BetteRose Ryan Reflects on the Stanley Campaign

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BetteRose Ryan Reflects on the Stanley Campaign

[BetteRose Ryan made the following comments in reply to David Bryant's review of the Stanley campaign.]

I think David Bryant is doing a great job on this but he did miss some things mostly because he wasn't there when they took place.

First, Rick offered the space in his building in the fall of 2000. I was still state chairman and so I was the one to look at the space. It was very generous, more than what we had at the time -- two big rooms. However, while I was there, the Realtor who had the building listed for sale showed up to meet clients interested in purchasing the building.

Red flags jumped out for me. Pam said Rick didn't want us to know that the building was for sale. Why would Rick put us in a position where we might have to pay expenses for moving, changing our phone number, changing our letterhead and all that twice without telling us to expect it? (Actually, they had the house and the building for sale but only intended to sell one or the other, whichever came first.) I cautioned the 2000 board not to take him up on his offer.

When the new 2001 board did take up Rick's offer, the party ended up with a much smaller space. Pam's and Rick's house had sold first and they stored all their furniture and such in the rooms first offered to LP. The LP were to have the larger space after they finished construction of their loft above the shop.

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The second has to do with me being 'campaign manager' which I NEVER agreed to do. When I stepped down as state chairman, it was because my illness was getting to me and I needed rest. I told Rick as well as some other people that I was not going to get involved until September or October and that I wanted to work on the Glass campaign. Rick called me the day after the convention saying, "Well, you've had 12 hours off. Are you ready to get to work?" While he was joking with that remark, he still continued to call two or three times every day. He asked me several times to be campaign manager. Finally Rick got his friend to agree to do it.

But Rick's friend bailed on him. Again Rick asked me to do it. I told him I would help with advice. To my total surprise, Rick then announced to the Denver affiliate that I was going to be campaign manager. (David was not at that meeting.) I had not agreed to that however I let it slide and decided to help out as best I could.

ASIDE: David commented that he should have taken a leadership role earlier than he did. I agree with that. Rick would never allow me to make any decisions and never communicated what was going on with everyone. He tended to direct people without my knowledge and never seemed to think he needed to tell me what he had done. He also tended to be dismissive of people but particularly of women. David was probably the only one strong enough to go head to head with Rick.

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Within about 10 days, Rick changed my 'position' with the campaign to something (and I don't remember the title) other than manager. He was uncomfortable with anyone but himself directing the campaign. Another ten days or so was all I could do. The stress within the campaign was simply too much and I really needed to get away from it. Rick called me one day and I told him I could no longer work with the campaign. It was then he publicly attacked me saying I was stabbing him in the back. I never understood what that was about.

David Bryant convinced Rick that he needed to make up with me. At the Saturday Denver breakfast, Rick came up to me and said David said we should kiss and make up. Since I was never really mad at Rick, I saw no reason not to do so. It was then that Rick said something I will never forget. He said, "Well now, at least, we are like a real political party with infighting and everything." Why would someone think it was good that we had infighting?

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The last concerns the PAC I was forming. The previous campaign cycle I had spent well over $2000 of my own money to buy things like bumper stickers and campaign signs. Much of the money I got back but a large portion of it I didn't. This cycle I wanted to make sure that I had a way to account for the money going out and that I had a reasonable chance of recovering the expenses. A PAC seemed the way to go since I could loan money to the PAC and collect donations to repay the loan. I lent the PAC $2100 to get started. The money was to be used to create T-shirts for a Glass campaign that wasn't yet running on it's own, and to help other candidates with signs, stickers, literature and whatever else they needed. It was not formed for the Glass campaign exactly but was formed with the Glass campaign in mind. (I will be turning the PAC over to someone else when Tony and I move out of state next year.)

Hope this helps clear up some things.

BetteRose Ryan

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