Friday, February 5, 2016

Team Sessions Hijacks Local Republican Club

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Where once we thought Team Sessions rid themselves of the barnacle Kim Locus presented on Uncle Pete's backside, it appears she has been rehired as his campaign director once again. Because you know, she's just so stellar.

It's a terribly long read but if you feel so inclined, you can go on to read it all in context below with red text where I felt emphasis was needed. However in the course of time savings, allow me to give you the highlights here:

In my opinion, Kim Locus is nothing more than an ass hat that hid her employment with Sessions while pretending to qualify as president of a local GOP club. In the real world her employment with Sessions disqualifies her as president, but she takes no note of that. Instead, she felt compelled to write a nastygram to the entire club, showing how adept she is at employing Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.

Still, there she goes again. Locus is spreading her uber-sunshine all over the place, winning friends and influencing others. And because, well, because she wants her little bubby Sessions to remain in office so bad she can feel the burn.

Problem is, so can everyone else.


From: Susan FountainDate: February 4, 2016 at 11:50:35 AM CSTCc: recipient list not shown: ;Subject: Response to Kim Locus email of Jan. 29, 2016Reply-To: Susan Fountain  Dear Lake Highlands Republican Women Members: If you are are an ACTIVE member of Lake Highlands Republican Women you are receiving this email.  As we believe that silence is tantamount to agreement, we also believe it imperative to respond to the myriad untruths in the email Kim Locus sent to MOST active and associate members of Lake Highlands Republican Women.  (Note that all text in ITALICS is taken from the email letters sent by Kim Locus                                                                 What could be the motive for Kim Locus writing the email dated Jan. 29 attacking two members of Lake Highlands Republican Women and using the quote from Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals:  Rule 12:  Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it".  Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy.  Go after people and not institutions, people hurt faster than institutions.  (This is cruel, but effective.  Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)When I received this email from Kim, I thought that she has put this rule into practice rather well!!!!!! We want the Lake Highlands Republican Women to continue the strong tradition of following the bylaws of the TFRW and the LHRW and to continue to serve in the political arena and in the community.  It is imperative that our officers be transparent and truthful and reveal their connections with political campaigns so that problems can be avoided.  Only two officers in the Lake Highlands Republican Women are prohibited under certain specific conditions by the bylaws of the TFRW and the LHRW from endorsing candidates, the president and the campaign activities chairman. (See the following sections from the bylaws of the Texas Federation of Republican Women - Article III - Policy, Section l; Article IV, Section 9 A ,7 and Lake Highlands Republican Women by-laws 2015,  Article III- Policy, Section 2. Candidate Endorsement attached).  If Kim had revealed that she was or was planning to work for Pete Sessions as Campaign Director during the Republican Primary Period when she was being considered for the position of President by the Nominating Committee, all of this controversy would have been avoided.  Instead of submitting full disclosure that she was Campaign Director for Pete Sessions, she instead chose to say nothing, purposefully suppressing this information.  Some of you may have received an invitation to an event for JASON VILLALBA, 'KENDRA SCOTT GIVES BACK' that is scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Park Cities Club.  Two of the Hosts for this event are KIM LOCUS [our President] and ELIZABETH BINGHAM [our Campaign Activities/Political Activities Chairman]. This, I believe, is a clear violation of the TFRW and the LHRW bylaws that are referenced above and listed below.  Since both Pete Sessions and Jason Villalba have primary opponents the TFRW and the LHRW bylaws are applicable.It is very important for you to know the facts and the truth concerning matters addressed in the letter from Kim. Our goal and desire is to protect and preserve the reputation of our club and its members. We have worked with Kim in campaigns in the past and have not had problems working together. Please refer to Kim's email of Jan. 29 with the Subject:  Resignation from TFRW (sic) I will present the truth from my perspective in the following numbered paragraphs:  1.  Susan Fountain and Linda Russell did not know that Kim Locus was working for Pete Sessions currently until the January 29, 2016 email letter in which she stated, "I have been working for Pete since November and have worked for him for 4 years.  I have done nothing wrongThis did not seem to be a problem when they nominated me and voted me in".  If we, and the members of the Nominating Committee, had been told by Kim that she works for Pete she would have been disqualified before being nominated.  Instead, they were told she was employed by the NE Chamber of Commerce.  Yes, we believe, she purposefully withheld this information from LHRW members. As stated above, she has violated the bylaws of TFRW and LHRW. 2.  I strongly disagree with the statement in Kim's email letter of Jan. 29, "Linda Russell has become so embedded with Eagle Forum that she wants to push their talking points and agenda I removed her from my board as our Legislative person, one because I felt that was not in line with our bylaws, and second because I wanted to give one of our new YR members an opportunity to serve."  She did not state which specific bylaws she is referencing!  I am a member of Eagle Forum.  There is no conflict between the Republican State Platform and the mission of Eagle Forum which is to enable conservative and pro-family men and women to participate in the process of self-government and public policy making so that America will continue to be the land of individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue, and private enterprise.  My views come from my Judeo-Christian Worldview, and I strongly support the Republican State Platform.  Through approximately thirty years as a member of the Lake Highlands Republican Women, I have held many offices including President and I have been the chairman of several standing committees. I has been an active Republican at the local, state, and national level.  I have served as an alternate delegate to the National Republican Convention in 1996 and was a member of the State Republican Executive Committee from 2000-2004.  Recently I have served as the Legislative Chairman and I have provided timely information to our members.  I volunteered to continue serving in this capacity and Kim accepted me as a member of the LHRW board in this position.   On Sunday, January 24, 2016, I was one of three members of the LHRW who held a meet & greet for Russ Ramsland (Pete Sessions' opponent), as individuals and not in the name of the LHRW club.  