June 2, 2020

Resolution Honoring Past 6th District Treasurer Al Tucker

At the 6th District Committee meeting held on May 28th, 2020, the committee approved a resolution honoring the past Treasurer, Al Tucker of Lexington, VA.

Here is that Resolution:

WHEREAS, Albert S. J. Tucker, III (“Al”), served the Sixth District Republican Committee (the “Committee”) faithfully as its treasurer; and

WHEREAS, Al died on April 30, 2020; and

WHEREAS, Al supported the Republican Party with his vast array of talents and skills after a distinguished career as an audio engineer at the cutting-edge Maryland Sound International in Baltimore working with national and international performing artists; and

WHEREAS, Al was a generous friend, always willing to share his good humor and fortune with those around him; and

WHEREAS, Al was devoted to his family, his faith and the fundamentals of the Republican Party of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, Al’s service to the committee was honest, above reproach, without guile, and worthy of praise; and

WHEREAS, Al and the Committee were the subject of a complaint to the Federal Election Commission (the “Complaint”); and

WHEREAS, Al always acted transparently, honorably and in good faith; and

WHEREAS, tragically, Al did not live to see the final resolution of the Complaint, which this Committee has vigorously contested and which this Committee is confident will show no intentional misconduct by Al and the Committee and no harm to any person or the public weal,

NOW, THEREFORE, this Committee resolves as follows:

  1. To thank Al, publicly and without reservation, for his faithful service to the Committee;
  1. To express the Committee’s gratitude for the life and condolences on the death of Al to his survivors, especially his widow Deborah Klipp Tucker, his children, Albert S. J. Tucker, IV and Rachel Josephine Rudd, and his father, Col. Albert S. J. Tucker, II, U.S.A.F (ret.);
  1. To publicly repudiate the Complaint; and
  2. To direct the Secretary of the Committee to convey an appropriately framed copy of this motion to Mrs. Tucker, and to cause it to be published in the official records and on the website of the Committee.

A detailed discussion of how this resolution came to be passed provided here, by State Central Representative Doc Troxel.

 


The vote for this resolution was not unanimous; a minority of members abstained.  See below for their minority report on this issue, and their alternative resolution.

Minority Report of the Sixth District Committee 

This minority report serves as notice to all concerned regarding the actions at the May 28th, 2020 Special Committee meeting. In this special meeting, the Sixth District Committee considered and passed a resolution honoring Albert (Al) S. J. Tucker III, a former Sixth District Committee Treasurer who died on April 30, 2020. Ordinarily this resolution would have been passed without opposition. However, these were extraordinary circumstances that merited opposition due to the unwillingness of the majority, a majority in name only as the vote upon a replacement resolution was a tie, to compromise and remove certain language found to be highly objectionable by half of the committee. Such a compromise would have passed with unanimous assent.

1.   It is appropriate that a resolution honoring the life and service of Al Tucker was passed. Resolutions of this nature should have as their sole focus to celebrate the life of the individual being honored and to show appreciation for their contributions to the organization. Resolutions of this nature are done to preserve for posterity warm feelings about the person being honored. In the present, they serve to remind those who knew and loved the honoree of what a good and valued person he was. It is entirely out of place to include any reference to negative topics, strife, and/or other unpleasant matters. Reference to harmful and undesirable things casts a pall upon what should be a heartfelt and uplifting resolution. Sadly, the resolution put forward by Mr. Adams and passed by this Committee fails to follow these principles.

2.   The resolution makes references to FEC complaints against the Sixth Congressional District Republican Committee and also states that Al was a “subject” of the complaint. While Al was a named party to the suit, he was not a respondent and the complaint did
not specifically allege any wrongdoing on Al’s part. References to Al being the subject of an FEC complaint in no way honors Al’s life or his memory. While the majority contends that their resolution honors Al by disputing these complaints, such a defense is misplaced in a resolution such as this. The Committee universally approved of suggested language that Al’s service was honest, above reproach, without guile, and worthy of praise. This says all one needs to say about any implication of wrongdoing that may arise from the presence of the FEC complaints. Many, particularly many in the future, will have no knowledge about the complaints or whether Al Tucker was ever in any way implicated in anything. It does nothing to honor Al Tucker to invite speculation about his role in FEC complaints decades forward into the future by mentioning them in this resolution.

3.   During debate it was said several times how painful, traumatic, and destructive this complaint was for Al and his wife. Mr. Adams sent a letter to the Committee along with the first draft of his resolution containing his opinion that the FEC complaints contributed to
Al’s untimely passing. Some members of Al’s family have disputed this. Accepting for the sake of argument that Mr. Adams is correct, and trusting that the complaint did indeed weigh heavily on Al, why should such a distressing topic be included in a resolution celebrating Al Tucker’s life? If the topic of FEC complaints was indeed so destructive to Al that it led to his death, it is ghoulish to include the topic in this resolution and for this resolution to serve as a perpetual reminder of this trauma for his family.

4.   This minority circulated an alternative resolution tailored to accomplishing the straightforward goal of honoring the life of Al Tucker and showing appreciation for his
years of service to the Republican Party, the Sixth District and our community. After the aforementioned universally accepted amendment offered by Mr. Troxel, this Committee had before it a resolution worthy of the great man it honors and worthy of unanimous approval. A copy of this proposed resolution is attached hereto and we request that it be incorporated into this report.

5.   The majority rejected this resolution in order to preserve the inappropriate and hurtful provisions about FEC complaints. It leads one to speculate about the motivations behind insisting upon this language remaining in the resolution. Such speculation should not be invited by a resolution such as this. The sole motivation should be manifest: to honor the life and legacy of Al Tucker.

     Accordingly, the undersigned minority could not join in approving the resolution. All chose to abstain because each and every one of us wants to see Mr. Tucker honored. The undersigned minority directs the Secretary of the Committee to cause this minority report to be published in the official records and on the website of the Committee no later than 24 hours after receipt.

Respectfully,

Jennifer M. Brown
Eric Harrison
Jeffrey Mayfield
Travis Smiley
Danny Ledford
Jack Collins
Patsy Walker

Daryl Borgquist
Craig Storrs, Jr.
Dan Bogdewic
Dan Johnson
Doug Smith
Jonathan Comer

Nancy V. Dye (Non-Voting Member of the Committee)
Wendell Walker (Non-Voting Member of the Committee)
Whereas, the Sixth District Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia lost a leader, mentor and friend on  April 20, 2020 with the death of Albert (“Al”) S. J. Tucker III

Whereas, Al honorably served the Republican Party of Virginia including serving as Treasurer of the Sixth District Committee for four years; and

Whereas, Al supported the Republican Party with his vast array of talents and skills after a distinguished career as an audio engineer at the cutting-edge Maryland Sound International in Baltimore working with national and international performing artists; and

Whereas, Al was a generous friend, always willing to share his good humor and fortune with those around him; and

Whereas, Al was devoted to his family, his faith and the fundamentals of the
Republican Party of Virginia, now therefore be it

Resolved, That we embrace and mourn with the family and friends of Albert S. J.Tucker III; and be it therefore further

Resolved, That this Resolution is entered in the permanent records of the Sixth District Committee as a tribute to the life and service of Albert (“Al”) S. J. Tucker III.

May 27, 2020