Since No One Else Will Say It, Here It Is: Sell Must Resign

By Lloyd the Idiot

UPDATE at 11/2 at 1:20 p.m.:  Phil Tran at NovaCommonSense offers similar but better articulated thoughts –  as well as the reason for his disappearing post.

It’s unfortunate that his chairmanship should end this way.  Mark Sell has, by virtually all accounts, done a far better than expected job of guiding the Loudoun County Republican Committee through its typical turbulence.  In fact, he stands on the verge of a huge Republican landslide in the local races.  However, the LCRC-branded zombie email, which brought adverse national attention to little ol’ Loudoun County along with the disgust of every Republican from Gov. McDonnell on down, is not something Sell can shrug off with a half-hearted, “sorry-if-you-were-offended” non-apology.  Republicans often talk about accountability and personal responsibly, which is why hiding behind the guise of a rogue volunteer is so pathetic and embarrassing –  particularly given that the entire LCRC leadership is composed of volunteers.

The grossly inappropriate email, the insincere apology, and Sell’s continued leadership have put local Republican candidates in very awkward position.  Indeed, they not only must distance themselves from their own party leadership, but murmurs about the email and the Sell’s continued leadership effectively drown out their messages.  The only way for local party to credibly redeem itself in advance of the election is for Sell to accept responsibility and immediately step down.  It is also the only way Sell may be able to redeem himself in the eyes of the party.  Each minute he stays as chair, he digs his hole a little deeper.
 

Editorial Note:  I gave more than six hours advance notice to Mark that I intended to post this.  I’ve heard nothing from him.


Comments

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Minchew: perfect statement right on the home page.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    eb, read more quickly, or some actual news sources: York condemned it before today, as did Matt, and David, and others. Pre Chapman, who got on the bus with a good statement yesterday.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    I go to the candidate’s websites where the statement should be Barbara.

    Did I miss Dick Black’s, Geary Higgins’, or Delgaudio’s statement? As of this morning, I see nothing from those three on their sites.

    Nothing on Volpe’s website.

    Ramadan doesn’t have anything on his site. Not good, but he was the first out of the box.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Nothing on Ralph Buona or Matt Letourneau’s site…

    This is how they communicate to the public, no?

  • Loudounite says:

    I haven’t seen any but Minchew, Ramadan and Chapman — can you give sources for any others (York?)?

  • Independent Voter says:

    Any condemnation or the email blast from the AG yet? Will we ever learn who is/are responsible for the “cartoon?” Whose address was on the FROM line of the email?

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Evidently it was from Mark Sell.

  • BlackOut says:

    I received it and have it. It was from the Loudoun County Republican Committee, when forwarding the email, or if you look at the properties of the address it comes up with Sell’s email address.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    eb, they communicate with the public in a variety of ways. It’s been on facebook for days, inluding Janet Clarke’s site, it has been communicated personally to people in the districts, Matt was quoted in the paper, and so on.

    I’m sure that those who have not yet will update their websites (especially that they have now been informed by you, the public, on a blog).

    As for it was “evidently” from Mark Sell, the signature of the current chair is appended to all communications from the committee, isn’t it? That doesn’t mean it was Mark personally cutting and pasting in the wee hours, but I can understand how it is more useful for you to artlessly put that out there.

    That said, he IS the chair, and had another pair of eyes been put to it before “send”, it could have been corrected before it was committed.

  • BlackOut says:

    Now if the explanation is that someone else was using the Chairman’s email then why are they not announcing new policies that will protect the Committee and the Chairman from something like this happening again?

    The LCRC website has no reference to the error. There have been additional email blasts from the same email address (sells) that have no reference to the error. I would think they would send out an explanation to those who originally got the “vile” email.

    No top cover AT ALL from the committee to their candidates. Pathetic.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    “That said, he IS the chair, and had another pair of eyes been put to it before “send”, it could have been corrected before it was committed.”

    We agree!

    You know Barb, I bet we agree on a number of things around this fiasco. Some things no, but some.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Colleague, I would venture (do not know for a fact) that whoever is charged with sending communications from the committee has access to a committee account signed by the chair. Kind of like blog admins have access to post, moderate, etc. Wouldn’t you think?

    eb, I’ve no doubt that, as in the past, when one of us agrees with the other we’ll say so (from one shrinking violet to another). Thanks.

  • Ruth says:

    The only way for local party to credibly redeem itself in advance of the election is for Sell to accept responsibility and immediately step down. It is also the only way Sell may be able to redeem himself in the eyes of the party. Each minute he stays as chair, he digs his hole a little deeper. SO TRUE YOU ALL HAVE NOT GOTTEN AWAY WITH THIS……..I called the secret service. If anything happens to Obama you are to blame. There are alot of loons out there who may see that zombie picture and act on it. You all are bad and I would never want you to represent me.

