Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Mr. Judd,And this from Keith Drake;
I would like to file a formal complaint with RPV regarding Tim Boyer's repeated attacks to discredit our Unit Committee and our properly seated delegation. Mr. Boyer's fraudulent and destructive actions should disqualify him from active participation in the Republican Party of Virginia.
Mr. Boyer has obviously concluded his campaign for 5th District Chairman will fail. In light of this discovery, he has chosen to deploy tactics to try to unseat delegates from counties who have endorsed Tucker Watkins. Although Mr. Boyer has no factual basis to attack these delegations, his repeated attempts to disenfranchise 5th District votes are not only counterproductive to our overall Republican goals, but are in direct opposition of the Principles of the Republican Party.
Clearly Mr. Boyer's actions have shown he is not only unqualified to hold the position of 5th District Chairman, but he has displayed qualities which clearly show his desire to destroy the very County Units which he proposes to lead.
I, and other Unit Chairmen are having to defend ourselves and our Units from Mr. Boyer's fraudulent attacks.
I would like RPV to take action against Mr. Boyer's efforts to disenfranchise Nelson County's Delegation Votes, as well as other counties throughout the 5th District.
Shelby H. Ralston
Nelson County Republican Committee
Rebuttal to False Claims Regarding Albemarle Mass Meeting
Candidate Tim Boyer Refuses to Set the Record Straight
Making false claims about how a local unit conducts its Mass Meeting--without regard to whether the information is correct--unfairly casts doubt on the reputation of that unit. When the person making such false claims is a candidate running for party office, that behavior is shameful.
Tim Boyer--candidate for 5th District Chairman--has made false statements of fact regarding the Albemarle Mass held March 17, 2008. You can read his entire, unedited email below.
Mr. Boyer claims some delegate applications arriving at the 7 p.m. deadline were not accepted, thereby raising the question that some potential delegates may have been excluded. This statement is untrue--all applications received on March 10, 2008 (the date of our delegate filing deadline) were accepted without objection or condition, and only one (not several) were received via fax at 7 p.m.
He also claims two delegates were accepted at the Mass Meeting without having pre-filed any application. Also untrue: no delegates were considered who had not pre-filed. Mr. Boyer should know his statement is false--since he was in attendance at our meeting!
You can see Mr. Boyer's specific, incorrect claims and my responses below.
In Albemarle, we try very hard to be fair to all parties. As such, as the Permanent Chairman of our Mass Meeting, after hearing the report of our certified slate of delegates, I specifically asked if there were anyone else who should be considered as a delegate ("going once, going twice..."). I did so to ensure we had not inadvertently missed anyone. No one responded.
In an email to me, Mr. Boyer indicated his questions regarding Albemarle's conduct were merely "a response to unfounded accusations against *my* campaign." No accusations against Mr. Boyer were made by me, nor on behalf of the Albemarle Republicans.
Mr. Boyer has been provided ample opportunity to set the record straight, but apparently has chosen not to take advantage of that opportunity. Making false claims about activities here in Albemarle serves no useful purpose. Such behavior shows a profound lack of integrity, and is not representative of the type of person we need leading us in the 5th District.
Keith C. Drake, Ph.D.
Former Chairman, 2001-2008
Permanent Chairman, Albemarle Mass Meeting
Specific False Claims by Mr. Boyer
The following excerpt is taken directly from my email to Mr. Boyer on Sunday, April 20, 2008, at 4:00 p.m. Previously, I had requested of Mr. Boyer that he provide the basis for his claims of fact, which I knew to be untrue. He did not provide that information, merely replying instead that his statements were in defense of attacks on his integrity. I will be happy to forward to anyone the entire, unedited email thread--simply reply to this email.
From: "Keith C. Drake"
To: Tim Boyer
Cc: Albemarle GOP Chairman
Subject: Re: FYI
Date: Apr 20, 2008 4:00 PM
Dear Mr. Boyer:
In your original email, you represented you were "put(ting) the facts out before everyone" that "There were two counties this year where events occurred that prevented folks from being delegates."
Regarding Albemarle County, you made the following statements of fact:
1. "Several folks faxed their applications in at the last minute,"
This statement is false.
