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By Greg L | 21 June 2007 | PWCRC | 27 Comments

The Second Annual PWCRC Spring Gala scheduled for June 29th has been “postponed”, due to lower than expected ticket sales and a conflict with a campaign event for Delegate Scott Lingamfelter with House Speaker William Howell.  In the aftermath of this “postponement”, there’s been a purge of the committee’s membership chairman and calls for PWCRC Chairman Tom Kopko to step down or be removed from office by the membership.  It’s getting to be just plain goofy, and not only because of the strange timing of a “spring gala” after the summer solstice.

Given all that’s been going on lately, it’s not too surprising that attendance at this event would be disappointing.  Kopko’s intransigence in failing to address the apparent improprieties of his support of a primary candidate in the 51st District which he effectively controls, the irregularities in several conventions that have been conducted during his tenure, his open fighting with the Chairman of the 11th Congressional District Committee, as well as with some candidates for Republican nominations, and now his removal from office of his chosen membership director don’t help at all to promote unity within the party.  Who exactly would want to celebrate all of this?  It’s the county Republican’s tribute to the Ethiopian Red Terror, complete with whiskey, but the starvation exists entirely within the number of members willing to serve in a number of leadership positions.

I don’t see Tom Kopko getting removed by the membership.  Those that might be inclined to vote for his removal just aren’t coming to meetings anymore.  Of 150 active members in the committee, only 88 attended the last meeting.  Since any such vote would have to happen at the following meeting, which is currently scheduled for July 23rd, it’s possible that the roughly 40 to 60 votes required to pull this off could be recruited, but since it’s just easier for members to drop out, that’s probably a more likely outcome.

In many cases, if the county committee sinks into irrelevancy, it isn’t going to make a whole lot of difference for most Republican candidates this election cycle.  Many of them have been conducting campaigns that haven’t relied on strong support from the committee in the past.  There are a few exceptions to this rule, and strangely enough it’s those with the closest ties to Tom Kopko that have the most to lose here.  It’s a strangely karmic thing.

Next Monday may actually be interesting.

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  1. starbuck said on 21 Jun 2007 at 1:06 pm:
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    Who got purged? And are they off the committee entirely? Just what Kopko needs, more enemies.

  2. Loudoun Insider said on 21 Jun 2007 at 1:31 pm:
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    Did Kopko make his decision yet on Julie Lucas’ appeal?

  3. anon said on 21 Jun 2007 at 2:37 pm:
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    Who was the membership chairman?

  4. Batson D. Belfrey said on 21 Jun 2007 at 3:58 pm:
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    Kopko ia like Kudzu. Once established, difficult to get rid of. Marketed as a benefit, turned out to be destructive.

  5. AWCheney said on 21 Jun 2007 at 4:13 pm:
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    Destructive is an understatement Batson…disaster is more like it!

  6. Used to like the PWCRC said on 21 Jun 2007 at 4:55 pm:
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    Bryanna Altman-superstar organizer of the most successful Lincoln Reagan Dinner in PWCRC history, community activist and someone Kopko definitely should not have pissed off.

  7. Bryanna said on 21 Jun 2007 at 5:37 pm:
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    Republicans seeking office need to distance themselves from Kopko, he is bad news.

  8. Loudoun Insider said on 21 Jun 2007 at 7:20 pm:
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    Did she perhaps have the nerve to criticize Kopko? That’s certainly a reason for banishment.

    Can the Loudoun and PW County Republican Committees please get their acts together and stop the hemmorhaging?

  9. anon said on 21 Jun 2007 at 7:58 pm:
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    Is there anyone in PWC Republican politics that Bryanna HASN’T decared war on this year?

  10. CONVA said on 21 Jun 2007 at 8:39 pm:
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    I wonder if Kopko is a dem in disguise. At least it appears his thrust is to run the committee in the ground. The only candidate that relies on him is Gill and he won’t be around after November.

  11. John Light said on 21 Jun 2007 at 9:40 pm:
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    What I find interesting is that if you go to the PWCGOP website it STILL shows the information for the gala, yet, on the day of the convention Mr. Kopko was so VERY quick to post and proclaim Faisal the winner even though the Honorable Julie Lucas had not conceeded the race due to a pending appeal which was quickly made yet Kopko has YET to rule on.

    VERY SAD that Mr. Kopko is so selective in the website updates. He obviously has 2 watches, one watch that runs fast (declaring Faisal the winner) and one that is measured in dog years (hearing and acting on Hon. Lucas’ appeal).

  12. Bryanna said on 21 Jun 2007 at 10:04 pm:
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    Tom’s made a series of bad decisions when he publicly supported Gill over Lucas prior to the 51st Convention, worked for the Gill campaign, and he refused to hand off the proxy for Chairman to someone else after the conflict of interest ($2,000.) was made public.

    I heard that the Membership Chair was one of several Executive Committee members that did take him to task in a closed session meeting regarding the 51st., but didn’t have two thirds support to temporily remove him from office on a 30 suspension.

  13. Bryanna said on 21 Jun 2007 at 10:16 pm:
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    This isn’t a committee issue, it’s an issue with the committee of one. The One, being Kopko, that appears to be intentionally delaying Julie’s appeal.

    Kopko seems to have a pattern when trying to work with women. Karen Ulrich walked away a quarter of the way into his term, Lucy claimed to be treated unfairly, and appears that he has conspired against Julie to remove her by prematurely giving Gil the Republican endorsement.

