Very interesting…the party I formerly volunteered with to help recruit new members and did social media outreach for has come out with this explanation as to the press release last week announcing JD Rucker, one of the co-founders, was suddenly stepping down from leading the Federalist Party.
According to Joel Kurtinitis, the other co-founder, the press release that Pat Nicklaus, the current “Senior Advisor/spokesperson” of the party, that she posted last week was fake. Funny that they’re blaming the others for the coup and writing the press release since Pat was the one who shared it in the Unofficial Federalist Party Facebook group. So now it sounds like they’ve lost all their so-called great leaders they added who pushed me out: Bobby, Susan, and Tricia. Yet Pat is still considered the “Senior Advisor/spokesperson” and is excused for falling for and sharing the now alleged fake press release.
Here is what Joel posted recently on Redstate:
While a lot of folks know I stay very politically engaged in writing and (more recently) podcasting, fewer folks know that over the last year I’ve been directly involved in founding the national Federalist Party along with my co-founder, JD Rucker. JD has been the more public face of the party, but I’ve remained involved and supportive, engaged in decision-making, and helping chart the course for the party in every capacity, from state ops and messaging, to data management and tech partnerships. So what I’m about to say, I say as active co-founder of the Federalist Party with direct knowledge of the situation and context.
Within the last two weeks, the Federalist Party rebuffed an attempted takeover by an unscrupulous and opportunistic group of former volunteers who used the resources and contacts of the party to form a competing organization, and then blackmailed my friend and co-founder JD Rucker into shutting down the party’s assets and signing off on a false press release under duress.
We knew that it was ambitious and dangerous to build a new party from the ground up to counter the political swamp that is Washington. We did not, however, anticipate sabotage from within, by characters whose desire for prestige and recognition mirrors that of the DC cartel perfectly.
Many of you saw the press release announcing that JD was stepping down as the head of the Federalist Party willingly, to make room within a new party reorg. That entire narrative is patently false, and those peddling it are so aware of its vulnerability that their follow-up posts have quietly switched from discussing “The Federalist Party” to “the NEW Federalist Party”.
Here’s what happened.
Three former volunteers for the national party, acting under false pretenses, used the resources of the party to establish contacts and build a competing organization under the same name. They used our lists to recruit board members for the new organization and quietly bought a website with a similar name. With access to our internal communications, they knew that we were working on forming a board and transitioning from an LLC to a 527 nonprofit, and they used this information to time their attack.
Without resigning from the Federalist Party or even saying a word to anyone, they filed their own paperwork for a 501C4 named “The Federalist Party of America (™)” and then sprung their trap.
They called JD, who they knew was still dealing with a family medical emergency, and blackmailed him using two different copies of a press release. If he agreed to shut down the website and social media pages for the Federalist Party, they would put out the “nice” release saying he had willingly agreed to step down for the good of the party, and subtly ceding legitimacy to their coup. If not, they would drop the other press release, which claimed, without any substantiation, that the party was separating from JD for “questionable financial practices” – outright character assassination.
JD, stunned by the betrayal and conscious of his family’s well-being, complied with their demands.
They then contacted Senior Advisor and longtime ally to the Federalist Party, Pat Nicklaus, and told her that JD had decided to step down, that there was going to be a reorg with his support, and asked if she would like to be the spokesperson for the new party. Pat was surprised, but believed their story and agreed.
No sooner had she accepted than they slapped her name on their press release – not a word of which she actually said – and dropped it in social media groups that were organized for the benefit of the Federalist Party, in an attempt to co-opt the activist base.
Confusion ensued, and when questions started to arise, they promptly threw JD under the bus for shutting down the assets they had demanded he shut down.
The whole thing was a lie, and we have ample evidence to prove it, including both copies of the press release used to blackmail JD.
We also think it’s likely that the board members recruited by these dishonest folks have been recruited under false pretenses as well – I’m sure they haven’t told their prospective associates about their extortion scheme.
If anyone knows these board members, please do them a favor and tell them the truth, so that they can make an informed decision on how to proceed. My guess is that many of these decent and respectable folks won’t want anything to do with this kind of corruption.
Those who know me, know that I strive to be fair-minded in all of my analysis, and decent and respectful to those who honestly disagree. But it would be a mistake for anyone to mistake restraint for weakness.
The perpetrators of this scheme knowingly misused party resources for their own personal ends, damaged relationships and leadership structures built by many of us over the last year, sabotaged trust and damaged the party’s reputation, published a false press release in an attempt to mislead activists and allies of the Federalist Party, and lied to one of my friends in order to blackmail another.
