not remember me, I do remember my impression of them and they have been confirmed by all that I am seeing here. I have been to a few of the meetings where they have spoken or made presentations. Mr. Buchanan is gruff sometimes, but he is definitely devoted to liberty and stopping the erosion of our freedoms. Mr. Jones is personable and I found him to be forthright and honest in our one encounter, and the other times I have seen him in public interactions. Mr. Rich I found to be arrogant and the times I have seen him in public forums he seems to fit the image of the Country Club elitist.
And since you are so fond of biblical versus, let me leave you with this one. “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?”
Believe me, I am not holier than thou, I am just a member of the elect, a sinner saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, nothing more. I don’t quote scripture lightly, but Ido feel that the inerrant word of God should be applied in all areas of life. If people are leaving the Church because of individuals quoting the bible, that is a sad state of affairs. Can you point me to the study that shows that?
Well, since I don’t know who you are, or care for that matter, I will stick to the published account in the Fauquier Times, which said, “Cuccinelli spoke to about 80 people on the coming elections this year and next.”
Who am I, really? If the big tent is not about inviting non-Republicans into the party, what is is about? Where are we as a party to draw from if we cannot bring former Democrats, Libertarians, and so on into the party? From what you are saying, if a person joins a party, other than the GOP, they are branded for life. Again, that means yo would exclude Ronald Reagan from the Party. Also – when you plagiarize directly out ot Wikipedia, you should at least make a reference back to where the source material is coming from:
What you said: “The term came about during the Civil War and represented the Republican Party having membership that included big business interests, laborers, and many African-Americans due to Republican Abraham Lincoln’s abolition of slavery and the party’s stance on civil rights.”
“the Republican Party boasted membership of big business interests, laborers (both of whom supported the GOP’s tariff strategy) as well as many African-Americans, due to Republican Abraham Lincoln’s abolition of slavery and the party’s stance on civil rights.”
It is interesting that you and Wikipedia think along the same lines.
As for advocating multiple ideologies, what I see happening to the FCRC and RPV is an organization that opposes, with McCarthy-esque vigor, anyone who does not agree with the new establishment of the party. If someone agrees with the Republicans more than the Democrats, we should welcome them. Joe Manchin is a great example, he is pro-life, pro-coal, and pro-guns. But he would be excluded by you because of his Democrat background.
So, regarding Reagan, it seems like you are changing your stance a bit. If someone gave to a Democrat 10 years ago, but then “transforms” into a Republican, then they would be okay to join the GOP? Who gets to make that determination? You? I never said we need to have Democrats join the Party weeks after they donated to Democrats. I challenge you to show me where I said that. Fact is, you cannot because it is untrue. Maybe we should wait a while, maybe not. If they agree with the GOP on the majority of the issues, then they can submit an application to join and see where the cards fall. As for donations, what about people who cannot afford to give money? Are they out in the cold? And as for stopping donations to Democrats, would the leadership of the NRA, leaders of the Chamber of Commerce, Charles & David Koch, and so on be excluded from the GOP because their organizations have given to Democrats? According to you, they would be.
So, now we get down to McCarthy tactics, please enlighten us with the names of the cabal of Democrats who want to be in charge of the FCRC. I am tired of the conjecture, please give me the names of the Democrats that are in the FCRC. Is it over half of the membership? I really want to know who you are accusing of being a Democrat. Heck, I don’t even know if you are a Republican. And I know that Fauquier Fee Citizen co-owner Mark Fitzgibbons has refused to join the GOP, saying that he is a conservative instead.
Holder is Liberal left? Wow. It lets me know more about your agenda than anything else here. As for giving the county what they want, they have the right to vote for whoever they want. They have chosen to elect Holder, Granger, Sherbyn, and Stribling as Republicans. That was their choice. Now, with the primary and general elections later this year, they will have a choice to re-elect these folks or relace them with someone new.
When you say “country club elitist” what do you mean? Since the Republican Party isn’t into class warfare like the Democrats, I don’t see your point. Is the GOP supposed to oppose country club members? Ted Cruz has done a series of events at country clubs, should we oppose him?
