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Republicans are reeling after major 2019 losses in Virginia, Kentucky and Louisiana — as Democrats are organizing and fundraising at a record-breaking clip. Led by former President Barack Obama and former Attorney General Eric Holder, they are working to prioritize state-level races after getting clobbered in the post-2010 redistricting.

Now, some elected GOP officials, donors and party strategists are questioning the RSLC’s leadership. Complaints grew loud enough that committee officials convened a conference call the Tuesday before Thanksgiving in which Chambers and Bill McCollum, the chairman of the RSLC board, took questions from state lawmakers perturbed by Chambers’ outside work, which many were unaware of until after the Louisiana elections.

“Viewed in the most favorable light, these actions create terrible optics at a crucial point in the redistricting cycle,” said a Republican operative close to the committee. “Not only do RSLC employees not have time for moonlighting — moonlighting undermines the confidence of the legislators involved in the organization and potentially some of its donors, too.”

Chambers, a 24-year-old rising star in GOP circles, insists his work for Rispone did not distract from his RSLC duties. And in a further sign of internal drama, he suggested critiques of his leadership come from those who preferred candidates he beat out for the position when he was hired in April, as well as the candidates themselves.

“Peddling lies and insider gossip doesn’t help advance RSLC’s objective,” he said in a statement. “I’m going to stay focused on the main thing: winning elections. The RSLC had one of its best years it’s ever had, and we look forward to building on that in 2020.”

The conference call was billed as an opportunity for Chambers to address several posts written by a conservative blogger in Louisiana that skewered his work for Rispone, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO. At least three major RSLC donors have expressed concern about Chambers after reading the blog posts, which cast him as an inexperienced, out-of-town hired gun, according to three people who have spoken with them.

This account is based off interviews with over a dozen operatives and elected officials close to the committee, nearly all of whom were granted anonymity to speak candidly and avoid repercussions.

State lawmakers advocated for a clear policy that prohibits top staffers from taking on outside work, according to sources familiar with the call. RSLC’s outside counsel, Mark Braden, is conducting a review of the matter, with recommendations expected to be presented in time for the RSLC meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo., this month.

In an interview, McCollum declined to elaborate on the full scope of the review. He offered Chambers a vote of confidence but — when asked directly — refused to rule out the possibility that the review could result in a change in RSLC leadership.

“From what I see right now, I doubt seriously that the board members are going to think about removing Austin,” he said. “He’s been doing a really good job.”

The policy on outside contracting will likely be changed in the future, McCollum said, but he noted that Chambers had not violated the current RSLC rules. McCollum also said he knew in advance about Chambers’ work with the Rispone campaign.

RSLC sources described the call as an attempt to clarify expectations before 2020 and dispel rumors created by the blog posts. And they insist there are few tangible signs that the committee isn’t prepared for the cycle. The RSLC helped win a supermajority in the Louisiana state Senate. In Kentucky, they swept down-ballot races, including a highly contested secretary of state race. In New Jersey, Republicans flipped several state legislative seats, though they are still in the minority.

Outgoing Virginia state House Speaker Kirk Cox, who is leaving party leadership following the GOP’s defeat last month, still praised Chambers and his efforts in the state on the call, describing an unprecedented commitment.

“We could not have asked for more,” Cox told POLITICO in a statement for this article. “All of that stems from Austin’s leadership, and I can easily say he worked harder than anyone in the country to help us.”

Still, the presence of so many high-level RSLC stakeholders on the call underscores the extent to which his conduct spooked party power players at a tenuous moment.

The GOP suffered a string of defeats in November that will certainly cost them legislative and congressional seats in redistricting. Despite over $3 million in RSLC spending, the party lost control of both chambers of Virginia’s General Assembly and will be boxed out of the map-making process there entirely. Meanwhile, Rispone’s defeat keeps Democrats in control of the governorship in Louisiana, while Republicans fell short of a supermajority in the state House.

Far more legislatures are up for grabs next year — including in places such as Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida — which will determine which party draws the maps that will shape state and federal politics for a decade to come.

Chambers was hired in April to replace the outgoing RSLC president after beating out several other candidates, including a state legislator, for the position. Part of his appeal, according to sources close to the RSLC, was his connections to the current administration and a vast fundraising network. Chambers has close ties to Nick Ayers, the former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence.

