Christopher S. Lawton: The Facts Regarding My Involvement with the Upcountry TEA Party Coalition and Roan Garcia
Dear Coalition Members & Related Individuals:
You would not believe the inner turmoil I have had since this message was left on my phone by Roan Garcia.
March 25 @ 12:06AM from Roan – Garcia (Who I had considered a friend). First of all, believe me; I wouldn’t hurt the FREEDOM Tea Party movement under any conditions! – So I purposely waited until after the Bi-Lo event to calm down and let cooler heads prevail.
Now it’s become apparent that you need to know ALL the facts – then you make up your own minds.
I was contacted by Roan after I had acted as an facilitator to quell the “Pitchfork Protest” at the GOP meeting to come to a Coalition meeting — Apparently, some of the group had decided to recruit me as the Chairman without the knowledge of the whole group (I should have known at this point I was being put together – MY fault).
Yes, I had confided prior to Roan of my SCDOR lawsuit and pending charges as I had many of my friends. Not something I advertise, however not something that is common knowledge. It is now my convictions that Roan was attempting to use this “private info” as leverage for me to do his bidding as Chairman of the Coalition.
Yes, I left a very abrupt message on Roan’s call on his phone — dropping numerous f-bombs — I don’t take kindly to threats, Jim Wilkie also called and threatened me and we also had words.
Needless to say — when I came to the Coalition Meeting on 4/30 @ Fuddruckers on Woodruff Rd (btw… conveniently after the filing date for any Coalition members to file for office –except Harry Kibler & Tom Corbin both of whose campaigns are being run by Roan). I was told by Roan I was removed by The Coalition as Chairman and Jonathan Hill would now be Chairman. I commented to Roan “I guess it’s easy come easy go, right Roan?” – He challenged me to make a scene if I wanted too — I decided to take the high road and hand my typed agenda’s to Jonathan w/ a check for $500 from Allen Arms (who Brian Frank had contacted) and walked out.
The next day (3/31) I sent this email to The Coalition: (still attempting to take the high road)
Dear Upcountry Coalition of Conservative Organizations (aka The Coalition),
It’s been a privilege and an honor to serve as your Temp-Chairman during this
I wish each and everyone massive success in your endeavors
to save America!
If I can be of any service and or resource to any of you, please
don’t hesitate to contact me.
Then on Friday (4/2) The Coalition decided to slander me in a Statewide Press Release (see attached) along with Maria Brady. FYI — BTW … prior to this, Roan had pressured me into doing whatever it took to run off Greenville Tea Party leader Bill Rhodes from The Coalition.
As if this was not enough last Fri 4/16 – This unfolded at the Marriott! (see comments)
where my wife was threatened!!! … THIS WAS THE LAST STRAW!
If “The Coalition” has decided to remain neutral on candidate endorsements then why are they bashing & attacking Christina Jeffrey?
What is Roan’s relationship with Jim Lee & “Dark Horse Strategies” and Kerry Wood?
Why is “The Coalition” allowing political operatives to pull their strings?
Last but not least … Definition of Irony — Tea Party (Taxed Enough Already) Coalition
summary dismisses Chairman for Tax issues!! C’mon People WAKE UP!
Sincerely holding to principle over politics, your servant and friend,
Christopher S. Lawton
Organizer of the National Coalition to Elect
GOP Boiling Springs Executive Committeeman