I would hope that you have met Jones and Buchanan, since they co-own the Fauquier Free Citizen, which you write for. They have both admitted publicly that they own the site, so I am not sure where you are going – maybe you are trying to com across as a disassociated party, but that won’t fly.
I agree that Jim Rich can come across as a rude sometimes. He has been fighting for the GOP cause for decades and gets frustrated when people continually tell him that he is not a “true conservative” because he disagrees with them on the conservation issue. Rick Buchanan is an incredibly rid and arrogant man who regularly belittles other people. I have found Cameron Jones to be a sore loser, downright dishonest, and truly ignorant. I wouldn’t trust him.
Yes, I am very fond of biblical verses and I think Matthew 7:15-20 is a great verse, in fact, all of Matthew 7 is outstanding. I will put verse 15-20 to good work regarding Buchanan, Jones and their cohorts, I think it apples very well. As does Matthew 7:1-2, 3-5, 13-14, 21-23, and 24-28. I also recommend James 3:13, which states, “Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.” We could all do better at this.
The Truth Will Set You Free – You touch on a few subjects here so let us break them down into coherent topics.
FCRC Leadership – We have all been disappointed in the leadership of the FCRC and are tired of the shenanigans that go on with the FCRC. I have watched them for a little over 10 years now. Little has been done to attract Republicans but they seem hell bent on getting as many Democrats as they can into the party. How in the world you give to the Terry McAuliff campaign or bundle for the campaign and then call yourself a Republican I will never understand. How on earth you can give 60%, 70%, or 80% of your donations to Democrats (or Democrats posing as Independents) and call yourself a Republican I will never understand. Humbly I submit that if you are supporting any Democrat or Democrat-lite candidate against a Republican with financial support then you are not a Republican and you do not wake up the month after this behavior and suddenly believe you are a Republican. Go ahead and call me a purist, but the Pope is not a Jew and there is no way someone who supports the Democrats is a Republican no matter how much you massage it. And then to remove longstanding dues paying members in violation of the FCRC bylaws just to get even for losing your appeal to the SCC is unforgivable. Failing to process an application of a new member because they were seen at a meeting with Mr. Jones is despicable. Raising the dues instead of raising the membership numbers is elitist.
CareNet Donations – I think the proof is in the pudding. A large check was presented to CareNet as the proceeds from the event. Since the event was not put on by CareNet, the money went to the event organizer who then cut a check to CareNet for the proceeds. I have personally spoken to one of the donors and he had no question about where the money went nor had any qualms that the checks were made out to the event organizer instead of CareNet directly. The same can be said of the RPV and RNC who have also collected funds in their name and donated proceeds to charities. For that matter there are numerous County level committees that do the same thing.
Jim Rich – I don’t know the man personally but I have read a lot of negative press about him lately. If only one tenth of what is posted here is true, it is reprehensible behavior at the least. It sounds more like a spoiled child rather than a leader of the Republican Party. I cannot believe that there are others in the FCRC that want someone like this affiliated with the FCRC in position or even in name only. How petty that you try to spoil a fund raiser for an organization with principles aligned with the Party by providing false or even misleading information. There never should have been a call from Mr. Rich and if he wants to outshine others then he should do it by organizing his own fund raising event or give some of his own money.
Scripture – Matthew 18 does say some interesting things, one of which is “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you.” So we can expect the FCRC to cut off the hand or foot that causes them to sin? Maybe I was taught different, but in my Christian teachings we were taught we would forgive the sinner but not the sin. So while we may forgive the miscreant we should not condone or approve of efforts to keep a charitable organization from doing God’s work and keeping babies from being killed.
Bottom line here, we have individuals purporting to be Republicans who are actively recruiting Democrats to join the Party and acting in dishonest and reprehensible ways. Enough with the establishment hacks who just want to run things at any cost. Start living by the Republican creed and start doing the right things. If not, then leave the party and stop embarrassing us with shenanigans. Don’t cast dispersions on those who call out reprehensible behavior, start with the original sin and stop that behavior first.
