Saturday, January 07, 2006

Campaign for PWC GOP Chairman Gears Up

My e-mail In-Box received this message from Tom Kopko earlier today:

Dear Friends, I am extremely excited to announce my candidacy for Chairman of the Prince William County Republican Committee. Thanks to so many that have encouraged me quite a long time! I am honestly flattered with such strong support from across the membership. I have 3 simple reasons for running, to: 1. Develop a highly effective Operations that consistently delivers Republican votes and quality events. 2. Build the Party, Volunteers, and the Republican base in Pr. Wm. County. 3. Ensure Pr. Wm. County remains Republican territory despite the migration here of Fairfax Democrats. I have very detailed plans to accomplish these reforms …AND the experience to see them through. In the coming months I look forward to discussing my detailed plans personally with you and earning your trust, as well as earning your vote. The fact is that our Republican candidates now face tough fights against Democrats in nearly every race. For years the Committee has not taken steps to combat this threat which is now very serious. As the Coles District Chairman, Operations Vice Chairman, campaign veteran, and frequent door-knocker and phone-banker, I know what needs to happen. As Chairman, I will squarely take aim and implement Operations reforms. These will include “by the numbers” profiles of the county and each precinct and taking specific, measurable actions to fortify strengths and address weaknesses. Amongst many other plans, I will also ensure that a complete and useful Volunteer Database is established and that RPV training is part of every District Chairman’s toolbox! Unfortunately, members have been ignored as the lifeblood of the Committee. Simply put, there is some healing needed. As Chairman, I will put in place programs to bring us together, learn together, and socialize together. We will grow by retaining existing members and attracting new ones with an invigorating organization that includes a Welcome and Orientation process for new members. Imagine the Committee growing by 50% in 2006! In addition to Operations and Membership, the Party’s basics, as Chairman I will address other important issues that include Policy Impact, Fundraising, and Communications. I am also excited about programs which will provide meaningful, members-only benefits. I very much want to hear from you and will always have an open door. Please contact me with your thoughts and ideas by email at tkopko@comcast.net or by phone at 571-264-0370. I hope you will join me now, and at this Spring’s election, with new enthusiasm and optimism for a revitalized Prince William County Republican Committee in 2006 and 2007! May God bless you, Tom

39 Comments:

At 1/07/2006 11:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible, if he wins, that PWCRC will, for the first time ever in recent memory -- stop re-inventing the wheel?

 
At 1/07/2006 11:54:00 PM, Blogger Waltzing Matilda said...

Did he do any of these things as Coles District Chairman? NO!

 
At 1/08/2006 01:59:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who else is running? And when are elections?

 
At 1/08/2006 09:16:00 AM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

Guess I won't be rejoining the Committee any time soon.

 
At 1/08/2006 09:30:00 AM, Blogger AWCheney said...

Kopko is VCAP's (and Daugherty/Fitzsimmonds boy). His reign as Chairman would see the final demise of a rational Republican Committee in PWC. Knee jerk politics it will be...and the end will justify the means.

 
At 1/08/2006 10:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah - thanks for the info that he's the hand-picked VCAP waterboy - that answers my question - NO, PWC won't stop re-inventing the wheel anytime soon with this guy. And it will probably be even worse than that - they'll do their level best to keep the "secret of the wheel" from any of those they deem unworthy (aka RINOs).

Geez, can the Republican committee split AGAIN by any chance? No, I know they can't. But it would be nice to have a place for the normal Republicans and not just the club of religious zealot Republicans.

 
At 1/08/2006 01:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that Fairfax is perfect by any means, but your committee just seems to be headed the way of a bar of soap - it's going to end up with about five guys sitting around in a room complaining about stuff.

 
At 1/08/2006 03:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kopko won't be any better or any worse then the current Chairman -- they are both disasters. The current "leadership" of the PW Committee strives to get Republicans un-elected to office.

 
At 1/08/2006 05:52:00 PM, Blogger Waltzing Matilda said...

The war cry of the current GOP leadership in PWC Committee is "The only Republican we care about is the one we are trying to drive out of office." Where were they for Kilgore?

 
At 1/08/2006 06:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does any of this really matter? The Committee is down to a handful of members and the elected Republicans are afraid to show their faces at meetings.

