The Reagan Wing has learned that Republican Libertarian Caucus of Washington insiders have recruited, committed 25 delegates to, and on Sunday will endorse Jim Walsh, Grays Harbor County’s State Committeeman, to be the next Chair of the Washington State Republican Party Central Committee, all without legitimate authority.
The news comes amidst repeated reports and extensive documentation that a few individuals, Chair Sandy Belzer Brendale, Matt Dubin, and Dani Bolyard, have conducted extensive meetings in secret, conducted by illegal methods, all in direct violation of the RLCWA bylaws and effectively removed all decision making processes from the grass roots oversight and control originally built into the bylaws adopted at the April founding Convention. Dubin, Bolyard and Brendale are now making those decisions unilaterally.
As many of our readers will know, James Walsh announced his candidacy for WSRP Chairman Tuesday evening at the Grays Harbor Republican Party Central Committee meeting. In his announcement on his Facebook page, Walsh said that he has “the backing of the RLCWA.”
A tidbit for any FB friends up late. A few hours ago, I formally announced that–with the backing of RLCWA–I’m running for Chairman of the WSRP. It’s going to be a furious two weeks or so until the meeting in Spokane. But I believe the “liberty people” can help the Party strengthen its connection w/ WA voters. Thanks to Dani Dani Leighton Bolyard, Sandi Sandra Belzer Brendale and Matt Dubin. I don’t expect my FB activity to change much…though I may think twice about posting some scurrilous comments.
This post was “liked” by several prominent RLCWA leaders including RLCWA Chair Sandra Belzer Brendale, Yakima RLC Chair Autumn Torres and Dani Leighton Bolyard, Grant County RLC Chair. RLCWA Vice Chairman Matt Dubin also commented on this post saying “Thanks James Walsh for your willingness to serve, and get ready for a ride!” Travis Couture, RLCWA member and State Senate Candidate, even said “You may have three votes from Mason if I’m not mistaken.”
The RLC Washington Bylaws place detailed restrictions on the endorsement of “ANY” candidate. In Walsh’s case NONE of them have been followed. And none of this will accrue to the benefit of poor Mr. Walsh, whose credibility can’t help but be damaged by such shoddy (not to say illegitimate) procedure.
Reagan Wing sources divulged a meeting between Mr. Walsh and RLCWA Vice-Chair Matt Dubin where Walsh was initially recruited as a candidate. According to the source, Mr. Walsh was promised
- the endorsement and full support of the RCLWA, and
- 25 votes on the State Committee…
if he would initiate a candidacy for Washington State Republican Party Chair.
The Reagan Wing would like to know which 25 members of the Washington State Republican Central Committee were willing to let Dubin, Bolyard and Brendale choose their State Chair candidate for them.
Dubin also , according to the source, advised Walsh not to focus on winning the race for Chairman, but to aim merely to get through the first ballot, anticipating more than one round of voting with multiple candidates. The source said Dubin represented that the RLCWA was “not trying to take over” the WSRP, but just “making a statement.” [Like, perhaps, "let's make a deal"]
This fits well with Chairman Brendale’s statement to board members this week that “We have worked too hard to NOT have a candidate. Win or lose, our credibility demands it [that we have a candidate].”
It would appear that Matt Dubin’s exhortation (at the January RLC “Kickoff” event) to “become the Party” has been taken quite literally, the board virtually duplicating unscrupulous GOP Establishment tactics and making illegitimately unilateral decisions without notice to, input from, or decisions by its members. And the objective is no longer to reform the Party at all… but to win their approval.
As usual, the Reagan Wing will cover it…
… as time becomes available.