Columbia County News-Times Prints Letter

Hats off to Barry Paschal for publishing Lee Benedict’s letter to the editor on October 16th and giving it the title, GOP chairman ‘hid’ after complaint about ‘dictatorial persona’.  The letter was sent to Paschal and us, and some of us didn’t think that Barry would print it, but he did.  As of late, Paschal has authored some good opinions and we are glad to give him credit when it’s due.  We are going to post the letter below as it appeared in the News-Times and click here to see our posting of the letter that has links to what’s spoken about.


On Aug. 17, I submitted an “ethics complaint” against Columbia County Republican Party Chairman Brian Slowinski to the party’s (then) Ethics Committee chairman, who since resigned, regarding Slowinski’s threatening emails to me and his unprofessional, dictatorial persona. Hearing nothing, on Aug. 22 I forwarded the complaint to the party’s vice chairs. The complaint was acknowledged.

Almost eight weeks later, and nothing. I’m told Slowinski has no Ethics Committee because he refuses to nominate a new ethics chairman in accordance with the party’s bylaws that he removed from the party’s Web site (and since reposted, but you must search for them) that he copyright protected in his name and of which he is the Web master.

However, as of Oct. 10, his Web site clearly states that “Deb McCord” is ethics chair and Carl Schluter is legal counsel. I don’t know what they’re up to, but it can’t be noble, especially when the facts are that McCord’s daughter is chairman of the Young Republicans of Augusta who relocated the Columbia County Young Republicans, and who praised on her Facebook page a letter to the editor from Scott Dean’s campaign manager that condemned the CCGOP Executive Board.

She wrote, “Excellent letter … in the The Columbia County News-Times today. We need more people who are willing to stand up and speak the truth!” And according to News-Times Publisher Barry Paschal, she was the one responsible for putting Carl Schluter for School Board push cards on mailboxes along with Nathan Deal push cards not even a year ago. Now, on Slowinski’s Web site, he has words of thanks for her “technical assistance.” It all seems to be coming together, doesn’t it?

Some Executive Board members told me that they strongly encouraged Slowinski to contact me and seek resolution. He refused. But he did call me, a private citizen, twice on March 28 demanding that I remove a link critical of County Commission Chairman Ron Cross from my personal Facebook page.

And I’m not the only citizen Slowinski contacted with the demand. Does Columbia County’s Democratic Party Chairman act similarly?

Slowinski is quick to address the media and declare he is chairman. … He even took to the airwaves declaring his authority. But when it’s time to “be” chairman, crickets.

Isn’t this similar to Barack Obama’s style? Slowinski and Obama give ample evidence demonstrating that they are in way over their heads, filled with notions of superiority, ripe with narcissism.

They are in their positions for the perks and ego trips, not to discharge their offices’ duties, and are ridden with such pride and ego that they cut off the nose to spite the face.

What “leader” hides when a complaint is filed, especially when he must know that he’s wrong? What “leader” is not mature enough to attempt to resolve an issue, even after his board emphatically suggested it during a special meeting called because of the “leader’s” behavior?

The Republican candidate won Columbia County’s last partisan election by 23 votes. If Slowinski keeps this up…




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