35th District Meeting

  Well last night was the monthly 35th Representative District meeting for the Sussex GOP.

   It was uneventful, which is a nice change for Sussex GOP meetings. We had several of our elected officials present. Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, Rep. Dave Wilson, Sussex Councilman Sam Wilson and Rep. Ruth Briggs-King.

   Rep. Briggs-King was also there to speak about her candidacy to be the next vice-chair of the Delaware GOP. The other candidate, also from Sussex is Nelly Jordan who is a RD chairperson at this time.

  Mrs. Jordan was unable to attend the meeting due to a family emergency, and so she sent a proxy to speak in her place. Since this was basically an endorsement speech for Mrs. Jordan and not her personal vision of how she sees the position of vice-chair, I will focus on Rep. Briggs-King’s presentation.

  As always Rep. Briggs-King comes well prepared, and is an above average public speaker. She laid out her view of what the position of vice-chair of the state party’s role is.

  Of course it is to fill in for the chairman when not available, but she also sees it as a position that can network throughout the state in order to grow the back-bench of up and coming candidates. She spoke of the need to have candidates for every race. She spoke of how it will be impossible for the Delaware GOP to counter the one party rule that has infected the state, until the Republicans can field candidates for every race.

  In my opinion the one thing that Rep. Briggs-King said last night was that, to win elections the Republicans must first concentrate on the three Ms. “Message, Messenger, and the money to put them over the finish line. In my view this is a winning vision for the future of the Delaware GOP.

  This should not be about one person against another person, it should be about who can do the best job moving the GOP in Delaware forward?

20 Comments on "35th District Meeting"

  1. Harry Whittington says:

    Representative Briggs-King proved herself head and shoulders above the rest of the Legislature when she cast the only “NO” vote on RGGI.

    I can’t name one accomplishment of her opponent. Anyone?

  2. Frank Knotts says:

    Harry, she is a strong-willed, smart, able legislator, who bothers to read the bills and doesn’t toss her name around simply to have it on a bill.

  3. kavips says:

    Message, messenger, and money is kind of a weak plan… Isn’t that exactly what happened in 2012 on the Republican side of the Presidential and Senate races? Neither did well for Republicans….

    I’m thinking you will need more, a lot more.

  4. Frank Knotts says:

    Kavips, I think the point was that you need all three. If any are missing, there is little chance of winning. I do believe that the message is most important.

  5. kavips says:

    Ok, got you… I missed that part…

  6. Mike Protack says:

    NCC is the challenge, where is the plan for NCC?

  7. Frank Knotts says:

    Mr. Protack, since you live in NCC you would have a better feel for that. I would suggest that you could start with a “Meet The Elected Officials Night” like the one that was held in the 35th this month. Invite citizens and elected officials to a meeting where they can exchange ideas and learn from each other. Out of that exchange you may grow the number of people who wish to participate in the process.

  8. anonymous says:

    Ruth lost to Ms. Jordan who was the better candidate for the vice chair position. This certainly proves that Ruth was off base when she stated at the 35th district meeting she was running for the position because the other candidate was a “token” candidate. I saw the 3 amigos Frankie, Stevie and Jeffie skulking around thick as thieves. Everyone has figured out what this blogs really about.

    Frankie I’m sure Ms. Lafferty would be more than happy to grant you an interview, that is if you can handle the truth from a native Sussex Countian, who says what she means and means what she says.

  9. Frank Knotts says:

    Ironic that someone who comes here under a screen name uses words like skulking, and then talks about meaning what they say and saying what they mean.
    And I was at the 35th meeting and Rep. Briggs-King did not call Mrs. Jordan a token, she said it could be perceived as the Republicans putting her up as a token attempt to pander to the Hispanic community. But don’t let the facts confuse you.

  10. anonymous says:

    Quite frankly I believe what the people who heard what was said over a person who has a hidden agenda. The 35th is ripe with bigotry, racism, and backstabbers like you Frank. I’m not a cowardly puppet like you either. You had plenty of opportunity to approach Ms. Lafferty at the convention yet you didn’t. You’d rather spread the usual innuendos that have earmarked your history as a political commentator.

