Third Party Watch reports potential “upheaval” within the Baldwin campaign. Our sources indicate that the “upheaval” consists of one individual — Tyler Simms — a Ron Paul grassroots organizer who has allegedly been upset with the alleged “micromanagement” of and “unilateral decisions” made by Baldwin campaign manager Anita Andrews.
According to Third Party Watch, Simms alleges:
People who signed up to volunteer were sent messages to a conference call last night where the new campaign manager Anita Andrews spoke. Chuck came on board and let everyone know he was fully supporting Anita and great things are happening. We were horrified to hear her say that this campaign will not be associating with Ron Paul, nor continuing the revolution, but that Chuck will be his own candidate, and they will be having a different campaign. It appears that this person Anita has taken over the Chuck Baldwin campaign and is hostile to spreading Ron Paulâ€™s message.
A source inside the Baldwin campaign who was on the conference call says that Rev. Baldwin clearly stated his desire to be associated with Ron Paul. Ms. Andrews allegedly said that the campaign needed to reach out to Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson supporters as well.
Mr. Simms may have also been upset over the removal of the Paulesque donation counter from the Baldwin Web site. According to another source, this was done because the campaign was unhappy with the fundraising results (approximately $40,000) thus far.
Simms has quit the campaign and allegedly tried to get others to quit as well. However, our source says no one has followed him — not even fellow Ron Paul grassroots organizer Jeremiah Black, whom Simms recruited to the Baldwin cause.
Baldwin supporter Gary Odom had this to say in an e-mail to IPR:
A campaign without a little controversy is hardly a campaign at all. People who work in campaigns have the passion of being in the arena* and sometimes they disagree about things, and when they do, there can be sparks. Such things may alarm some “cold and timid souls” who shirk from battle, controversy or argument, but they are truly part of the nature of this business and go on in all campaigns. Whether this type of dynamic is occuring within the Baldwin campaign as it moves quickly toward viability, who can say?
It would certainly be the unusual campaign that is free from differences of opinion, between able and well-motivated people, as to what is the best course to be followed for the campaign. Often, talented people will have different views about how best to approach the same objective and generally only one approach can prevail. For it to be otherwise would certainly only breed chaos. The best approach is often never really known and can only be speculated upon and debated long after the event is history.
Chuck Baldwin’s positions remain the same. His friendship and support for the aims of Ron Paul is in no way diminished. He is now a candidate in his own right and he must stand on his own. But let there be no mistake, the Ron Paul Revolution has no better friend than Chuck Baldwin.