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PWCRC Chairman Race Looks Uncontested

By Greg L | 1 March 2008 | PWCRC | 29 Comments

The filing deadline for candidates for Chairman of the Prince William County Republican Committee expired at 7:00 PM Saturday, and unofficially, it looks like Lyle Beefeldt is the only candidate. Not only does the PWCRC get an competent and trustworthy chairman, but it appears so far that there will be no internal fight to decide the leadership of the Prince William Committee.

Lyle is an experienced technocrat, well versed on policy and procedure, and dedicated to ensuring fairness within the candidate selection process. He’s also rather well versed in public communications, and is likely to be an effective and reasoned advocate of Republican principles for the committee. Lyle is a great pick who drew strong and early support from a wide range of activists, which pretty much demonstrated that while challenging his candidacy was possible, it was not likely to be a very productive endeavor.

That is something I can absolutely vouch for, as the coalition dedicated to getting Lyle the nod here was positively enormous.

For those of you who may have felt that the PWCRC had become a waste of your time, I think you can come back now.



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29 Comments

  1. James Young said on 1 Mar 2008 at 9:17 pm:
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    I agree with much of your post, save this: “For those of you who may have felt that the PWCRC had become a waste of your time, I think you can come back now.”

    As far as I’m concerned (and it’s just my opinion), if you couldn’t hang around when you weren’t getting everything your way, don’t bother to come back. Ever.

  2. CONVA said on 1 Mar 2008 at 9:36 pm:
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    Lyle has his work cut out for him. Kopko and his cabal nearly ruined a committee that was running like a well oiled machine, with only an occassional tune up required. Lyle will need to get someone to replace the Vice chair and also the tresurer. I wish him well.

  3. Anonymous said on 1 Mar 2008 at 10:44 pm:
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    Was Kopko forced out?

  4. me said on 1 Mar 2008 at 10:49 pm:
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    I was very pleased to hear Lyle was going to run.

    I had also heard that Trent Barton was going to run, he isn’t running? I am a bit surprised. Does that mean there isn’t going to be a convention? And I suppose if there was a filing deadline for Chairman then there couldn’t be a last minute nomination from the floor?

    Sorry for all the questions I didn’t know if someone out there has the answers.

  5. Greg L said on 2 Mar 2008 at 2:43 am:
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    Trent is a fine man and a dedicated Republican, but I don’t think the votes would have been there for him. I think it’s a wiser choice for him to look at one of the other slots on the committee, which he may well do.

    There will be a convention, as there is other business than the selection of the Chairman. To see the call and see the whole list of agenda items, go to http://pwcgop.org/20080412_Call_PWC_Convention.htm

    The rules for these rarely, if ever, include a provision for nominations from the floor. The convention could amend the rules and make this possible, but that’s extremely unusual.

  6. opditch said on 2 Mar 2008 at 6:12 am:
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    I can’t resist…, Here’s one for ya:

    Grow the Committee with “James Young for Membership Chairman!!” ha ha

  7. Loudoun Insider said on 2 Mar 2008 at 8:24 am:
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    James Young once again demonstrates why the GOP is failing to maintain majorities.

  8. Freedom said on 2 Mar 2008 at 9:38 am:
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    This is the best news EVER…now someone we can get behind without worrying if he’s on Faisal’s payroll.

    Oh, and OP, that’s enough out of you, please….that’s not EVEN funny!! :) :)

  9. HEARTBLEED said on 2 Mar 2008 at 10:09 am:
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    As someone who leans democrat, i sure hope that trent wins……the rep party as structured today has been a disaster for pwc……sure, reps win most elections but take a close look at who is winning and what their agendea is..all meeeeeeeee….there are a few good ones……but, fcs, look at allthe anarchists. Happy Sunday

  10. fidelio said on 2 Mar 2008 at 10:41 am:
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    Kopko’s departure is a blow to the Democrats. A fair nomination contest could produce a strong nominee who can outwork lazybones Paul Nichols in the 51st HD.

