I’m on the ballot now as a Libertarian. Many of you probably don’t know I was going to run on the GOP ticket, as a favor to someone.
Since my opponent James Johnson, was going to run unopposed again and the DEGOP had no one wanting to run in my district they contacted me. I agreed to switch over to the GOP and run on their ticket.
Enter this man:
John Fluharty is the Executive Director for the DEGOP. I had a sit-down meeting and he basically told me the DEGOP has no money to support candidates, so I would pretty much be on my own for fundraising. Most of the meeting consisted of him asking me to do stuff for him and not anything of what the party would do to help me. He asked me to write a paragraph of why I wanted to run for office, something he said when he was Newt Gingrich’s campaign executive, Newt was unable to do. Shocking I know!!
Fluharty seemed genuinely excited to have me on board, especially since Rep. Mike Ramone recommended me to him after a phone call we had. I sent Fluharty my paragraph, we exchanged a few e-mails and things seem to look good.
Then after not hearing anything for about a week from him, I decided to email him. I let him know that I wanted to be on the ballot come November and that if they were not going to present me papers to sign, that I was going to go back to the Libertarian party. He told me sorry for the delay, He would be in touch tomorrow. I never heard from him, so I waited a couple days and said I hadn’t heard from him, when can we sign the papers. He told me that the last time he talked to me he said the individual on their end who needs to sign the papers is out of the country until Wednesday. We can not complete the process until he returns. That’s all well and good, but as I scoured my emails I never had any message like that from him. I sent him an e-mail on Tuesday and asked him would we be able to do the paperwork tomorrow, he said I will know by this afternoon. As you can guess by now he never let me know.
Then I told Fluharty I was going to file my LPD papers the next week, he said he was sorry for the delay in responding. He had been out due to a death in the family. He was sorry I decided to go down that route as he was looking forward to having me on the team. I told him if they could get me the papers first I would sign them. Mike Ramone joined the fray and told me Fluharty had me all set up to run as a R.
At this point Fluharty started playing games and it result in the DEGOP being down another candidate. He told me to call him, so I did it rang once went straight to voicemail and I left a one with my number. Then I e-mailed him and told him I called and he could call me back. He sent one back and asked what number? I told him the one in the voicemail and gave it to him again. He never called, but did e-mail back. He asked,
Are you currently of LP party member or a GOP party member?
We will not file a person if he/she requires us to also file a change of party.”
I said I was a member of the GOP to which he responded, “So, you would be having the state LP party file a party change certificate?” I told him yes and than he replied, “I need your mailing address. Please be advised that both your address and phone number will be listed publicly.
Also, please call me at some point today when you have time.”
I gave him and the info and he sent back this message, “One last thing….i need to get your resume for the county chair. I send a package over to him with all the info.” He then went silent again, to which I sent him a message on the 13th of this month saying can we speed this along LPD deadline is in two-days. He said, “I am in Sussex until tomm”
I found that very interesting as he didn’t specify when I’m back we can get this done or even a no we can’t.
I found a quote from an article when he was named Executive Director:
…We have to get voters registered; we have to rebuild our party’s resources and we have to get good, solid Republicans, I mean everyday Delawareans, not professional politicians, filed as candidates. Great Republicans are everywhere in Delaware, and I’ll go statewide to find them, get them ready, and get them elected to school boards, town councils and county and state legislatures.
We need to get good solid Republicans he also wanted everyday Delawareans. Topping that all off he says I’ll go statewide to find them, get them ready, and get them elected. Maybe he isn’t that good at his job….maybe he was lying….maybe he just didn’t like me. Also, to top it off the county chair e-mailed me after I sent him one and he had no clue who I was and told me he had nothing from Fluharty.
This has been a huge learning experience and I’m sorry to the people that tried to make this happen. For whatever reason Fluharty stalled and delayed this when many people wanted this to happen.