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AJ Spiker Can Take A Punch

Big thanks to Big Texan RobHino for keeping The DP updated on our exploits at the RNC this week.

I am home and processing all that has gone on, but wanted to share my experience with AJ Spiker, Chair of the Iowa Republican Party and former Ron Paul staffer, during our time in Charlotte.

I didn't know Spiker, but like many of you, was a bit disappointed when I heard that he had written letter supporting Priebus. It was before my Maine Committeeman Mark Willis had entered the race, but still... I was deprived of my delegation seat in Tampa by that guy.

So after the first day at the winter meeting we returned to the house we were staying in (our Liberty crew from ME, TX, NV and TN) and started pouring the wine. Shortly thereafter, fellow Mainer Eric Brakey came back and brought a friend. He plopped down next to me and introduced himself. AJ Spiker.

The gang filtered in and after a while, the conversation turned to Spiker's letter supporting Priebus. It began when one of the young women in our crew turned to AJ and said, "That letter that you wrote hurt my heart." Mr. Spiker dropped his head in shame.

So people started firing questions at him, and he answered very graciously, but the conversation got so confusing that we finally pulled up the letter, went through it line by line, and made him justify every sentence. AND HE DID! I think we even went through the letter twice actually. The whole conversation went on for probably an hour.

The dude took a pummeling, at one point someone at the table yelled, "AJ Spiker, you have less integrity than an Enron lobbyist!" To peals of laughter, including Spiker's.

In the end we all agreed to disagree on how to be a Liberty person on the inside of the Republican party (really not an easy task), and not everyone agreed with his rationale on his support letter for Priebus, but in the end, we all did respect him.

He did not lash back, or run away. And although I was sure we would never see him again after the hazing we put him through, he came back to Chez Liberty every night.

My overall impression... he is a good guy. Lots of humility. A real person. I really like what I have seen of his character. And I think that being on the inside of the GOP is making him die a little on the inside. It was clear that the political machinations were wearing him down a bit.

So props to AJ Spiker... the man can take a punch.

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Not buying it AJ....

Okay, this is what gets me the most about what this party has done, at the national convention, & now at the winter meeting. We DON'T have ELECTIONS! The RNC is either so scared, or so corrupt, or both, that it does not want more than one name on a ballot. Why do we even have conventions or meetings if this is the case? What does this do for anyone who might want to run? Everything's decided before the damn event. Rancid & his henchmen fly around the country twisting arms, threatening to withhold support or money. Whose money is it anyway? His? ANY other candidate couldn't or WOULDN'T do what Rancid did. What does that say about how much Rancid cares for Nevada? "If you don't vote for me you won't get ANYTHING!" Gee, thanks GOP.....Do you think a GOP presidential candidate will ever take Nevada with that attitude? Do you think when Reid finally retires that we'll elect a Republican? HELL NO! Then, Rancid, with all his "political skills," do you think he's had any success anyway? In running the convention? In running a presidential campaign? In bringing about PARTY UNITY? I swear, I could have run Romney's campaign better than Rancid, but I have my standards & Romney does not meet them. Really - Do me a favor & just have a listen to MSNBC when they're discussing the GOP & see if you can rebut any of their criticism. We handed Obomb'em his second term on a silver platter & Rancid cooked the entree'.

Cynthia Kennedy
Nevada Delegate, unbound for Ron Paul

From someone who was there....

https://www.facebook.com/events/274434372686214/permalink/27...

"There was a lot said in the sanctuary of that liberty house that I don't believe I have any right to repeat publicly but I will say that my firm belief is what AJ needs the most is the liberty movement coming to his aide and making it clear we are there to provide the support he needs to be a state chair promoting the cause of liberty in the IA GOP to the extent he doesn't ever have to even think he needs to look to the dark siders for assistance in fulfilling the commitments he made when he agreed to take the job.

He is no Benedict Arnold. He is perhaps in danger of becoming a Prisoner of War."

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Good story. I have been working with the republican party for a while now and I have supported people who were not fully inside of my spectrum. But I have never wavered in my philosophy and will continue to push us towards the liberty's edge.

I'd like to hear the responses as well

Some here are kind of excusing him by stating that "eventually" in politics you'll get dirty. To that I say look at Ron Paul. How long has he been in the battlefield and not "gotten dirty". Regardless - thanks for the story.

Well...

There was that thing down in Texas with Dr. Paul supporting Lamar Smith and others in the Texas GOP back in 2010 - something he had to do in order to keep good standing in the party, which in turn kept him in office and in the public eye. Sometimes you have to play chess, not checkers.