    Julie Lucas, pick up the red phone.

  11. Robert T. Molleur said on 2 Mar 2008 at 12:52 pm:
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    opditch:

    I miss reading your letters to editor.

    They’re GREAT!

  12. es_la_ley said on 2 Mar 2008 at 6:00 pm:
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    Loudoun Insider said on 2 Mar 2008 at 8:24 am:

    James Young once again demonstrates why the GOP is failing to maintain majorities.

    How?

  13. es_la_ley said on 2 Mar 2008 at 6:10 pm:
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    fidelio said on 2 Mar 2008 at 10:41 am:

    Kopko’s departure is a blow to the Democrats.

    Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner!

  14. James Young said on 2 Mar 2008 at 8:22 pm:
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    Yeah, “Loudmouthed Inciter,” you’ve certainly done a sterling job for the GOP in your neck of the woods. Kinda like “opditch.” Maybe Lyle will make him Parliamentarian. After all, he’s such an expert in fair and studious application of the rules.

    And who is it who has a “my way or the highway” attitude, after all? Those of us who have stuck with the Committee through thick and thin, and were in the leadership when, after all, the GOP was achieving majority status in PWC? Or those who take their ball and go home when they don’t like the result?

  15. James Young said on 2 Mar 2008 at 8:28 pm:
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    And actually, Greg, I don’t think the Call can be amended by the Convention. So Lyle is it, with a pre-filing requirement, and he will be Chairman.

    To be a little more specific, the Convention will still have to be held in order to elect delegates to the District and State Conventions. No small duty, but one likely to be non-controversial, as there has been no history, since the PW/Manassas split in 1991, for slating and/or instructing delegates. So long as fewer than the number of available delegate spots apply to be delegates to those conventions, all will be elected.

    As for OP’s sarcastic “offer,” I have professional duties which would preclude accepting any active role, like an impending Supreme Court argument in October or November (you know, actually fighting the far Left on a daily basis in deed).

  16. CONVA said on 2 Mar 2008 at 9:08 pm:
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    WHEW! the PWCRC dodged a bullet. For an instant I thought JY would take O.P. up on his suggestion.

  17. James Young said on 2 Mar 2008 at 10:04 pm:
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    And what “contribution” have you ever made to the GOP in particular, or the Conservative cause generally, “CONVA”? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

  18. Loudoun Insider said on 2 Mar 2008 at 10:51 pm:
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    Once again James Young proves what an arrogant self centered tool he is.

  19. opditch said on 3 Mar 2008 at 7:41 am:
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    hey CONVA, Thank God for “professional duties” and “conservative warriors, in deed”

    ok JY, I’ll hold my comeback on your Parliamentarian jab… we would have to delve into some PWCRC history of that position…. if you know what I mean…he he.

  20. James Young said on 3 Mar 2008 at 9:23 am:
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    Uh, “Loudmouthed Inciter,” it’s only “arrogance” when you’re not as good as you think you are. I’ve got a healthy dose of self-doubt as to my own abilities, but I’ve also got a resume of which I’m not ashamed, i.e., unlike you, I don’t hide it.

    And wow, opditch: you’re a funny guy. I do know what you mean: for the uninformed, I served as Parliamentarian for four separate Chairman of the Committee, numerous conventions (when I wasn’t Rules Committee Chairman), and the 8th and 11th Congressional District Committees long before opditch ever darkened a PWC GOP meeting with his presence. But maybe his manifest accomplishments as part of Julie Lucas’ “Brain Trust” (charitably monikered) justify his assumption of that role.

    That was sure a devastating comeback. ‘Guess there’s no real way to belittle that inconvenient little fact, huh?

  21. Gnarly said on 3 Mar 2008 at 12:54 pm:
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    These are very big words for someone who has once again had his BUTT handed to him on a platter in a political battle.