In fact, at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10, 2008, only a single application was received by fax at the location specified by the Albemarle Mass Meeting call. The transmission of that fax began just before 7pm, but finished just after 7pm. It was my judgment to accept that application. I have three witnesses who were with me at that time who can confirm this information (we even had a brief discussion about what we all thought was fair). They will confirm that your statement
"several folks faxed their applications at the last minute." is false.
2. "(Their applications) were not accepted because the faxes were still coming over the machine at 7 pm."
This statement is false.
In fact, since there were not multiple faxes -- as you claim -- there was no possibility to not accept them. Again, I have three witnesses who can confirm this information.
3. "Two folks asked to be elected as delegates, although they had failed to pre-file their applications at all"
This statement is false.
Two people pre-filed their application one day late, on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, and those were the two that were accepted at the mass meeting by unanimous consent. I have a separate witness who can confirm the receipt of those applications well before the mass meeting.
Being the Chairman of the Fifth District Committee is a great honor and a great responsibility. It takes a commitment of time and resources. It takes experience and the willingness to travel many times over long distances to get the job done. I have done it in the past and want, with your help, to do it again.
We will have challenges his year and next like we have never faced before. With Virgil’s extremely liberal opponent raising more money than anyone in the past, we will face attacks of negativity in volumes that we have not ever seen before. Add to that the tens of millions that Mark Warner will reach into his own pocket for and the possibility that Virginia may be a contested state in the national election and this is a year that could be, without proven committed leadership, a disaster.
2009 could be even more challenging. It will be the year that the Democrats believe they can retake the House of Delegates. I have no question that they are looking right now for someone to oppose and defeat many of our members of the House of Delegates, We cannot let that happen.
In the past ten years while I have been chairman, the Fifth District has been recognized as one that finds and elects solid conservatives to Congress and the General Assembly. I am proud to have been a part of making the Fifth District be recognized as one of the most conservative in Virginia. I have worked to find candidates and am working now to find ones to get more seats in our hands in the fifth district. I have been humbled over the past several months when I have been traveling in the district with the outpouring of support from over thirty current and past unit chairmen and republican leaders who have offered me their vocal support. I hope you will join us because together we can do a great deal more than we have even dreamed of before
Together we have found and elected excellent legislators and through them advanced our Republican agenda. Unlike other parts of Virginia, we have not lost a single seat we have gained in twenty five attempts by the Democrats to defeat our legislators. We have won races in Senate and House districts, never giving one back.
The job of the fifth district chairman is one to get things done. I have worked since I returned from Viet Nam in 1971 in every election and always supported the Republican candidate. For my work I have been recognized as the most outstanding volunteer in Virginia by the Republican Party of Virginia. That award was really one we all earned together.
Frank Atkinson, the best author of books about political history in the past five decades in Virginia, inscribed in the last book he wrote about our history from 1981-2006 , “To Tucker Watkins One of the heroes of this book. Thanks for your dedicated leadership in behalf of Senator Allen, Our Republican Party and our proven principled principles of honest, limited government .” In the book I was humbled at be given credit along with one other person to be the principal people who made it easier for Congressman Goode to become a Republican. There are many others who helped make that happen and I and everyone in this district will always be in your debt.
Through networking with people all over Virginia, I have been able to assist financially in every election we have had a Republican running.
We have gotten hundreds of thousands of dollars of assistance from outside he district. I have hosted a number of events at my home to raise money so that we could assist in local races in addition to the larger ones, something that few congressional districts do.
I have never missed a meeting of the state central committee nor the executive committee, not a convention either state or national, not an advance, nor a gala since being elected chairman. I have averaged over thirty five thousand miles on my car every year going to GOP events. With today’s gas prices that isn’t going to be cheap for the next two years.
I have been fortunate to be asked over the past ten years to take a number of leadership roles within our party. I was selected as the Chairman of the Resolutions committee in 2004 and we wrote the most conservative platform that the Virginia GOP had seen in years. I will serve on that committee again this year and I will only support a strong conservative platform. If you have ideas for items to be included, please contact me.
