This blog made no secret of the dirty, underhanded tactics used by the Republican Party back in 2010 that saw a good conservative Republican undermined in favor of Jaime Herrera. It appears that even though the so called “establishment” that was responsible then is no longer chairing the Clark County Republican Party, the dirty politics against Republicans continues.
Precinct Committee Officers are the backbone of any political party that reach out to neighbors, vote for the party platform and if need be, select replacements if an elected partisan officials cannot complete their term in office.
While we have been pointing out how the Democrat Party has been requiring a lock-step position and it is Republicans that truly are the “Big Tent” party, welcoming diverse views, how disappointing to see the below email forwarded to me that allegedly is seeking to set up a lock-step, one view attitude within PCO’s in Clark County.
Recipient’s information has been removed, but not the senders and party officials connected.
Win your PCO race in ONE DAY — TODAY!
From: Christian Berrigan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Win your PCO race in ONE DAY — TODAY!
ACTION REQUIRED: IMMEDIATELY
EST. TIME TO COMPLETE: 30 – 60 Minutes
Congratulations on your decision to run for PCO, we are grateful to have you with us as we continue to make an impact in our party and our government.
Now that you have taken this important step, you have one opportunity THIS WEEKEND to convince your opponent to voluntarily drop out of the race. We have a very successful way to make this happen with a phone call. Please pay close attention, then make a very nice, friendly and cheerful call ON SUNDAY to see if they will withdraw. This has already worked for David Hedrick and a few others. This does work and can be done. The general idea is to express the fact that YOU are EXCITED about running, and then ask them if THEY are also EXCITED to run. (Many people have been called at the last minute by the establishment and really could care less about running). You expressing YOUR excitement then asking them if they are excited is the KEY.
You can find your opponents contact information by clicking here:
Do not talk about this email. Do not forward this email. Just make your one call to your one opponent and be super nice and cheerful. You want to create a situation where THEY OFFER to withdraw.
Here is how you do your call (be cheerful and excited – smile while you are talking on the phone):
Hi, is (xxxxxx) there?
Hi, my name is (xxxxxx), I live in the neighborhood and I wanted to talk to you because I guess you filed for precinct committee officer? (yes)
Great! Well the reason I called you is I was really excited about running for PCO, and so I filed also, and before I decided what to do I just wanted to find out…. Is this something you’re really fired up about doing too, or did you just file to make sure the seat wasn’t empty, or are you really excited about doing this? How do you feel about running for PCO?
(Many will say they aren’t that interested and if you want to do it that is fine with them. If they say they’re not really that excited and you can do it if you want to, then say this):
Oh, wow, well that’s great! Ok, well guess I could meet you and bring this withdrawal form thing and if you want to sign it, I’ll take it down to elections division tomorrow. Monday is the deadline for that I guess so I’ll just run it down there on Monday. What is the best time to meet you? (set up the meeting for Sunday if at all possible)
If they say no, they want to run, then don’t mention anything about withdrawal forms, just say OK great, well, I just wanted to know how you felt about it, so, I guess let the best person win right? (Just be really friendly and happy and don’t sound like you had a big agenda).
Here is where you can get the form they need to fill out.
When you get your form filled out and signed and dated by the person, then you need to make arrangements with Dan or Christian to get us the form. Please CALL us! Do not just email us! We will take the form down to the elections division on Monday. If you cannot call us or cannot meet us, then go to a Kinkos or Fred Meyer or Safeway on Monday and FAX the form to the elections division.
Elections Division fax number is: (360) 397-2394
The more unopposed races we have, the more we will all be able to concentrate our efforts on the rest! This is our chance to win 20-30 races in one day. Good luck tomorrow, let us know how it goes. This is gonna be fun!!!
Christian Berrigan – 360-546-1364
Dan Poletti – 360-314-2704
This is what is wrong with politics today, too much meanness and extreme positions held and demands for one thought.
People have turned away from politics, voting and public service due to this sort of nonsense and it must stop.
Democrat, Republican, it doesn’t matter. When they become rigid and unmoving, nothing benefits the people and everything begins to collapse, hurting the most vulnerable among us.
Once was the time that people diverse views could argue things out and come to a consensus somewhere in the middle. It seems that can no longer happen and the party in control becomes unmoving, imposing their particular view on everybody.
And, a wholesale encouraging of candidates to call their opponents to try to convince them to withdraw so that those who only share the views of party chairs win the position is just making matters worse.
People have forgotten. Winning isn’t necessarily benefiting the country or the people. If your platform and message are what those still voting appreciate, you will likely win. Only when you are unsure or you know your view is not popular with a majority will you attempt to play in this manner.
I hope any who receive calls to withdraw from their PCO run will tell the caller to go to hell.
FOLLOW UP POSTS: CCGOP Digs Themselves in Deeper