SUMMING THINGS UP IN MY OWN WORDS – NOT REPRESENTING OR REFLECTING THE VIEWS OF ANYONE ELSE BUT ME!
On Tue, Apr 12, 2022 at 15:34, Lisa Parrott wrote:
After experiencing my own little “Miscarriage of Justice,” in real time at last night’s RPDAC (a/k/a DARP—much simpler to say and type) “Candidates’ Night,” I am consciously choosing to respectfully express to you now, in your official capacity as State Party Chair, some things which have been bothering me for quite some time, while honoring and respecting your contribution to this State and Nation, and that is also worthy of the respect I have for your leadership ability and, more importantly, of our cherished friendship. We go a long way back, Steve.
Do we really expect candidates, especially STATEWIDE ones, to be able to drop everything on their busy campaign, work, and family schedules, ON SEVEN DAYS’ NOTICE, to travel across this huge state, especially with today’s high fuel prices, to an event that only lasts about an hour? How many doctors or others professionals do you know who book appointments one week ahead?
Should we really use our voter’s valuable time, when they give up their evening (and sometimes their evening meal), to listen, learn, draw their own conclusions, and at some point HOPEFULLY VOTE, by event organizer “drawing straws,” like a lottery, to see which one speaks first?
Could the ballot order established at the State Convention not be followed in our own candidate forums, as well, to help voters with ballot placement?
Would it not be a better use of a candidate’s time to allow him or her the freedom and flexibility to choose the message THEY feel is best to relay THEIR VISION to their prospective voters, instead of distracting them and wasting everyone’s time with niceties and cute questions about revealing personal secrets about yourself, especially in such crucial times as these?
Voters are CONCERNED; they want CHANGE; they want FACTS; they want SOLUTIONS; they want ASSURANCE that their ELECTED OFFICIALS will actually WORK, FOR THEM, as their public SERVANTS, to make their lives, and those of their children and grandchildren BETTER!
How about “HARD” questions like:
“ON DAY ONE, what will you DO to get New Mexico headed in the PROPER direction?”
“How do you plan to SUPPORT the FAMILY UNIT; support START-UP AND OTHER SMALL BUSINESS; TEACH THE USABLE INFORMATION to our children, youth, and young adults which WILL better prepare them to be RESPONSIBLE, CONFIDENT, INDEPENDENT, ‘ADULT’ CITIZENS, CAPABLE OF CREATING JOBS OR BEING EMPLOYED—instead of simply “GROWN-UP,” PERMANENT “WARDS OF THE STATE?”
At the 2022 State Convention in Ruidoso, an absolutely beautiful, natural, and most hospitable, but MOUNTAINOUS place for our organization to gather, and NOT PARTICULARLY KNOWN for its TECHNOLOGICAL ABILITIES, did we “assume” we could tap into a data collection system that could ACCOMMODATE a thousand “hits” at the same time?
Or perhaps I should first ask, WHAT’S WRONG WITH PAPER BALLOTS AND INK PENS?
WHY, before I had even found a place in the Convention Center to sit to prepare to listen to the various upcoming speakers, or had a chance to simply relax and visit with my friends gathered from various parts of the state, did I HAVE TO “VERY STRONGLY INSIST” to the person handling this RPNM responsibility that my husband’s duly WAS REGISTERED, AND TIMELY PAID PROXY, AND TWICE ACKNOWLEDGED BY RPNM IN WRITING, before it would be GIVEN to me, and FOR HIS VOTE TO COUNT? It was NOT MY PROBLEM if it could NOT BE LOCATED in the RPNM computer system, when I had followed ALL of the very precise instructions given to me while still in Santa Fe, earlier that week?
I personally witnessed countless RPNM members HOLDING PROXIES being turned away from the PROXY TABLES, BOTH TIMES I was there, both BEFORE and AFTER I was forced to go next door to the hotel lobby to print yet ANOTHER copy of same proxy RPNM had TWICE previously acknowledged receipt of?
