Friday, May 05, 2006

Mark Towner And Throwing Yourself On Your Sword

April 29, 2006 Joe Cannon State Chair Utah Republican Party 117 East South Temple Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 Dear Joe, This letter is to inform you that because of unethical and repeated problems with Mr. Mike Ridgway, I resign my position on the State Central Committee, and as the Chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. Ridgway's most recent offense occurred today during the Senate 2 Caucus election where I was a candidate. Convention rules clearly indicated that no flyers or materials were to be passed out in the caucus meetings. During the second candidate's speech, Mr. Ridgway interrupted the caucus by passing out a flyer opposing my candidacy just before my speech. Delegates were reading Mr. Ridgeway's information slandering me and my actions on the credentials committee two years ago. After speaking with numerous delegates after the caucus meeting which I lost, they indicated they were distracted and or influenced by the letter and it was shameful behavior. Several delegates indicated they may have changed their votes had the true facts of the letter been presented before voting. I was not given this opportunity. I respectfully request that the Utah Republican Party file legal action to remove Mr. Ridgway from any further involvement with the Republican Party. I can no longer associate myself with an organization that allows a member to be so disruptive to our stated goals. Failure by the party to take prompt action and seek a legal blockage of Mr. Ridgway participating in any future Republican functions; I will have no choice but to cease any further involvement with the Utah Republican Party. Mr. Ridgway is a cancer that must be surgically removed now, or other good Republicans will leave the party as well. It has been a pleasure working with you and the other officers of the party, and I would hope you address this issue promptly. Respectfully, Mark E. Towner 801.502.**** cc James Evans, Salt Lake County Republican Chair cc Senator Curt Bramble, Convention Credentials Chair cc Fred Lampropolous, National Committeeman cc Senator Orin Hatch


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought republicans were honest people.

5/05/2006 01:30:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

If that's a copy/pasted letter, Mr. Towner spelled Sen. Hatch's name wrong! Classic.

5/05/2006 01:49:00 PM  
Blogger Ethan said...

The letter appears exactly as I received it.

5/05/2006 01:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That apostate Mr. Ridgway! Doesn't he realize the thinking has been done? Why can't he just beg, scrape, and kiss Joe Cannon's ring like other Utah Republicans?

5/05/2006 07:17:00 PM  
Anonymous 12 step Bob said...

Does this behavior surprise anyone? Can you legally remove someone from a party? Wow!

Is Mr. Towner saying that Republicans fall for false information, or is he just a poor loser. Either way he is happily invited to join the Democratic Party and begin his journey as a recovering Republican.

Step one: I am addicted to greed, lies, poor behavior, and to the demonization of Democrats, and my life has become unmanageable.

5/05/2006 10:24:00 PM  
Anonymous DonAmicus said...

Mark Towner is a decent, honest Republican. Unfortunately, they are becoming endangered species in this state (and in politics in general). These tactics are nothing new.

Ridgway has done some good in his efforts against "the establishment," but tactics like this leave much to be desired. He picked the WRONG target here. If he really was smart, he would pick someone like Howard Stephenson who has gone WAY off the deep end the past two years.

5/08/2006 04:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bonehead. No wonder LaVarr Webb fired him

5/08/2006 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger Utah Conservative said...

I wonder why he didn't send it to Nancy Lord, the National Committeewoman? I think I know why, but I find it interesting.
(P.S.) Towner didn't stand a chance to win anyway.

5/09/2006 09:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My understanding is that Ridgway was unaware of such a rule and apologized when it was brought to his attention.

Towner says "disruptive" of "stated goals". All I have heard from the leadership of the county is that the only "goal" that matters is electing good Republicans. Ethics isn't an issue, following rules shouldn't be an issue, etc., etc., the only issue is electing "good" Republicans. So do we assume 1) that whoever did win is not a good Republican, or 2) Ridgway has no right to lobby for the good Republican of his choice or 3) Mark Towner was the only "good" Republican running?

5/09/2006 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off...Ridgeway knew the rules on passing out literature. Wasn't he one of the people almost arrested for doing the exact same thing at a convention in 2002?

And being that he is the who loves enforcing the rules all the time, how could he not know it was wrong? That guy carries a copy of the bylaws around closer to his vest than the bible.

Everyone needs to understand Mike's goals. It isn't to create some perfect form of government. He simply wants to breakdown the 2 party system. It was the reason he came here...from whatever planet he is from.

An example to back this up...When Nancy Workman went down in flames in the county Mayors race, the GOP Central Committee wanted to replace her on the ticket with Ellis Ivory (which eventually occurred). Mike fought feverishly to prevent this...trying to find any "rule" he could to keep the most electable (and richest) republican from getting on the ticket.

What was his choice? The consumate 3rd party candidate - Merrill Cook.

5/09/2006 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon's response didn't answer the questions asked. And to go the Workman fiasco - The deadline had passed. There should not have been a replacement candidate. That was breaking the rules. Some backed Cook, only because he was already a candidate, not because he was Cook. The Republicans should have had the integrity to swallow their "we have to win all races" arrogancy, gone with the candidate that filed (Nancy Workman) and then worked like crazy to get every other Republican race won. If they had shown integrity and fair play instead of whining about what the Democrats did 15 years or more ago, they could have loaded that county council instead of losing some who should have been a slam dunk.

5/09/2006 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point. Never thought about it that way.

5/09/2006 03:35:00 PM  
Blogger Rob said...


No affiliation to The Utah Amicus.


5/10/2006 09:58:00 PM  

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