Dear fellow Oakland County Republicans,
I know this sort of thing gets old, but you all deserve to be aware of and understand the problems with the latest disingenuous missive from Matt Maddock about the Exec. Committee elections last night. Frankly, that sure sounds like it could have been written by a Democrat.
To address the errors and misrepresentations, as I was there as a voting member Monday night, I will attempt to address/correct his errors of fact or assumptions within the body of this letter in parentheses and ALL CAPS.
Here we go.....
Matt Maddock posted in Lakes Area TEA Party Facebook page.
Matt Maddock November 29 at 5:28pm
"The political process was rigged. Oakland County Republican Party Chair Mungioli cheated again. Right from the start. It's virtually impossible to challenge the Oakland County establishment leadership. That “leadership” carried the night by 8 votes on the Oakland County Executive Committee on Monday and re-elected Theresa Mungioli to another two year term as our County Chair. (FACT: THERESA'S OPPONENT REFUSED THE NOMINATION IN A CLASSY MOVE BEFORE THE VOTING BEGAN, WHICH SHOWED THAT HE WANTS UNITY OF PURPOSE, RATHER THAN REVENGE AND DIVISION. SHE WAS ELECTED BY A UNANIMOUS BALLOT)
This is how they rigged it:
This can only accomplished by having all elected officials show up to vote.
That gang included Ruth Johnson, Dave Trott, Mike Bishop, Mike Bouchard, Jim Tedder, Klint Kesto, Kowalls, Crawfords and the rest of the good ol’ boys club of elected officials. These delegates-at-large made up approximately 20 votes of their 8 vote winning margin. (WRONG AGAIN - THERE WAS NO MARGIN AS THERE WAS NO INDIVIDUAL VOTE FOR CHAIR.
HER OPPONENT REFUSED THE NOMINATION AND CHOSE TO INSTEAD SHOW A DESIRE FOR UNITY GOING FORWARD. ALSO, BESIDES BEING PERMITTED IN THE OCRP BYLAWS, THOSE WHO PUT THEMSELVES OUT THERE AND SPENDS THOUSANDS TO RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE AS A REPUBLICAN IN OAKLAND COUNTY DESERVES TO HAVE A VOICE IN THEIR COUNTY'S PARTY LEADERSHIP).
To make matters worse, Mungioli violated our bylaws and issued illegal voting credentials to ex-officio members Dave Trott, Mike Bishop, Howard Klausner and Chris Morse. Ex-officio members are not allowed to vote, according to the bylaws, but Mungioli allowed it! (INCORRECT:
THESE ELECTED REPUBLICAN COUNTY AND STATE ELECTED OFFICIALS MATT REFERS TO PEJORATIVELY AS A "GANG", ARE RIGHTLY ENTITLED TO VOTE, PER OUR BY LAWS, AS ARE OUR CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS, STATEWIDE GOP OFFICE-HOLDERS, AND CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES RESIDING IN OAKLAND COUNTY, WHETHER THEY WON OR LOST)
Despite my floor motion to verify that only eligible members were permitted to vote! (NOPE! MATT'S "FLOOR QUESTION" WAS ANSWERED - TWICE - BY THERESA, AND HE DIDN'T PRESS IT FURTHER OR CHALLENGE IT FROM THE FLOOR THAT NIGHT).
The rules were written to tilt the tables against grassroots conservatives from the get-go. The sole intention to never, ever give anyone the chance to take the Oakland County Republican Party Chair that isn’t hand-selected by the establishment. Virtually every single elected official always votes against the conservative grassroots and Chair Mungioli openly violated the bylaws and let non-voting members vote. (INCORRECT: SEE ABOVE COMMENT....AND SINCE WHEN DOES MATT MADDOCK GET TO DEFINE WHO IS, AND IS NOT, A "CONSERVATIVE"?). It was no coincidence. These turncoats rely on the Oakland County Republican Party to ALWAYS make them look good and NEVER EVER EVER challenge or criticize them for their traitorous votes against our party principles. The establishment successfully rigged the party bylaws so THEY always control the Chair. The voice of the precinct delegates has been circumvented by the elected officials. The delegates don’t even trust Mungioli to chair conventions! (DOES NOT APPLY HERE:
THE PRECINCT DELEGATES PRESENT AT THE LAST COUNTY CONVENTION DULY ELECTED OAK. CO. EXEC. COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO REPRESENT THEM AND VOTE FOR THE COUNTY PARTY CHAIR LAST NIGHT, AND THAT'S WHAT WE ALL DID).