And WHY was it announced PRIOR to my departure to the motel lobby FOR AN ADDITIONAL PROXY PHOTOCOPY, as I was dubiously instructed to seek the DUPLICATE proxy photocopy previously, the same one previously acknowledged TWICE BY RPNM as RECEIVED, and as MANY other respectful RPNM members waited patiently in line with proxies in hand, was the announcement made by a RPNM OFFICER/RPDAC OFFICER that “(PROXY) REGISTRATION WAS NOW CLOSED SINCE THE SCC MEETING HAD BEGUN.” With all due respect, the people in the proxy line were being “punished” for something over which THEY HAD NO CONTROL!
Could there not have been a SUFFICIENT NUMBER of PROXY PROCESSORS and COMPUTER TERMINALS set up in advance to accommodate the KNOWN number of RPNM proxy holders expected that day, or a longer period of time scheduled into the event calendar to accomplish this very important task in a manner that was respectful of the intellect of those patiently waiting in line;
Perhaps the SCC Meeting COULD HAVE STARTED LATER, out of RESPECT, and/or to at least give the “appearance” of TRANSPARENCY for their fellow Republicans, who paid hard earned dollars to get there from all over the state, and/or who bore the additional expense of staying overnight in the beautiful resort accommodations for the privilege of PARTICIPATING in the PRIMARY CANDIDATE SELECTION PROCESS LEGITIMATELY, and in a RESPECTFUL, PROFESSIONAL MANNER?
I attended to protect the voting rights of myself and my husband only.
Last night, as with Ruidoso’s “EMERGENCY” ballots, someone must have arbitrarily decided either that:
(A) Our REPUBLICAN State Supreme Court and State Court of Appeals Candidates are apparently NOT IMPORTANT ENOUGH to have their NAMES and THE DESIGNATION OF THE OFFICES THEY ARE SEEKING printed onto the “CANDIDATES NIGHT program;”
(B) New Mexico must NOT have had ANY INTEREST EXPRESSED, by ANY CANDIDATES, in UPHOLDING our State Constitution, or the Rule of Law, or to run for SUPREME COURT OR COURT OF APPEALS? Nothing could be further from this truth!
CAN WE BE SURE THESE KNOWLEDGEABLE AND HARDWORKING CANDIDATES SHOW EVEN SHOW UP ON THE PRIMARY BALLOT IN JUNE, WHEN WE’VE BEEN SO LACKIDASICAL IN PRINTING THEIR NAMES ON THE PREVIOUS DOCUMENTS, IN ORDER at the very LEAST TO ALLOW VOTERS to FAMILARIZE THEMSELVES WITH THESE VERY IMPORTANT, BUT MOSTLY “OVERLOOKED” JUDICIAL CANDIDATES, THEIR NAMES, AND THEIR OFFICES SOUGHT?
Is what these men and women WILL DO, ONCE ELECTED, not WORTHY of a small amount of black ink on a piece of paper, or bytes stored on a computer chip somewhere?
Could a DESIGNATED SPOKESPERSON for these candidates not have BEEN NOTIFIED in time to have traveled here Monday night, to speak on their behalf to the room FULL of potential REPUBLICAN VOTERS who were WILLING to LISTEN, LEARN, RECOMMEND, and WISELY CHOOSE HOW TO VOTE?
At the very least, if there was no spokesperson available to speak FOR them Monday night, do these four men and women not deserve the SAME RESPECT and DIGNITY as any other Republican candidate on the ballot, and have the same right to basic sight/name recognition on all party documents listing “Current Candidates?”
Moving forward, once again, to ”real time.”
Monday night, I was a duly authorized representative, or “surrogate,” of three current New Mexico Republican candidates, ONE of whom currently holds a VERY important elected office; ALL of whom spent THEIR valuable time to prepare THEIR statements, and took the time to send them to me in a timely fashion, on VERY SHORT notice, for me to be able to read them, on their behalf, AT THE GRAPEVINE, as their schedules had very important professional and family conflicts which could not be “cleared” in the WEEK’S TIME THEY WERE GIVEN TO LEARN OF THIS EVENT!
At my urging, these same candidates, or in one case the staffer, EACH contacted an appropriate person representing RPDAC, to say I was AUTHORIZED to read their statements, in their absence last night.
