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Hoplin plans to run for Rep. Peterson's seat - Roll Call Expose - August 14, 2006

August 14, 2006

The Minnesota GOP's Young Man in a Hurry

By Bree Hocking

Compared to your average twenty-something, Eric Hoplin has done pretty well for himself.
At 28, Hoplin is the deputy Republican Party chairman in Minnesota, a key battleground state. He boasts a network of political contacts reaching from the governor's mansion to the nation's capital. He spent a term at the helm of the College Republican National Committee - the launching pad of such heavyweights as Karl Rove and Grover Norquist - and also completed a stint as the organization's executive director.


While an undergraduate at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Hoplin convinced then-state party Chairman Ron Eibensteiner to give him an office in the party's headquarters as well as the funds necessary to revitalize the state's then-foundering College Republican group. He led the group from 1999 to 2001, turning it into one of the largest in the country. Hoplin's ability to organize and dispatch College Republican volunteers has also been credited with helping Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) win a Senate seat in 2002.

"When he walks into [rooms] and talks to donors and the movers and shakers he has a way of casting a spell," said David Strom, president of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota. "He's very good at devising strategies that work. He's a guy that executes."

Norquist, whose legendary "Wednesday Group" meetings Hoplin attends when he's in town, added, "He's top-tier. He's as good as it gets."

But his single-minded rise hasn't been without controversy.

In 2004, a firestorm erupted within College Republican circles when media reports across the country detailed the misleading and aggressive tactics used by the direct-mail fundraising firm Response Dynamics Inc. on behalf of the CRNC.

At issue were some of the solicitation letters sent out on behalf of the group by RDI, which first signed its contract with the CRNC in 1992. Many targeted senior citizens with letterhead featuring the names of groups such as "Republican Headquarters 2004" and "Republican Leadership Committee." One oft-cited letter indicated that if recipients prayed over an American flag lapel pin and returned it to the CRNC with $1,000, Bush would wear the pin at the GOP convention. That letter bore the signature of then-CRNC Treasurer Paul Gourley, a close ally of Hoplin's and his successor as CRNC chairman.

When the stories first broke, Hoplin, then CRNC chairman, sent a widely quoted memo to fellow College Republican state officials urging them not to speak to the media. "We need the story to go away, which it will ... but only if we all withhold our comments," he reportedly wrote.

Hoplin said he'd had concerns about RDI, which had brought in millions of dollars for the group over the years, since becoming CRNC executive director in 2001. According to Hoplin, soon after being elected CRNC chairman in 2003, he went to his board and "laid out a plan to fix the problem. ... I had authority from my board to take steps to enter into negotiations with Response Dynamics to try and improve our relationship or eventually eliminate them."

Hoplin said he couldn't do so immediately because there was a "clause in the contract that if I terminated them on the first day of my chairmanship they would have been able to continue fundraising until all debts are paid or for another year, whichever one is longer."

To "keep the doors open" and keep funds coming in, Hoplin said he was forced to continue negotiating with the firm in hope it would modify its behavior and refund money to those individuals who felt they had been conned. (According to news accounts, however, RDI President Ron Kanfer was quoted as saying nothing was done without the CRNC's approval.)

Finally, by the spring of 2005, CRNC cut all ties with RDI.

"As a 25-year-old guy, did I make mistakes along the way? Absolutely," Hoplin said. All in all, he said, the CRNC paid $99,200 in refunds to individuals who felt they'd given funds under false pretenses during the time period from when Hoplin first became executive director in July 2001 to 2005. In addition, he said, RDI refunded a little more than $30,000 to a handful of other individuals.

Leading Republicans in Minnesota and Washington have mainly closed ranks around Hoplin.
"I can say it wasn't a huge issue because I continue to be a supporter," said Mike Wigley, a prominent Minnesota businessman and GOP contributor who also serves as chairman of the taxpayers league's board.

"All direct-mail letters are inflammatory, left and right," said Norquist, dismissing the media scrutiny of the fundraising practices as "a cheap shot." "All direct mail targets old people.

"If The Washington Post wanted to pick on any left-of-center group, they could have made all the same criticisms of MoveOn.org or the ACLU or EMILY's List," he added.

But the controversy has continued to dog Hoplin.

