Maria Brady Responds to the Actions of Upcountry TEA Party Organizer Roan Garcia
Dear Coalition Members and related individuals:
Much like Chris, Mike and I were attacked by the Coalition in the press release that was sent out this week; we are very disappointed. However, we made a decision not to react in any way that could hurt the Tea Party that was planned for Greenville, SC. Now that it is over, there are several issues we feel strongly should be clarified.
Our departure from the Coalition was not, “because we were members of the Restore America Plan” as was stated by Jonathan and Roan in their press release. Let me state clearly – We had already decided, prior to attending the last meeting, to discontinue our association with this coalition. We were there at the meeting simply to be present when the coalition endorsed Bill Connor. We had been led to believe, as did many others that were present that an endorsement would be made that evening for Bill Connor. It is also my understanding that Bill Connor was operating under that belief as well. Are any of you aware that Roan invited Ann Campbell from Americans for Constitutional Government to speak against endorsing candidates, whereby used that platform to endorse her own candidate? Shortly before the coalition started I received a call from Ann Campbell asking me to meet with Roan Garcia her stated intent was for us to form an alliance to oust Bill Rhoades. She made it very clear she didn’t like him and was determined to have him removed.
Our decision to leave the Coalition group was due in large part to the fact that it had become apparent that “certain” members of the coalition, with their own agendas, were having pre-meetings and making back room deals; this greatly disturbed us. We also discovered that Roan was working quietly with Kerry Wood, to infiltrate the coalition by leading those grassroots members around “by the nose”. Roan was aligned with a few other members that wanted to get us out of the coalition, more than likely because we could not be manipulated.
My point is supported by the fact, that I have now had 3 coalition members, tell me they were never shown the Press Release before it was sent out. This suggests that Roan, and his cronies, just decided to send out a press release without all members being advised, or voting to do so. One can only conclude that the coalition is now allowing Roan, and possibly others, to run the show without member consensus in the message.
Shame on every one of you that sat back and never said one word about it; you allowed this to happen. I have been not very subtly threatened by one member, that told me “he knew a lot more that could hurt my husband and me that he didn’t mention in the press release”. Needless to say, I don’t take kindly to such threats. My husband and I do not claim to be saints and I am sure everyone has a history, and everyone has sinned and come short of the glory of God. However, to attack people by dragging up things from their past to hold them in such a poor light, just stinks of political games by some within the coalition that are more politically savvy than others. I am afraid that there are many in the coalition that have not realized they are being used, and would not agree with these tactics that a select few are using to trash good people’s names.
We may not be proud of things in our past, but rest assured, we will not be silenced by the threats coming from a few members of the coalition. If you feel you need to continue to air our dirty laundry, by all means do so; if that makes you feel better go for it. God does not judge one on their past, but on what they are NOW and if they are striving to do the right thing. God is a forgiving God. When one asks for forgiveness, he forgives them. Mike and I are right with God now, and that is all that is important to us.
It saddens me that the rest of the coalition members are only getting part of the story that Roan and friends want you to know. It is easy to slander someone, when you don’t ask one for the whole story.
Folks it is important that you know that you have only been told what he chooses to tell you. It would serve all of you well to ask questions, particularly of those that are being slandered to get to the bottom of the games.
Don it is time for you to speak out too… I was present when Roan tried to make a scene with you in front of the coalition. There are many other examples and you know who you are… it is time to speak up. You are being deceived, and manipulated for a reason. Please pray for discernment.
It is time to quit running and ignoring what is going on, you owe it to yourselves and others to have a meeting to learn what is really going on. Don’t be led quietly to the slaughter!
God bless all of you.
Boiling Springs Tea Party