AT THE END OF THIS “CANDIDATE’S NIGHT” EVENT, I WAS “0 FOR 3” IN BEING ALLOWED TO THESE STATEMENTS, for SOME GREAT candidates who ONCE AGAIN, had followed the rules, BUT INHERITED THE SHORT END OF THE “ELECTION STICK.”
EVEN SADDER is the fact that through no fault of their own, because they, also, followed the rules, ONCE AGAIN, an entire room full of VERY INTERESTED and CONSCIENTIOUS Republican voters, who had undoubtedly rushed straight from work, or hurriedly eaten their dinner (half of mine is STILL in our “frig” this afternoon) HAD LEARNED NO NO INFORMATION ABOUT THESE THREE VERY STRONG, VERY IMPORTANT, AND UNOPPOSED REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES, AND THEIR PLANS FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICES THEY SEEK!
WHILE ON THE SUBJECT OF FOOD, there was a wonderfully clean, possibly even brand new(?), and apparently “family-owned and operated,” FOOD VENDOR TRUCK parked just outside The Grapevine’s Courtyard walls. I observed one, or possibly two of this family’s children appearing to be doing homework in or near this very beautiful new food truck, which was undoubtedly a costly business endeavor.
I thought the Republican Party was the party of “small business.” I hope this family even cleared enough last night to cover the cost of their supplies and fuel.
What sort of message did the children in this family receive as they sat on the trailer steps doing homework while most of us “good Republicans” walked past without stopping?
We were told TWICE, IN WRITING, by the RPDAC event information page, that there would be NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES at this event!
Had I known there would have been a food truck there last night, I would have happily purchased some food and a beverage from this wonderful family to support their business venture, and have an opportunity to eat supper!
These parents are setting such a WONDERFUL example for the family’s children, about PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, RULE KEEPING, AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY AS YOUR REWARD; exactly what I thought Republicans were all about!
I made a couple of trips to my truck throughout the evening to grab my cell phone, and to bring in yard signs, each time leaving my purse INSIDE the event center with a friend, in order to be able to carry something back inside the building with me.
I felt so GUILTY and INCONSIDERATE about not supporting this wonderful, friendly, clean, and respectful family business endeavor, that on my last “errand,” that I stopped and apologized to the very courteous father, that the reason I had not purchased anything from his family business was because we were told MULTIPLE TIMES, IN WRITING, that there would be no food or beverage available.
COULD THIS CHANGE IN CIRCUMSTANCE WITH THE EVENT NOTICE NOT HAVE BEEN UPDATED, THE SAME WAY AS THE CANDIDATE RESPONSE WAS? MORE FOLKS MIGHT HAVE ATTENDED HAD THEY REALIZED THEY COULD HAVE PURCHASED THEIR SUPPER ON LOCATION.
Co-incidentally, one of the three candidates I was to have assisted WAS LISTED on the Candidate Night notice’s “update” as being “REPRESENTED BY A SURROGATE,” (ME!).
IF this candidate’s name WAS, in fact, called during one of my two VERY BRIEF trips to my truck, in the outer parking lot last night, SINCE RPDAC ACKNOWLEDGED, IN WRITING, THERE WAS A SURROGATE FOR THIS CANDIDATE, AND KNEW WHO THE CANDIDATE TOLD THEM HIS OR HER SURROGATE WAS (ME), WHY DID NO ONE EITHER NOT CALL OUT MY NAME, PHYSICALLY WALK THE DISTANCE OT TWO TABLES TOCOME GET ME, OR CALL OUT THE CANDIDATE’S NAME A SECOND TIME, TO GARNER MY ATTENTION WHEN I CAME BACK INSIDE,PRIOR TO ANNOUNCING THE CLOSING PRAYER AD ENDING THE EVENT???
VERY FRUSTRATING; AS I PUT QUITE A BIT OF TIME INTO PRACTICING THESE STATEMENTS, IN ORDER TO DO JUSTICE TO THESE GREAT CANDIDATES!
While I am clearing my long list of TROUBLING RPDAC (this time NOT CANDIDATE-RELATED!) DISAPPOINTMENTS . . .