In June 2005, the CRNC convention, where Hoplin's successor was to be selected, was marred by accusations of fraud and underhanded dealings. Gourley, Hoplin's anointed successor, was challenged by the former chairman of the California College Republicans, Michael Davidson, for the CRNC chairmanship. Davidson made the issue of reforming the CRNC's fundraising practices part of his campaign. He lost.

Blake Harris, chairman of the College Republican Federation of Alabama, said that within College Republican circles, Hoplin has been a lightning-rod figure.

"You either like him or don't like him," said Harris, who worked for Davidson's campaign. (Hoplin also has been a frequent target of criticism on some Web sites. One of these, "CRNC Chatter," a blog that supported Davidson during the CRNC elections, last year awarded Hoplin the dubious distinction of "Most Likely to Become the Next Jack Abramoff.")

The CRNC's RDI fundraising contract also became an issue in Hoplin's race for Minnesota Republican deputy chairman, with one Gopher State Republican signing a letter criticizing Hoplin's handling of the situation (though that Republican, Glen Menze, has since distanced himself from the letter, saying it actually was written by someone else to whom he owed a favor).

Hoplin's political acumen, however, is nearly universally acknowledged - even among his opponents. He ran for state deputy chairman in June 2005 alongside then-state Chairman Eibensteiner, a close ally of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) and a veteran of Gopher State politics. Eibensteiner ended up losing to current Chairman Ron Carey, in what some have painted as a coup for the state party's socially conservative forces, but Hoplin pulled off a victory in his own, separate race.

"He's smarter than I am," Eibensteiner said of Hoplin.

In his first year as deputy chairman, Hoplin, a devout Republican since the fifth grade, has logged thousands of miles driving around the state meeting with candidates and party activists. He estimated he spends, on average, about two-thirds of his time each week outside of the office.

But he's been noticeably out of the public eye, said several Democrats and one Republican.
"It's hard to link his name with the scandal if his name ID is too low to really count," said Jess McIntosh, spokeswoman for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. "He is conspicuously absent from any high-profile public events."

Eibensteiner, the ousted chairman, placed the blame on his successor's shoulders.
"My sense of it is the new chairman is not using all of his talents. He hasn't been used as extensively as I would have hoped," said Eibensteiner, pointing to what he saw as Hoplin's absence from news programs and other public venues.

Both Carey, who said Hoplin's lower profile is a function of his position, and Hoplin maintain that they have a positive working relationship.

Still, Hoplin hardly is expected to stay in the state party apparatus forever.

Over the years, he's told several Minnesota politicos that he hopes to run for the seat held by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). In a recent interview, Hoplin downplayed the notion, saying: "In my younger days, I always thought public service meant running for office."

Now, while Hoplin asserts he "wouldn't rule out running" in the future, he's more interested in fighting the war on terrorism, though he's not sure what means that will take.

"I'm talking to four different entities and organizations about how to do that," said Hoplin, whose term as deputy chairman expires in June. Just last week Hoplin, who is married, said he "met with folks at the Pentagon and State Department." If the Twin Cities are selected to host the GOP convention in 2008, however, it would be "very enticing to stay on and work for that project," he said.

"It's not in his interest to necessarily tell people he's running. ... He may just be biding his time and not trying to telegraph his intentions," said Barry Casselman, a Minnesota-based independent political analyst. "He has definitely indicated to me as recently as a year or a year and a half ago that that was a goal of his to be elected to the 7th district."

Meanwhile, Eibensteiner said: "If Collin Peterson ever retires, I would encourage Eric to run for Congress. ... I'd be his finance chair."

104 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Blake Harris, chairman of the College Republican Federation of Alabama, said that within College Republican circles, Hoplin has been a lightning-rod figure.

"You either like him or don't like him," said Harris, who worked for Davidson's campaign. (Hoplin also has been a frequent target of criticism on some Web sites. One of these, "CRNC Chatter," a blog that supported Davidson during the CRNC elections, last year awarded Hoplin the dubious distinction of "Most Likely to Become the Next Jack Abramoff.")


--If there was any doubt as to who ran Chatter it was all cleared up with this article.

10:00 AM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That alone is cause for Blake Harris's removal from the national board.

11:17 AM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, while Hoplin asserts he "wouldn't rule out running" in the future, he's more interested in fighting the war on terrorism, though he's not sure what means that will take.

