CD 22 Candidate Tom Campbell Shows Disdain for the Grassroots

I received the following letter today from Tom Campbell, presumably a candidate for the CD22 position currently held by Tom DeLay. Note that this has been copied, in its entirety from the original.

The Democrat Party and political left are out of control. They have lost their way, having left behind the basic principles of civility and decency. Many in their ranks have become totally consumed by their hatred of President Bush and a lust to regain a Democrat majority that was derailed by President Reagan.

Those of us who had the privilege of voting for Ronald Reagan remember a time when it was reckless optimism to vote Republican. We voted for principle knowing that that many more would have to join our cause before we could win. But vote we did and come they did until victory was ours.

Backroom power politics was the hallmark of Democrats - shouting down opponents the tactics of the liberal left. Who are we, if to beat our opponents, we have to become like them?

If Lincoln could come through the Civil War with "malice toward none and charity to all," we can we move forward as a Republican Party built on the Republican principles of Civility, Decency and Integrity.

"America, at its best, matches a commitment to principle with a concern for civility. A civil society demands from each of us good will and respect, fair dealing and forgiveness.

Some seem to believe that our politics can afford to be petty because, in a time of peace, the stakes of our debates appear small.

But the stakes for America are never small. If our country does not lead the cause of freedom, it will not be led. If we do not turn the hearts of children toward knowledge and character, we will lose their gifts and undermine their idealism. If we permit our economy to drift and decline, the vulnerable will suffer most.

We must live up to the calling we share. Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment. It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos. And this commitment, if we keep it, is a way to shared accomplishment."

President George W. Bush

Can't we throw to the side the tactics of many on the left and open this nominating process to the light of day? Let's trust the people and our Republican principles as Reagan and Lincoln did. Our nominating process needs to be open, transparent and democratic. There is so much cynicism and distrust of government in the American public today. Backroom power politics feeds that distrust and disempowers the voting public. The voters are less vested in a candidate selected by four individuals, without voter feedback. In an atmosphere where many believe that all politicians are corrupt, the appearance of deal making must be avoided.

Tom Campbell

Presumably, Mr. Campbell believes that he will be denied the nomination he so covets, yet again. Thus, his only answer seems to be to bash the rules set forth for the system, oh so typically Democrat. This is the second letter of this type I have received from him. I ignored the first one. But honestly, I grow tired of this man, so I reprint for you my response to him.

Dear Mr. Campbell,

We precinct chairs were elected by our precincts, the smallest, most basic element of the party grassroots, to work for them and represent them in cases just like this. I believe, based on my participation in the Harris County informational meeting this week, that the process we have chosen to follow is as open and transparent as it can possibly be, without turning it into a complete circus for all involved. You yourself will be invited to participate.

This is the second correspondence you have sent regarding this particular matter. At this point I am curious as to exactly why you believe that following the codified rules set forth in this unfortunate situation constitute "backroom power politics"? Precinct Chairs have no power, we are neighbors in our communities volunteering our personal time and treasure to a cause, in this case the Republican Party, that we believe to be worthwhile. Why would you continue to attack the party's most dedicated army of volunteers?

You may have forgotten the fundamental fact that under the law political parties remain private organizations which may conduct their internal business in any legal manner they see fit. Please sir, enlighten me as to why you disagree that the rules we're following are somehow unfair. Exactly what would you like to see happen in this circumstance? As the party which supports the rule of law, should we not follow our own rules?

Thank you for your time,

We'll see if he responds.


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