Saturday, March 10, 2012

FW: Bio & Flyer

Dear Conservative Ladies and Gentleman of York County:

When I received word that Mary Leedom is wanting to serve as the Chair of the York County Republican Committee (YCRC), I simply could not pass on the opportunity to share a good word on her behalf.  Some of you may know of me from my participation on the committee back in 2007 and 2008.  When during the 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain rushed back to Washington D.C. to put his name behind the first bail outs, I opted to stop affiliating with the party as I simply could not in good conscience be a cheer leader for the party if it was selling out the principles it professes in its Creed.  I took my lumps then, but stand by the decision not to abandon my principles.

I was coaxed back in 2010 by the influence of various members from the Tuscany Group.  It did not take long before I realized that not much had changed in terms of what made the the YCRC and RPV tick.  In fact, when a challenge was laid out to the leadership that the committee needed to hold its elected representatives more accountable to their performance in office as conservatives who were representing us, we were informed by 1st District Chairman Tom Foley affirmed the sole mission of the party was to elect Republicans.  That was all I needed to know that I was still not interested and I have since stopped participating.

Now here comes Mary Leedom in 2012 seeking to run for the YCRC chair.  I know Mary to share my beliefs and views of what it means to be a good practicing conservative.  Many of you know her too from her continual efforts as a grass roots conservative organizer.  She and I agree that there is much, much more that can be done through the work of the GOP towards fixing what is wrong with the government than just working to elect Republicans.  

I ask, what is a committee other than a group of like minded people joining together around a common cause?  What binds these people?  For the YCRC and the RPV, it is the bylaws.   Bylaws are rules approved by the membership that govern the association.  I would argue, and I think Mary would too, that the YCRC's primary mission should be aimed at securing sound, conservative and limited government as defined by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Virginia.  One way to do this is by electing Republicans.  That is a goal - not a mission.  If it is our mission, then it is the wrong mission and needs to be changed.  For some unexplainable reason, the prevailing leadership of the RPV, State Central Committee, 1st District, and YCRC have mistakenly permitted what should be the primary mission to take a back seat to a mindless and fruitless goal of just wanting to elect Republicans.  That is not enough.  More good work can be done by the YCRC.

If you agree with what should be the primary mission as noted above, I am confident it can be achieved it we change the YCRC and RPV goals.  Professed conservatives simply cannot continue to fail to cultivate good limited-government conservative values and action in our community.  As flag bearers for conservative and limited government,  work needs to be done to make sure that better candidates are identified, developed, coached, and supported.  When elected, if they fail us, they need to be held accountable and that accountability has to be communicated in a timely fashion.

Ladies and gentlemen, you are what the membership of the YCRC can be.  You and only you have the power to change what is and what is not important and what is pursued by the YCRC.  It is your choice.  A leader like Mary Leedom can and will do whatever she can to guide our committee through the process of removing the barriers that make participation in the YCRC seem like the same ordinary and quite frankly frustrating activity of nominating and supporting candidates who are Republicans In Name Only.  It can and needs to be more than that.  But she needs your help.

Imagine how good your conscience will feel when you recite the Virginia Republican Creed at the start of our YCRC meetings and actually know that it is not in words only that you recite them, but also in action - and not just with respect to electing Republicans!  If you believe in the words that the Virginia Republican Creed represent, then it is time you put your energy and your vote behind a person who is willing to lead in support of those words.  Please put your energy and vote in support of electing Mary Leedom as the new Chair of the YCRC. 

It is time to reconstitute a new YCRC.  In many respects, for me, electing a leader like Mary Leedom as the new chair is likely the last chance I am giving to the GOP.  You heard the saying, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me...",  well I am willing to give it just one more try and risk being confirmed a fool.  

The open meeting for the new biennium of the YCRC is scheduled for March 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm at Grafton Middle School.  Any citizen can participate.  The fee to join the YCRC is $36.  Please think about coming and if possible, bring friends and family too.  Also, please share this email with anybody that you think would appreciate from where it is coming from and what we are trying to accomplish.  This is the chance we have to set things straight with the Republican Party.  I attached the filing form that you should bring to the meeting to this email, as well as some of Mary's information.

Thanks for your consideration and thanks in advance for voting for Mary Leedom for Chair of the YCRC.  If you want to connect with Mary, her number is 757-817-6948 and her email is

Robert E. Lehman
309 Anchor Drive
Yorktown, VA 23692

Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2012 19:11:10 -0600
Subject: Fwd: FW: Bio & Flyer

Sent on request by Mary Leedom.
Hope you're having a great week.
Wade McRoberts



 Please send both of these documents out to the YCRC membership.


Thank you so much.


In Victory,

Mary Leedom

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