You’ll recall discussion here on January 10 concerning problems within the executive committee in the Georgia GOP’s 3rd District involving then-Chairman Lane Watts (Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook) and a series of allegedly unauthorized expenses from debit cards in the possession of Watts and Debbie Groninger (LinkedIn), then-3rd District treasurer. At issue were $5,137.66 in “questionable transactions” ranging from overdraft charges, meals, fuel, ATM withdrawals, website expenses and expenses at the state GOP convention in 2008.
Just before a scheduled meeting to discuss these matters, Watts resigned. Now, he has triumphantly come forth with an explanation for what has been going on and who is at fault. Incredibly, he appears to be keeping a straight face when he points his crooked finger of blame:
Six. Years. Ago.
Yep. More than half a decade. No, I’m serious. That’s who he is blaming for his resignation.
I spoke to Congressman Westmoreland prior to Saturday’s meeting and shared with him my decision to resign. He was very supportive and greatly regretted my decision. I am grateful for the opportunity to work so closely with him the last 3 years. There are a number of malcontents within the district organization, many of whom supported Congressman Westmoreland’s primary opponent in 2004 and who are driving this controversy. Apparently, they have been unable to move on and do not care about the damage they are doing to the district GOP organization that exists to help elect the Congressman.
If there is one thing that Glenn supporters and Westmoreland supporters have last on their lists of “Things I Care About In 2010,” a congressional race six years ago would pretty much be it. All this really shows is the desperate nature of Lane Watts that he, when confronted with this, can’t find anyone to blame and has to quickly erect straw men to distract from the real problem: Lane Watts.
It’s also laughable that Watts refers to a “number of malcontents within the district organization” when, in truth, it is anything but. District Committee members Jenny Eckman, Betty Bruce, Frank McMinn, Matt Fuentes, Alton Russell, Art Smith, Loretta Johnson, Ed Thompson, Kathy Noble and Joe Beamon all called for a meeting to remove Lane Watts from his leadership post. Hardly a group of “malcontents” when compared to those who tried to remove the District Officers (namely Lane Watts (the guy at issue), Debbie Groninger (who was also already at issue) and only one other person: Paul Ploener).
Oh, but Watts wants us to know how he just wanted to get in the trenches and elect some Republicans!
The purpose of the District Committee is to help elect Republicans to office and in particular, elect a Republican Congressman. This is what we should be concentrating on instead of engaging in petty bickering and character assassination.
If that’s the case, then Watts should have no problem explaining how a $120 ATM withdrawal from the committee account on October 16, 2007 forwarded the Republican cause. Or how almost $70 of debit charges from the committee account on December 5, December 13 and December 24, 2007 promoted conservative values.
I know, the $21.59 debit from Barnes and Noble in May, 2008 must have been to advance the cause of liberty and freedom, right? Or the $28.55 debit from Winston C’s Sport Bar in Kennesaw in July, 2008 surely promoted local candidates?
Maybe there was some wooing of a potential candidate at Sunshine Car Wash in Riverdale when a committee debit card was used for a $5.00 purchase. Or two days later when a $44.33 debt was paid at Barnesville Crow in Barnesville. I bet it was one of those Dylan Glenn supporters getting even with Watts by making “someone” use the debit card!
And it was those evil supporters who tricked “someone” into spending $21.72 at The Varsity in Atlanta on November 5, 2008.
Have any of you ever been to a Trader Joe’s? “Someone” with the GA-GOP 3rd District Committee has…on December 1, 2008 at Store #73 in Sandy Springs ($3.31 was spent…all in the cause of Republicans, mind you!).
(I’ll stop, you get the point).
Lane Watts is such a good Republican. He’s a true believer in the best ways to help the private sector (with consumer spending). Too bad he’ll mostly be remembered for how he carried himself as the head of the Georgia GOP 3rd District and, afterward, how he blamed everyone for his misfortune…except the man in the mirror.