Former congressional candidate Ed Lynch to challenge Dinerstein for county GOP chairmanby George Bennett | December 2nd, 2010
Two-time congressional candidate Ed Lynch announced he’ll challenge four-term incumbent Sid Dinerstein next week in the race for county GOP chairman.
In an e-mail sent to Republican Executive Committee members (read it after the jump), Lynch suggests Dinerstein is more interested in self-promotion and higher office than electing Republicans locally. Dinerstein wants to be Republican Party of Florida chairman. To be eligible for the state job, he must win reelection to his county chairman’s post next Wednesday.
Lynch lost to former Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler in 2008, then lost to Democrat Ted Deutch in a special election this year to replace Wexler.
Dinerstein said most of the accusations in Lynch’s e-mail aren’t true and “he knows that. He doesn’t care. We’ll have an election.”
Here’s the e-mail Ed Lynch sent today to Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee members:
Message from Edward Lynch – Candidate for REC Chairman
After much discussion with many of my REC friends, activists, elected officials, major donors and supporters of our Republican Party, I have decided to listen to all of you and run for Chairman of the Republican Executive Committee of Palm Beach County. I am humbly asking for your support as we embark on this exciting journey together. 2012 does not start today, it started in 2008 but it is not too late if we get to it.
This announcement may be a bit longer than most but please bear with me and read it in its entirety, after all this is an important position, Palm Beach County is very important in Florida politics….in national politics and you deserve more than political one liners.
As your REC friend and Republican co-worker I am hoping to earn your vote for Chairman because we have a simple choice this Wednesday: continue with the status quo or lead boldly into the future. I chose to stand with you, and to lead.
I believe in common sense, Conservative Republican principles. I believe in loyalty to those principles and to my fellow Republicans. I also believe we can only grow our Party here in Palm Beach County and sustain that momentum by leading as Republicans, not making deals with Democrats. We have the right message and it is the right time, we must not cut deals for seats.
While I am seeking your vote – which remember is a secret ballot by which no one will know how you voted – this is not really about me. It is about you, and electing and protecting strong, principled Republicans. That is not the record of our current chairman over the last eight years.
Our chairman is taking credit for our Republican wins in November, but that is not his credit – it is your credit. It was your hard work. I know, I was with you in the trenches, and I witnessed what we did together: knocking on doors in the sweltering sun, sign waving in the rain, making phone calls, putting signs out until 4 in the morning and then working the polling locations later those days.
While our chairman says he is a supporter of term limits, he has refused to pass term limits on his own Board or for himself. He has served eight years – but now he wants more.
We have all heard the stories, and they are true: members of our chairman’s board actively, personally or financially supported Democrats as recently as this past November election. In fact, our chairman himself was listed as giving a contribution to a registered Democrat on her campaign financial report here in Palm Beach County during this past election cycle. Yes, it is true. He will tell you he did not – but he most certainly did.
Members of our chairman’s REC Board cut deals and supported Democrats which cost Tami Donnally and the constituents she would have represented the election. This is a fact and this is not acceptable.
Our local Party is at a crossroads. Our Chairman has served eight years. Eight is enough.
Now it is time for energetic new leadership to grow our Conservative base and turn Palm Beach County into a model of Republican leadership.
My first action if elected your Chair will be to implement term limits for the REC Chair and Board members. The current chairman refuses to do it, but I will make sure it is done.
If Eight is Enough – it should be enough for all of us.
We all know the coffers of the REC are not brimming over. In fact, our professional staff were asked to take substantial pay cuts and our ambitious campaign plans curtailed because of the poor fundraising performance of the current Chair. He writes checks, but he has proven to be ineffective at encouraging others to do the same. Just look at the number of Trustee members we have, we are at an all time low in spite of having some of the wealthiest Republicans in our nation living in Palm Beach County.
We all know that the current Chair has done virtually nothing to reach the 196,000 unregistered people between the ages of 18 and 65 residing in our county except for putting out a commercial which was so embarrassing with mis-spellings an a complete lack of professionalism that leadership pulled it off of the internet. If you have not seen it, you should demand for them to put it back on you tube, after all, you paid for it.
We all know that our current Chair has publicly sung the praises of – and even done robo-calls for – liberal Democrats such as the current Lake Worth Mayor and Supervisor of elections, Susan Bucher. Additionally, our chairman had the audacity to say that Rick Scott would never be the Governor of Florida not so long ago, reminiscent of disgraced RPOF Chairman Jim Greer speaking about Senator-elect, Marco Rubio. Enough is enough.