When did our party become the party who kicks aside honorable, law-abiding, knowledgeable, and VERY COURAGEOUS PEOPLE, then BAN THEM FROM RPDAC/RPNM EVENTS, AND ALSO EXPEND FUNDS TO PAY “PROFESSIONAL SECURITY AGENTS” to block the entry of upstanding, law abiding RPDAC/RPNM MEMBERS, WHEN THOSE SAME HONEST, DECENT, HARD-WORKING, AND PATRIOTIC AMERICANS—NEW MEXICANS—had used proper Roberts’ Rules of Order to seek an opportunity for REDRESS an issue that must have developed when I was in Southwest Virginia during one of my three, solo, cross-country, eight-month long, 3,400 mile round trips, to deal with my mother’s death and other troubling family issues?
I had also signed a properly executed petition presented to me by a fellow RPDAC member, petitioning for redress between my 2021 Virginia Trips #2 and #3, under my own free will, when it was explained to me that the originators of the petition were only SEEKING TO MEET WITH AND DISCUSS A PROCEDURAL ISSUE with RPDAC officers, and following-up on this transaction by sending an electronic transmission explaining I was not “out to get” the current RPDAC officers’ jobs, only agreeing that parties in conflict should respect each other enough to meet, talk, and try to resolve the situation at hand.
Interestingly, this very business-appropriate action on my partdrew me into the “line of (telephone) fire” with an RPNM office holder, because on three separate occasions afterwards, when I was in the throes of unpacking a truckload of things from parents’ home in Virginia, plus dealing with my elderly father who remained there and nearly losing my son to liver disease while he awaited a transplant, plus many other painful family issues, I was HARASSED BY TELEPHONE ON THREE SEPARATE OCCASIONS, EACH APPROXIMATELY ONE WEEK APART, WHEN ON THE THIRD AND FINAL CALL I WAS VERBALLY THREATENED, “IF I (LISA) DID NOT REMOVE MY NAME FROM THE PETITION, “I (SAID RPNM OFFICER) MIGHT BE ‘FORCED’ TO REMOVE YOU FROM YOUR ‘STATE POSITION’ FOR MONTHS, OR POSSIBLY EVEN YEARS! (I HELD NONE AT THE TIME, NOR DO I HOLD ONE NOW, NOR DO I INTEND TO DO INTEND TO HOLD ONE IN THE FUTURE!)
I RESPONDED TO THIS RPNM OFFICER STATING THAT “I FEEL SHE NEEDS TO DO WHATEVER SHE THINKS SHE NEEDS TO DO,” AND PROMPTLY ENDED THE CALL.
(CO-INCIDENTALLY, THIS RPNM OFFICER WAS THE SAME RPNM OFFICER WITH WHOM I HAD THE “PROXY DIFFICULTY,” AT THE STATE CONVENTION.)
I HAVE WORKED MANY ELECTIONS WITH THE SWEET GENTLEMAN WHO WAS SO KIND TO EXPLAIN THE CHALLENGER (ABSENTEE AND OTHERWISE) PROCESS TO ME, STEP-BY-STEP, AS WE WORKED TOGETHER IN THE EARLY AND LATER ON, ABSENTEE CHALLENGER PROCEDURES, AND WHO KNEW THE CURRET ELECTION CODE FORWARDS AND BACKWARDS. HE INTERFACED WITH THE BOE ELECTION OFFICIALS IN A VERY PLEASANT, RESPECTFUL, AND BUSINESS LINE MANNER, NEVER ONCE LOSING HIS COOL.
*****THIS MAN “WAS” OUR “ABSENTEE AND ELECTION CODE ‘ACE IN THE HOLE!’” EVEN IF HE WEREN’T THE RESPECTFUL, KNOWLEDGEABLE, KIND, SHARING PERSON THAT HE WAS—LET’S JUST PRETEND HE WAS A MEAN, MISERABLE, OBNOXIOUS MAN TO BE AROUND—IS THIS THE WAY “REPUBLICANS” WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR TREATING SENIOR CITIZENS WHO “STICK THEIR NECK OUT,” RISKING THEIR OWN PERSONAL FREEDOM, TO FIGHT FOR A FREE AND FAIR ELECTION?