I think it is great when folks make statements like “we have all been disappointed in the leadership of the FCRC and are tired of the shenanigans that go on with the FCRC.” It is like we all live in a socialist little world where everyone thinks the exact same thing. While I don’t agree with everything that the FCRC has done over the years, they certainly have done a fine job holding back the Dems. Granted, the county has been historically very conservative, so it has not been too hard. Unfortunately, that is changing with new folks moving into our little slice of heaven, so I hope the FCRC lays the groundwork to build the party. I wonder which method will work, the Tea Party faction of alienating everyone who doesn’t agree with them 100% or Reagan’s idea of the GOP being a big tent. Now, I am sure that I am not a “true conservative” because I mentioned Ronald Reagan’s name and we all know that Reagan was a Democrat at one time and he would not be welcome into the FCRC by you, Buchanan, Fitzgobbons (I actually don’t think he is a Republican), Jones, or Madge. Also, I have never given Terry any money or bundled for him. I just don’t have those kind of funds, but if I did, they would go to the Republican nominee.
So, lets drill deeper and see if your theory about donating to Democrat means that you are not a Republican. What would mean that Ronald Reagan is not a Republican, correct? According to your statement, even if someone had a life altering experience (Like Gary Sinise for example) and started to support the GOP, he would not be a Republican in your book because he had donated to Democrats in the past. Why stop with just Democrats? wouldn’t an individual who gave money to a Libertarian or independent, when there is a Republican, mean that they are not a true Republican?
As to your comment, “Go ahead and call me a purist, but the Pope is not a Jew and there is no way someone who supports the Democrats is a Republican no matter how much you massage it,” I tend to think that is very legalistic, especially when you use the religious reference. I would hate to think of a church saying that they will only accept people who have never sinned, my guess is there would be no churches.
If you don’t know Jim Rich, I would encourage you to call and talk to him instead of listening to a rumor mill (which makes you a sinner and would exclude you from membership in my new church, because we don’t allow sinners).
Regarding your biblical reference, I would like to channel a little Piper, an organization cannot “sin,” only individuals sin. Further, the problem with your statement “forgive the sinner, but hate the sin” is that it is misleading because it implies that God doesn’t hate the sinner, which isn’t true. God does hate sinners, just look a Psalm 5:4, “You are not a God that delights in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell in you, the boastful shall not stand in your sight; You hate all evil doers.” Or you can look at Psalm 11:5, “The Lord tests the righteous, but the the one who loves violence His soul hates.” So, it isn’t true to give the impression that God doesn’t hate the sinner. God’s wrath is real, it isn’t something he pours out on people he approves of, He infinitely disapproves of sinners. Sin, by its nature, is the manifestation of anti-God behavior because of sinful hearts and being in hearts, it has to be in people. Sins do not suffer in Hell, sinners suffer in Hell. I mean, how do you punish a sin? You can’t, God punishes the sinner. Here is the paradox – God hates AND loves at the same time. John 3:16 -“God So loved the world…” Love and hate are simultaneous as God looks upon hateful, rebellious, wicked sinners. Here is the critical point you need to understand, hate and love both have two meanings each; hate can be an intense loathing of a quality or it can be the intense intentionality to destroy. Likewise, love can be a intense delighting in a quality or it can be an intense intentionality to bless, even despite the presence of sin or unsavory quality. So, we have to ask if the hatred mentioned in the Bible is the intense loathing of a quality of a person or is it also the intent to destroy. there are differences. It you look in Malachi 1, you would see an example of the latter and there are verses in Pslams that refer to the former. It is the same with God’s love, it moves Him to save millions of people who are otherwise loathsome to Him. If we don’t understand that God finds us hateful and loathsome in our sin, we won’t be stunned by what love is. God saves millions of people who are loathsome to Him UNTIL He saves them, which makes salvation amazingly more than we can comprehend. When He saves us, He transforms us, so that He loves us with the intent to bless us. So, I would encourage you use the more accurate phrase “God hates the sin and the sinner,” realizing that he loves at the same time.