"I'm talking to four different entities and organizations about how to do that," said Hoplin, whose term as deputy chairman expires in June. Just last week Hoplin, who is married, said he "met with folks at the Pentagon and State Department."

-- Perhaps he should join the military and disappear.

11:17 AM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And everyone thought Blake was so slick...now everyone knows how immature he really is.

11:33 AM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BLAKE HARRIS WASN'T EVEN 18 YEARS OLD WHEN HOPLIN'S TERM ENDED.

MAYBE THE KID SHOULD GO BACK TO WATCHING TALESPIN AND EATING LUNCHABLES.

WHAT THE HECK WOULD HE KNOW ABOUT ERIC HOPLIN? THE ONE AND ONLY TIME HE SAW HIM WAS DURING THE NATIONAL CONVENTION A YEAR AGO.

But somehow he is now fit to comment on the guy?

BLAKE HARIS WILL MEAN THE DEATH OF THE REFORM MOVEMENT.

12:20 PM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked Blake, he's a good political mover. But this just smacks of immaturity.

Blake, you were a CR for 10 minutes before Hoplin stepped aside. You were made to feel important and a part of the team by Davidson, and then he abandoned you to take up this reform group. You simply lack the integrity and experience to be involved at any level.

1:20 PM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chair- Nick Miccarelli
CoChair- Lindsay Moffett
1st Vice- Mike Miltenberger
2nd Vice- Brent Ludeman
Sec- Blake Harris
Treas- Dan Carlton

This ticket is the way to go.

2:00 PM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miccarelli is the way to go. He's someone that both sides don't necessarily like but they can live with.

3:59 PM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blake Harris for chairman.

7:17 PM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miccarelli is with Gourley, it won't happen.

7:34 PM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blake harris just like most of the CR as only opportunists out for themselves...does that surprise anyone....state chairman all over are mainly opportunistic people...driven for self recognition, name recognition and attention....

8:35 AM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People like Beau Correll and John Plecnik are the reason why people are jumping ship on the opposition. Both of them are morons and they are turning people off. If the opposition wants a chance at taking the chairmanship then they ought to get rid of those two losers. If they don't they might as well concede to Gourley now.

2:32 PM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Santorum is gonna win. It's happening.

8:36 PM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric Hoplin is getting what he deserves, and it's not going to stop here, and it's not going to stop with this. When you deliberately screw over all the people you are supposed to work for, they will haunt you.

9:12 PM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post at 10:12 for a little bitch.

Remember this, kid. There are a lot of people in power now, with influence, that hold grudges. So you can have a 19 year old in bumblefuck made some stupid comments, and maybe you even get hard off it. But if you're aligned with the opposition, your career is not in party politics. Enjoy working for LI or pac's, because the republican party has no room for you.

9:20 PM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:20, I have news for you. You're too late. Not only does the Republican Party have room, but we will purge you.

9:27 PM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We already have enough people who stand for nothing but their own career advancement in the Democratic Party. This is the Republican party, the party that stands for something. We will not sit by and be idle as people like Jack Abramoff, Patrick McHenry, and Michael Patlan tear us down.

9:32 PM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoplin got owned. It was supposed to be a good news piece on Hoplin, and the opposition took it and smashed him. Blake Harris scored a huge victory.

11:08 PM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This notion that Hoplin can fire up donors is a mere myth. He did not raise money for Minnesota. He used the CRNC donor funds to write thousands and thousands of dollars in checks to his home state, and even gave his home club a $1,000 block grant.

Hoplin, good with the donors? More like, didn't screw up the CRNC until he left.

11:38 PM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To clarify, that would not be an issue if Hoplin had done the same for other state feds. He didn't. He showed ostentatious favoritism towards his own state fed.

Not even Florida and Ohio got that kind of money.

11:43 PM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And then, they have the nerve...

to turn around and accuse anyone who asks for a block grant of not doing their jobs. If you wonder why people hate this administration's guts, you have the answer right in front of you.

11:55 PM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

^ No, no, Gourley hasn't done that. They haven't done that. Michael Patlan has done that. CRs should not be associating that shithead with Gourley or anyone in his administration.

Patlan's perceived closeness with the CRNC is hurting Gourley though.

12:38 AM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are people like Correll and Plecnik retarded? This was a great article for Hoplin. It dismisses that fundraising scandal and quotes high ranking MN Republicans saying that they want to support him for congress. Hoplin might be a prick but there isn't any way that Beau can spin this as a negative story. These idiots want to control the next national chairman? Talk about people that just don't get it.

