An Open Letter to Washington County Chair in Oklahoma

Dear Grace,

I have been a member of the Republican Party for over thirty years, having given time and money to the party and many candidates in both Oklahoma and Texas. The Reagan campaign was one of the first on which I worked. My Republican credentials are not to be called into question. Further, being a Republican is a choice of affiliation and association and I freely choose to do so.

While my credentials as a Republican cannot be called into question, I believe your conduct as Chair can. Apparently you need to acquaint yourself with the official rules of the OK Republican Party. Somehow you seem to believe you have the right to determine whether or not I am a Republican by stating I “have a different agenda which is not the Republican party”. You are actually in violation of the party rules if you attempt to obstruct my membership:

Rule 3- Rights and Qualifications of Members and Officers

Members: All citizens of Oklahoma are invited to join the Republican Party of Oklahoma to perpetuate this Republic. All qualified voters of this state who are registered Republicans are members of the Republican Party of Oklahoma, and shall have the right to participate in the official affair and government of the Republican Party in accordance with these rules. Such right shall be sacred and inviolate, and the willful disregard or abridgement of such right by an officer or member of any committee of the Party shall be deemed sufficient cause for the removal of such officer or committee member.


I am troubled by a County Chair who, without even convening an Executive Committee meeting, sends out such a letter.  Although I am very concerned and troubled I am not surprised. This is not the first time this has happened to me. This latest attempt to remove me from the county list is reminiscent of the last cycle during which thoughtful, and open discussions on procedure were taking place amongst Republicans with the result that I was removed from the Committee by Nolan and yourself.

Let us get to the heart of the matter. Is it the goal of the Washington County Republican Committee to limit free speech, silence dissent, and quash the respectful questioning of incumbents? Nothing in my conduct has ever indicated I would engage in destructive behavior like “bashing” a Senator at an event such as the one scheduled for tonight, nor did I implore anyone else to do so. Frankly, I resent the implication that I would.

While my conduct has remained respectful, I cannot say the same in return. Is this empowering?  Is this inclusive?  Is this any way to run a party? This pattern of behavior has been going on around the country in recent years in an attempt to retain power and control in the hands of the same few.  It would almost seem that the intent is to raise money without implementing policy . . .

We are in this cycle again. We are profiling incumbents and using them to raise money for local efforts but we are not allowed to ask any questions.  The party can only function properly if people are engaged in the process and invited to participate in the decisions about where that money is directed and especially how it is used in the primary season.

Apparently the confidence of the Washington County Republican committee is so brittle and weak that it cannot withstand diversity of opinion. I cannot say that I am surprised that the label constitutionalist was applied in a negative manner to myself and my “friends”. But I would ask: if the Republican Party doesn’t stand for the Constitution, then just what does it stand for?

I will be addressing this matter with my fellow Washington County Republican Precinct Chairs as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Sandra Crosnoe
Precinct Chair #28
Washington County Republican Party
sandiec99@hotmail.com

your letter to me is included below for reference:
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Tom Coburn‏
From: Grace Farmer (GFARMER@ar​vest.com)
Sent: Fri 3/26/10 12:54 PM
To: sandiec99@​hotmail.co​m
Cc: JKahre@tul​sacc.edu
I need to say a few words to you about tomorrow night.  Tom is coming as a friend to help the local Republican party raise needed funds for this county.  This is not a town hall meeting or a bashing of Tom Coburn as he is our sitting Senator.  Please inform your constitutionalist friends that is a Republican event and if you were holding one for the Libertarian or Constitutionalist  party we would not come and try and destroy what you were building out of respect. You have a different agenda which is not the Republican party and as such I am giving you the opportunity to devote full time to that cause.  John Kahre and I have discussed this and you are being removed from list of the Washington County Republican Party Executive Committee.

I really wish we could all work together for the good of the Republican party and when we do not we set ourselves up for failure.

Grace Farmer
Chairman

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6 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Washington County Chair in Oklahoma

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  2. I’m not surprised by this, although I am deeply dissapointed it has happened.