It is like a fighting over being Captain of the TITANIC; it might sound great to be lord of the ship but it is a ship that is sinking after all.

 
At 1/08/2006 06:38:00 PM, Blogger Waltzing Matilda said...

I don't think the electeds are "afraid" to show their faces, but it would as useful as attending a PETA meeting wearing a steak coat lined with baby seal skins. They're just going to throw ketchup on you and call you a murderer.

 
At 1/08/2006 06:46:00 PM, Blogger mitch's wife said...

Word on the street is that the PWCRC actually CAN split again.

Apparently, Denny Daugherty is backing Tom Kopko and Bob Fitzsimmonds is backing Brian Murphy. Meanwhile, a lot of other influential voices are staying quiet so far. In fact, I have not heard of a single elected official endorsing either of them. This process could be VERY interesting.

One the one hand, Brian Murphy is a spineless jellyfish. He has a freakish loyalty to Fitzsimmonds and is generally willing to do Bob's bidding, but he likes to try to play nice with the likes of liberals like Sean Connaughton, Marty Nohe, Jane Beyer and Steve Danziger. While Fitzsimmonds and friends like to accuse Sean Connaughton of trying to “take over the party”, the fact remains that over 100 new members joined the committee shortly after Brian’s election as chairman and yet, the poor manner in which his meeting were run seems to have driven them all away.

Murphy's advantage: he's toothless and predictable, so no one is afraid of him.

Murphy's disadvantage: he's toothless and predictable, so no one respects him.

On the other hand, Tom Kopko is a useless blowhard. He loves to put himself in the middle of things so that he can get the attention and take part of the credit, but he doesn’t seem willing to actually do any work. As Waltzing Matilda pointed out above, his campaign e-mail promises that he will accomplish certain goals and he states that he has a plan and the “the experience to see them through.” The implication is that his experience as Coles District Committee Chairman served as a training ground. However, one would be hard pressed to find ANY evidence that ANY component of his “plan” was even introduced, much less accomplished, in the Coles District over the last two years and the election results in the Coles Precincts speak VOLUMES.

Kopko’s advantage: he can’t be worse than Murphy.

Kopko’s disadvantage: actually, he MIGHT be worse than Murphy.

 
At 1/08/2006 11:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question on the party splitting again - I was referring to a literal split - such as when Manassas split from PWC. I believe I read in state docs that there is only one official party per jurisdiction. So that left me with the impression that there could be a Dumfries Republican committee - but that it would only be comprised of people in Dumfries.

A split between Denny & Bob? Wow. That would be interesting. Fight! Fight! Fight! Snarky aside --- What - are they different kinds of Christians? - Maybe that will be the next big fight - that somebody's not the right kind of Christian. (Kind of reminds me of when they were leading the meeting prayers with Jesus this and Jesus that - kind of sideways slap at the Muslims and Jewish members.)

I can see it now - first you weren't the "right" kind of Republican; next you won't be the "right" kind of Christian.

Of course, I'm just waiting for the day the whole darn committee implodes!

 
At 1/09/2006 10:11:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

Anke, you really don't have a clue as to what you're talking about. My understanding is that FitzSimmonds supports Brian Murphy.

As for Mitch's Wife, while I agree with you about Brian, you can make as many excuses as you want, but suggesting that those who were sent by Chairman Sean to pack the Committee meeting with "100 new members" were "driven away" by "the poor manner in which [Brian's] meeting[s] were run" is revisionist history of the worst sort. They would have actually had to ATTEND a succeeding meeting to make such an assessment, and virtually none of them did. That's why their memberships lapsed after their third absence, per the State Party Plan.

As for Anon 11:23, you are incorrect. The consolidated committee was an anomaly, but one allowed by the State Party Plan. Further division into magisterial district committees is not permitted. There is no such thing as a "Dumfries Republican Committee," as much as Maureen and Jane Beyer might want one. There are only the members of the County Committee from the Dumfries Magisterial District.

But thank you for revealing your true colors: "I'm just waiting for the day the whole darn committee implodes!" So much rhetoric about "party unity" from the self-styled "moderates," when the only unity they want is for Conservatives to shut up and surrender. Kinda reminds me of Soviet desires for "peace." 'Course, the Russian word for "peace" is the same as the Russian word for "world" --- mir --- so I, for one, always took them at their word when they said they wanted "mir."