I don’t like being negative toward an opponent but when there have been clear misstatements of facts in his letter to you, I think you need to know.
Tim says if elected he will have more experience than others elected to be the district chairman. He points to his fifteen years of activity and very short time as a Vice chairman of his local unit.
I started helping republican units in 1971. By 1998, when elected chair, I had thirty seven years years, almost twice what he offers. I now have forty seven years. I had been elected to lead three statewide civic organizations before running for chairman and was recognized by one as one of their most outstanding leaders when they named one of their awards after me.
The only person elected district chair with less experience than Tim would be Donivan Edwards, someone Tim supported. Every other chair I have known since 1971 had vastly more experience.
He says he wants to take the party back to winning again. AGAIN ? The Fifth District has been the most winning district in Virginia in the past ten years. In 2007, I personally assisted in every campaign where we had a challenger and was named as one of the biggest winners in Virginia. Tim was at meetings where assistance was asked for and he never assisted a single contested legislative campaign in any way even those that were close to his home.
He talks about not injecting himself into local unit affairs. He and his brother have a long history of doing exactly that, traveling from county to county to try to oust local chairmen. I have never done that. I work with who the county wants as their leader, not who trying to insert someone who pleases me. Ask those in almost every county that borders on his own if this is true. Right now he is even trying to find some technical way to disqualify people who have been elected by their units to come to our 5th District convention. Doing that will make it impossible to build a district wide team and I call on Tim and Rick to stop and apologize publicly today for these actions.
I am pleased to have over thirty present and past Chairmen and recognized Republican leaders supporting me. You will see emails from all of them in the next few days I am even more pleased that Senator Allen and Jerry Kilgore have also endorsed me and you will see those in the next few days also. That is the foundation for a very strong team for the future
We are not perfect in the district right now. But I have plans to take us to the highest levels in this country. These plans come from talking to the units about what they want, not what I want to impose on them.
- Recruit opponents to oppose Ward Armstrong and Roscoe Reynolds. I have already started doing this and have met with potential financial backers in Martinsille and Henry County.
- Get better voter information in legislative districts where we are most likely to be challenged in 2009. I am already working with members of the legislature and committed College Republicans to team up and make this happen.
- Know all newspapers and bloggers who cover our area so we can get our message out. I have already met with a number of the media in a number of counties. I have attended every blogger conference and all the conservative bloggers know me well.
- Get software in place for every county to manage their membership and allow them to work smarter. I have already been working on this project with highly qualified software writers fin our district for several months now.
- Network with even more people statewide to bring more assets in to fifth district. I was in DC last week to meet with leaders and was at the shad planking the next day. This is already being done
- Assist every unit with a welcome package for new members. Many new members just do not understand what is going on when they join us. Not only do we need to sign up new people but we must keep them. I designed such a package for new members of a statewide civic organization that is still used today twenty years later. I already have the format down
- Bring regular quality training into the district. I have been a certified trainer myself and have attended classes given by the Leadership Institute and many others. I get requests to train every year from organization I have been involved in. I am still going to classes and will attend one this Friday. Not a future idea but already being done.
- Assist local units in planning events to make them more successful. I was the national promotions manager for the 1988 convention of the United states Junior Chamber of commerce. I have been planning and executing events large and small for over thirty five years and have hosted many district picnics at my home. I have already made plans for future events
- Do more cross unit team building in the district. We have taken district trips to see DC and other places in the past and will again. They have brought together people who didn’t know one another at all for the good of the District. We have great assets that we need to share. I already have talked to people in Dc to make a greta trip possible.
- Work with our allied groups. I have already attended meetings and spoken to every College Republican Unit in our district and work with the leadership of the Virginia Federation of Republican Women. I have already spoken to many of their units and have already attended a number of their state wide meetings.
I ask for your support and hope you will join the over thirty present and previous chairmen and recognized leaders who are supporting me.
With the spirit of building rather than tearing down, we can dream and achieve those dreams. I had dreams ten years ago about how we could have successes that others thought impossible. Together, we have made almost all of them come true. Together, united, we can reach out, find great candidates, fund them, elect them, and move a solid conservative agenda forward.