I CAN SPEAK TO THIS ISSUE, FIRST-HAND—AS YOU KNOW, STEVE—DAN, RICY REYNAUD AND I, TOO, WERE “ESCORTED” OUT OF THE ABSENTEE POLLS, TOGETHER WITH THIS WONDERFULLY KIND AND RESPECTFUL GENTLEMAN (EVEN UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES), BY THE DAC SHERIFF AND HER DEPUTY, ALSO UNDER RISK OF LOSING OUR FREEDOM!
WHAT WAS OUR CRIME YOU ASK??
SIMPLY ASKING TO SEE SEALS, SERIAL NUMBERS AND TOTALS ON THE ABSENTEE AND REGULAR VOTING MACHINES TO SEE IF THESE NUMBERS MATCHED THE REPORTS GENERATED AT THE DAC ORIGINAL POLLING AND ABSENTEE VOTING SITES!
THIS “REMOVAL UNDER DURESS,” BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM OUR DULY AUTHORIZED TASKS AS ABSENTEE AND EARLY CHALLENGERS WAS RECORDED ON NOT ONE, BUT TWO CAMERAS—THE COUNTY’S HARDWIRED SECURITY SYSTEM, AND ONE OF TWO OPENLY, YET ILLEGALLY USED, CELL PHONES BEING OPERATED BY THE DOMINION EMPLOYEE, PART OF THE TIME WHILE SITTING IN THE ABSENTEE PRESIDING JUDGE’S CHAIR, IN A RESTRICTED AREA, WHO EXITED WITH THE BOE EMPLOYEE, AND ALSO WITH ILLEGALLY USED CELL PHONES AND ILLEGALLY OBTAINED PERSONAL VIDEO FOOTAGE, WHILE ALL OF THIS ACTION WAS SIMULATANEOUSLY BEING CAPTURED LEGALLY, I SUPPOSE, BY DAC BOE, AND TO MY KNOWLEDGE REMAINS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN TODAY.
WE BANNED THIS MAN? WHAT HORRIBLE CRIME DID HE DO? WHAT HORRIBLE THREAT DID HE PRESENT, AND TO WHOM? DOES NO ONE IN THE RPNM OR RPDAC FEEL ANY GUILT ABOUT THE WAY THIS SWEET, KNOWLEDGABLE, AND HARD-WORKING GENTLEMAN DEDICATED HIS LATER LIFE, DAY IN AND DAY OUT, WHILE FOLLOWING ALL APPLICABLE N ELECTION CODE STATUTES, AND GENEROUSLY SHARING HIS EXPERTISE WITH ANYONE WHO DISPLAYED AN INTEREST IN ELECTION INTEGRITY !
I HOPE RPDAC/RPNM HAS SOME “BIG PLANS” FOR THIS SWEET MAN’S REPLACEMENT IN THE 2022 PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTIONS, BECAUSE IT WILL NOT BE ME. ALL I CAN SAY, ASIDE FROM THE LINE BEGINNING, “YOU (THE PARTY) MADE YOUR BED . . .
AND YOU PICKED A HECKUVA YEAR TO GET RID OF THE BEST ELECTION EXPERT DAC HAS EVERY BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE ON BOARD, NOW THAT BETTY BISHOP WENT TO HER HEAVENLY REWARD, ALONG WITH HIS VOLUNTEER TECHNICAL SUPPORT EXPERTS, IN THE SAME ELECTION CYCLE REPUBLICANS ARE SUPPOSEDLY GOING TO REGAIN CONTROL OF THE U.S. HOUSE AND SENATE, AND WIN MANY STATE AND LOCAL RACES AS WELL.
I have NO DOUBTS Amanda and Lindsey have probably already started their BOE Happy Dance,” knowing, IN ADVANCE, that they will be able to operate with impunity this very important election cycle. Sad, so, so sad . . .