 
At 1/09/2006 11:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There he goes again - you can always count on Jim Young.

 
At 1/09/2006 12:42:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Thanks, Anon 11:40. It's nice to be recognized for remembering the facts and relating them accurately. 'Preciate it.

 
At 1/09/2006 01:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dumfries CAN split.

NO ONE said Dumfries Magisterial District. The post said DUMFRIES.

 
At 1/09/2006 01:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh & big head -

Anon never claimed to be a member of the PWC party-

AND waiting for the day it implodes and WISHING for the party to implode are two entirely different things.

READING COMPREHENSION. Give it a try now and again.

 
At 1/09/2006 02:15:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Anon 1:31 --- The State Party Plan [http://www.rpv.org/contents/resources/partyplan.shtml#6], Article VI, provides for committees for units, meaning cities and counties, Article II, Section 12, not towns, so you're just wrong. Until Dumfries become a city, it canNOT split.

Oh, & little brain, I never suggested that Anon 11:23 was "a member of the PWC party," though that would be a reasonable inference from Anon 11:23's apparent level of knowledge (not many remember that "Manassas split from PWC," and it was the other way 'round, actually). I merely suggested that Anon 11:23 is a "self-styled 'moderate.'" Just as inferring that one who expresses anxiety at the possible "implosion" of the PWC GOP Committee after attacking its builders and leaders leaders us "WISHING for [it] to implode" is reasonable and logical.

Reading comprehension is a fine thing. You might want to try thinking after you comprehend some time. That's even better.

 
At 1/09/2006 02:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I plan to write-in "James Young" for PW Party Chair. Given his past history of gain and glory for Republican causes, candidates, and organizations, I know he will be able to unite the local party and lead us to bigger and better things.

Mr. Young, will you serve if we elect you?

 
At 1/09/2006 09:36:00 PM, Anonymous nasuna said...

I'd vote for Jim Young over Kopko or Murphy!

 
At 1/10/2006 08:11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me too!

As an extra benefit if Young gets elected, I bet the Potomac News will run reprints of his old articles and new ones as well -- whoopie!

 
At 1/10/2006 08:19:00 AM, Anonymous omom said...

I'm pretty good friends with the publisher of the Potomac News. What do you think of the idea of me asking him to give Jim a column, let's say just monthly to start, if he agrees to serve as committee chair?

 
At 1/10/2006 09:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only if he agrees to call us "piss boys" -- I get such a rush when I read that!

 
At 1/10/2006 09:59:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

Given the tenor of some or all of these commenters, and unless they're of the "Only Nixon can go to China" school, I doubt that they're serious (they remain safely anonymous/pseudonymous, after all). I don't doubt that I could do a better job than Murphy. At least I could run a meeting, and wouldn't move backwards by neglecting to schedule major events (the Labor Day picnic comes to mind).

About Kopko, I don't know. I tend to discount the comments about him here, since most are anonymous/pseudonymous. My recollection is that he came in with the historically-challenged crowd, but appears to have quickly become disillusioned with it (a point in his favor). However, I'll probably support him.

However, the last time I was stupid enough to be persuaded to run for a public office --- County political party chairmanships have standing as such, carrying with them certain public duties --- was when I ran for School Board, and between the people who owed me who betrayed me (and conservative principles) and those who childishly continue to lord over me the fact that I lost, it's just not worth the trouble.

 
At 1/10/2006 10:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Run, Jim, Run!

 
At 1/10/2006 11:06:00 AM, Blogger Waltzing Matilda said...

Oh yes! Please bring back the Labor Day picnic so that we can spend a fun filled afternoon with people who hate each other pretending to get along. Nothing makes burgers and dogs taste better than a side of animosity. Brian canceling that farce was one of his best decisions as chairman, second only to his decision to cancel the Christmas Open House. If he would promise to cancel the Lincoln-Regan dinner in favor of a “no-meal-just-write-a-check” fundraiser, I would vote him in as chairman for life. Why would I ever want to spend any social time with people from the PWCRC?

 
At 1/10/2006 12:11:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Waltzing Matilda, thank you for that wonderful precis of the so-called "moderate" position on Party unity. You have smeared your fellows more thoroughly than anyone else ever could or, frankly, more than I would ever try, since your level of vitriol certainly exceeds most commenters here, and what I would have thought possible.

