Anonymous emailer attacks Oakland Co. Republicans in delegate fight
Oakland County Republicans received an anonymous email Monday from someone called “Republican Investigator” that is a blacklist of sorts of rank-and-file party members who may run for national delegate seats at next weekend’s state GOP convention in Lansing.
“I regret to inform you that we are being easily duped again by many folks going around masquerading as Republicans when they don’t care about the party or conservative principles,” the anonymous author wrote. “Instead, they care only about their political agenda, and the power and privilege that influential positions within the party brings to them.”
The email lists names of Republicans in Oakland County’s four congressional districts and includes a brief description of each.
Former state Rep. Chuck Moss of Birmingham took exception with the author calling him a “Lakes Area Tea Party Hack.”
The former House Appropriations Committee chairman took to Facebook Tuesday to decry the email, proclaiming that he had been “FOULLY DEFAMED!!!”
Moss noted he is not even a delegate to the April 8-9 state convention in Lansing “let alone national.”
But the always colorful Moss was more incensed by the description the author assigned to him.
“Ladies and gentlemen, let the record reflect that I have not only been a citizen of Birmingham, Michigan since 1981, but have served as mayor of this fair city,” Moss wrote. “If I’m going to be any kind of hack, let it be a Birmingham tea party hack — if we had a Birmingham Tea Party, which I don’t think we do, unless there is one and I haven’t been invited to join which is sadly all too plausible.”
West Bloomfield Township resident Max Rohtbart, the recording secretary of the 14th Congressional Republican Congressional District Committee, also was mentioned in the email as a “Big Headed Political Hopeful/Brown Noser/Spy For Tea Party.”
“Well, someone must really consider me a threat, just saw an anonymous email attacking me along with a number of other precinct delegates,” Rohtbart wrote Tuesday on Facebook. “Well that’s politics, if you are not making enemies you are not getting anything done so I consider it a compliment.”
The email came from the address email@example.com. On Wednesday, that Gmail.com account appeared to be no longer valid.
RNC race heats up
Two self-described Republican Party activists are vying to represent Michigan on the Republican National Committee at the upcoming state convention.
Controversial Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema of Grandville is not seeking a second four-year term for the unpaid post, but he’s endorsing GOP activist Mark Gurley of Rockford to succeed him on RNC.
Gurley has emerged as a late challenger for the seat to Dr. Rob Steele, an Ann Arbor cardiologist who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2010 and the University of Michigan Board of Regents in 2014.
Michigan Republicans will gather April 9 at their state convention in Lansing to vote on the national committeeman and national committeewoman leadership posts. In a more contentious intraparty battle, the 2,139 state convention delegates also will be voting on the 59 delegates Michigan will send to the July 18-21 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Incumbent Committeewoman Kathy Berden is running for her first full-term on the Republican National Committee. She won election to the seat last May after then-Committeewoman Ronna Romney McDaniel stepped down to become chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party.
Berden faces a challenge from SonJalita Hulbert of Kalamazoo, a member of Michigan GOP central committee who works in community development for the health insurer AETNA.
Gurley, 49, is a financial adviser, banking consultant and an ordained minister who founded the Healing Hands ministry in Grand Rapids.
Contributors: Chad Livengood and Jonathan Oosting