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    “Eric, the point isn’t how Rs should or should not react to this. You’re right, that is up to them as individuals. The point is how Ds are reacting to it”

    Linda, I think it really IS about how R’s are reacting to it. It is R’s who are calling for Sell’s resignation. You should really NOT be concerned over wht D’s are saying – your problems are internal.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Eric, I doubt any of the professional Ds feel like the Rs “shouldn’t be concerned with what Ds are saying”.

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    I am saying that it looks like you have bigger things to worry about than the opinions of D’s, Barb.

  • BlackOut says:

    Barbara, Mark Sell’s signature was not “appended”, it was in the To: field of the email. It was from Mark Sell’s email account.

  • BlackOut says:

    mistake should have been:

    From: rather than To:

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    I understand that, BlackOut. Does that mean the Chair is the only committee official who ever opens that account, if it was created for COMMUNICATING info from the committee?

    I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that the chair of communications had access to a committee account.

  • BlackOut says:

    Colleague, it most certainly could have been sent from Mark Sell’s email address via someone who had access to it. If so, that is not a good practice. That procedure could easily be changed and could easily be communicated as a positive example of steps being taken to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.

    I think the issue has nothing to do with who hit enter. It’s all about what was said afterwords.

    I am being convinced by their ostrich profile here that they really don’t care. In fact, I think they think the photo was effective. Some sick mind over there is probably saying, “hey, look at all the pub we got from this, good or bad pub is good”.

    At a minimum, I would think Sell would send out a “explanation email” from the same email address that the “vile” email was sent from. Send an apology to the internal group. Why wouldn’t they, unless they really don’t think an apology is necessary.

  • I’ve served as a communications director in three different political organizations, two of them national.

    You write whatever you want. It often goes out from the president/executive director/chairman’s e-mail with his name, because that’s who the membership “know.”

    The president/executive director/chairman never sees it.

  • BlackOut says:

    We know Donny Boy , we know. Now go away.

  • BlackOut says:

    What you don’t know is the From field was “Republican Party of Loudoun County”. It was in the properties that Sell’s email was revealed. Go back to your video games.

  • Linda B says:

    “Linda, I think it really IS about how R’s are reacting to it. It is R’s who are calling for Sell’s resignation. You should really NOT be concerned over wht D’s are saying – your problems are internal.”

    Eric, I’m not “internal” to the LCRC by any stretch of the imagination. If the R’s are reacting strongly that in fact proves my point even more. R’s are showing outrage at something done by one of their own. Good for them. They don’t have a double standard. D’s on the other hand….

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Colleague, then I would suggest talking with people or groups who do mass emailing, and see what their experience is on the commonality of practice.

    The issue still seems to be that no one reviewed other than the composer, who hit send.

    That’s what some Rs may want reorganized going forward.

    New trollbait on LTM–an anonymous is claiming that a truck full of signs with the graphic was in Leesburg ready to be handed out.

    I kind of doubt it, since the email went out in the middle of the night before, and that would be an expensive turnaround on printing, but on the other hand, with so much union and other out-of-county money arriving here at the last minute, and the calls going nationwide, I CAN see someone printing up a bunch to protest with, maybe with a flipside of a “rainbow blood” graphic.

    Did they even exist, or did not enough protesters shopw up to make it worthwhile?

    Is it just troll bait?

    I’m hoping so, on BOTH sides.

  • Lloyd says:

    Jeesh, Donny, didn’t realize this was the equivalent of a presidential election. That certainly explains it.

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    “I kind of doubt it, since the email went out in the middle of the night before, and that would be an expensive turnaround on printing…’

    Or the graphic was decided far enough ahead of time to allow for printing of signs and posters for the parade…

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Eric, I want to see pictures of the truck, with the back of the cab and the tailgate visible.

    If this is going to be the new hysteria, let’s see the proof.

    My personal suspicion, if we’re going into lalaland with no evidence other than an anonymous troll at LTM, is that they WERE printed that day, but not by anyone in the LCRC.

  • Jack says:

    Don’t you people watch the news?

    Sell was not the guy responsible. The one responsible apologized, said it was in bad taste and should never have been sent, and he resigned.

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    Barb – sorry that doesn’t jive. Why would they do such a thing? …and how (wouldn’t someone see them plant the signs)?

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    But the speed at which you dreamed up these alternate scenarios is truly frightening, Barb – almost like you had your answers ready before the questions started flying…

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    Eric, you’ve officially lost your mind.

    Pictures, please.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    p.s.–you’re saying you believe the anonymous poster at LTM is evidence that they were “in an LCRC truck”.

    Stop and think a minute, Eric. An internet post by “HEY MARK SELL” is not documentation.

    Maybe in lalaland, but you are going to need something more tangible if you want this latest conspiracy to stick.

  • Jack, Sell IS responsible as the committee chair.

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