GOP State Central Committee member and tea party leader Travis Witt penned some very frank comments regarding some of the shenanigans underway across the state. Read it all below:
Where is the condemnation?
As a member of the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee, l am learning that some Republicans resemble chameleons. The Republican Creed of Virginia is ignored. The carrot of power is sought as principle replaces pragmatism. Honesty is not their best policy. Giving or raising money covers a multitude of sins. Is $15,000 enough penitence for Bolling’s return? “Can’t we all get along now?”
Criticizing a Republican’s unethical behavior is shunned, unless condemnation is directed at one more conservative than you. “Don’t criticize a Republican.” When the six point message of our creed is rejected to secure power, there will be no participation in kumbaya moments around Republican campfires; I cannot “just get along.”
Hundreds of “happy campers,” attending Virginia Beach’s Big Tent meeting for the first time were purged for power. Eric Cantor’s Young Guns destroyed years of coalition building. Where did Cantor’s “Fledgling Firearms” secure their “basic training” – Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove, Amelia Island?
A Freedom of Information Act request for Campbell County email addresses was used to tell employees that Republican extremists would eliminate their jobs if they did not participate in the Republican mass meeting. “Sign the loyalty oath; it doesn’t matter.” Democrats helped eliminate convention delegates, including the candidate seeking chairmanship of the 5th District and a House of Delegates member. Parliamentarian for the evening’s festivities was Mike Thomas, Vice Chair of the State Central Committee, Mr. Slating 101, and one of Cantor’s Big Three.
Cantor disenfranchised voters, promoted divisiveness Virginia Congressional districts, and violated the principles that define Virginia’s GOP. Where is the condemnation from Republican Party leadership, State Central, US Congressmen, Virginia Senators or House of Delegates? Is winning at any cost ever acceptable? Have money and retribution silenced the statesmen and hindered the penman? Why are leaders blind, deaf, and mute to Cantors’ destruction of our Big Tent message?
Should we ignore the obvious because of Cantor’s position? No one is that important – no one. Cantor’s behavior mocks leadership. The Virginia Beach and Campbell County tomfooleries ridiculed principled leadership. Cantor is not principled. He needs no power.
My message as State Central Committee member to all Republicans, remove Eric Cantor from office. Eric Cantor has instigated dissent in Virginia. To every Republican leader in Virginia, condemn Cantor’s behavior. Places of prestige are not more important than positions of principle. Silence is complicity.
A Cantor defeat on June 10th sends a message that deplorable and divisive behavior, even by the House Republican Majority Leader, is unacceptable. Help make phone calls or knock doors on Saturdays in the 7th. Principled Republicans must win; Cantor’s Big Tent evictions lose. Anyone who believes otherwise ignores history or worships at the church of R.
Success is fleeting when power and purse trump foundational principles. Principles ultimately prevail over power when principled people remain principled. Long term success is secured when Republicans reject Eric Cantor. The best time to start the appropriate and proper purging is June 10th.
Rev. Travis E. Witt
Fifth District Representative
Republican Party of Virginia
State Central Committee