Former MDYR Chair Brain Griffiths has published a piece, written by himself this time, attacking the current Chair of the MDYRs, Kory Boone, for moving to expel the remaining Griffiths' loyalists, namely himself, as he has an official position as former YR Chair, and his ex-girlfriend, Rachel Gingrich.
Griffiths suggested that the move was being possibly pushed by an MDGOP insider, but his only source within the MDYRs is Gingrich. I would suggest that the "insider" in question could be almost anyone in the party, and could just as easily be the entire party. Griffiths is almost universally despised, and widely seen, accurately, as a self-dealing, self-promoting troll without any interest in actually promoting anyone or anything else.
I maintain my earlier position; that Griffiths has been an obstacle. His agenda as YR Chair was to repress membership, close down clubs, and ensure his chairmanship for as long as he desired by running off anyone and everyone who was not a member of his personal clique. Boone's move to disrupt that plan has left seemingly left Griffiths in a rage. From childishly mocking and insulting the MDYRs on his webcast programs to launching attacks through proxies.
Griffiths also makes a big deal out of the resignation of Jason Rheinstein. Griffiths claims that Rheinstein is a person who could work with anyone, but he left out the Rheinstein lost his long-standing position as National Committeeman, that he had worked only under Griffiths' clique, and resigned immediately after complaining of something he watched Griffiths himself do without complaint. The resignation was, in my assessment, inevitable.
Griffiths also suggests that the removal of himself and Gingrich would result in a chilling of free speech within the club. While some members of the current MDYRs have had their own problems with speech, Griffiths complaint is ridiculously selfish. The complaint is not that Griffiths is speaking in an unwelcome way, but that Griffiths and his loyalists are working to damage to MDYRs to protect Griffiths' reputation by keeping the MDYRs unsuccessful and useless.
The current, recent success of the MDYRs under the new leadership humiliates Griffiths' previous leadership. Even now, just after the convention, there has been massive growth and expansion in the MDYRs. This proves that Griffiths' claims that the reason for no growth was no interest are nonsense, and that the reason was poor leadership.
And that's the problem. Griffiths' attack on his own organization is not about free speech or honest criticism - it's about keeping Griffiths from looking stupid.
Griffiths also mentions that the Convention bid is at stake as a result of Boone's actions - perhaps this is more evidence that Griffiths' friends in national leadership are retaliating?
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