WE FOUR “ROGUE CHALLENGERS,” HAD NO SUPPORT WHATSOEVER FROM THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, RPNM, OR RPDAC, WHEN “ONE WRONG MOVE” AND WE COULD HAVE GIVEN UP OUR PERSONAL FREEDOM, OUR CLEAN CRIMINAL HISTORIES, AND OUR OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS—AND YOU ALLOW THE WASTE OF PRECIOUS REPUBLICAN FUNDS TO KEEP THIS WONDERFUL, KNOWLEDGABLE, KIND, CONSIDERATE,AND GENEROUS MAN OUT WHILE PROTECTING A RPDAC OFFICER WHO WAS PERFECTLY SAFE? HOW DO YOU THINK THOSE OPTICS “PLAY” WITH WITH NEWCOMERS TO THE PARTY? Since when does our Party HIRE SECURITY to keep OUR OWN LAW- ABIDING members FROM ATTENDING attending our own Pre-Primary Convention? Since when to RPDAC officers feel “the need” for a three-person PAID security detail to accompany them to their vehicle in our practically dead mall (thanks to the Dems) parking lot at 11:00 IN THE MORNING?
I can remember the County Pre-Primary Convention in Allen Theatres (possibly 2010), when I sat with a friend and neighbor, Allen Lindsey, a former U.S. Marshall and State Police officer, now deceased, when a fully masked “OCCUPY” protestor, who first stood on the sidewalk outside of Allen Theatres at the mall to leer at us and make weird, unnerving gestures at us as we entered, and then after we all were seated and the PPC had started, he came in and then proceeded to pace the theatre aisle, walking back and forth across the center aisle of the theatre, as a distraction, while making several attempts to gain access, below the walkway, to the lower area where the candidates were sitting, and YET WE DID NOT EVEN TRY TO KICK HIM OUT!
Since when does our Party set to the side of the road kind, wonderful, well-respected, and very intelligent SENIOR CITIZENS, who have donated untold hours of their lives to our party, making calls, doing office work, etc.; ESPECIALLY SENIOR CITIZENS who HAVE THE MENTAL CAPACITY TO BASICALLY MEMORIZE THE ENTIRE ELECTION CODE, EVEN AFTER SEN. IVEY-SOTO PLAYS WITH IT EACH AND EVERY SESSION AND FREELY HIS KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE WITH OTHERS IN OUR PARTY; ALL FOR THE GOOD OF THE OUR PARTY, AND IN THE INTERESTS OF OBTAINING A FREE AND FAIR ELECTION AT SOME POINT IN LOCAL HISTORY?
IF THIS KIND GENTLEMEN SAYS THAT SOMETHING IS “RIGHT,” OR SOMETHING IS “WRONG,” YOU CANTAKE HIS OPINIONS TO THE BANK—AND WHAT DID WE DO? THANK HIM?NO, WE SAID GET OUT AND NEVER COME BACK—WHAT PART OF THIS ACTION MAKES US ANY DIFFERENT THAN THE GREEN, LIBERAL, SOCIALISTS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE?
Again, this is ME talking, Steve, MY OPINIONS, MY WORDS, MY ACTIONS, MY CORRECTION!
If any officers in the Party feels the need to play further mind games with me to “get even” for the thoughts expressed in this letter, their games will begin and end with me.
If there is a feeling more RPDAC funds needs to be EXPANDED ON ME, I’D LIKE TO SUGGEST INSTEAD THAT THOSE FUNDS BE USED TO IDENTIFY THE RPDAC LAS CRUCES HEADQUARTERS WITH A DECENT INSTEAD?
AIso if my words makes anyone at RPNM or RPDAC “feel the need to have the SCC kick me out (IF I WERE A MEMBER), as they did JOE FULLER, DAVE GALLUS, BEV COURTNEY, AND JANICE WILLIAMS, then send “supposedly” embarrassing emails out statewide, or wherever, about how I am not “allowed“ to participate in whatever, I WILL PROUDLY WEAR THAT “STIGMA”, AS THOSE GOOD FOLKS WHO HAVE BEFORE ME, AS A TRUE BADGE OF HONOR!
Am i angry, no. I am too busy being n adult to play childish sandbox games. I soon hope folks here wake up before there is no one to “bully!”
None of these words reflect on any treatment I have received from you, Steve, You, too, are too busy to waste time and brain cells “rigging the system.”
