Enough is enough, my friends. In what has to be the most supreme act of hubristic irony and pure chutzpah I’ve ever seen, NJ Republican State Committee member Rob Eichman – self-professed nemesis of the Bayshore Tea Party – published an article in which he presented an e-letter he claimed to have sent to fellow members of the State Committee, complaining that my “racism” is harming both the Tea Party movement and the “Republican brand.”
Rather than waiting to see what the NJGOP has to say, I decided to dispatch an e-letter today to Samuel Raia, Mayor of Saddle River and Chairman of the NJ Republican State Committee:
Dear Mayor Raia,
I am compelled to contact you directly regarding an article (http://conservativenewjersey.com/the-njgop-must-take-a-stand-against-bigotry) published by Gloucester County Committeeman Rob Eichmann at a blog called Conservative New Jersey in which he claims to have dispatched an e-mail letter to the GOP State Committee essentially accusing me of racist behavior that he believes will taint both the Tea Party movement and the Republican brand in New Jersey. You can view my “racist” post here (http://genehoyas.com/fraud-is-as-fraud-does-mac-daddy-style/) and judge for yourself.
It is also my understanding that Mr. Eichmann dispatched a copy of his letter to Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine, who wrote about it in his Sunday blog column, noting that Mr. Eichmann is a Republican State Committeeman.
What Mr. Eichmann did not tell you is that, in a series of articles posted at Conservative New Jersey and Conservatives With Attitude over the past five months, he has relentlessly libeled and defamed the good people of the Bayshore Tea Party and its leaders, Barbara Gonzalez and Bob Gordon.
I have linked to some of the most egregious articles below:
Fictitious Tea Party Nuttiness
Fictitious For-Profit Tea party Nonsense
Is It Any Wonder TEA Party Polling Has Tanked?
In my capacity as a private citizen and blogger whose only affiliation is with the Somerset County Tea Party Group, I have spent much of the past two months defending the Bayshore Tea Party against Mr. Eichmann’s vicious and utterly baseless attacks. The articles I post on my website reflect only my own views and opinions: I hold no office within the GOP party apparatus. I do not claim to speak on behalf of the Republican Party nor have I ever claimed to do so.
Apparently, my efforts on behalf of the Bayshore group were effective, because Mr. Eichmann now asserts that “As the elected members of the Republican State Committee, I believe it is our responsibility to let those who cross the line know that they are crossing the line.”
Crossing the line? It is no exaggeration to say you will need a chainsaw to cut through the irony of Mr. Eichmann’s claim, insofar as he is a duly-elected member of the NJGOP State Committee who has written reprehensible things about one of the most patriotic – and influential – Tea Party organizations in the Garden State.
It is true that, in his capacity as a private citizen, Mr. Eichmann enjoys the same freedom of speech and press that I do. But does that right encompass libel and defamation of both a patriotic organization and its leaders? Needless to say, from this point going forward, I will take every opportunity to point out publicly that Rob Eichmann is a member of the NJ Republican State Committee.
Mr. Raia, I would not presume to tell you how to run the State Committee nor would I even suggest a course of action on your part. All I ask is that you give a moment’s consideration to the questions necessarily raised by Committeeman Eichmann’s behavior:
Is Rob Eichmann’s campaign of vicious defamation against a patriotic Tea Party organization the sort of public behavior on the part of a State Committee member the NJGOP deems acceptable?
Can the Republican State Committee honestly say that it is proud of Committeeman Eichmann’s conduct toward the Bayshore Tea Party and comfortable with the ever-lengthening shadow his attacks are casting on the NJGOP?
Thank you for your time.