Illinois Republican Liberty Caucus Coda

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

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:

Radley,

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)

Bill Westmiller
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.

Sincerely,
Aaron Biterman
Secretary, RLC

Mr. Balko,

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.

Best regards,
W. Guy Finley
Co-Coordinator
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.

Chris Farris

Again, all much-appreciated. And it’s good to know that Koprowski’s nuttery isn’t representative of the RLC.

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31 Responses to “Illinois Republican Liberty Caucus Coda”

  1. #1 |  Chris Berez | 

    Awww, that’s great. I’m a sucker for happy endings.

  2. #2 |  ZappaCrappa | 

    I wonder how much Gene is liking the taste of crow?

  3. #3 |  Bernard | 

    Given the way people like this usually are I suspect he sees the universal bad press as proof that he’s right and that there’s a giant liberal conspiracy against him.

    Unfortunately there’s no accounting for crazy.

  4. #4 |  Warren | 

    And this is the sort of person Eric Dondero was taking sides with?

    Weak sauce, man. It makes the LP look limp and useless with these fools involved.

    So ,yes, the Libertarian Party has a bad case of E.D.

  5. #5 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Pretty classy, actually. There’s hope yet!

  6. #6 |  MacGregory | 

    Bunch of Pussys (and yes upper case P)

  7. #7 |  Robin | 

    That particular domain, rlcil.org, doesn’t seem like it’s being shown much genuine interest by the people running it. The second article down, by RMWStanford, looks like it was just spit out of a Japanese to English computer language translator.

  8. #8 |  Bill Cooke | 

    That’s nice. I don’t care if the guy continues to post on their site, but he should be accurate in his comments. And the group should make he clear that he doesn’t speak for them.

  9. #9 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Incredible! Kudos to RLC.

    Now to wet-blanket it all…there is absolutely no way Puma (or Dondero) will learn any lesson from this. Good example as to how every failure or success entrenches you in your belief…unless you actually learned how to think.

  10. #10 |  claude | 

    They took it to him pretty good over at the FR for that same resume accusation. Ive never been much of a fan of the freepers, but i gotta give them this one. Good job.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2182664/posts

    (i cant believe i missed the picture of the obama dildo)

    :(

  11. #11 |  Thwarter | 

    Nice that they came forward and admitted the mistakes of their posters and denounced his crazy views. Shame they couldn’t denounce the name he was using. Not surprised by that though.

  12. #12 |  Brent | 

    I hate to be a spell cheka, and normally I give the benefit of the doubt to Radley since I assume he’s busy and so types fast when he posts, but this one I think he should go back and correct: “his barely intelligible posts ofer at Free Republic,”. It kind of makes me cringe.

  13. #13 |  Jefferson | 

    If you look at the RLC platform, there is quite a bit there for libertarians to like. I think the Koprophiliac is either too dense to get it or didn’t bother thinking about it.

  14. #14 |  Lloyd | 

    I forgot about FReepers. Wow. Remember when it seemed like they owned the world, 2002-2003?

  15. #15 |  Stephen | 

    So who sent the message about Radley “hacking” their site?

    Was it this “puma” character, or are there more nutcases over there?

  16. #16 |  Dave Krueger | 

    Thankfully, we don’t have any nut jobs.

    *twitch twitch*

  17. #17 |  anarch | 

    Group hug!

  18. #18 |  B | 

    I think you should have Gene guest-blog here sometime. He’s clearly a brilliant satirist.

  19. #19 |  MikeF | 

    I think you should have Gene guest-blog here sometime. He’s clearly a brilliant satirist.

    It would be like the Tyrone posts at Marginal Revolution, minus the funny.

  20. #20 |  Brent | 

    That’s it. Thanks.

  21. #21 |  bobzbob | 

    “And it’s good to know that Koprowski’s nuttery isn’t representative of the RLC.”

    Facts not in evidence.

  22. #22 |  Cynical In CA | 

    “But it’s good to know that the RLC does still retain some love for the “L” part of the organization’s name.” Radley Balko

    With statements like the following quotes from RLC members, dontcha just know they LOVE liberty:

    “Now that the matter is resolved and the offender has been restrained …”, Bill Westmiller, RLC National Chairman

    “His posting privileges have recently been suspended …” Aaron Biterman, Secretary, RLC

    “On behalf of RLC-IL let me offer my apologies for the former postings on our website, they have been removed…. Once I was alerted to what was going on I removed the material.” W. Guy Finley, Co-Coordinator, Republican Liberty Caucus – Ilinois

    “I’m told we’d shut them down if the national organization had control of the domain….” Chris Farris

    Far be for me to tell an ostensibly private organization how they should conduct their business, but to me it appears that censorship, redaction and restricting free speech are not congruous with freedom.

    I have come close to being banned here, but to his great credit, Radley Balko tolerates a very broad spectrum of comment. And in fairness to the above parties, when attacks are personal or ad hominem, the line between censorship and civility is blurry. Still, I can’t help but think of Holmes’ opinion that the remedy for free speech is more free speech.

    Or as Patton said, “I love it when the Germans shoot at me. Then I know where they are.”

  23. #23 |  Cynical In CA | 

    Correct Holmes to Brandeis. Ed.

  24. #24 |  Bernard | 

    Cynic, restraining people with whacko ideologies from speaking in the name of a wider group is in no way censorship.

    If a spokesman for Coca-cola (to pull an example out of the air) came out in an official press conference and told the world that he drank Pepsi and thought Coke was inferior they would rescind his employment and prevent hm speaking on their behalf within seconds and it wouldn’t be censorship.

  25. #25 |  Cynical In CA | 

    I did post a disclaimer, Bernard:

    “Far be for me to tell an ostensibly private organization how they should conduct their business,”

    The operative word, however, is “ostensibly.” An organization called the REPUBLICAN Liberty Congress is not going to get much of a pass from me — they are in league with the State, if not 100% part of it.

    I agree with your example (again, as long as one suspends one’s knowledge of how big business and government are partners (fascism)), but there is a fine line between legal censorship and censorship per se. The attitude of suppression is still there.

  26. #26 |  Bernard | 

    Cynical, I have no idea what any of that means.

    Censorship is when you stop people from speaking freely. That isn’t what happened here. This guy is free to post under his own name either on FreeRepublic or in the comments sections of any of the sites we know he has visited (including this one). What he isn’t free to do is post anonymously under the umbrella of a wider organisation who he claims to represent when they have decided that he doesn’t.

    It’s straightforwardly not censorship. There’s no grey area here.

  27. #27 |  genekoprowskiisandrogynous | 

    He is still posting at the FR today. Personally, i would have been embarassed and disappeared for a while, like forever.

  28. #28 |  Rick Caldwell | 

    Based upon where his latest crackpottery at Free Republic is originally posted, it looks as if Gene has started his own blog, while continuing to use the RLC brand. He uses the name Publius there.

  29. #29 |  Bronwyn | 

    Wait… there’s more than one Gene Koprowski?

    What’re the chances?

    I’d have liked it better if you’d received an apology from ol’ Gene. He should send you flowers, at least.

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