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Va 10th Congressional District Republicans

Virginia's 10th Congressional District Republicans support our Congressman Frank R. Wolf in his efforts to improve the lives of not only his Va 10th constituents, but those of all Virginians and all Americans. Join us here to discuss issues concer

Website: http://Vagop10.org
Location: P.O. Box 92, Mclean, VA 22101
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Comment by Kenneth Vaughn on March 16, 2010 at 12:20am
I feel if my name is going to be used, I should respond. First, an introduction. I am the organizer of the Northern Virginia 912 group. I would describe my political views to be largely in line with Ann Coulter's comment: I agree with Ron Paul on everything except national security. Obviously, among the two mainstream parties, the Republican Party should be my natural home.

I am also working on the Jim Trautz campaign. Some have called our effort "sophomoric". I believe it is fair to say that the Trautz campaign is inexperienced in the political games and convoluted systems that the parties have established to protect incumbents; if that makes us sophomoric then so be it. But I find it disturbing that this is repeatedly the type of attack that we have run into within the Republican Party. We have yet been questioned on one single substantial issue, instead we are attacked because we dare question Frank Wolf; that we don't do things the right way, etc.

In fact this is why so many people avoid being members in either political party. Many of us view both mainstream parties as being devoid of any moral fiber and are more interested in protecting their guy than standing for principles. Unfortunately, over time, this becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. As more principled people abandon the party, the party becomes more heavily dominated by partisans - thereby further alienating the principled voters.

I believe the 912/Tea Party/Patriot movement provides an opportunity to correct this. However, many have entirely misunderstood this movement, due in part to the MSM, but also due to entrenched partisans who like to disparage such movements as they see them as threats to their power.

You must understand that the Patriot movement did not start with Obama - it started long ago and grew over time. However, for me and for many people, the straw that broke the back of the camel was the passage of TARP. President Bush accurately portrayed this as "abandoning the free market" and I decided to abandon anyone who voted for what I believe was the most flagrant violation of the Constitution in my lifetime (up to that point in time). Frank Wolf voted for this atrocity and therefore I decided to abandon him.

At first, I considered running myself; but then I met Jim Trautz. It was clear that the corrupt election system makes it foolish to have two challengers run against an incumbent. The system is not built around the concept of electing the best - it is built around the concept of re-electing those in power. After prayerful consideration, I decided to support Trautz. Jim and I talked about the option of running as a third party candidate or as a Republican - given how damaged the Republican brand name is. However, we both came to the same conclusion - the corrupt system has been designed to make it virtually impossible to win as a third party candidate - and while the R name is tarnished, we both fully support the R platform (more so than the majority of elected Repubs!)

In return for running under the Republican ticket, Jim, his campaign, his family, and most of his campaign staff have been repeatedly attacked with lies and portrayed as somehow damaging to the Republican Party. This is disgraceful and is quite effective at alienating those in the Patriot movement. It is for this very reason that I have not joined the Republican Party - the corruption within the establishment is not something that I wish to have my name associated with. While there are many Republican Party members that I have respect for; the more power they have, the less I have any respect for them.

With that in mind, it has been suggested that I made some comment about Lind endorsing Trautz. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even after re-reading the posts that Monk referenced, I am at a lost at how he interpreted them that way - other than reading what he wanted to (and or editing the posts afterwards, which I noticed was done to Lovettesville Lady's post). In fact, at the time the referenced post was written, I had never met either candidate for office. Since then , I met them both, and if Monk had really been in the loop, he would have realized that I sent out an e-mail to the NoVA 912 group indicating that I refused to support either of them. In short, I do not see either candidate being willing to address the corruption issues within the party or doing anything to hold Frank Wolf accountable for the enslavement of our children to $13 trillion of debt. In fact, they both seemed to support the statement made on this site that the primary responsibility of the chairman is to re-elect the incumbent - even during the primary. I find that philosophy to be fundamentally corrupt - even if the candidate was worthy of supporting.