  11. Frank Knotts says:

    anonymous, what “HIDDEN” agenda? I am most likely the most out there person you have ever met. I say what I feel and let those who disagree say what they will. You believe what you will, I was present and I know what was said, unlike you who are merely repeating hearsay and second-hand misinformation.
    As for approaching Ms. Lafferty? Well I have had a short conversation with Ms. Lafferty and most likely will have others, if she is seeking support for a run at governor, then she will most likely need to approach people and seek that support. She will need to demonstrate an ability to lead.
    I can only assume that the ” innuendos” you are eluding to is my questioning whether Ms. Lafferty may end up being a candidate on the IPOD ticket when she finds no support on the GOP side. That is a political question, not an ” innuendo”.
    You call me a “cowardly puppet” from behind an assumed name, now that is funny my friend.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Frankie you’ve never approached Ms. Lafferty or had a short conversation with her. You post in another commentary you wrote about what everyone else is doing wrong within the GOP. You continually ignore your deliberate attempts to undermine anyone who you personally do not feel is worthy. Despite what you are eluding to Ms. Lafferty is getting support from key people within the GOP and not just in Sussex County. Ms. Lafferty is well known throughout the state including NCCo.

    Name one other GOP candidate who’s stepped up to the plate?
    No one has, the GOP won’t win the governors seat waiting to run a campaign in the last year to 6 months before the election. Ms. Lafferty has the good leadership sense to realize this that’s why she started 6 months ago approaching the state GOP leaders with her intentions.

  13. Frank Knotts says:

    Anonymous, now you are simply telling lies. I have spoken shortly with Ms. Lafferty, prior to any knowledge that she intended to run for governor, at a Sussex GOP meeting. It was a casual conversation.
    If you support Ms. Lafferty’s run, then you must expect a vetting process. She will need to answer many questions and the answers will need to be more than she is ” well known throughout the state including NCCo. ”
    And yes, I write about what I think needs to be done and what I think is being done wrong within the party and the movement, that’s what bloggers do. You have been free to respond, you simply choose to do it in manner that lends little credibility to your arguements.

  14. anon says:

    “Name one other GOP candidate who’s stepped up to the plate?
    No one has, the GOP won’t win the governors seat waiting to run a campaign in the last year to 6 months before the election. Ms. Lafferty has the good leadership sense to realize this that’s why she started 6 months ago approaching the state GOP leaders with her intentions.”

    She needs 4 years to run because no one knows who she is and she’s never done anything in the public eye that would earn the trust of the voters. No one in the modern era has ever been elected Governor without holding another office first. Even the candidates who came closest like Bill Lee had positions of prominence in the community. So she is wasting her time and the party’s time, and more importantly, when a legitimate candidate does emerge, she offers the malcontents in the party a victim to embrace in order to continue to attack the “establishment.”

  15. Anonymous says:

    No Frank I am not telling lies.

  16. Frank Knotts says:

    Anonymous, then you are just misinformed, I know that I did speak shortly with Ms. Lafferty. If you say I didn’t, then again, either you are misinformed, or you are intentionally telling a lie. As I said above it was just a casual conversation.

  17. Harry Whittington says:

    I have heard that Gerald Hocker eluded to a run while on the radio with Rick Jensen.

    Hocker is a proven, solid conservative and businessman with name recognition and the ability to raise money and build bridges.

  18. Anonymous says:

    anon just because you have no idea who Ms. Lafferty is doesn’t mean others throughout the state don’t including Bill Lee whom Ms. Lafferty spoke to before she made her public announcement of her intentions. As far as wasting the party’s time perhaps you should point that out to the transplant who never held a public office prior to his unopposed GOP bid for the governors seat, garnering only 28.6 % of the vote. The only attacks on the conservative GOP come from within by those who profess sour grapes.

    Frankie I’m not misinformed nor am I telling a lie. According to Ms. Lafferty she has never spoken with you. She didn’t even know who you were until I pointed you out at the convention.

    Harry Gerald Hocker has since stated that he is not making a run for the governors seat.

  19. Harry Whittington says:

    I don’t know Ms. Lafferty, but I do know the DEGOP needs to spend much more time and money on vetting their candidates.

    As a party we no longer have the luxury of running unknown candidates who aren’t part of their community, and have no solid work history.

  20. anon says:

    “I don’t know Ms. Lafferty, but I do know the DEGOP needs to spend much more time and money on vetting their candidates.”

    Harry, the GOP doesn’t vet candidates like Ms. Lafferty. People like her just decide one day that, despite never having done anything in the public eye that would earn the trust of the voters, she wants to run for Governor. The GOP is powerless to stop such foolishness.

    In the not-too-distant past, people had more personal dignity and self-awareness and realized that in order to run for statewide office, you need to have accomplished something significant in government, business, nonprofits or the military. It was understood that in order to lead the state, you need to have proven yourself first.

    Unfortunately, people now see a statewide run as great publicity for their egos. And they’re encouraged and cheered on by the malcontents who like nothing more than dissension and chaos in the party.

    It’s truly sad, and it’s not new.

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