However, it is not good enough to run for chairman just to put an end to the previously mentioned issues. We need leadership with purpose, direction and a comprehensive plan to make us successful. There has not been a better time to bring people back to the Republican Party in decades and we can not waste it using outmoded campaign tactics and closed door strategy. We must be fresh, exciting and current. We must put a new face to Republican Politics here in Palm Beach County and if we do, we will be successful.
I am ready with the right plan to turn Palm Beach County from blue to red, the following is a condensed version:
Marketing: We will use coordinated and integrated outreach efforts including active electronic billboards, television, radio, direct mail and all forms of social media. Using these mediums we will target unregistered voters as well as to continue to grow the REC membership and put a “new face” on the Republican Party.
Technology: We will lead our Republican Party into the future utilizing cutting edge technology. We will institute the use of election software programs which are replete with more services than we can possibly use instead of spending too much time and too much money trying to “retrofit” information into archaic spreadsheets. Our time and money is better spent using the data rather than compiling it, and I will empower volunteers, activists and staff with the tools necessary to directly lead to more Republican wins whether we face headwinds or groundswells.
Fundraising: Palm Beach and other critical traditional Republican donors have been refusing to get involved and contribute to this REC because of a lack of confidence in the current Chair. In fact, our nationally-known REC fundraising director resigned due to the support of Democrats by members of our board. I have met with many of our “major donors” who are ready, willing and able to step up to the plate financially when we have new leadership in place with a real plan. We will also increase the number of trustees which, under current leadership, is at an all time low.
Candidate Infrastructure: As a former candidate, I know exactly what candidates need. We will work with the candidates for voter outreach, petition drives, messaging, opposition research and strategy. The REC will do our job of getting Republicans to the polls so that our candidates can focus on getting other voters. We will set up bulk purchasing agreements for campaign collaterals with REC members where possible, to assure the best prices and turn around time.
REC Meetings: Gone will be the days of wondering why we came to the meeting. Our meetings will have the purpose of giving membership strategies and tasks to help Republicans get elected. We will have working meetings where we perfect our precinct system and our grassroots training. New members will be sworn in together and the whole body will affirm our loyalty oath. No more will we have 45 minutes of REC candidate speeches. Your time is too valuable to spend on anything but the business of getting Republicans elected.
Create Candidate Stable: We will start seeking out qualified candidates immediately for all local offices and start creating a “stable” of candidates ready and able to run for all offices. We will strive to never have any race where there is not a viable Republican available to run. This will be accomplished with candidate recruitment and training and actually giving candidates incentive to run by supporting them.
Team REC: We will turn the REC into a coordinated, effective team where all members know the other members. We will make an electronic version of a member guide so that we know what other members do and we will be able to have our members seek the services of other members first. We will have resources for REC members to “advertise” to other REC members. We will make the REC the place to be!
If you agree with our plan, I would ask that you support me with your vote on December 8th. Contrary to the suggestion of the current Chair, I worked with another REC member and addressed the membership to get the precinct system in place. Why? Because it is more effective, and allows us to utilize our resources more precisely. I encouraged Jessica Dornblaser to act as membership chair to increase our membership – while our chairman would not even put her on the board instead he put another voting member on the Board who is not an REC member and can’t even show up for the board meetings.
When candidates needed volunteers, signs placed, calls made, supporters to show up…..they called me and we delivered. I fought tenaciously against Robert Wexler when our chairman told me not to run…..I did not listen to him and we got rid of Wexler. If I had listened to our chairman, Wexler would be there today. I refused to kowtow to the government when I saw the corruption at OUR VA hospitals and I endured them refusing to pay my company and attacking me. I went after the Turnpike Authority when they were going to give Hugo Chavez’s Citgo another no bid contract…..and now Shell is the fuel provider. I went after a company that was preying on our seniors…..and they were put out of business. When the earthquake hit Haiti I went there to set up 3 medical clinics and triaged hundreds of wounded all while running in a hotly contested primary. Why? Because people needed help. The bottom line is that I am a person of action and that is exactly what we need in the Republican Executive Committee.
I was named a conservative rising star by Citizens United and I represented you nationally at CPAC as I spoke on the subject of illegal immigration. When you needed someone to debate a seated congressman on the subject of Obamacare, I was there to represent you and make Congressman Hastings regret showing up.
You know me. I am proven. I have the right plan. And I will always remember it is about supporting and electing Republicans and building our Party – not for personal power or for running for another statewide position.
Thank you for your consideration and all of your support. I will continue to fight for you, as I always have, to make sure that we are successful in our endeavors and that we get as many conservative Republicans elected as possible in Palm Beach County.
Yours in Service,
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