If you want to quickly become a member of this mission. Please let me know with a return email. It can’t be done by one but one can lead a team. I ask for your vote to let me return to lead the best district in Virginia.
2091 Black Walnut Rd.
Randolph, VA 23962
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I am pleased to support and endorse you for Chairman of the 5th Congressional District.
As the current 4th District Chairman, and long time State Central member, I know what it takes to be a successful chairman. The ability to bring people together and the ability to work with others is critical as a district chair; you have these qualities and more. Having a positive view of our party with the foresight to see and the courage to address and fix problem areas speaks to your capacity to serve the 5th District as its chair.
Your wealth of experience and knowledge of the district will serve Republicans well, not only in the 5th District but statewide.
I look forward to working with you and wish you the best of luck!
Jason V. Gray
4th Congressional District Republican Committee
Monday, April 21, 2008
From the Desk of John W. Donaldson
I was recently informed and surprised that Chairman Watkins was being opposed for the Fifth District Chairmanship by a young man from Campbell County. Watkins has considerable support from those in Campbell County for his leadership in candidate searches, encouragement to those choosing to run for public office, and equitable attention to concerns from both wings of the Republican Party. I decided to make some comparisons for my support of the candidates and would have encouraged greater participation from Campbell County to the Fifth District Meeting than the local candidate’s family representing our interests. My comparisons:
1. Instrumental in successful candidate searches for public offices.
2. Participant & leader to State and National Republican Conventions
3. Previous 5th District Chairman who devoted an inordinate amount of time and personal expense to perform the assigned role
4. Has served on election committees for state, national, and gubernatorial candidates.
1. Vice-Chairman of
2. Worked on Rick Boyer’s election to Campbell County Board of Supervisors
1. While I served as Chairman and a member of the Fifth District Committee, bias or persuasion to a particular point of view or candidate was not evident.
2. He sought candidates who could win and encouraged the local units to do the same.
1. As part of the Vice-chairman’s expected role in Campbell County Republican Party membership is a primary responsibility. Membership has declined.
1. For the past year, attendance at the
1. Has faithfully communicated political insight into election statistics.
My conclusion: Chairman Watkins' experience and contacts, both to political candidates and to local units, are critical for Fifth District Representation. In the past, he has shown an inordinate amount of time devoted to what most of us would consider an avocation. I, and I do not think I speak only for myself in
When I moved from the 11th to the 5th District four years ago, Tucker Watkins was one of the many new political activists I met. I have come to know and respect his political expertise, both on policy issues and in grass roots organization. He has provided exceptionally good leadership in the 5th District and has the confidence of many conservatives such as myself. I am therefore very pleased to endorse Tucker Watkins for re-election for Chairman of the 5th District Committee.
Lynchburg Ledger Columnist
I have gotten great comments on the type of positive endorsements written so far and today is no different. But I want to add a little something different today. Four years ago, I chaired the resolutions committee for the State Convention of the Virginia Republican Party. We had some of the best thinkers in the conservative movement serve on the committee and we came to unanimous agreement on a solid set of resolutions in just over a half hour. We did not quibble over the placement of commas but wanted a solid vision of where we as Republicans stood. So today, after the endorsements, I am going to include a couple of those resolutions. I will again serve on the committee this year so if you have comments on the resolutions and think they should be changed or put in again, please let me know. As once was said in a famous song "If you don't stand for something you don't stand for anything.".
There are two blogs who have endorsed me in the last several days. I hope all of you know what they are because they are important ways to communicate with the grassroots and get around the old media who, as we know, often does not tell our conservative story. They are the grassroots media of today and I have been to every bloggers conference held in Virginia. I have learned a lot from the bloggers and I hope you will start reading them as I do. They can be brash and outspoken, they can be harsh, but they are the thoughts of people who care about our party and are not afraid to be out front in our cause. They are the Rush Limbaughs and Sean Hannitys of the written world. I like to compare them to the pamphleteers of Revolutionary war times who led us toward a path of independence and freedom.