The LHRW bylaws did not prohibit me from hosting this event while holding the position of Legislative Chairman. However, on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 11:19 AM, within 1 day of co-hosting the meet & greet for Russ Ramsland, I received the following email from Kim Locus, "Linda, First I want to thank you for your past support of our club, but I have decided to go with another person as our legislative director.  I have decided to give one of our newer members a chance to serve.  Thank you Kim Locus".   (Note: the email just quoted was prior to her email letter of Jan. 29)  The timing of her email dismissing me inclines me to believe it retaliatory.  3. At the January 12, 2016, LHRW board meeting, Susan Fountain and I were concerned that information about candidate events and requests for volunteers would not be distributed in a timely fashion.  Kim said that she would have all candidate websites posted weekly in a Lake Highlands Republican Women newsletter along with timely information for the membership. Elizabeth Alvarez Bingham, Campaign Activities Chairman, explained the exact form that candidates would need to use for their information about events and volunteer opportunities for their information to be published.  After Kim Locus and Elizabeth Alvarez Bingham explained their plan for distributing the information through a weekly newsletter, the board agreed that the system should be fair and work well for all concerned.  However, there have been no regular weekly newsletters. There has been only one "test" newsletter and only presidential candidates were listed.  No other information has been sent out about primary voting, early voting, etc. It was stated in Kim Locus' letter that "Susan Fountain and LindaRussell pitched a fit". You can ask members of the LHRW board that attended the meeting about this false accusation. The meeting was respectful and orderly. 4. In the next paragraph of the Jan 29 email letter from Kim sent to the LHRW membership she stated, "I moved our board meetings out of Pete's office as well as our Monthly Meetings. I moved them into Lake Highlands to attract more members within the area.  Then Susan and Linda scheduled and hosted a meet n greet with Russ Ramsland in the same spot.  I told them that I would now have to find another spot for our meetings because now it looked like an implied endorsement of our club because we had pushed (sic) out that Audelia Library was our official meeting spot." The reason I believe that Kim felt compelled to move the location for our meetings was that I had contacted the President of TFRW, Theresa Kosmoski about this matter.  Ms. Kosmoski's response was as follows:  "Linda, As you know, we have a responsibility to be fair to all of our Republican candidates.  It is my opinion that, at this time, conducting your club meetings at the headquarters of a Republican candidate who has a primary opponent would telegraph a message that the club is endorsing that particular candidate, and as such would violate TFRW policy as outlined by our Bylaws.  Your club should meet elsewhere until at least after the primary election has concluded.  Thank you, Theresa."  I had sent a copy of this letter to Kim prior to the Jan. 12 board meeting that was held at Pete Session's Headquarters.  When we discussed a place to hold our LHRW monthly meetings at the board meeting, we suggested the Audelia Branch Library to Kim Locus.  5. On January 23, at 8:52am  Kim sent a very terse email to Linda Russell, Susan Fountain, and Jane Howell because we had scheduled two "Meet and Greet" events at the Audelia Branch Library to be held on Jan. 24 and on Jan. 26 where the LHRW had met a few days earlier.  One of these events was for Russ Ramsland, (Pete Sessions' opponent in the upcoming Primary). The email read as follows:"We will no longer have our meetings at the library.  This now look like an endorsement of our club.  I am very disappointed in the deception.  You may vote and support who you would like but atleast (sic) own it ladies. Kim Locus."  We had planned the Meet and Greet events at the library prior to the LHRW scheduling the January monthly meeting there.  The library's meeting room is available to those organizations that meet their guidelines and pay the fee.  There was no deception on our part.   We are not bound to ask approval or serve notice to LHRW.  The event was hosted by interested individual voters who happen members of the LHRW, and in no way by the LHRW club. 6. On January 23, 2016 at 10am Kim Locus prominently posted on Facebook as her profile a photo of Pete Sessions' District Director, herself, and Pete Sessions, all attired in monogrammed jackets promoting Pete Sessions for Congress, and listing her position as "Director of Campaign."  Apparently this was in response to her being newly aware of the impending Meet N Greet on January 24 for Pete Sessions' opponent, Russ Ramsland.   (See photo at the end of document) 7. Kim states in the Jan. 29 email letter, "This is all personal coming from Susan and Linda and I find it offensive and insulting". Susan and I are not attacking Kim personally, but we do expect all board members to comply with the TFRW and the LHRW bylaws.  We find it curious that Kim would be offended by being informed that she had violated our bylaws.   Kim also states, "It has also come to my attention that there is a statewide agenda from Eagle Forum and Cathy (sic) Adams to infiltrate our boards, shut out those who disagree and stack the message in favor of her run for Vice Chair."  This is a false accusation and there is no basis to support her unfounded assertion. 8. According to the LHRW bylaws, it is the duty of the lst Vice President to perform the duties of the President in her absence.  Since the 1st Vice-President has evidently disqualified herself from assuming the duties of the President, the question then becomes who is qualified to appoint an interim President.  Should it be Kim Locus who was in clear violation of TFRW and LHRW bylaws when elected or should it be someone elected by the LHRW membership?  Likewise Elizabeth Alvarez-Bingham, when appointed as interim President by Kim, was also in violation of TFRW and LHRW bylaws and therefore ineligible.  While serving as Campaign Activities Chairman she was a member of the host committee for an event for Jason Villalba, a candidate who is opposed in the Republican Primary.                                                                                                                                           Through the years it has been the policy of the Lake Highlands Republican Women to abide by THE BYLAWS OF THE TEXAS FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN and THE BYLAWS OF THE LAKE HIGHLANDS REPUBLICAN WOMEN.  Please find attached portions of both TFRW and LHRW By-Laws by which we are governed.                           We have nothing personal against Kim Locus or Elizabeth Alvarez Bingham.  In the past Kim, Linda and Susan and Elizabeth have worked together on Republican matters and campaigns and we had no problems.  Elizabeth had not been a member of our club until last year, and we are looking forward to working with her.  We as members expect our leaders to lead with integrity by following the bylaws clearly as set forth for our local club and the parent organization TFRW. We have worked tirelessly for Lake Highlands Republican Women to make our club one that deserves respect and recognition, and we will continue to do so.  Sincerely,Linda Russell, past President of Lake Highlands Republican WomenSusan Fountain, past President of Lake Highlands Republican Women