Contrast this with who votes for the State Republican Party Chair. The precinct delegates elected statewide vote. If OCRP bylaws were fair, all Oakland County delegates would be voting for our Oakland County chair. Everyone would have their voice heard, not just the smaller number of executive committee members (stacked against us with 20+ electeds). (STRAW MAN: THAT WOULD BE A PURE DEMOCRACY WHICH WE ARE NOT. I'M SURPRISED SOMEONE WHO LOVES THE CONSTITUTION SO MUCH DOESN'T UNDERSTAND THAT DIFFERENCE). Starting with a 20+ vote lead, the establishment will always control the outcome because of our rotten impostor elected officials who do not represent our treasured values of small government, reduced taxes and fees and a free market studded with liberty. Furthermore, many of our elected officials will never truly represent our values as long as we have open primaries because they DEPEND on the Democrat voters showing up to vote for them…. the most liberal candidates win because Democrats crossover to give them the edge. This collusion must stop. (AGAIN, WHAT GIVES HIM THE RIGHT AND ABILITY TO READ MINDS AND HEARTS AND DEFINE WHAT WE ALL THINK OR FEEL?)
When you think about it, Republicans (and Republican values) do not control our party. Democrats do and the impostor Republicans (some who really are Democrats) are loving this rotten, rigged process. They try to muzzle your concerns by claiming that we have to get all “Republicans” elected. Truth is, very few are actually Republicans because they are elected by Democrat voters! Most of our “Republicans” are really only half-republican. (TRUTH IS, IT IS THE JOB OF THE COUNTY PARTY TO GET ALL REPUBLICANS ELECTED).
I know. This is depressing. They want you to give up now. When is the best time to plant a tree, fellow conservatives? Ten years ago. Don't get discouraged. This is a long process. We are only about four hard years into this reclamation of our party and nation. Reclaiming lost liberty is never easy. It wasn’t easy for the Founding Fathers either, but it is a fight that we cannot afford to surrender. ......."
I won't subject you to the rest of his disingenuous, self-serving rant. The important things to remember here are:
1. If you were elected as a precinct delegate, you deserve, and should assert, the right and respect of assessing and defining yourself. No one else can or should do it for you.
2. Please do not take the rants of one paranoid guy with a chip on his shoulder as gospel. You deserve better treatment as a fellow grassroots Republican volunteer than to be used as unsuspecting actors in a revenge plot.
3 Think about the words and terms he uses to describe those with whom he disagrees ...."traitorous"..."half-Republican"...."rotten imposters"...."cheaters". Really? In the few years he has been around, I have never heard Theresa or any of the OCRP leadership refer to him or his followers in terms such as that.
4. Remember - it was Matt who insisted on continuously referring to the OCRP Exec. Committee passed rules for the last county convention as "the Mungioli rules" seemingly as a signal to his supporters to reject them in favor of his MCC ones (which only those lucky enough to be at his secret pre-meeting got to see a night or two before the convention). However, the OCRP rules were available for any and all precinct delegates to see on the OCRP web site for at least a couple weeks prior to the convention earlier this month.
All I'm trying to tell you here is to demand integrity, honesty, and respect for your volunteer work and elected position. Be discerning. Reject vitriol. Dig deeper into why some people seek to control and use you....you may not know the whole story and shouldn't be used as chess pieces in a game of personal revenge. You all - every one of you - deserve better, as does the GOP at large if we are going to work together to elect as many of the most conservative Republicans we can. Talk with others. Listen to them. Then make your best argument for your case.....without using the LATP/MCC scorched-earth ad hominem tactics as a model.
THAT is what will grow the GOP....when they see us walk the walk. Then, they just might want to come along.
Thank you for your time and consideration in reading this.
GOP State Committee - 11th Congressional District
President - Troy-Clawson Republican Forum
OCRP Executive Committee