The Erie County Republican Committee met at the Harborcreek Township building on June 17 to elect a Chairman and Vice Chairman according to their by-laws, within 30 days of the primary election in May.
To meet in this facility was planned to satisfy members on the east side to show, I believe, that the committee has not forgotten them. My grandfather,
Howard Whitford, Supervisor, was chosen to turn the first shovel of dirt for that building.
He would be ashamed as I was for the lack of decorum and respect shown to the past Vice Chairman, Dr. Winston Chu, who was allowed to take the floor and remark on his candidacy for the new term.
Dr.Winston Chu had been instrumental in bringing new people to run for a committee post in several of the City of Erie, Millcreek and other county offices. He has brought our Erie GOP web site into the 21st century with approximately 3,000 hits per day plus a page on Face Book for those middle aged and young people who use this social media daily. He brought together a group of dedicated Republican committee people each week for two years allowing them to be informed and grow and respond when the state committee sent someone to us to conduct a workshop.
He was shouted down as soon as he mentioned that the Republican Party advertises itself as being inclusive and yet he has been treated by some committee members and past officers with disrespect in public places. As
soon as he tried to warn the group how this is not what the national Republican Party stands for, loud male voices tried to drown him out. I think this was all planned.
I have been a county secretary for the Republican Party in Volusia County, Florida also and have never witnessed such rudeness.
The room was too small, and not set up for a meeting of 80 people and I warned them beforehand but I was told by the party secretary that everything had been taken care of. The room was not air-conditioned. It reminded me of a old-time black & white movie where the behind the scenes guy had a political hold over the candidates and they did what he said, or else.
I hope the new people we encouraged to run for committee people in their districts do not think all county committees are run the way the ECRC demonstrated that evening. Mr. Salmon will have to learn to keep the rabble rousers in check.