“It is with regret that the iCaucus Executive Board has made the decision to remove Mr. Patterson from the vetting process. Mr. Patterson has not shown good faith as a possible endorsed candidate in answering questions regarding finances in a full and transparent manner, he has shown a conflict between his business dealings and the commitments he made on the qualifying questionnaire, and he does not seem to adhere to the standards iCaucus members and candidates are expected to exemplify. These principles are: Honesty, Reverence, Hope, Thrift, Humility, Charity, Sincerity, Moderation, Hard Work, Courage, Personal Responsibility, & Friendship.”
The above statement was received directly from iCaucus today. It is unfortunate news for Vance. This is a rare position for iCaucus to take, but they are unafraid to protect the integrity of their endorsed candidates. In April, Meadows and Patterson split the vote equally for a full endorsement, therefore both received a recommendation, not an endorsement. The iCaucus endorsement is a coveted TEA Party endorsement because of the thorough vetting system of candidates and a fair grassroots membership vote after interviews and investigations.
Here is a the summary of the conference call with iCaucus affiliate group grassroots leaders, iCaucus regional director, and iCaucus national directors, and US House candidates Mark Meadows and Vance Patterson from last month. I didn’t intend the summary to go farther than the voters of the 11th District, but it attracted attention from the national level organization who acted and issued the above statement.