It is with a mixture of regret and anger that Part 2 is posted. See, this series never should have been posted. However thanks to the tawdry Nixonian/Clintonian tactics of a member of the 6th Congressional Committee, I feel it my duty to post this about Mr. Craig Storrs – a man who got into Republican politics for the noblest of reasons, but has proven himself to be little more than a charlatan.
Late yesterday afternoon, the Bearing Drift posted an article written by Mr. Storrs. Sadly the article is full of nothing but half truths and some really big whoppers. The lies in his BD piece start with the title “Majority of Sixth District Committee Votes to Not Support Ben Cilne”. If Mr. Storrs had been at the fundraiser for Ben Cline in Rockingham on the 25th, he would have seen multiple Dunbar supporters from Shenandoah County there in support of Ben Cline. He also would have seen yours truly, there to support a man who I have known for many years and am proud to call my good friend and next Congressman, Ben Cline. And Mr. Storrs also would have noticed that I donated several hundred dollars, so make sure to purchase fundraising tickets so that friends of mine in Shenandoah County could go and meet our next Congressman, Ben Cline. Also for the record, unlike what Mr. Storrs seems to be peddling, I will be running Ben’s campaign in the North part of Shenandoah County. And for the record, every member of the 6th Congressional District GOP Committee is fully 100% on board with getting Ben Cline elected to Congress.
So the headline is false or as our President would say, Fake News.
In yesterday’s Part 1 of this story, I explained in great detail why I made my vote. And I also explained the fallacies of the arguments posted by some members of the 6th District Committee. What Mr. Storrs conveniently forgot to mention in his BD article was the following: earlier this week, I reached out to Mr. Storrs to see if there was any way we could put this issue to bed. We spoke on the 26th of June at about 10 am. I had initiated the call and Mr. Storrs called me back and when we talked it was very pleasant. I explained the reasons for my vote – and he did the same. Craig explained to me that in his opinion it was premature to hire a lawyer. I offered my rebuttal, and after some more back and forth, I asked him if we could work out something mutually beneficial to all parties considered. I offered the concept of having Craig Storrs – being the Central Region Vice Chair of the District, going to RPV and getting a letter signed from John Whitbeck stating that RPV would guarantee legal counsel for the 6th District Committee, and Mr. Sayre, Mr. Al Tucker, and Mr. Hud McWilliams. And that this be the Counsel of their choice. He agreed at first, and then hemmed and hawed, stating that RPV may be interested in paying for legal counsel, but not for the counsel of their choice. I asked him to do his best to make sure it was the counsel of the potential defendant’s choice – and Craig said he would do what he could. I told Craig I would move heaven and earth to get the people who either wrote or voted for the motion on board. It is important for multiple reasons that Mr. Sayre, Tucker, and McWilliams remain with their current counsel. See, their replies to the FEC are due in a couple of weeks, and to have another firm start the case halfway through would be detrimental to their getting a fair shake from the FEC. Doing so would also keep costs down.
I then suggested to Craig that we would all work better together if we kept the hysteria down on Facebook or Twitter a bit. He agreed and reminded me we have all been guilty of this. Assuming he meant me, I agreed that each of us has spiked the football one too many times (myself included), and we should consider toning down our enthusiasm. I thought I had a willing and able negotiating partner. Mr. Storrs being a former legislative aide for Delegate Mark Berg seemed to give him the perfect resume in my opinion to make a deal to make the Committee work better and in more harmony. I had also told Craig Storrs that a TBE piece had been written explaining my vote, but that I would hold off on having it published, to see if he could work with me.
At 1 PM, I spoke to several of the 6th District Committee members who supported the motion, and to a person they all agreed that if this deal could be made, that they would agree to back off and release the funds. I called Craig to let him know that I had kept my end of the bargain. He did not answer his phone, and so I left a message for Craig to call me.
So imagine my surprise when late last night, on social media there is an article written by Craig Storrs calling everyone who voted for Ken Adams’ motion anti Ben Cline.
Either Mr. Storrs could not deliver as he promised, or he was put up to this to score cheap political points. Given the fact that he is trash talking on social media about this and about how all the “Dunbar/Sayre” people are trying to destroy the party – best guess is he broke the deal to score cheap political points and/or curry favor from certain persons. And it’s also obvious that Mr. Storrs has not learned much from his time in Richmond. In Craig’s BD piece, he accuses Ken Adams of having orchestrated the entire meeting and then states that Committee Anne Fitzgerald acted as a proxy for her husband who could not attend and had a proxy for herself.
Assuming for argument’s sake that Ken Adams did plan out the motion in advance – so what? Don’t they do similar things in Richmond or Washington DC? And Craig Storrs’ issue with Anne Fitzgerald being a proxy for her husband is ludicrous. There is nothing in the bylaws that prevents someone from carrying the proxy of a spouse if that person is already on the Committee. And if there was, Craig was free to object then. But he did not. Meaning that Craig Storrs is really just sorry that 20 people disagreed with him on an issue and his side lost and he can’t handle that. And there was talk inside the meeting about having a 3rd person be a member of the “ad hoc committee” – and that person could have been Jennifer Brown and I would be willing to wager paycheck to paycheck that would have been acceptable to Ken Adams and most of the rest of us who supported Ken’s motion.
Craig is right to appeal this to the RPV SCC since he does not like the outcome. That is the right way to handle the situation. SCC will likely be the final determining factor in who is right or wrong here. There is a 50-50 shot that Craig’s argument will carry the day at SCC. Assuming that is the case, you won’t see me whining or carping about life being unfair. Sometimes in politics you win, and sometimes you lose. But it’s never a good idea to publicly lie about people you need to work with. They tend to not appreciate it, and lying about others makes it harder to work with them when something needs to get done. Something Craig obviously never learned growing up or in school or real life.
Before I quit drinking back in my mid 20’s, us barflies at Rumors Downtown had a saying. Never defecate (better said if you insert a 4 letter word) where you eat, because it comes back to bite you in the backside (also better if you use a 3 letter word instead). Craig Storrs would be better off to not defecate where he eats, because his antics won’t be easily forgiven, and they will come back to bite him in the posterior.
In his convention speech, Mr. Storrs said that the “District needs to come to work together”. It is quite evident from his actions that his words were little more than drivel meant to impress convention supporters. When in actuality, Mr. Storrs has proven to be little more than the type of person who inhabits the DC Swamp and wants to bring the swamp to the Shenandoah Valley.
May I quote a passage from the Bible here: Hosea Chapter 8 verse 7 says in part – For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.
I would like to also take this time – and it may be hard here for some to accept this as being legitimate – but if there is a person on the 6th District GOP Congressional Committee who wants to seriously work together to handle this issue, my door is open and I can promise you there are good people who want to meet you halfway. This entire issue can be handled in a matter of 48 hours and will ensure that the $30,000 is freed up sooner rather than later. All it takes is a person who can make a few phone calls and isn’t interested in trying to bash others who may disagree with them at times.