8:58 AM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blake Harris was a CR for a few months when Hoplin was ending his 4 years in office. Blake Harris wouldn't know his ass from a hole in the ground.

If this is your idea of an opposition candidate for national chair, the establishment could run Patlan and still win.

9:41 AM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why we should turn to Nick Miccarelli and put together a comprimise ticket. It's time to stop fighting.

10:15 AM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miccarelli is clearly the right choice for chairman. Who should be down ticket? I think the Co Chair should be female but not lindsay moffett. She's a has been and she brings nothing to the table but baggage.

12:10 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moffett needs AA more than she needs to be a state chair.

2:09 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beeson needs it more than Moffett does. At least Moffett goes to Republican events and does Republican things.

3:19 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both of them are awesome Republican activists...they just have a social life; which is something A LOT of you don't know about. A college student drinking...wow, that's a news story.

Oh, they also happen to be fairly attractive so don't be upset because you got turned down by a "hot girl" in high school...all "hot girls" aren't that mean.

This is the type of crap that turns so many people away from being involved at the national level. Just because these two girls drink and have social lives it is everyone else's business???

Grow up and GET A LIFE!!!!!!

3:30 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The opposition has bigger things to worry about than beer parties. Namely, winning the 2008 presidential elections. Gourley isn't doing it. The opposition isn't doing it.

The opposition's shadow cabinet is as weak as Gourley's. Harding leaves to go to Russia. So will Carlson and Miltenberger. How are they any different? If they have every reason to be engaged in their states, and haven't done just that, how will they stay focused after the excitement of 2007 dimmers down and away? This is where the opposition will become weak and frail as the Establishment.

3:43 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Establishment and the opposition are exactly the same. Few of its members have reached out to the other side of the aisle. They go, together, to cocktail parties in Washington DC. Thompson's facebook group is a flagrant example. It's a clique. It is not a force of sbustantive activism to build Republican majorities in the House and the Senate, or to win the 2008 presidential elections.

Gourley criticizes the opposition for not letting go of 2005. Many have and many haven't. But has Gourley himself let go of 2005?

3:50 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We shouldn't support anyone for chairman that doesn't support John McCain.

5:09 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truth is a RINO.

7:06 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly, what the CRNC needs to do to boost its popularity is to help repeal the ESTATE TAX!

THAT's an issue that affects college students!

8:26 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We shouldnt support anyone who doesn't support George Allen

8:50 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone is supporting him for his senate campaign. His presidential campaign is DOA.

10:11 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Allen is no good on a national ticket. Look at truth caucus today, more proof that Allen is staying in the Senate. I don't think he makes it to VP consideration.

10:23 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truth Caucus wants McCain and will report anything that makes Allen look bad, just as he's done with CR politics. No, this story with Allen's sister isn't going away, but his campaign is very real and he will be running for president.

11:59 PM, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truth Caucus is founded on a berzerk, misguided attack on Eric Hoplin's character. If you're expecting the whole side of the story on that blog, then you're in for a disappointment.

1:32 AM, August 18, 2006  
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7:43 AM, August 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're correct, the story isn't going away. Allen will lose if he runs. He ought to just stay in the Senate. He's not a good candidate and he's not ready for presidential politics.

9:02 AM, August 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stick a fork in Allen, he's done.

10:41 AM, August 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beau Correll is more myth than man, really.

Actually no one has ever met him. He's like the Keyser Soyze of College Republicans.

As far as I know he's out of CRs and has been for some time.

What's he doing now?

11:22 AM, August 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allen won't lose if Hillary is their nominee. Almost anyone on our side can defeat Hillary.

2:46 PM, August 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If she's not the nominee, we're in for a dogfight. But a dogfight is better than having a Republican president who doesn't support the 1st amendment, who doesn't support the 2nd amendment, who gives lip service to pro-lifers while naysaying them in private, who bashes Christianity, and who is too used to praise from the national media. A person who wants praise is someone who will change policies to receive it. We want someone who stands on principle.

2:49 PM, August 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's out of the CR's like Plecnik is back on his meds. He's still making trouble and making enemies.

3:47 PM, August 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HOW about you explain that. How is Beau Correll "making trouble and making enemies"?