But you might have a point, were an affirmative decision ever made to actually "cancel" it; my impression (and I could be wrong) is that it simply didn't happen for lack of planning. I have much more respect for a decision affirmatively made -- even one with which I disagree -- than for an outcome that just happens for lack of leadership.

But I would disagree with this outcome if for no other reason than it gives volunteers an opportunity to rub elbows with candidates -- Tom Davis always came -- and an opportunity for free media for the GOP and its candidates. As originally planned, local candidates sold tickets and kept half of their ticket sales for their campaigns, so it was originally a nice little fundraiser for them, too.

But that's obviously not as important as preventing a get-together of people "who hate each other."

Or perhaps you so-called "moderates" find it easier to demonize Conservatives when you don't have to break bread with them.

 
At 1/10/2006 12:31:00 PM, Anonymous nasuna said...

For all of Brian's shortcomings, you can't fairly blame the picnic on him. The last picnic that was held was a complete bust. Very few people showed up, which was good because the person in charge of the food (who I will not name publicly, but he was in an elected position within the committee, the responsibilities of which had traditionally included organizing the picnic) neither got any food or supplies or even bother to attend the picnic. I seem to recall that the Nohes and Kristen Murphy went to Giant and saved the day by buying a carload of food. But at that point, people were already pretty disgruntled.

The individual who dropped the ball on the food hasn't show his face at committee meetings much since then.

 
At 1/10/2006 12:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

About Tom Kopko, Jim Young said, "I'll probably support him."

About Brian Murphy, Jim Young said, "(he) neglect(ed) to schedule... the Labor Day Picnic."

I think I just figured out who I am going to vote for.

 
At 1/10/2006 01:32:00 PM, Blogger Waltzing Matilda said...

"Free Media"? Mr. Institutional Knowledge will have to tell me when the last time the Labor Day picnic got ANY media let alone free media for GOP candidates. And as for volunteers getting to rub elbows with electeds, you get to to do that all the time WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER.

Nasuna- I had completely forgotten about the food debacle. Didn't people ask for their money back?

 
At 1/10/2006 02:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Run, Jim, run ...

 
At 1/10/2006 02:31:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

nasuna, you are correct about the last picnic, but insofar as I am "blaming" Brian, I'm not talking about one specific failure of execution (which can happen to anyone); I'm talking about doing nothing to revive it since. I'm more dismayed by the latter than I am by the former.

'Course, you would think that, among all of the wonderful people who support Chairman Sean, he would try to get someone to grab the bull by the gonads and get the thing going, but I guess that would be too much like helping the GOP generally, and not just Chairman Sean specifically.

And WM, reporters always came to the GOP picnic. For a long time, it was the largest political even in NoVA on Labor Day.

 
At 1/10/2006 02:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James Young --

Don't you constantly attack Chairman Sean for his "grabbing the bull by the gonads" a couple of years ago and trying to install new leadership in the PWC GOP Committee?

Didn't you oppose that effort then?

Would you support him "grabbing the bull by gonads" now?

 
At 1/10/2006 04:43:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

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At 1/10/2006 04:45:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

Anon 2:47: There is a difference in "grabbing the bull by the gonads" for personal gain (i.e., Chairman Sean's effort to control the County Committee nearly two years ago), and doing so for the good of something bigger than yourself (i.e., the GOP generally). And I don't "constantly attack" him for it; when the occasion calls for it, I remind those who would prefer that others forget about it, or act as though it never happened, of the facts.

Moreover, encouraging someone to take over the picnic and do a good job with it would have been far easier than taking control of the County Committee. Far less personally aggrandizing for Chairman Sean, to be sure, but far easier.

Who knows? It might even earn him the respect, if not the support, of those who have concluded that he's out for no one but himself.

 
At 1/10/2006 06:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did James Young actually announce his support for Sean Connaughton to be the next Chairman of the PWC GOP?!!!!!!!!!

Excuse me, I think I'm going to faint ...

 
At 1/11/2006 12:28:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

To beat this dead horse just one more time, no, Anon 6:59. I announced my support for Sean Connaughton making, with motives other than personal gain, a contribution to the GOP.

 
At 1/11/2006 02:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Run, Jim, run ...

 

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