  22. AWCheney said on 3 Mar 2008 at 2:40 pm:
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    “And who is it who has a “my way or the highway” attitude, after all? Those of us who have stuck with the Committee through thick and thin, and were in the leadership when, after all, the GOP was achieving majority status in PWC?”

    Is that why you and your cronies tried so hard to show OP Ditch the highway, Jimmy? You really are amusing…NOT!!!

    By the way Jimmy boy, that status you are continuously crowing about was achieved by climbing on the backs of those who came before…systematically building the Republican Party in PWC from the time in the early 70’s when this was a totally Dem county. All you children had to do was add the final touches to a Republican tapestry which was created by the sweat and blood of those who came before. The only one that I have EVER heard claim sole credit for achieving majority status in PWC in those Johnny-Come-Lately years has been you. Everyone else seems to be a bit more familiar with our County political history.

  23. CONVA said on 3 Mar 2008 at 3:50 pm:
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    No one expects JY to appreciate military service. O.P. was serving his country in the military while JY was doing his “duty” as a political hack. I recall O.P. busting his buns putting up signs for Bush on republican hill and other places but I don’t recall JY doing a damn thing. It is called “boots on the ground” not pontificating on trivia regarding campaign support. Do you all recall Kerry reminding us at every opportunity that he was a Viet Nam vet? Doesn’t JY try to remind us at every opportunity that he handles cases before the supreme court? Big deal, how boring is that? That’s what Lawyers do, present their case to a judge.

  24. PUKENSNOT said on 3 Mar 2008 at 4:59 pm:
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    CONVA, the PWCRC was NEVER a “well-oiled” machine. There have always been problems and there always will be problems. We’ve just had fewer of them than the Dems. We need to give credit to those who step up to the plate to get things done even when we disagree. Kopko has made his fair share of mistakes, but at least he’s not one of those who just shows up to “bitch-but-do-nothing” types.

  25. CONVA said on 3 Mar 2008 at 6:12 pm:
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    PUNKESNOT 3 MAR 4:59 PM
    I am not sure Kopko made any “mistakes”. Most of his actions were deliberate.

  26. Bryanna said on 3 Mar 2008 at 9:37 pm:
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    This is great news for all Prince William GOP’s. Many thanks to Lyle for his willingness to unite and serve the GOP party.

    Special recognition to Kopko for knowing when to fold, and to Trent Barton for not muddying the water.

  27. James Young said on 4 Mar 2008 at 10:02 am:
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    There is much truth in “PUKENSNOT’s” — what a vile handle! — comment.

    And I am not sanguine about Lyle’s prospects for “unit[ing]” the GOP, “Ari.” The first time that he takes a stand, the same people who have attacked Kopko — largely but not exclusively hiding behind pseudonyms — will start throwing their peurile brickbats.

  28. John Light said on 4 Mar 2008 at 12:54 pm:
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    fidelio said on 2 Mar 2008 at 10:41 am:
    “Kopko’s departure is a blow to the Democrats. A fair nomination contest could produce a strong nominee who can outwork lazybones Paul Nichols in the 51st HD.

    Julie Lucas, pick up the red phone.”

    Well, anonymous one, you prove to all that you have no idea what you are talking about. It is amazing when I see comments like these about our Delegates from people who have never stepped outside of the County.

    As someone who has witnessed Hon. Nichols first hand, I have to tell you that Paul has been doing an exemplary job representing the 51st in Richmond. I have seen him on the floor, seem him in meetings, witnessed leaders of BOTH parties approach him and thank him for the hard work he is doing.

    It is good that the 51st finally has someone in Richmond who is representing the 51st well and is actually respected. As far as your comment about Ms. Lucas…getting on the badwagon a bit late now, aren’t you???

  29. CONVA said on 4 Mar 2008 at 3:58 pm:
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    John Light 4 March 12:54
    Anyone would be as asset when stacked up against Faisal Gill.

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