According to the applicable sections of the BYLAWS OF THE TEXAS FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN as posted on the TFRW website that are not being adhered to are the following:
ARTICLE III - POLICY
Section 1. Candidate Endorsement:
The President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, the Vice-President - Campaign Activities, and local clubs, their Presidents and Campaign Activities Chairmen shall not publicly
endorse any candidate for public office in contested Republican Primaries,
Runoff Elections, Special Elections and/or non-partisan elections when more than one Republican is in the race. No
candidate shall use the TFRW logo in any political advertising, and any political advertising shall contain the following disclaimer: "This endorsement is given by the individual(s) only, NOT
the Texas Federation of Republican Women."
ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP
Section 2. A local club shall include the following provisions in its bylaws:
C. A statement of policy that the local club, its President and its Campaign Activities Chairman shall not endorse or work for any candidate for public office in contested Republican Primaries,
Primary runoffs, and/or Special Elections.
Section 9. Removal of Local Clubs:
The Texas Federation of Republican Women may remove local clubs from membership by two-thirds (2/3) vote of its Executive Committee present and voting.
A. Causes for Removal:.
7. Publicly endorsing or working for a known candidate of another party in a partisan or non-partisan race where one or more Republicans are in the race, or endorsing a candidate in a
contested Republican Party Primary, runoff or special election by the club, its President or Campaign Activities Chairman. Exception: other than at a regular club meeting, a club is
allowed to be involved in a voter education program or forum that concerns a non-partisan election and the candidate's party affiliation is not announced. If the President or Campaign
Activities Chairman violates this policy, it shall fall to the local club to remove her from office. Failure to do so will result in the removal of the club from the Federation. (my emphasis)
The applicable sections of the BYLAWS OF THE LAKE HIGHLANDS REPUBLICAN WOMEN - 2015 as written in the 2015 LHRW directory.
Article III - Policy
Section 2. Candidate Endorsement: This organization, its president, and its campaign activities chairman shall not publicly endorse any candidate for public office in contested Republican
primaries, runoff elections, and special elections, and/or non-partisan elections when more than one Republican is in the race. Individual members of this organization, with the exception of
the President and Campaign Activities Chairman, may work for any candidate of their choice in contested Republican primaries but not in the name of the organization.
Article VI. Officers and Their Duties
Section 2. Duties of Officer
The Vice Presidents shall perform the following duties:
The 1st Vice President shall perform the duties of the President whenever the President is absent or otherwise unable to serve and shall serve as Program Chairman. She shall perform such
other duties as the President may designate.
The 2nd Vice President shall serve as Membership Chairman, maintaining contact with members and keeping accurate records of names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers,
interests and abilities of members. She shall perform such other duties as the President may designate.
The 3rd Vice President shall serve as Campaign Activities/Political Action Chairman, shall have a full understanding of local, state, and national political activities, keep the membership
informed and encourage participation. She shall perform such other duties as the President may designate.