But his hire triggered some skepticism among RSLC staff. They raised questions about Chambers’ prominent role in the campaign of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who was embroiled in legal and ethical scandals and resigned in 2018.

As board president, McCollum, the former congressman and Florida state attorney general , told staff in a meeting around the time of Chambers’ hiring that there would be no major personnel changes, according to people in the room. But the RSLC still saw significant staff turnover in the following months, including some who were pressured to leave and some who had recently been promoted.

Among the notable departures: Melanie Pfeiffenberger, the executive director of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, which falls under the RSLC umbrella; David Kanevsky, a vice president for political affairs; Neri Martinez, who led efforts to recruit women and minority candidates; Devon Gallagher, the events director; and David James, the communications director.

McCollum said he did not recall making any statement ruling out staffing changes, noting that it’s Chambers’ prerogative as president to choose his team.

It was Republicans’ organizational dominance in the 2010 cycle that brought them great success in the last redistricting, when they racked up a slew of legislative wins and crafted maps that ushered them into sometimes impenetrable majorities.

The RSLC outspent its Democratic counterpart nearly 3-to-1 that cycle, but that advantage has disappeared this cycle. The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee raised $8.5 million in the first half of 2019, beating the RSLC by $370,000.

Chambers brought in Ron Weiser, a former ambassador and major GOP fundraiser, to serve as the RSLC finance chairman. Weiser said the committee is on track to surpass the $16.7 million it raised in the last off year, in 2017.

Still, Chambers and others in the party have been sounding the alarm on Democrats’ organization for months, warning that they are more focused than ever on state-level races and that the GOP needs to increase its efforts.

Daniel Strauss contributed to this report.



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Below are splendid new paintings by MK10ART focusing on the Lost Women of Nxivm.

Below the paintings are MK10ART’s comments from her Instagram account where she posts her original artwork first, followed by my comments [in bold and brackert].

A spectacular artist, Frank Report is honored to have her work grace the pages of this website.

 

Evidence Points to #NinaCowell Having Role in Disappearance of #KristinSnyder (depicted in painting)

Message to Nina from Frank:

I can be reached at 716-990-5740 or via email at frankparlato@gmail.com.

If you fear that you may have some legal liability regarding the disappearance of Kristin Snyder [there is no statute of limitations for murder], I can help you get legal representation.

Proper legal representation might lessen your criminal exposure and perhaps procure immunity for you – if you cooperate with law enforcement and provide truthful information.

And if you are innocent, now may be the time for you to speak on the record.

[FR: Nina, so much circumstantial evidence points to your complicity in the disappearance of Kristin Snyder. It is time to come forward. This is not going away. I understand you told Barbara Bouchey I got it wrong about you. Why not call and tell me what’s right. If you are sitting on the mystery of Kristin’s disappearance, I would say don’t wait, unless of course, you have already retained counsel and he is representing you in preparation for possible criminal charges. If so, cut a plea deal early, Nina.]

 

What does #KarenAbney know about the disappearance / death of #KristinSnyder?
Message to Karen from Frank Parlato:
Karen Abney, if you are reading this, I offer you the same message I have given others:

I can be reached at 716-990-5740 or via email at frankparlato@gmail.com.

If you fear that you may have some legal liability regarding the disappearance of Kristin Snyder [there is no statute of limitations for murder], I can help you get legal representation.

Proper legal representation might lessen your criminal exposure and perhaps procure immunity for you – if you cooperate with law enforcement and provide truthful information.

And if you are innocent, now may be the time for you to speak on the record.

[FR: Karen,  you were Kristin’s coach leading up to her disappearance. Isn’t it time you came forward? Perhaps you have retained a lawyer who is urging you to remain silent. If so, I understand. You may have criminal exposure. Or you may be innocent. But you were around, you had a hand in managing Kristin Snyder. You were close to Keith Raniere for years.  You put your child into a Waldorf School in Saratoga and after the horrid revelations about Keith’s branding women you withdrew your leadership role in the school. But you never withdrew from Keith Raniere.

You and Kathy Russell continue to support the monster.  Maybe you did do something monstrous and are hoping this goes away. It won’t. Not until we know what happened to Kristin Sndyer.] 

Is #KeithAlanRaniere former leader of #Nxivm cult a murderer? A new documentary with Frank Parlato explores evidence that he poisoned women.