It’s been a long time since I first approached MY CONGRESSMAN, for the very FIRST TIME, at OÑATE (NOT “ORGAN”) High School, at a pastor’s luncheon prior to the David Barton/WallBuilders‘ Conference (BACK WHEN GODLY EVENTS WERE STILL TOLERATED IN SCHOOLS SUPPORTED WITH TAXPAYER DOLLARS), seeking “Congressional aid“ (with a lower case “a” and no “e”) due to a stuck lid on a large pickle jar. Fun times!
When did we become the Party wherein Party policies, rules, and procedures were not equally enforced WITH ALL candidates or party members?
Why are some county chairs asked to surrender their offices to run for elected office, and yet others can not only keep their local chairpersonship, they can also keep their state office, too, while running the Party’s local Candidate Night with their own names are on the same ballots? I wish them well.
AGAIN MY WORDS, MY OPINION, MY ISSUE:
What type of Republican Party opens a Candidates’ Night, after the opening prayer and Pledge of Alllegiance, by stating ON MIC to a huge room full of interested Republican voters:
“Governors are not as important to this County as Sheriffs are, so we will start with the Sheriff candidates first.”
Really? Was this an attempt to be humorous—perhaps a line taken from a class at the “Oscar’s School of Comedy?” These are SERIOUS times and we are supposed to laugh at DISRESPECTFUL one-liners like this when our Republic’s, and our State’s, very existence is at stake?
I am past the anger, the disbelief, and the shock at where our Party has gone, past the part where I worry about folks who say or do things I cannot control. I can get into more than enough “tough issues,” all by myself.
Steve, I haven’t lived in your shoes—nor you in mine; and I will NEVER comprehend an iota of what you have endured for our Party, our state, and our nation, during the various chapters of your VERY full life, AND I THANK AND HONOR YOU FOR THESE!
I STILL WANT to believe we are STILL working TOWARD for the same goals, BUT we both know that ALL successful relationships MUST BE based upon MUTUAL RESPECT, TRANSPARENCY, and HONESTY, FROM ALL PARTICIPANTS; their are NO LORDS and there are NO SERFS. Just folks.
Instead of building “FIEFDOMS” which might make us “FEEL TEMPORARILY IMPORTANT,” the organization needs to be building “LEGACIES” for future generations to enjoy until God decides it’s “curtains” for Earth—at that point things,, as you know, are going to get very interesting!
We must ALL forget turf wars and insure ensuing generations have AN OPPORTUNITY AT THE SAME FREEDOMS, RIGHTS, and RESPONSIBILITIES our forefathers fought and died to pass along to us.
God has given us each unique gifts to help guide us into the paths He has chosen for us. His gifts, when used for His purposes, can solve the most difficult issues!
I will be praying for discernment for RPNM/RPDAC, their individual members, and their goals, and also praying that these gifts will be used to BRING GLORY TO GOD, not BOOST OUR EGOS. Just think what we could accomplish by working TOGETHER, not WASTING TIME AND ENERGY, racking up “points,” in small-minded head-games being played.
I am not implying you are doing the playing, but perhaps in your position of authority the energy expended for them (the steal, kill and destroy part) could be squashed and the energy redirected elsewhere for more USEFUL, HELPFUL, and UPLIFTING purposes?
In the days to come, I will be praying for strength, wisdom and discernment for you, myself, everyone involved with the Party; for those whom God sends to help shoulder the load; as well as for those whom we should be reaching out to—to help save our Republic and our State.
“WHEN THE RIGHTEOUS INCREASE, THE PEOPLE REJOICE, BUT WHEN THE WICKED RULE, THE PEOPLE GROAN.“ PROVERBS 29:2 (ESV)
Steve, thank you for your time, your patience, your leadership, and your love of New Mexico and America. You are welcome in our home any time.
May God Bless and protect you always. Lisa
P.S.: Read or delete, either is perfectly fine, I just now can say that I tried to shed light on injustice instead of pretending nothing was wrong, so I feel better already. I’m off to the BOE to file two new voter reg forms—the Dems and LOSING to voters and the GOPs are gaining two. A reason rejoice!
Steve, with all due respect, was there no time to do a press release about the very important Congressional Subcommittee Hearing today? To my knowledge there were TWO REPUBLICANS (WOMEN!) in the entire hearing today, who watched Congresspersons belittle them and other Republicans. I will be watching the disgusting miscarriage of justice shortly. Lisa