The posts on the message boards are so detached from reality, as far as recounting events. They're just a bunch of vague generalities written under the guise of a Reformer.

9:03 PM, August 18, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Beau, we're not going to show our hand like that. You know the problems you've caused and now you're going to have to deal with the political problems it's going to cause you.

6:43 PM, August 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The douchebag attacking Plecnik and Beau Correll is clearly in awe at their proliferate leadership skills and good taste. Anonymous character assassination is for Establishment losers. Take a hint and take a hike.

7:08 PM, August 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beau Correll and Soren Dayton are a team, they don't hate one another. They work together.

7:21 PM, August 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Blake Harris-Truth Caucus axis of evil is having so little success that they're turning fire on opposition chairs now. It doesn't get more predictable.

10:30 AM, August 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean Correll and Plecnik? Who do they have:

1.) Eliza (gone soon)
2.) Donnelly (falling out with Correll)
3.) Thompson (supposed falling out with Plecnik)

Come on, no one is following you two. You couldn't lead out of a wet paper bag. Zeros.

2:36 PM, August 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who does Harris have? Can you name a single state chair who supports Blake Harris?

Can you even name a single state chair who gets along with Blake Harris?

3:14 PM, August 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harris:

1.) Harrison
2.) Hall
3.) Miccarelli
4.) Smith
5.) etc.

You suck at this.

3:28 PM, August 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harrison and Miccarelli can't be that dumb, can they?

5:29 PM, August 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harris's role model is Truth Caucus instead of Michael Davidson. That's why he's trying to destroy everyone on the internet. If you destroy your fellow state chair's reputations on the web, they can't oppose you.

5:39 PM, August 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, Correll and Plecnik (the CR version of dumb and dumber) are notorious for saying nasty things on the internet. The two of them are paper tigers who don't have a firm grasp on politics. They specialize in ridicule and attack, although they aren't very effective (see: Rep. Patrick McHenry and the way he gave it to Plecnik). The two of them are jokers with no real political acumen.

9:50 PM, August 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harris and Miccarelli aren't dumb at all. They want to be with winners. Neither of them are the "sit at the lunch table and play D&D" kind of guys like Plecnik and Correll are.

9:52 PM, August 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A creative but libelous comment that you've used on the wrong people.

10:02 PM, August 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There wasn't anything libelous about that comment. I thought at least one of you was in law school and knew the definition of libelous.

10:07 PM, August 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blake, you're a coward and you're not fooling anyone. Keep trying though.

12:19 AM, August 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only Plecnik and Correll are fooling people. They're fooling each other if they think people don't know they're morons.

4:59 AM, August 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correll is not a talker. In fact, I would be suprised if he even reads these message boards.

If anyone has any question that he is not a man of action, you need to look no further than what he did to Steve Damian.

8:01 AM, August 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? He was responsible for that? Someone said "here's a bomb, we don't want to throw it but Beau is dumb enough to." Please, Beau does nothing all day but post defenses to all of the people that write negative posts about him.

9:13 AM, August 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beau Correll is not just a man of action, he's THE MAN of action- Beau Correll will save the day again.

2:36 PM, August 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again? He hasn't done anything yet. He's a joke. Want to play in the CRNC then go win an election for state chairman. If you can't manage to do that then stay out of it, it's none of your business.

3:17 PM, August 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baloney. If you are a College Republican, then the CRNC is your business.

If you are a mediocre or below mediocre state chair, then you would be trying to limit the competition by excluding non-state chairs from the conversation. Isn't that right, Blake Harris?

5:39 PM, August 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, that's not right. If you weren't good enough to get elected to run a state then why should you have involvement in the CRNC. Perhaps you should help your state fed (or your state feds failing presidential candidate) before you worry about writing blogs and posting misleading comments.

10:26 PM, August 21, 2006  
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8:20 AM, August 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, we now know that one of the people behind many of the attacks is a state chair.

The question is: Which state chair is it that would attack these Reform leaders?

That last post gave you away.

9:51 AM, August 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:26, there are a lot of state chairs who aren't or shouldn't be nearly good enough to win elections but pull it off anyway. TJ Maloney should have won. Your point is without meaning.

2:26 PM, August 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notice how when you call out that a state chair is writing all the attacks, it quits.

10:05 AM, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notice how when you call out that a state chair is writing all the attacks, it quits.