    This is why I see no difference between the republican party is where it is. In fact, both standing parties (democratic and republican) could care less about our liberty and both have persons who care more about their positions than righteousness or integrity.

  3. I perceive their fear to be shaken by the Constitution! Grace Farmer sounds like Fascism in action, I can see why she would use an Alynski tactic to carry on their unspoken agenda!

  4. David,

    Since you forwarded the e-mails below to me regarding Ms. Grace Farmer’s rather unbelievable e-mail to Sandra Crosnoe, I would like to add some hopefully-pithy observations to the rather astute comments made by you and Ms. Crosnoe.

    First, it appears that Ms. Farmer comes from much the same type of totalitarian, anti-free speech, anti-open government political philosophy as some of our other local political hacks . . . with Julie Daniels and Tom Gorman coming immediately to mind.

    Second, people like Ms. Grace Farmer, Mr. Nolan Jones and their equally corrupt colleagues would likely be right at home in the Obama Administration. I’m sure that Mr. “One-term President” has room for a few more backroom-dealing bullies who believe that the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and open, honest, accountable government are merely concepts whose time has come . . . and long gone. It appears that the President’s “Chicago-style politics” has found itself a very comfy home right here in Washington County with Ms. Farmer and her politically-challenged colleagues.

    Third, I hope that Sandra has forwarded the e-mails below to Tom Coburn, the State’s Republican Party Chairman and the NRC (this should pique the interest of Michael Steele, if he’s really serious about doing his job). Perhaps they will see fit to act accordingly.

    “Constitutionalist”? “Libertarian”? Ms. Farmer openly ridicules these political philosophies in her position as a Republican Party officer? How totally outrageous! It seems to me that the State Republican Committee should be acting quickly to remove Ms. Farmer from her official position in the Republican Party.

    As I’ve indicated, Ms. Farmer and her colleagues would fit far, far better with Al Franken, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the Radical Left than with the core Conservative, Republican principles of good government. On the other hand, Ms. Farmer’s comments are actually pretty “amusing” . . . especially coming from an officer of the Republican Party.

    And if anyone wants to visit with me (our 5 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses, scorpions, water moccasins and moles . . . the kind that burrow underground), just ask anyone on the Bartlesville City Council. They know where to find me. And aside from Vic Holcomb, the remaining four Council members are probably very good buddies with Ms. Farmer (at least philosophically), anyway!

    Joel Rabin,
    Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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    In a message dated 4/1/2010 10:31:00 A.M. Central Daylight Time, dlmppco@swbell.net writes:
    Sandra,
    Many years ago I registered as a Republican as soon as I was eligible. I have NEVER failed to vote even when I lived in Madagascar. I consider myself a patriot even when I don’t agree with the republican parties decisions and I also consider myself a patriot when I disagree with a democratic party decision. And as a patriot I believe we should act in a reasonable manner but never back away from something you believe in. I have sent money to “Tom” from time to time AND to other republicans that are voting the way I think they should vote. I have even been known to send money to support a candidate in another state because I believed in their cause. I DO NOT send money to the “republican party” because “I want to select” who gets the funds and I DON’T support some of the republicans currently serving. I consider giving money to MY candidate is an investment in my country that is some cases pays off better than a bank. Contrary to republican party beliefs,,, each one of their politicians are subject to the vote of the people. There may be some folks that vote “a straight ticket” but there are a lot like me that vote for the best person for the job be they republican or democrats.

    And the letter you received; WOW!! That’s a pretty tacky letter. I think “Grace” should change her name to Grackle and find a new job. Or maybe just find something to do other than exercise her power muscles. The independents are continuing to build their memberships just because of attitudes like these. Snotty, arrogant, inconsiderate, you name it.

    Keep your chin up Sandra and stick to your guns.

    Just in case someone would like to visit with me;
    David Moore
    821 Eton Drive
    Bartlesville, OK 74006
    918-333-8466

    Chairman

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