Constitution Party of Texas Chairman Resigns

From the Constitution Party of Texas Newsletter:

You are the future of this party, and of this nation, if it is to survive. It’s time for an update on what’s happening with your party.

We had an Executive Committee (EC) meeting by phone on Saturday, 7 November. At that meeting, Chairman Gregg Woodcock resigned, citing business and family pressures, and his realization that the job is too much for him in terms of demands on his time. His resignation was amicable, as it usually is, and Gregg pledged to help us significantly with our funding. He pledged $1,000 a year to the party until we reach ballot access! (If you wish to match that offer, you are free to do so!)

We are in need of new leadership, younger leadership — all your Founders in Texas are getting old and tired. We will be happy to offer our experience and our knowledge of what to do and how it’s done to some folks with the energy to get them done. So… if you would like to consider serving in the capacity of Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Development, Vice Chairman or Chairman, please let me know.

Please mark your calendars for the following dates:
January 9 — State EC meeting. We hope to be introducing new officers at that meeting.
March 8 — Precinct Conventions to be held
March 12 — County Conventions to be held
March 19 — District Conventions (we may be able to skip this one)
April 9 — Texas State Convention
April 13-17 — National Convention in Salt Lake City

The question we get on the website and in e-mail more than any other, asks why we are not on the ballot in Texas. I recently answered a young man who asked, “How can you expect me to join a party that is not on the ballot?” I said, “We are not on the ballot because you have not joined the party. You, and several thousand just like you, cannot get past the idea that you want to support a winner, so you cannot wean yourself off the Republican Party. Until that changes, we will not be on the ballot.” His reply startled me. He said, “What can I do?” Such a willing spirit from young people who just have no leadership to follow in restoring the Constitution!

ACTION ITEM #1: Some of you have asked what you can do to help this party grow and become effective. Here’s the first and most obvious thing you can do — join the party, by paying your dues. This is not a requirement for membership — but dues are the life-blood of the party.

And that will put fresh life in this party; it will make it easier for us to organize county organizations; it will give us a larger pool for coming leadership, as well as candidates.

Treasurer, CP of Texas
10845 County Road 4
97 Princeton, Texas 75407

ACTION ITEM #2
Consider running for an office, any office, in 2016. We all know we will not make ballot access next year — we don’t have the membership, much less the leadership necessary to make it happen. But for now, you can run as an Independent for an office at any level, and if you’re our member running as an Independent, after an interview with the Candidate Committee, we’ll endorse you and give you what help we can.

If you run as a Republican or a Democrat, you would be creamed by the establishment, and would be out of the election after the primary in March. But if you run as an Independent, and if you qualify for ballot access (by petition or the paying of fees), then you are guaranteed to be on the ballot in November. This suddenly complicates things for the two parties who have long held a monopoly on our elections in Texas. Some races they thought were “safe” will suddenly not be safe, when our Independent candidates start taking 5%, 10%, 25% of the vote! In some cases, you may force a run-off, and might even be in that run-off. In those cases, you can expect the voters of the party that was nudged out to support you over the other big party. And€¦ should you get elected, you can then declare yourself a member of the Constitution Party, and that will begin to change the whole paradigm in Texas politics.

ACTION ITEM #3: The third thing you can do to help us is to agree to become a Point of Contact for the party for your county. We hope to have some literature in your hands soon.

For a Constitutional republic, under God, once again,

Daniel New
Acting Chairman

10 thoughts on “Constitution Party of Texas Chairman Resigns

  1. Cody Quirk

    Another way to truly build the CP is to not be theocratic in rhetoric, nor sticking to a dogmatic, narrow approach that turns an overwhelming majority of people off- like Riley Hood and his state affiliate, along with other CP’ers and their state parties that are stagnant for good reason.

    Another factor would be to welcome any beneficial change in approach and party structure without blacklisting or throwing such well-meaning party members under the bus.

    I doubt the CP and their clannish leadership establishment would follow these suggestions though.

  2. Sean Scallon

    They’re going to have to, otherwise they’ll be a party of old men, if they aren’t already.

  3. paulie

    Another way to truly build the CP is to not be theocratic in rhetoric, nor sticking to a dogmatic, narrow approach that turns an overwhelming majority of people off

    They might just be Republicans then.

  4. Floyd Whitley

    @ Mr. Scallon

    RE: “they’ll be a party of old men, if they aren’t already.”

    Yes, that is the common mischaracterization.

    And I suppose that for dead heads with no work ethic (to quote Farmer Hoggett in “Babe”)…”That’ll do, pig.”

    Actually, however, the data indicates otherwise.

    In Idaho, our demographics defy your attempt to stereotype. Since New Year’s Day 2012, our state affiliate has grown 8.77 times in numbers…from a mere 256 to 2,246 registered voters.

    Age wise, 19.5% of our registered base is 25 years old and younger…almost one in five. 21.3% are aged 26 to 33. Median age is 37.

    Not that I expect slack hacks to do their homework, but for credibility’s sake and the “big tent” Libertarian pretense…you probably ought to…before you make such bogus public statements.

  5. paulie

    He may have meant the actively involved party members who make financial contributions, show up to meetings and run for office.

  6. georgephillies

    @9:10 AM With all respect, I am reminded of the Free Stater who showed up at the Connecticut LP convention and called on us to abandon our abortion plank. Abandoning your core positions tends to mean that your party no longer has a point. The Constitution Party would do well to decide what its core positions are — their platform makes this clear — and stay with them.

  7. Cody Quirk

    “He may have meant the actively involved party members who make financial contributions, show up to meetings and run for office.”

    I think so, since many of the youngsters that are usually registered to such a party know little to what it truly stands for, especially if it’s in a state with a CP affiliate that has a populist-sounding name.

    I can personally attest to this since I used to attend CP meetings in California & Nevada, and in a meeting room with say 30-40, I and maybe one other person would be the only ones under the age of 40.

    This was true even at the Nevada IAP meetings.

  8. paulie

    I’ve seen that be the case with local LPs, but not generally, and it has gotten somewhat better although work remains to be done.

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