REPUBLICAN LIBERTY CAUCUS ENDORSES
MARK WILLIS FOR NATIONAL GOP CHAIRIMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 9, 2013 MEDIA CONTACTS: RLC National Chair Dave Nalle 512-656-8011 RNC Chair candidate Mark Willis 207-726-4765
AUSTIN, TX – The Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) National Committee has unanimously endorsed Mark Willis of Maine for Republican National Chair.
“We’re proud that one of our RLC members has stepped forward to challenge the inept management of the national GOP under the reign of Reince Priebus. But this endorsement is not just because he is one of our own, it is because he is eminently qualified to lead the resurgence of the national Republican Party,” said RLC National Chair Dave Nalle.
Willis is the Republican National Committeeman from Maine. He is a member of the Maine Republican Liberty Caucus.
Willis was one of the duly-elected Ron Paul delegates from Maine who were unseated by the RNC Credentials Committee at the RNC National Convention in Tampa under the watch of Priebus. He said he saw how the heavy-handed tactics of the national party organization impacted the morale of grassroots which helped lead to the defeat of Priebus’ hand-picked presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
“In the case of Maine, we came home heroes due to the fact that we never gave in as a delegation and even though half our duly-elected delegation was unseated, we refused to take the deals that were offered. We stood up for what is right and never wavered,” Willis said.
Willis said delegates from throughout the country were “outraged” at the fast gavel tactics endorsed by Priebus that enacted rules changes which will manipulate the 2016 presidential nominee selection without regard for grassroots support.
Rule 12 gives unprecedented power to the RNC to change party rules without input or approval of state parties and Rule 16 removes the rights of states to choose their own delegates by forcing all state parties to allocate and bind the state’s delegation to the Republican National Convention by presidential preference polls.
Willis said his first act as national GOP Chair would be to repeal the rules adopted at the 2012 Republican National Convention and “apologize to the GOP grassroots for being overzealous and promise that such behavior will never happen again.”
Willis said the GOP can regain leading contender status if its top management listens to the grassroots.
“If we are truly the party of liberty, equality and favoritism for none, then let’s start acting like it by embracing the grassroots once and for all! Welcome them, don’t push them away, discourage them and then expect their vote in November,” Willis said.
Nalle said the national Republican Liberty Caucus had been one of the first GOP organizations to condemn the rules changes and Willis shows courage by taking a stand for the grassroots members of the party.
“No one came forward to challenge these rules until state committees started passing resolutions from the grassroots. Mark Willis is demonstrating leadership by stating upfront that the people at the local level who register Republican should direct the party instead of a handful of Establishment elitists trying to shove decisions from the top down,” Nalle said.
Willis holds a Doctor of Law degree from George Mason University and received his BA from California State University at Chico in International Relations. He has a Masters in Management Information Systems from Bowie State University. He was a U.S. Army counterintelligence agent in Haiti and Bosnia, a senior software engineer at the U.S. Army Security and Intelligence Command (INSCOM), and was an INSCOM liaison to the National Security Agency. He is currently Applications Security Manager for a Fortune 100 corporation and runs a family Icelandic sheep farm in a small town in Downeast Maine, where he is also a member of the local Board of Education.
The Republican Liberty Caucus is an IRS 527 volunteer organization dedicated to smaller government and individual liberty which works to achieve those goals within the Republican Party.