10:05 AM, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two things:

1.) Correll and Plecnik aren't reform leaders. They are the reform B team support people. The don't make decisions or dictate strategy. They sim[ply help to execute what the leaders decide and they fail at do it.

2.) Maloney might be a good guy but he wasn't able to get himself elected to state chairman. He has no place in CRNC politics until he gets elected chair of VA.

11:55 AM, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What have you done for CRNC politics besides bitched and bitched and bitched and bitched and bitched?

2:48 PM, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Much, much, much more than those two nothings have done. Where are the days of guys like Centinello, Pomarico, Copley, Puetz, etc. The reform movement is useless while there is a struggle for control with those two nut jobs. The two of them ought to just go away. Neither were good enough to get elected a state chairman so both have no business in the affairs of the CRNC.

12:01 PM, August 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plecnik was a state chair you intellectual midget.

2:38 PM, August 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Copley should have run for national chairman. He was the most respected of that generation of state chairman.

2:39 PM, August 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uhhhh, no he wasn't. I'm from NC. He was never chairman.

2:40 PM, August 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plecnik was never a state chairman, stop posting here you loser. STAY OUT OF CRNC POLITICS PLECNIK.

2:49 PM, August 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pomarico was overrated. He couldn't even keep his state in opposition control.

4:13 PM, August 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The opposition has a chance to avoid hypocrisy. It wanted McHenry out of CR affairs. Now they have a chance to be consistent. Soren Dayton is a 30-something YR. Will they keep him out of their affairs? It doesn't help that Dayton is a lefty.

10:16 PM, August 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both good points, Dayton, McHenry, Correll, Plecnike, all of them should be out. None of them have any business in CR politics. Although, at least Dayton and McHenry are relevant. Correll and Plecnik are just 3rd rate hangers on that bring nothing at all to the table.

12:20 PM, August 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harris, tell Truth Caucus to get out of CRNC politics. That's right, since he isn't a state chair you tell him to get out of CRNC politics.

Your last ditch defense isn't working.

2:45 PM, August 25, 2006  
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10:27 PM, August 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blake Harris takes over Chatter from Neil Uhrig and lets the site languish without updates. It doesn't get any more useless than that.

11:19 PM, August 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when does truth caucus get directly involved in what is happening on either side. Beau, you're retarded. You make no sense. Go win an election for chairman and until then get out. No one likes you.

7:35 PM, August 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one likes Blake Harris either.

8:49 AM, August 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beau and Blake really need to get over this petty ego struggle. Both have strengths and weaknesses that they bring to the national scene and both will have some type of involvement in 2007. If these two grow up and stop crushing each other there will be so fewer problems in the reform movement.

GROW UP!!

9:14 AM, August 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thankz for the input Blake. But I doubt that people would trust you taking their lunch orders, let alone taking a role in the next campaign.

5:05 PM, August 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh really, then I guess that's why you two morons are on the outside looking in.

10:38 PM, August 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did you say, Blake? You're so far from the inner circle, I couldn't hear you...

8:38 AM, August 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very classy. Funny how a post on Eric Hoplin's corruption degenerates into a cat fight between Beau Correll and Blake Harris. Those two are real classy!

3:52 PM, August 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ignore everything you read on this thread. This is nothing. Some really weird shit is going on right now.

Really weird shit.

5:14 PM, August 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really

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5:15 PM, August 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yah, the weird shit is people are actually talking about Blake and Beau, the two "geniuses" from the south.

8:05 PM, August 29, 2006  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12:22 AM, September 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone here is in for a civics lesson. Blake Harris runs Chatter. He comes to suspect that Chatter is blamed for dividing CRs. The next thing you know, he stops updating the website altogether. If it's a political liability, he needs it to go away.

If it doesn't help his political ambitions like it once did, he needs to cash out. CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Now Chatter is dead, and Blake Harris is to blame.

4:50 PM, September 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last post was just stupid. It made no sense. Stop posting, you suck. Go back to realizing that you are insignifigant.

11:41 AM, September 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happened to Chatter? And no comments on Gracchi or Forum? What gives?

Maybe all the CRs are hard at work electing Republicans and holding (hopefully expanding) the GOP majority and strengthening President Bush's agenda.

now that would be a good day for the CRNC...

10:23 PM, September 24, 2006  
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