As for forgiveness, have your really forgiven Jim Rich? You call him a miscreant in the same sentence where you say he should be forgiven.
So the bottom line is that we have people in the party who are working to bring voters, that are unhappy with the Democrats and are looking for other options, into the Republican Party. I agree – enough with the Tea Party establishment at the RPV and in the local units who just want to run things at any cost. Lets start living by the the biblical creed found in Mark 12:31, “love your neighbor as yourself.” After all, what is more important, politics or living a life like Jesus?
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This doesn’t pass the smell test. It shows how the Tea Party McCarthyists in Fauquier blatantly disregard the truth in their pursuit of power. My question is this, all checks for this event had to be made out to “Friends of Cameron Jones” – not to CareNet directly. My question is, where is the accountability? How does anyone know that the money they gave to “Friends of Cameron Jones” did go to CarNet as promised? There is not safeguard that all the money that went into the “Friends of Cameron Jones” account did go to CareNet.
As for the FCRC doing very little for the community in the last few years – lets be honest and admit that they FCRC has been in turmoil because the people who lost the election for chairman last year have done everything in their power to usurp the winners and seize control. With the election being overturned by Eric “I will start a new party if Bush is nominated” Herr and his cronies in the 1st District, the Tea Party Establishment at the RPV backing them up (completely disregarding the Party Plan in the process). If the FCRC could focus on building the party instead of continuing to battle the losers of last year’s elections, you would see a lot of progress on this front.
Is Jim Rich perfect? No. Does he make mistakes? Yes, he does. Maybe Rick should harken back to the Christian principles (if he is a Christian, I don’t really know if he is, but his actions would suggest not) outlined in Matthew 18 and talk to Jim Rich directly instead of posting his hatred to a blog.
Hmmm….Let’s see it’s Jim Rich and his group that decided to sue the RPV since they didn’t get the ruling they wanted from the RPV, which found that party rules WERE NOT followed to make sure ONLY Republicans voted in the FCRC elections. So who’s wasting time and money here!?!
Hmmm… They did it because the RPV choose to intentionally violate their own bylaws. While they are a private group, they did decide to incorporate in Virginia, which means that they have to follow certain rules.
And who said anything about wasting time and money? I don’t think anyone did.
Please be teaching those kids critical thinking skills!!
Author’s note: At the March 10th meeting, I told the same story to the Fauquier County Republican Committee with Jim Rick in attendance. I thought the matter over until I received a call from pregnancy resource center informing me Mr. Rich had again called. This time, just as before, he warned of their tax exempt status being jeopardized be me speaking in public about the incident. Hence the even more public letter. Note to Jim Rich – leave them alone.
Apologies for the mispelling. Jim Rick should be Jim Rich, just to keep the record straight.
Hey Rick – Instead of telling Jim Rich, via a blog and letter to the editor, why not call him directly? His number is in the phonebook or can be looked up online.
And if he does’t “leave them alone,” what are you going to do? your empty threats are pathetic.
I take it you were at the event that evening then? I sure hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
The facts of the matter are that many people wrote checks directly to Care Net, both prior to and the night of the event. This was wonderful!
These donations were every bit as welcome as those to ‘Friends of Cameron Jones’.
Care Net collected several hundred dollars that night through donations of those who attended, many of whom were simply invited to come out for an evening with Ken Cuccinelli and other like-minded Republicans, but generously opened their hearts and their wallets that evening.
I would be happy to show anyone who supported the event by writing a check to ‘Friends of Cameron Jones’, a full accounting of how the money donated through FOCJ was spent because I kept a record of every penny collected and spent. Actually, I anticipated skeptics like you to rise out of the dark and lonely place that must be their homes.
Truther, did you write a check to FOCJ for the event? Would you like to? It’s not too late, and I would be happy to take it to Care Net personally!