From Liberty University, Annie Celoto
The first endorser today is a young lady who I have gotten to know as someone who really cares about our party, our state and our country. Wise beyond her years, she has not only led the largest College Republican Unit in Virginia at Liberty University, but she has worked in a legislators and now a congressman's office (No not Virgil's). She motivated the CR's at Liberty to really get involved at every level of campaigns and every campaign in Virginia sought out the help of her chapter. When they were asked to help, Annie delivered, in every way the campaigns needed. This is another grassroots person whose name you will surely hear from in the future. Her endorsement means a lot to me.
Tucker Watkins has been an outstanding voice for the Republican Party. His ability to reach out to all ages of persons will serve as an invaluable tool when leading the 5th District. He's very resourceful and has a strong desire to help one succeed, he is a team player. I served as the Chairman for the Liberty University College Republicans - the largest College Republicans in the state - and Tucker Watkins reached out to the club by assisting us with the growth of our club, all the while giving us opportunities to become more involved. His passion for service was exemplified through this! His integrity and deep understanding and knowledge is sorely needed to help with the growth of the Republican Party in that state of Virginia. Please join with me in supporting Tucker Watkins!
Chairman, Liberty College College Republicans
ED Early- Charlotte County
I have known Ed for many years. He has served as chairman of the Charlotte County GOP for over twenty years and has served on the State Central Committee for a number of years. His county has regularly returned good numbers for Republicans running for office. It is encouraging to me that Ed, one of the seasoned veterans in our organizations, joins Annie, one of the youngest, in supporting me.
Tucker Watkins has worked tirelessly all around the Fifth District for the Republican Party and Republican candidates. He is a man who can get the job done. I support his ability and efforts to lead the party on its winning course in the future. Please cast your vote for Tucker Watkins for Fifth District Chairman at the Fifth District Convention on Saturday, April 26.
Charlotte County Chairman 20 +years
State Central Member 8 years
One thing one always knows about Bob is that always speaks his mind. He served our country for many years in the armed forces and has been awarded some of the highest recognition for his service that is given. He has served in leadership role after leadership role both in Bedford County and in the 5th District. He has stuck it out when being a Republican was not a popular thing and cares greatly about the future of his home unit and the 5th District.
Tucker Watkins is the only Republican in the Fifth District qualified to Chair the Fifth District Committee. He has a superb winning record, and counts among his friends most of the Republican leadership of the Commonwealth. His opponent touts his position of Vice Chair of Campbell County the reason for any successes that Republican Committee may have had. Gene Smith is the Chair of that County. All successes on his watch are certainly attributable to him.
Also Tucker's opponent calls himself a Reagan Republican. Has he not heard of the Great Communicator's eleventh commandment to not speak ill of a fellow Republican? Tim and Rick Boyer have spent their whole career in speaking ill of, and tearing down those who oppose them. It is ironic that those who wish to keep a winning Republican Party in the Fifth District must also resort to such tactics to defend their winning ways. Reagan would turn over in his grave!
Let us really be honest about it. For what ever reason Tim and Rick Boyer are of the ultra right wing of the party. They think that they should be in control of the Party and everyone else should fall in line and do their bidding They label those who don't agree with them as RINO's (Republican in name only)., and do everything thing they can to force them out of the Party or deny them positions of leadership. There is a fallacy to this thinking. All Republicans subscribe to the Republican Creed. Most Republicans have a deep faith in Christ, support legal immigration, lower taxes, limited government, a strong national defense and are pro-life and pro-marriage. Why then does Boyer discriminate so strongly against those who seek cover in the Republican tent? Invariably, in general elections, Republican candidates who have subscribed to the ultra right phenomenon have gone down to defeat. Think about it. It just cannot and won't be done without the energetic support of ALL Republicans. And that's an indisputable fact.
In spite of the fact that Boyer states we need to get back to our winning ways, WE DO WIN. Some have short memories of the Fifth District accomplishments under Tucker Watkins. When George Allen lost in the State, the Fifth District gave him a great majority. We delivered for Bill Bolling and Bob McDonnell. I don't want to repeat all those great accomplishments of the Fifth district in Tucker's letter. Please read it and you will soon see who we need as the next chairman. His facts are indisputable.