Is Keith Raniere A Murderer? New Documentary Explores If NXIVM Leader Poisoned Women.

[FR: Keith Raniere is unlikely to ever talk. The only way he would talk about what happened to the lost women is if he could put the blame on one or more of his coconspirators.]

 

‘The Lost Women of NXIVM’ investigates the 4 women and 4 cats that lived with  #keithraniere at 3 Flintlock Lane in Clifton Park NY. All of the women + cats got cancer and and all but 2 women died. It is suspected that Raniere poisoned them all. He never got sick.

In painting: #KarenUnterreiner ( top left) Raniere (top middle) Pam Cafritz (top right) #BarbaraJeske (bottom right) #kristinkeeffe (bottom left).

The documentary will air on Sunday Dec 8th 2019 at 9pm on Investigation Discovery.

[FR: How did everyone get sick but Raniere?]

2016 hundreds of Nxivm attendees were stricken with a sudden onset of gastrointestinal illness. The cause was never found. Poisoning by #keithraniere + #drbrandonporter is suspected – In 2011 anti-nxivm blogger #johntighe became violently ill and almost died after eating in a coffee shop where Nxivm members congregated. He spent 5 days in the hospital and had multiple blood infusions. The cause was never found. Poisoning by Nxivm members is suspected.

-4 women and 4 cats who lived with Raniere all contracted cancer within a short time period. Poisoning is suspected.
-others have become seriously ill after eating in places where Nxivm members hang out or work –Nxivm members work + hang out at #IzzyRose
A documentary ‘Lost women of Nxivm’ investigates this and will air on Sunday Dec 8th 2019 at 9pm on Investigation Discovery.

[FR: Susan Dones said she too became ill whenever she went to Albany. She wonders if she was poisoned. She also suggests that the poison might have been applied to clothes, sashes, even their computers which Nxivm leaders had access to. Keep in mind that when we did a hair sample of one of the cancer victims we found extraordinarily high levels of barium and bismuth – delivered to her body over at least two years. What kinds of poison was Raniere and Brandon Porter? experimenting with?]

 

There are many contentious commenters on Frankreport.com
One example is a troll who uses the name ‘Flowers’ This person is not interested in uncovering the truth about the criminal enterprise called #Nxivm but in starting Flame wars. Frank planted flowers in his/her place.

[FR: Flowers seems to take the opposite side of nearly every position Frank Report takes, which could be valuable as a devil’s advocate, if it was well thought out. Usually it isn’t. But maybe she will improve in time.]

‘The Lost Women of NXIVM’ investigates the 4 women and 4 cats that lived with  #keithraniere at 3 Flintlock Lane in Clifton Park NY. All of the women + cats got cancer and and all but 2 women died. It is suspected that Raniere poisoned them all. He never got sick.

In painting: Raniere (middle) Pam Cafritz (left) #BarbaraJeske ( right) Both women are deceased.
The documentary will air on Sunday Dec 8th 2019 at 9pm on Investigation Discovery.

[FR: I can’t say it enough. What are the odds of everyone getting cancer but Raniere? He spoke of poison often, He said Edgar Bronfman was trying to poison him. And that the women who got cancer were collateral damage. He spoke of how the new age high tech way to assassinate people was by giving them cancer. That it was possible. And the tech was already available. He had a degree in biochemistry. The metals found in Karen’s hair were bismuth and barium. I am told that up until recently those metals were not normally tested for in suspected poisoning. One thing more, at least one of the cancer women had nightmares for years, she told me, that she was being poisoned. It’s only a dream? Who knows.] 

Lost women of Nxivm Airs 9 pm On Investigation discovery.com

[FR: I believe it is for Central time airing at 8 pm. It is 9 pm for PT.  The show will also air again at midnight for ET and PT.]

Lost women of Nxivm Airs 9 pm On Investigation discovery.com

[Keith Raniere prescribed for Pam Cafritz a milky white drink which she consumed in large quantities right up until her death. He also prescribed for Pam and Barbara Jeske, something they called ‘Do-Do Balls”, pellets that smelled horrific. Barbara told her sister they were made in part of excrement. Was it poison? Or was Keith just enjoying managing their health care and giving them excrement or perhaps, in the white milky drink, his urine or semen. 

I have come to learn there is nothing this scoundrel wouldn’t do, not only to the people he was enemies with, but also to those he claimed he loved with great compassion.]

 

 





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