Earlier today I renewed a call for Tom Kopko to resign as chairman of the Prince William County Republican Committee based on unsubstantiated rumors of potential voter fraud and a misreading of the Republican Party Plan as it applied to the reissued call for the 51st District Convention. I was wrong to make those demands, and I was wrong on what the Party Plan called for. I’d like to apologize to Tom Kopko and my readers for raising a big stink about something where I clearly got a lot of the facts wrong.
This is the second time I’ve made a mistake in regards to what is in the Party Plan (see Three Strikes Rule a Phantom). I’m fortunate to have some dedicated folks who will do everything they can to pick apart whatever I say (in particular Charles Richley and James Young), and while they can occasionally be somewhat frustrating, they do help to ensure that what eventually sorts out in the comment threads ends up as a consensus on what the facts are, or at least provide different perspectives where readers can form their own opinions. Sometimes I don’t give them enough credit for the valuable service they provide to readers, but this is an instance where their contributions clearly warrant considerable appreciation. I would rather they beat me up in order to ensure the truth comes out, than ignore my mistakes and allow them to remain unchallenged.
There are a lot of disturbing things going on in the 51st District, and attention to detail here is increasingly important as we move closer to the convention. I am disappointed in myself for not meeting the standards I want to consistently attain, and much of that can be attributed to me rushing to publish a post. With a little more discipline on my part that can be overcome, and I’m going to make every effort to exhibit that discipline. I will continue to appreciate the efforts of others to help ensure accuracy in what I report, and will do everything I can to help ensure that very little of that effort will be required.
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