Republican Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will be returning to Spartanburg, making the ritual campaign stop at the World’s Famous Beacon Drive-In.
The event is sponsored by the Spartanburg County GOP on August 16th starting at 12:00pm. Advised to arrive early and enjoy a Beacon lunch to reserve your spot. Seating is limited.
Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this year’s precinct re-organization meetings. Which is quite unfortunate. It was a process I invested a lot of time in during 2009 to accomplish a few goals for the conservative movement. We were very successful in Spartanburg and I learned a lot through the entire process. Here are a few of my thoughts and sources thoughts on the current re-org situation in Spartanburg.
Paul Jansen – Spartanburg GOP Chairman?
As many of you know, I worked hard with a group of conservatives last time around to ensure we removed the embarrassment of a county chair from his post. We’ll refer to him as TFC for the rest of this article. TFC was the one who wanted to ban a presidential candidate from attending county party events, comment on a candidates trophy wife (here’s FITS trophy wife story) and running primary campaigns out of the county party offices.
Anyways, as I have suspected, TFC has been planning his comeback. But TFC has found a new mouth piece that has appeared to be a puppet for him (TFC). One that I am quite surprised to have seen him cast his lot with.
His name is Paul Jansen. A hard right libertarian and an avid Ron Paul supporter.
Over the past year, Jansen has been getting closer and closer to TFC. He (Jansen) has partnered multiple times with the newly created Piedmont Republican Club to host various events. I and others have warned Jansen about his proximity to TFC and to be very careful. Primarily, we did not need to create any methods to provide TFC with an easy path of entry back into the county party after the amount of effort it took to remove TFC.
Jansen hasn’t revealed any intentions of the nature of his relationship with TFC. It is very probable Jansen thinks he’s building up a rapport with TFC (similar to what I did) to work his way deeper into the GOP. Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, TFC’s closest ties are towards the traditional base who lean center-right.
If Jansen were fortunate enough to garner the votes at the convention, my sources and I believe he would be made the laughing stock to the benefit of TFC by the TFC through many backdoor channels. You have to remember, TFC constantly reaches out to media outlets, seeking as much attention as possible.
Understand that I have nothing against Jansen. It is my concern that the intent of TFC is to further his attempts to embarrass the conservative block of the GOP. And if that means throwing Jansen under the bus to accomplish this, he will.
What are your thoughts about this potential alliance?
The Spartanburg GOP will be hosting its annual President’s Day banquet on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at the Spartanburg Marriott starting at 7pm.
The guest speaker will be Michelle Bachmann, the conservative representative from Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. You can find more information on the Spartanburg GOP website.
Courtesy: CBS News
Senator Jim DeMint will be visiting the world famous Beacon Drive-in on August 20th, 2010 from 3-5 pm.
This event is being sponsored by the Spartanburg GOP and NEWS Radio WORD will be broadcasting from The Beacon as well.
It is very fitting that DeMint is making a stop in Spartanburg during his re-election campaign.
For those of you who don’t remember, during the intense battle for Spartanburg County Chairman in 2009, then chairman Rick Beltram said he would be sitting on his hands when DeMint comes to Spartanbug in 2010. Why? DeMint endorsed his opponent in the State GOP race that ended up not being as highly contested as was once thought.
Beltram lost the county GOP race, withdrew from state GOP race and has been working on embarrassing the local party since, forming his own Republican club and most recently staging a meeting to oust write-in candidate Jimmy McMillan from the State House 36 race.
Is it Political Irony or Political Payback? You tell us!
The Spartanburg GOP with WSPA (News Channel 7) will be hosting a debate for the 4 announced republican gubernatorial candidates on Friday, April, 23 starting at 7pm.