JD Rucker is one of the most selfless and principled men I’ve had the privilege of knowing. If people even knew half of the personal and professional sacrifices he’s made to keep the party moving forward, the folks who perpetrated this attempted hijacking would never be able to show their faces on social media again.
And frankly, that’s what needs to happen. Bobby, Susan, and Tricia, all of whom have carefully hidden behind layers of online anonymity and used other people’s names to carry out their dirty work, are a symbol of everything that’s wrong with politics in America – everything the Federalist Party is fighting to change.
The corruption, the self-aggrandizement, the backstabbing, and the dishonesty won’t get them far in a Federalist Party that’s now wise to their subversion, but it could certainly land them a cushy job on K Street, should they be inclined to seek out their own within the DC cartel.
But there’s one really encouraging thing that every Federalist can take from all this: When these kinds of attacks start happening, you know you’re making an impact.
When unscrupulous and unprincipled people start trying to derail you from within and without, you can be sure that you’re on the right track.
We are still investigating legal options from several different angles, but whether we proceed in that direction or not, just know that there has been no change, the Federalist Party you signed up with is still the only legitimate Federalist Party, and though I’m sure these folks will try to do some damage to us on their way down, they have nothing, and will gain nothing.
Thanks to everyone for hanging with us through this. What we’re doing is hard – crazy hard.
We’re trying to change a political culture that values power and money and self-interest, and people who value those things over conviction and principle are going to try to derail us at every turn. We are a threat to their plans, and ultimately, their paychecks. But every battle makes us stronger and more resolute, and every betrayal underlines the need for good people to step up and help us push this forward.
If you’re in this for the long haul and you want to see the Federalist Party succeed in challenging the Democratic-Republican establishment, it’s time to go to war.
As mentioned above, I used to be part of the Federalist Party leadership but chose to leave in June after realizing how disorganized and non-transparent they were. They wouldn’t even clarify what our roles were when asked yet some gave themselves titles. The few I know who are still there are not effective, not transparent and some are rude and power hungry.(Apparently, most are no longer part of it because they are the ones who attempted the coup according to Joel.)
In my opinion, political parties are just another bureaucracy to control us and the ones in control don’t care about those they represent. If you haven’t seen the alleged “fake” press release Pat shared… here it is as she posted it in the Facebook Unofficial Federalist Party group on November 17, 2017:
Pat apparently fell for the “fake” news of JD stepping down as legitimate and OK’d the press release without confirming with Joel and JD. Then the others put Pat’s name on the press release because she was considered the “Senior Advisor/spokesperson” and she OK’d it without checking with JD and Joel. She then posted it on Facebook and in at least one group unofficially representing the Federalist Party members.
Here’s a video Pat posted yesterday attempting to explain what happened, while minimizing blame for the press release she shared on social media, without verifying the legitimacy of the story:
So now I guess JD isn’t stepping down and the others mentioned were just trying to get JD removed so the Federalist Party would collapse and these so-called former leaders, more like saboteurs, could start their own party or organization under the same name but with “of America” added at the end.
Hmm…it’s because of JDs lack of leadership I left in June, so I’m not surprised the three mentioned were behind the coup. They had a lot to do with pushing me out too. JD added them, including Pat, around January and was distant towards me during the holidays prior. I didn’t even know they were added until I was called in March or April to help with the social media team. I was under the impression, based on my previous calls with JD, that I would be handling most of the social media outreach and managing the social media team. However, after getting clarification from “Bobby” I was told I was only needed to help recruit people for the social media team at the time. I had already been recruiting new members to the party since October 2016 and I called JD in early October or early November about unifying a small group of conservatives I had started who were seeking a new party. In my opinion, JD put too much trust in them: Bobby, Susan, and Tricia, and lost many quality people like myself in the process. There was a lack of communication and transparency which lead to disorganization and eventually this “coup attempt”.
In result, I felt misled and later was pushed out of helping manage the social media accounts even though I was willing to create all the new accounts on Facebook and Twitter and had been offering to get them up back in October. Instead, I was told at the time that JD would likely hire an intern to do that because he thought it was a menial task for me and thought I could do something else. However, I was never given any priorities nor direction, so I continued to recruit new members on my own through social media and would help to explain what issues the party supported based on my calls with JD and his articles.
While I really hoped the Federalist Party would succeed and overcome the challenges of other third parties, I have lost hope in that becoming a reality. It appears that since the time I left in June to now things have become more disorganized and the lack of leadership and communication still exists. If they ever get their act together and become viable I may consider joining, but at this time I don’t see that happening and will keep my eyes and ears open for other options.
If you’re a member of the Federalist Party or considering joining, how does this news make you feel? Leave your response in the comments below.