It is corrupt because it builds a wall of protection around those in power, regardless of their actions or votes. This allows those in power to have confidence that they will not bear any consequences for ANYTHING they do - as a result, they know they can get away with anything... until they decide to take a stand and then everyone pounces on them with all of the dirt that they have collected over the years. The end result is you end up with long-term incumbents that are beholden to the party establishment. They jump when they are told to jump - even if that means the enslavement of our children.

The time has come to clean house. If the GOP was wise, it would clean its own house; otherwise it will see increasing number of people, like myself, abandon the party in hopes that the alternative will be so bad that the Republican Party will rise from its ashes. I used to think that the Dems were the problem - I now realize the corruption is the problem.

BTW: An apology from Monk would be nice given that I have previously told him that I did not imply in any way that Lind had endorsed Trautz or that I am in any way associated with the Lind campaign. I find his latter suggestion to be a personal attack; I do not endorse Lind - nor do I endorse Schmidt.
Comment by The Bulletproof Monk on March 3, 2010 at 9:43am
Because he's all over the net doing exactly that. He's injected nimself into numerous discussions in the blogosphere.
If I were running for a position, and one of my supporters was acting a little more enthusiastically than I cared for -- I'd have someone reach out to him to (kindly) silence/mediate that area of public perception.
Comment by Lyle Beefelt on March 2, 2010 at 5:15pm
I couldn't find Mr. Vaughn on Howie's list of endorsements. Why would you think he speaks for him?
Comment by The Bulletproof Monk on March 1, 2010 at 5:54pm
I'm somewhat comforted to hear that Lind won't go to bat for Trautz. Many are on the sidelines watching to see if that occurs after the Convention.
Comment by The Bulletproof Monk on March 1, 2010 at 5:53pm
"who is feeding you this stuff "
Ken Vaughn was telling anyone who would listen... He's a Trautz supporter, and the whole thread was full of details of how they'd use Lind to coordinate with Ttrautz to end Frank's election hopes.
Hey, if he was mine, I'd have squashed such blatant rhetoric on day one.
Comment by Greg Letiecq on March 1, 2010 at 12:49pm
If Lind was supporting Trautz, I doubt Trautz would be sending out panicky requests for volunteers on resistnet to help him fulfill his petition signature requirements. If he wanted to, Lind could have gotten a few thousand signatures for anyone in just a week, easily. No, I think Trautz' sophmoric campaign problems are evidence that Trautz isn't getting any help from people who have a clue what they're doing. Like him or not, Lind quite evidently knows how to run a campaign and has a strong network of volunteers that can get things done.

My question is who is responsible for floating these rumors around, and why are they doing it? When the jig is up on these smears some folks are going to look awfully foolish and take quite a credibility hit. BPM, who is feeding you this stuff and then leaving you hanging when this turned out to not be true?
Comment by The Bulletproof Monk on March 1, 2010 at 10:16am
Don, Jim Trautz DOES plan a primary contest against Wolf. This is general knowledge. Tom, I hope you are correct that Lind will not assist Trautz. That'll end about as well as the Democrat's current kamikaze descent on heathcare. It may pass with lots of creativity-- but in the end, it'll banish the democrats to dark corners for the remainder of the decade.
Comment by Donald E. Scoggins on February 28, 2010 at 11:13pm
I am confident whatever is finally decided will be in the best interest of the Tenth District. If Frank has no primary opponent he should be in good stead for Nov.

Comment by Tom Whitmore on February 28, 2010 at 10:59pm
Thanks, Don! I am sure they will. There was an omission on the new www.LindforChairman.com website that was causing some concern but has since been corrected. Both announced candidates are committed to re-electing Congressman Frank Wolf and the choice will be about who they think will best represent the interests of the people of the 10th.
Comment by Donald E. Scoggins on February 26, 2010 at 10:01pm
Tom, thanks for creating this network. I am confident the good people of the 10th District will make a sound decision towards electing its next chairman.


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