And by the way, what does the Fifth District Chair have to do with policing the scandals in Washington? Tim said he is going to do it. We intensely regret the negative tone of this missive. We don't like our politics to be like this, but we have to counter the half-truths and. plain fluff in Boyer's letter. We are concerned for the Party when individuals with practically single issues can round up people who have no basic interest in the Party and show up at Mass Meetings with just a name for whom they are asked to vote. These people have never been seen at a Republican meeting and will never be seen again for two years. The result can be poor Unit leadership and a lack of grass roots hard working party members. Also we see nothing in Boyer's letter about the War against terror. We should strongly support our President and our troops in harm's way. I am surprised that Boyer does not.
Please, for the sake of our Party cast your votes for, and support Tucker Watkins. He is a Viet Nam Veteran, receiving the Bronze Star, a Patriot, A great Republican and a great leader.
Bob Cranston, current 5th. District Vice Chairman and former 3 term Bedford City/County Chairman
Jack Watts- Franklin County
I met Jack Watts a number of years ago when he was the Vice chairman of Franklin County, Jack has been heavily involved in civic organizations for many years and added that training to his leadership skills in making the Franklin County GOP a winner and a fun place to be.
I am happy to hear that you are running for the District Chairmanship again. I really enjoyed and appreciated your leadership and assistance when you were the District Chairman during my Chairmanship of the Franklin County Republican Committee.
You are well known and respected through out Virginia and our district achieved greater impact and gained more respect as a result of your enthusiasm and leadership. We got a lot done too!
I look forward to your return as Chairman.
Franklin County Republican Committee
Now for the Blogger part
I hope you will again understand these are young people who can be outspoken at times. I don't actually know who this writer is and I don't hand select every candidate. I have lots of help finding good people and I hope you will help me with that in the future.
The Contemporary Conservative
Gotta call it like you see it. After taking a brief break of about nine months, Tucker Watkins, the longtime Chairman of the 5th Congressional District, is again seeking the office of Congressional District Chairman. Tucker previously held the job for ten plus years and he is stepping back into the arena. Presently, there are no other GOP Congressional District Chairman that can singularly reach out to the blogosphere, recruit effective conservative candidates for various local, state, and federal offices, raise money, effectively motivate grassroots activists, train his unit chairmen to do everything they need to do, and he can school damn near everybody on the RPV State Central Committee on any topic. He has sufficient b**** and backbone to back up what he says under any circumstances.I am also pleased to receive the endorsement of the publisher of the Blog, "I'm Not Emeril", Alton Foley. Alton is also the Vice-Chairman of the Henry County Unit.
Tucker's hand selected candidates have whipped those selected and supported by Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, Governor Kaine, Governor Warner, Delegate Brian Moran, Attorney General Mary Sue Terry, former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer, Senator Chuck Robb, Senator Creigh Deeds, Leslie Byrne, et. al. When folks step in the 5th Congressional District for battle, they better bring their A game and a lot of luck to take out the silver haired wolf (who passed the eligibility age for Social Security ten years ago). Tucker has gone toe to toe with the best the liberal Democrats have to offer. At the end of each round, it has been Tucker with his arm victoriously raised in the arena. Tucker Watkins is an old school ass kicker who has the ability to exceed expectations by doing things the old way--building a team, setting goals, and following through, while providing the necessary resources (training, financial, etc.) to empower others for success.
He is a Vietnam veteran, a fiscal and social conservative, and one of the hardest working District Chairman that RPV has ever had. He is the same man on Sunday morning as he is on Saturday night. His principals are unshakable and his political instincts are innate. His political acumen and brutally effective Sun-Tzu influenced strategies are only eclipsed by the congenial "aw shucks country boy" persona that most outsiders use to define him to their peril. RPV, and the 5th Congressional District would be well served with Tucker Watkins back in service to the party. Folks underestimate his skill and abilities to their detriment.
The 5th Congressional District Convention of the Republican Party of Virginia will be conducted on April 26, 2008 at 10:00AM at Hampden-Sydney College. Please attend and vote for Tucker Watkins for Chairman.