I’ve received several apologies from various office holders of the Republican Liberty Caucus over last week’s debacle. That’s much appreciated, though to be honest, I think it’s probably better for them that they apologized than for me. I wasn’t offended. I found the whole thing hilarious. But it’s good to know that the RLC does still retain some love for the “L” part of the organization’s name.
As it turns out, “Puma” is a wingnut named Gene Koprowski (not to be confused with the tech journalist by the same name). His RLC posting privileges have been suspended. If you’re up for it, you can browse his barely intelligible posts over at Free Republic, where he goes by the strange handle, “obamaisandrogynous.” Here’s the only article I could find that mentions him, from Human Events.
The text of the apologies I’ve received over the last few days:
I had refrained from sending my regrets for the postings at the RLCIL.org blog. Now that the matter is resolved and the offender has been restrained, I can assure you that we will take all the steps necessary to ensure that these kind of derogatory and inflammatory posts will be prevented in the future.
The RLC has always tried to maintain a warm and respectful relationship with every element of the libertarian movement. We have no ill will toward anyone pursuing liberty, even if our strategic approaches differ.
Best wishes to you and thank you for your patience. I guess … Happy Valentine’s Day ! ;o)
RLC National Chairman
Dear Mr. Balko,
I am National Secretary of the Republican Liberty Caucus. Let me first say that I must apologize to you on behalf of Gene Koprowski, who was the individual posting about you under a pseudonym at the RLCIL.org blog. Nothing said by Mr. Koprowski is representative of the Republican Liberty Caucus.
Please know that nothing he wrote was sanctioned by the Republican Liberty Caucus. In fact, the Republican Liberty Caucus of Illinois is not a chartered affiliate of our national organization. Late last year, I was contacted by Gene Koprowski, who expressed interest in working toward the process of getting our Illinois affiliate active. At his request — and with hopes that he would be a leader for libertarian Republicans in Illinois (which, unfortunately, has proven not to be the case) – we gave him the ability to post at the RLCIL.org blog.
His posting privileges have recently been suspended as a result of what he wrote about you and others in the blog.
On behalf of RLC-IL let me offer my apologies for the former postings on our website, they have been removed.
Unfortunately I was immersed in local activities during the November election and again for our upcoming April elections and was asked to turn over administration of the site to someone I didn’t know. Once I was alerted to what was going on I removed the material.
Again, I apologize for any remarks made, they WERE NOT representative of RLC Illinois, just the person who made the posting.
W. Guy Finley
Republican Liberty Caucus – Ilinois
As Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Georgia and a fan of your site, I want to apologize for those nut-jobs in Illinois.
There is no official chartered chapter of the RLC in Illinois, just one rogue individual spewing stupidity in a desperate plea for attention. The loser doesn’t even have the guts to use his real name. I’m told we’d shut them down if the national organization had control of the domain.
Keep up the good work.
Again, all much-appreciated. And it’s good to know that Koprowski’s nuttery isn’t representative of the RLC.