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UPDATED: I (MAY NOT) Stand with RPV Chairman Whitbeck on Mark Berg Situation

Updated 11/13/2015 12:20 PM

After a slew of messages and phone calls, it appears that John Whitbeck has no proof of when his letter to Mark Berg was actually received. There is no mention of a personal phone call and no proof offered that Mark Berg actually knew his name was being used in a write in campaign against the Republican nominee. And while there is no provision in the rule allegedly broken that the accused must be notified, I do not see how one can be held accountable for allowing their name to be used for a write in campaign if they did not know. And as this incident hinges on Mark Berg knowingly allowing his name to be used, I would urge the RPV General Council to reconsider his opinion issued in this matter absent proof Berg received notification of the write in efforts.

So, upon further review, this should be overturned absent proof Berg was aware of the campaign. — Tom

I doubt there is a more vocal Republican when it comes to the Republican Party of Virginia’s war on Conservatives than yours truly. And there are not many elected officials in the Commonwealth more Conservative than Delegate Mark Berg. And I really hate the fact that Mark lost in a very close primary, but that is what happened.

Unfortunately, an active write in campaign was waged in favor of Mark Berg. And while I do not believe Berg was spearheading this effort to write him in on the November 3 ballot, there was a write in campaign nevertheless.

John Whitbeck wrote an Op-Ed at the Bull Elephant (Click here to read his piece) detailing the considerable effort he put forth to avoid this situation.

For the sake of clarity, I should point out that Del. Berg was never removed from the Party, nor did he resign from the Party.  There really is no such process because we do not register by Party in Virginia and I certainly do not have that power as Chairman. However, our Party does elect individuals to serve on the Official Committees that govern the Republican Party of Virginia (“RPV”). Up until October 31, 2015, Del. Berg was elected to serve on three Official Committees: the SCC, the 10th District and the FCRC. While individuals who serve on an Official Committees can be removed from their elected office after due process this did not happen to Del. Berg. Rather, he was deemed to have resigned from all Official Committees pursuant to Article 7, Section C, Paragraph 2 of the RPV Party Plan which states:

A member of an Official Committee is held to a higher standard of support for nominees of the Republican Party than an individual who merely participates in a mass meeting, party canvass, convention, or primary. Therefore, a member of an Official Committee is deemed to have resigned his Committee position if he (a) makes a reportable contribution to and/or (b) allows his name to be publicly used by and/or (c) makes a written or other public statement in support of a candidate in opposition to a Republican nominee in a Virginia General or Special Election. Such member may be re-instated by a majority vote of the other members of the Committee. (Emphasis added).

And the piece goes on to list the numerous efforts Whitbeck attempted on Berg’s behalf including a letter in the Bull Elephant post. All Mark was required to do was disavow the write in efforts.

He did so, but after the election.

Whitbeck points out that Berg, at this point, has two options. He can appeal the ruling, but it is my belief that the ruling is correct and I would support upholding the ruling. The second option is to be voted back in by a majority, which is the route I believe should be taken as soon as possible. And I would hope the vote would be unanimous. Since there is no proof Berg received a letter and had any knowledge of the write in campaign, I believe RPV’s General Council ruling is in error and would urge a unit chair or other person authorized to do so to request a reconsideration absent proof Berg knew of the campaign. Reading the Bulol Elephant account by Whitbeck led me to believe Berg was aware. But I have since determined that was not necessarily the case.


Whitbeck correctly points out that the rules state that A member of an Official Committee is held to a higher standard of support for nominees of the Republican Party than an individual who merely participates in a mass meeting, party canvass, convention or primary. Such member need not actively support the nominee, but it is not permitted to knowingly allow your name to be used in opposition to the nominee. And after Whitbeck notified Berg, a simple statement could have prevented this unpleasantness.

So let’s vote Mark Berg back in and put this all behind us. We need Mark. There is a lot of work to do. And let’s give the Republican winner a chance. Chris Collins was elected with 86% of the vote.

Thank you John Whitbeck. I know it was hard but the right call was made here. Let’s all just get past it.

 

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

One Response to “UPDATED: I (MAY NOT) Stand with RPV Chairman Whitbeck on Mark Berg Situation”

  1. Mark Latham says:

    Isn\’t it ironic that Middle Resolution political operatives worked to elect Berg two years ago and the same campaign workers took on the campaign TO MANAGE COLLINS to defeat THE MOST CONSERVATIVE delegate in the House- Mark Berg in the June Primary.

    Steve Walsh should be very ashamed of putting personal greed above conservative principles. When the word gets out in conservative circles- he\’ll never work in Virginia Politics Again.

    Troxel and Walsh are Benedict Arnolds. For Sale to the highest bidder. Operatives for Middle Resolution and their R votes data base.

    Wake up people-

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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