Party Boss Jim Greer (photo below) has waged war on grassroots Republican activists in Florida!
On Friday, the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) Grievance Committee (full list of members below) notified Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida Chair Will G. Pitts and at least four other RLC members that they have been removed from positions within the RPOF and prohibited from serving in any capacity for a period of at least two years. Mr. Pitts also put on probation by the RPOF until 2012.
Several other Republican Party activists have also been purged, including former State Representative and Brevard County Chairman Jason Steele and former Chair of the Federation of Black Republicans and Orange County Committeeman Deon Long.
In the case of RLC Chairman Will Pitts, he criticized Jim Greer, Charlie Christ, George W. Bush and John McCain as is also Chair of the Republican Liberty Caucus — an organization that believes in the rights of individuals, a constitutionally-limited government, and free-market economics.
History and Background Information:
• List of press hits after the purge | 9/9/2009
• Complaint Against Will Pitts Filed by St. Johns County GOP
• RLC members Egoroff and Guetzloe Under Attack from RPOF;
• Greer Strips Orange County GOP Committeeman Deon Long of Post
The initial article, “Complaint Against Will Pitts Filed …”, explains the Republican Party of Florida’s objections to Mr. Pitts’ activism.
In addition to RLC member Will Pitts being reprimanded, lifelong Republican and RLC activist Nick Egoroff of Orlando has been expelled for four years. Additionally, Northeast Florida RLC Chairman John Stevens — himself a Republican Committeeman for his precinct — is ineligible to serve in any RPOF position until August 31, 2013.
According to Stevens, “In effect, I [will not be eligible to] serve again until 2016 since the election for the next four year term will be in 2012.” Florida RLC Board member and Escambria County Committeewoman Elizabeth Campbell was expelled for six months and stripped of her position.
Doug Guetzloe, who has served on the Orange County Republican Executive Committee since 1980, was stripped of his position until at least 2013.
Says John Stevens, “WOW! All the work we have done for the party … and this is how we are treated by the RPOF.”
In response to the news, Orlando Area RLC Organizer Nick Egoroff intends to file a lawsuit against Jim Greer and RPOF. Please contact us if you would like to join in the suit.
The Florida GOP has systematically attacked the Republican Liberty Caucus since summer of 2008, when Jim Greer’s staff notified the RLC that it could no longer use the word “Republican” in “Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida”. They threatened a lawsuit against the RLC.
The RLC has used this title for nearly two decades in the state of Florida and obtained proper permission in writing long before Jim Greer or Charlie Christ came to rule the GOP in Florida.
On a personal note, I have followed the way Republican Liberty Caucus members and supporters have been treated in Florida both prior to and after Boss Jim Greer assumed Chairmanship.
There is no Republican Party leadership in the country that has acted as inappropriately toward grassroots activists as the RPOF under Mr. Greer.
Thankfully, (I believe) Mr. Greer’s time in any significant leadership position will be short.
Lord Acton was right: “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
This party purge is just the latest example of the significant impact that the Republican Liberty Caucus is having on local-level politics all across the country.
The first rule of politics is that you make the most enemies when you are successful. These RLC members are extremely successful — so much so that Boss Greer decided to shut them up.
But the fight has only just begun.
Please contact “Chairman”-bossman Jim Greer, Florida GOP Media Director Katie Gordon, RPOF Grievance Committee members Jim Greer, Delmar W. Johnson (Executive Director), Tony Dimatteo (Chair), Doug Adkins, Linda Ivell, Deno Hicks, Richard Solze, Cynthia Henderson, Nancy Riley, and Jason Brodeur as well as RPOF Committeepersons Becky Reichenberg, Jon Woodard, and Bob Veit. The latter three — members of the St. Johns County GOP — are responsible for the complaint against RLC Chairman Will Pitts.
Better yet, give them a ring on the phone:
RPOF: (850) 222-7920
Delmar W. Johnson, III, RPOF Executive Director: (850) 681-2063 or (850) 222-7920
[Note: Mr. Johnson voted to have our members booted from the party!]
Tony DiMatteo, Chair of Committee: (727) -398-5850
Doug Adkins: (904) 261-2213 or (904) 277-8566
Linda Ivell: (863) 602-9866 or (863) 802-5262
Deno Hicks: (904) 819-9170 or (904) 739-2115
Richard Solze: (904) 964-5803
Cynthia Henderson: (850) 210-5385 or (850) 422-1011
Nancy Riley: (727) 573-5222 or (727) 822-9111, ext.163
Jason Brodeur: (407) 963-9576
[Note: All of the above folks voted to have our members booted from the party!]
Becky Reichenberg: (904) 287-0752
Jon Woodard: (904) 797-5790
Bob Veit: (904) 794-1602
[Note: These three bullies filed the initial complaint against Will Pitts!]
RLC members, please let these “leaders” know what you think about their decision to expel grassroots Ron Paul supporters — each elected to their positions by Republican Party members — from participating in the Republican Party.
It is likely that Steele, Day, and Senft are unaware of the ‘purge’. Please be polite and kindly inform them of the situation. Then ask for their intervention in this matter.
Finally, please donate to the Republican Liberty Caucus today so we can effectively fight these charges against our cherished members and supporters.