It would actually be a very uplifting experience for you to give something to such a worthy organization. Might bring a little sunshine into your life and we all know how cleansing sunshine can be.
Of course, if you didn’t donate to FOCJ for the event, then you will simply have to trust me like my friends do.
Speaking of friends, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of them once again. They donated most generously to make the event a success!
For your benefit, and that of other readers who may wish to know, I will say this; the only expense that came from the funds donated to FOCJ was the cost of the venue.
Mr. Buchanan and I paid for all the incidental expenses. Together we donated over $600 along with a whole lot of time and effort to organize the event, raise the money, and make phone calls and personal contacts to get people to come out to the event.
It takes a lot of work to put on an event like this, and it doesn’t happen overnight. That is how strongly we felt about making this event a success, and raising money for this vital organization.
I am very proud that we were able to hold this event, and in the process provide an organization such as Care Net with some much needed funding. It was also gratifying to see so many Fauquier Republicans come together for a common cause.
Ultimately, FOCJ also donated a few dollars to round up the donation to $5,250 which we presented to Care Net. This was over twice what they had originally expressed a need for.
In the end 150 people saw it as a worthy cause, and had an enjoyable evening in the process. None of them have asked for their money back.
Hi Cameron! How are you today? I hope you are doing just great!!
Unfortunately I was not at your “Friends of Cameron Jones” as I never received an invitation. If I had received one, I would have been happy to attend.
Can I ask, who is in charge of the “Friends of Cameron Jones” account? Are you?
It is very interesting to me how individuals like you profess to have a spiritual faith, but then you make comments like, “Actually, I anticipated skeptics like you to rise out of the dark and lonely place that must be their homes.” Because I ask valid questions, I must be rising out of “the dark and lonely place that must be their homes?” Can you tell me, biblically, how that is okay to say? Especially when what we are talking about is just politics.
I did not write a check to your group for for the event, nor would I like to. My wife and I donate monthly to CareNet. We like to support the training of Crisis Pregnancy Coaches and helping purchase ultrasound equipment. Now, we not only support the Warrenton center, but we also support Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center, The Northwest Center, CareNet in Manssass, and Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center. And while it is an uplifting experience to donate to such a great organization, I don’t do it for personal gratification – I do it to save the lives of the unborn.
It is so good to see you patting yourself on the back so much for doing such a bang up job on the event. I have also seen your friends praising you in letters to the editor and on that blog you own. I guess getting praise for what you do is an important component to why you do it. Personally, I like doing things anonymously.
As for the 150 people who attended, the Fauquier Times said there were only about 70-80 people (I forget the exact number. It is interesting that there is such a discrepancy in how many people attended. I wonder why?
Oh, well. Cameron – I hope you have a super day!
I attended the event in question and it was a beautiful evening. As a Care Net volunteer and regular donor I was pleased to find yet another reason to support this great organization. It was fitting that Ken Cuccinelli, a Care Net banquet speaker a few years ago, was the main speaker this recent night because his heart is with this organization. In fact, his passionate message on that earlier occasion prompted me to become involved in supporting his candidacy for governor. I do not remember to whom I wrote my check at the recent event, but I have full faith that the proper funds were disbursed as promised. My personal knowledge of the complete integrity of Cam Jones, Rick Buchanan and other parties involved would suggest nothing less.
Thanks for calling out Mr. Rich; it is long overdue.
Buchanon is spot on. Time to end the reign of terror in F’kr once and for all. End the corruption and extortion and the PECKER Gangster mafia. The old hit jobs these old timers have been doing to hurt innocent people are not gonna happen again. They have lost all credibility and are completely irrelevant. Send them packing to North Korea. They’ll be right at home.
PS: Contact the Virginia Bar Association and make a formal complaint as well as the Attorney General.
A complaint to the Virginia Bar Association about what? Freedom of speech?
Having worked with Mr. Rich in the past on other issues, and knowing Mr. Jones through our blogging alliances, I’m interjecting that Mr. Buchanon is on point in his observations.