Also, Rand still gets plenty of support around here despite the Romney thing too.

Valid points - here's my view:

My understanding is that he wasn't allowed to endorse anyone else running against an incumbent republican(don't know if it's true though). In his defense, it may be something he may have regretted agreeing to in the past wayyy before the endorsement(again I'm simply speculating here).

I also would state that the consequences(the presidency) for Dr. Paul FARRR outweighed any possible consequence of a 2nd state nominating Mark Willis instead of reince for chair when he supposedly already had the majority of the votes promised - not much for Mark to gain other than camaraderie. Even if Mark Willis managed to get three states - do you honestly think he stood a chance at winning???

My speculations come because:
When you behave a certain way and tend to vote a certain way, even if it's not the "popular" or "lucrative" thing to do - for thirty years no less, besides my loyalty, I have to give the man the benefit of the doubt.

I didn't mention Rand simply because, though I trust him and believe he sincerely thinks that he thinks his strategy will get him farther politically, I personally & morally couldn't do it.

Good review. Don't know what

Good review. Don't know what to say. I was a committeeman in my district in my county where politics is considered a blood sport. And quite possibly being the only RP person involved, in the a county of 140,000 Republicans, I got some thumbs up but mostly I was looked at as something quite different. It's really going into a lion's den of people who just don't have the courage to move beyond following along.

Your sentence about dying some on the inside, is maybe a good sign that displays a Liberty person working the party but it's gut wrenching.

Keep trying to move forward. Good job.

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So what WAS his reason?

And why hasn't he posted it HERE?

We work like dogs to get liberty people elected. Why should we bother if we're gonna get screwed like this?

Google is government.

What was said

Jeremy Blosser (TX bad ass whom not even "Joan the Silencer" could silence, and who we are 80% sure is actually Batman) posted this comment on FB in response to the same question. Thought it was right on target:

"There was a lot said in the sanctuary of that liberty house that I don't believe I have any right to repeat publicly but I will say that my firm belief is what AJ needs the most is the liberty movement coming to his aide and making it clear we are there to provide the support he needs to be a state chair promoting the cause of liberty in the IA GOP to the extent he doesn't ever have to even think he needs to look to the dark siders for assistance in fulfilling the commitments he made when he agreed to take the job.

He is no Benedict Arnold. He is perhaps in danger of becoming a Prisoner of War."

If he was shamed why come out

If he was shamed why come out with this glowing post about him. A.J. is a soft GOP sellout and should have backed the true liberty candidate within the GOP - Mark Willis and now we hear that he may run for Senate. Looks like a quid pro quo to me. Establishment Sellout just like Rand.

What's probably going on, is

What's probably going on, is princess is going to win anyhow, so lets play a card ata later time and not waste it here. A good move, from playing with the party game, but man, it still deflates motivation.

But, yeah, we want to be aggressive. arrgh...

Those moves never work.

Ask how many people came up to Ashley and Mark after the vote at the RNC. They were the rockstars and A.J. and Smack were sidelined. Our Liberty Committeemembers in Maine had steel spines to stand up to the RNC the way that they did. A.J. should get no credit for selling out. Even if he explained himself with wonky politico points. Very few think outside of the box like Ron Paul. Those that do within our movement should be rewarded. Also heard that Jesse Benton was saying bad things about Willis to both Smack and A.J. third hand. Anyone know about that?

I agree. I didn't play their

I agree. I didn't play their ball in my area. Yeah, I was looked as an outcast from the standards but I could tell they didn't know what I was going to do next and was on their minds.

This is like we are playing not to lose and hoping our reward is a chance to make a play in the future.

But I got a down arrow above so maybe I was being told that my take are not on target.

Only those close to Spiker are going to know whats the motive.

I have no heard of your last sentence.

I know. That is why I don't

I know. That is why I don't know what to say. But your on mark.

When you play in the mud you get dirty.

It can not be helped as hard as one might try.

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Mark and Ashley Stood firm

But sellout A.J. did not. What does that say. Liberty leadership starts and ends in Maine. Even Smack sold out to the Establishment. We need to look at Maine for out leadership within the Liberty movement. A.J. does not cut the mustard here.

It wasn't Smack's

first sellout. He IS establishment.

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On Smack

I don't think Smack "sold out." From what I can gather, he was pressured very hard into it. (If there is a difference between being bribed or being bullied, which I think there is.) Made me very sad, because we were close to a third state at the time.

Thank you...

for taking the time to share your thoughts. Bump for others to read.