    I think Bryanna is right. Kopko needs to resign, or those Republican candidates closest to Kopko may be in big trouble this fall.

    Good for Julie for sticking with the Party!

  14. Bryanna said on 21 Jun 2007 at 10:23 pm:
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    “Loudoun Insider said on 21 Jun 2007 at 7:20 pm: Did she perhaps have the nerve to criticize Kopko?”


  15. Bryanna said on 21 Jun 2007 at 11:11 pm:
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    Greg L.,
    In an election for a unit chairperson, is the vote open to all Republican’s including members and non-members of the committee?

  16. Greg L said on 21 Jun 2007 at 11:39 pm:
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    At the conclusion of Kopko’s term, which should be sometime around next March, there will be a convention which will select the next chairman. It will be subject to the same sort of delegate pre-filings, credentials process and election as you’d expect from any convention, and will probably look and feel a lot like we’ve seen from other conventions over the past year.

    It will take massive numbers to unseat him.

  17. AWCheney said on 21 Jun 2007 at 11:46 pm:
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    Greg, Kopko should be unseated much sooner…perhaps, after the appeals process is concluded? In that event, the process will be different.

  18. Bryanna said on 22 Jun 2007 at 8:11 am:
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    After the appeal process ends, the litmus test with GOP voters will be based on how the Committee responds. There is no question that if Kopko tries to sweep the 51st convention under the rug, and the Committee fails to take action that our Republican candidates will lose volunteers and votes by abstention.

    Bearing in mind some loss to Independent votes, the “anybody but” factor, nonparticipation, lower voter turn out than in last years special election, and the GOP’s closest to Kopko are in trouble. Just look at the VPAP reports, I’d say they are already feeling the pinch.

  19. freedom said on 22 Jun 2007 at 11:48 am:
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    As stated on another thread, the 51st Convention has been little more than a manipulative effort that has hurt Julie, and in the end, will hurt Corey and Michelle…and with some support, will “hurt them” enough.

    Tom Kopko has bullied people to fit HIS view of what’s right, long enough. What happened to Republican integrity?

  20. Had to SAY said on 22 Jun 2007 at 12:16 pm:
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    Kopko is too ALL important. He loves the limelight, even if it’s negative.He has a love affair with himself, and can do no wrong……. According to him.

    Everything Kopko has done for the GOP has been to HIS benefit and no one elses. He doesn’t care who is hurt in his antic’s as long as his name is out there. His interest in the Republican party is only what it can do for him, not what he can do to help the Party.

    Get rid of him as the Chairman of the PWCGOP Chairman!!!

  21. AWCheney said on 22 Jun 2007 at 2:56 pm:
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    Don’t forget Bob FitzSimmonds Freedom…this may wind up being his last hurrah.

  22. Loudoun Insider said on 22 Jun 2007 at 9:23 pm:
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    Had to Say, would that benefit include $2,000 for designing Faisal Gill’s website?

  23. Bryanna said on 23 Jun 2007 at 12:35 am:
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    The Ideologues (Far Right) have gone too far. Stewart, Kopko, McQuigg, Fitzsimmonds, Lingamfelter, …we’re coming after you!

    These egocentric Ideologues were bought by Gill, a Democrat who deviously exploited the far right. He is pro Sanctuary, immigration/amnesty and Sharia Law! Gill stole the election, he is a thief.

    Mike May and Michelle McQuigg could have stopped it but didn’t. That’s voter fraud. You’re finished in PWC.

    Let’s support our pragmatic Republican’s who are running for office; Caddigan, Nohe, Covington, Lucy Beauchamp, Julie Lucus and Jackson Miller.

    PANDEK is nothing to write home about, but she can’t possibly do as much damage in PWC as STEWART is capable of doing.

    Stewart is a self serving Ideologue who is barking orders at the Committee, forcing Gill down our throats, and driving a Republican agenda. He has done a horrible job in his first term. Other than raise our taxes, he hasn’t done anything else.

    , immigration, his wife is an illegal alien!

  24. CONVA said on 24 Jun 2007 at 10:52 am:
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    Vote them all out! Don’t give them any cash, don’t go to their rallies, just shun them.

  25. James Young said on 24 Jun 2007 at 2:38 pm:
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    Well, if memory serves, the Membership Chairman serves at the pleasure of the Chairman. That having been said, I would agree that the notion of a Spring Gala was probably not such a hot idea. Hindsight is always 20/20. But it was a new idea, an effort to do more. Are we now going to condemn every one who steps forward to lead for every new but failed idea to build the party? Oops! Yeah, I guess here, we are.

    As for attendance, 88 out of 155 current members is not at all unusual, from an historical perspective. Anyone who says otherwise is either ignorant or a liar. It is no more or less than usually attend any meeting, particularly since attendance requirements — one meeting out of three, per the State Party Plan — are so lax.

  26. freedom said on 27 Jun 2007 at 6:38 pm:
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    Oh no, AWC, you’re right, can’t forget FitzSimmonds, he’s one of ‘em too…and deserves a sideline seat. Oh, and there’s another, the “bellow man,” Mr Scott Lingamfalter. Out!!

    We need an organizer!! AWC?? :)

  27. AWCheney said on 28 Jun 2007 at 1:26 am:
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    Sorry Freedom…I’m already committed to a campaign. We’re getting ready to get Hamilton “Ham” Sandwich really geared up. This will be one for the local history books. ;-)

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