Matt Collins Needs Our Help!
Earlier this month I reported on the situation happening in the county Republican Party where I live, a perfect microcosm of the larger fight for the heart and soul of the GOP.
To review briefly- after months of internal struggle between the Constitutionalist faction of the party and the group that seems bound and determined to be "the bailout" faction, the bailout people are officially moving to oust the party's First Vice Chairman, Matt Collins, for his outspoken support of Constitutional principles.
And now it gets even better! One of the official reasons cited for the attempted removal of Matt Collins from his post, is his alleged support for third party, Libertarian candidates at the expense of Republican candidates. This is a patently false claim, as Matt has not supported a single non-Republican candidate since assuming his office.
But here's what knocked me out of my seat: As it turns out, according to one of the Davidson County Republicans Party's active members in a recent e-mail, DCRP Chairwoman, Kathleen Starnes actually did support a third party candidate at the expense of a Republican Party candidate- Doug Hoffman in the NY-23 Congressional election!
So she is in fact guilty of violating one of the bylaws that she seeks to remove Matt Collins for violating- when he has done no such thing! Folks, Matt Collins needs our help. Please politely e-mail some of the following officers of the DCRP and let them know that you think actively and vocally supporting the Constitution is no vice, but the very highest duty of the Republican Party and all its members.
If you are not from Tennessee, your voice still matters and can hold sway. It can definitely make a difference to let Nashville's Republicans know that the world is watching and that their actions reverberate throughout their party and country as a whole. If you are from Tennessee, that's even better! Here's the list:
Chairman Kathleen Starnes
Treasurer Jason Keen
Region Chair Kay Brooks
Region Chair Bob Schwartz
Director at Large Diane di Stasio
introduced the measure to remove Matt Collins
Director at Large Tim Lee
Director at Large Anthony Roberts
State Executive Members
Betty Cannon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan James - email@example.com
John Ambrose- firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Cambell - email@example.com
(^ring leader of the movement to oust Matt)
Karen Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org a Nashville City Council Member
Steve Allbrooks email@example.com works for Marsha Blackburn
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney
Tennessee Republican Party Executive Director Charlie Schneider
Tennessee Republican Party Chief of Staff / State Director John Newman
Tennessee Republican Party Vice Chairman Bob Rial