Reorg Is Tonight

March 2, 2009 by  
Filed under News, SC Politics

Apparently Jason Spencer has talked with Rick Beltram and has posted the following tweet.

Spbg GOP precinct reorg on for 7 p.m. Make-up meeting March 23 at Country Hearth Inn for those unable to go or find polling place closed

Be careful, but don’t be fooled.  If you can get to a precinct meeting and it is closed, place a note on the door and go to another business across from the location.  You must get your precincts organized!

Rick Beltram – Who Does He Think He Is

February 25, 2009 by  
Filed under News, SC Politics

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Besides the fact they are all Republicans, you won't guess what links them together.

Over the last year and a half, I have become heavily involved in politics.  I enjoy it and am looking forward to seeing our nation progress.  However, in the following set of articles, I will put at risk my reputation in the political world at the sake of the people of Spartanburg County.

Last week, in a conversation with Spartanburg County GOP Chairman Rick Beltram, was the first time I have ever felt like I was being extorted.  After sitting on this for a week, I have decided I should share what one individual plans to do if someone does not work with him.

Last week, I kindly shared with Rick Beltram that I would not be working on his campaign for State Chairman.  At this meeting (which was supposed to be confidential), he shared with me the following information concerning my withdrawal from his campaign.  I hate to break trust in confidential meetings but the people need to know what one will do to remain in power.

Beltram first told me a story about another individual who chose not to endorse him publicly.  Simply, a current county GOP official will no longer be serving, they are “disloyal”.

Beltram then said (paraphrased), if you remain neutral, you will not be the nominee for Vice Chairman – North.

OK, so what, you are not the nominee.  Here is the issue, Beltram insists on using a nominating committee that will present a slate of candidates that he approves of.  This is his way to guarantee he stays in power in the event he is not nominated from the floor.  In conventions past, some Convention Presidents have been known to close the nominations for a position immediately after the nominating committee shared their recommendations, preventing other individuals the opportunity to “run from the floor”.

In Stalin”esque” fashion, he has told two individuals either you are with me or you are out of the county party.  Doesn’t this sound a little like “pay to play” covered in the name of “loyalty”.  Do we have our very own “Rod Blagojevich” in Spartanburg, SC?

It gets better.  It is well known that I supported Ron Paul for his positions on the Constitution and sound money during the primaries.  I will admit that I did not agree with him 100% of the time,  but I felt he was the candidate who best fit my beliefs.

So, Beltram proceeded in telling me about conversations he had in one of his private team meetings the weekend before and how they were questioning my “loyalty”.

A point was raised to Rick by one of those members…”Does he realize how much you have defended him concerning his support of Ron Paul?”

Rick continued, I don’t know but I will let him know.  He then proceeded in telling me that you realize those Ron Paul supporters are seen as kooks and crazy (pointing his finger to his temple and rotating) people.

To further make his point, he began discussing Senator Jim DeMint and his 2010 campaign.  He told me that because Jim DeMint endorsed Kevin Hall, the Spartanburg County GOP will be sitting on its hands in 2010 if and when he asks for assistance.

Is this the leadership and deceitfulness we need in our party?

UPDATE:
Check out “Caught on Tape“.

SC State GOP Chairman’s Race

February 16, 2009 by  
Filed under News, SC Politics

Well, the race for state chairman has now taken an interesting twist.  We have been hearing rumors for several weeks now (10 or so) that someone else may be entering the race, but that name just surfaced in the past 2 weeks.  Karen Floyd, the former Spartanburg County Council Chairwoman, officially announced on Saturday that she was entering the race.

Her, like Rick Beltram, announced after Katon Dawson made it official that he was not going to run again for the seat.

This sets up an interesting situation in good ole Sparkle City.  Beltram and Floyd are both from Spartanburg and have pretty good name recognition.  Beltram is experienced at precinct organization in the county and Floyd made a valiant effort to unseat Beltram in 2003 (Check my dates please), so it will be interesting to see which way the county will float.

However, Beltram may have his hands full as there are rumors of multiple individuals looking to run for his county chairman post.  On that list is Mike Dixon, Monica Hill, Ladonna Ryggs and Karen Floyd.  We have spoken with Monica and Ladonna and they have confirmed that they are not interested.  We have not been able to speak with Dixon or Floyd at the time of this publishing.

Kevin Hall is currently the third cog in the wheel for state chairman.  He has been actively working the state trying to build a base and has landed a few big time endorsements. He recently unveiled a nice campaign site that was designed by an out of state firm in an effort to keep him out of the SC Political Consultant mess.  That didn’t work to well as he has been the scapegoat for Dawson’s loss and others.

Here are the endorsements that we are aware as of 02/16/2009:

  • Rick Beltram:
    • Samuel Harms (Greenville County GOP Chairman)
  • Karen Floyd:
    • Glenn McCall (SC RNC National Committeeman)
  • Kevin Hall:
    • Lindsey Graham (Senior Senator from SC)
    • Jim DeMint (Junior Senator from SC)

We hope to have an quick summary on Karen Floyd up in the next few weeks to go with our previous SC GOP Chairman story.  By the way, go over to The Palmetto Scoop and participate in their online poll.

As for endorsements and associations with campaigns (I need to know where to find political death certificates), I will not be working or endorsing any campaign for state chairman.  I am honored to have been asked to assist in these campaigns and wish the candidates the best of luck in their endeavors.

Spartanburg County GOP Executive Committee Meeting

January 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Press Release, SC Politics

The first executive meeting of the new year will be held on Thursday, January 15th at the Country Hearth Inn (Intersections of I-26 &I-85).  Dinner will begin being served buffet style at 6pm.  Cost is approximately $10 + tax. Program begins at 7pm.  Proposed agenda is below.

Opening Remarks
Chairman’s Report
Re-organization Report
Inauguration Report
Legislative Report – Steve Parker
Guest Speaker – Attorney General Henry McMaster
Resolutions Report

We have also obtained a resolution that will be presented at the meeting.

A motion to declare that the Spartanburg Republican Party officially endorses AG McMaster’s truth in sentencing – criminal justice reform proposal and urges each member of the Spartanburg County delegation to sign on as a co-sponsor and  actively support the proposal’s passage in the current session of the General Assembly

Election Night Parties

November 3, 2008 by  
Filed under Press Release

There are several parties scheduled for Election Day after the polls close.  Below are the ones we have learned about.  If your party isn’t listed here, let us know.

  1. Greenville GOP will have their event at Furman University in the Younts Conference Center.  It will start at 7pm.  Congressman Bob Inglis is scheduled to speak to the audience.
  2. Spartanburg GOP will have their event at Wild Wings in Downtown Spartanburg.  The event will start at 7pm.
  3. Spartanburg Democrats will have their event at Spartanburg Marriott at Renaissance Park [downtown] 299 North Church Street Spartanburg, SC 29306.  No Time specified.
  4. SC GOP will have their Election Night Victory ’08 celebration at the Hilton Columbia Center’s Ballroom on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. The celebration begins at 7:00 PM.

    Event is being held in conjunction with Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election campaign, Congressman Joe Wilson’s re-election campaign, and other local Republican candidates
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  5. Shane Martin will host an Election Party at Basils Grille from 6:30pm-10pm. Come join us in waiting for the Election results! Feel free to Drop- in or have Dinner!
  6. Table 301 – A fine dining restaurant group will be having 2 for 1 drink specials in downtown Greenville.  You must have your “I Voted Sticker” to get the specials.  The Restaurants include: (The Lazy Goat, Soby’s, Restaurant O, Devereaux’s)

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