Currently I am doing a little blogging again, am working on two new national in scope websites, and am involved in the Presidential, Senate and Congressional races this year. When time permits I am continuing to work on our new home.
Before retiring, I was C.E.O of 3 businesses, The Source Inc, Craftwood Cabinet and Lumber Company Inc, and the Wizard’s Edge Inc. Spanning nearly 40 years in metropolitan Washington D.C., and head quartered in Fairfax County and Manassas Park, VA. At our height, the businesses employed a staff of 54 and also provided a healthcare and life insurance package for all employees.
The Source Inc., sold hardware and power tools to government, contractors, and mail order customers nationally.
Craftwood Cabinet and Lumber Co. Inc. Manufactured custom millwork and sold factory and custom kitchens. Craftwood was an AWI mill shop with work in the U.S. Capitol, the Whitehouse, the Treasury, among many government buildings and hotels in Washington, D.C. Craftwood also provided most of the counters and privacy panels for the IT conversion in the PWC schools. In addition, Craftwood produced the millwork for the RNC HQ lobby and museum in Washington D.C.
The Wizard’s Edge Inc. provided a tool repair and sharpening service and sold parts and woodworking machinery. We counted PWC and Fairfax county schools, as well as many commercial shops and contractors, among our loyal customers.
I am retired now and the businesses have been closed and/or sold off. Currently I am finishing construction on our new house that I also designed.
I served in the US Air Force, including a 2 ½ year assignment at TUSLOG Headquarters in Ankara, Turkey and ended my career attached to the Joint Chiefs of Staff here in the DC area.
I am a fiscal conservative and a social conservative, as is my wife of 44 years, Sandy. We both believe in a strong defense, a constitutionally limited government, free markets, personal responsibility, and that our religious teachings are the basis for a strong, just, and vibrant community and society.
Both of us are against abortion, but we try hard not to let our beliefs on social issues stand in the way of promoting our core principles and liberties, nor to be judgmental of those whose social beliefs are different. We try to focus on those goals that first secure our liberty and allow us the freedom to pursue our social conservatism.
I have found things quite comfortable on the “highroad”, and enjoy my role in keeping the playing field level. It is certainly more work, but I think it sends a message of hope to those who might not otherwise get involved. As a grassroots advocate, I find it personally rewarding knowing that I am helping to create an environment that encourages new people to step up and become actively involved in the “electoral process.”
I am not afraid of hard work nor am I looking for a “title”. I believe I am uniquely qualified to help build bridges and help unify the party going forward into perhaps the most critical elections of our lifetimes. I have the determination, time and resources to be able to pursue this objective and in the most professional manner.
I believe strongly in the ethic of “Leading by example”. I would not ask of anyone else, anything that I would not be willing to do myself or have already done so. My first approach in seeking and determining the solutions to the problems and challenges we face, is to ask “is this good for the Party and the citizens.
I do not make judgments based on what is good for me, but rather what is good for you, the grassroots and members of the party. I give of my “time and treasure” freely and without reserve or regret.
My “style” is a little different than some others. I am an entrepreneur at heart, I am a doer. I get things done. I have been told I can be a little “gruff” at times. I confess, that is probably so, for when the time comes to stop “chewing the fat”, entertaining a myriad of possibilities, and actually get down to the business at hand, you can rest assured I will speak up. One of my mottos may describe me and my approach best, “Excuses are the nails that build the house of failure”!
I believe that we have a duty to maintain as level a playing field as possible and, to encourage involvement from the grassroots, and that we should be mentoring our young people and nurturing our future leaders. We must plant the seeds of conservative Republican virtues and principles if we are to reap the blessings of liberty.
At the end of the day, if we want to “wear the jersey” we have a responsibility to “play for the team”. It is our job to get all of our Republican nominees elected.
If you are as unhappy with the direction our Country has been heading as I am, then know this, it is the result of too many years of “going along to get along”, too many years of complacency. We must look to leadership that will put the best interests of the citizens, the grassroots first. We need to look to leaders who are not afraid to speak out; who have the conviction to stand fast for our principles, if we are to stand for anything.
Thomas J Whitmore Political Accomplishments
The events and projects listed here are those that I have chaired or had direct responsibility for their organization and success.
• Prince William County Republican Committee
o Membership Chairman Jul 2008 to Mar 2010 helping to grow the membership from 138 to 353 members
o Helped the PWCRC improve its fundraising efforts and went from less than $6,000 in the bank in 2008 to nearly $40,000.00 by Feb. 2010
o 2008 Vice Chairman July 4th Parade Committee
o 2008 PWC Fair committee chairman
o 2008 Wrote the PWCRC Precinct Organization Manual (in current use)
o 2008 Led the Election Day Operations effort with nearly 100% poll coverage
o 2009 PWC Convention Arrangements Chairman
o 2009 PWC Fair committee chairman
o 2009 Chairman Patriot’s Dinner
o 2009 Co-Chairman July 4th Parade Committee
o 2009 Chairman Nokesville Day Committee
o 2009 Haymarket Day Booth Chairman
o 2009 directed the Election Day Operations for PWCRC with nearly 100% poll coverage for second year
o 2009-2010 PWCRC Brentsville Magisterial District Chairman
o PWCRC Vice Chairman elected 2010-2012
o PWCRC 10th CD Committee representative 2010-2012 (Perfect attendance record)
o 2010 Chairman Lincoln/Reagan Dinner
o 2010 PWC Fair committee chairman
o 2010 PWCRC Patriots Dinner Chairman
o 2010 PWCRC 10th District Convention Unit Chairman
o 2010 10th Congressional District Volunteer of the Year Award
o 2011 PWCRC Lincoln-Reagan Dinner Committee
o 2011 Nokesville Day Booth organizer
o 2011 Co-Chairman July 4th Parade and Booth
o 2011 Spearheaded effort to adopt “Rocket Base” database
o 2011 Led the effort and search to find an Executive Director, culminating with the hiring of Paul Crosby.
o 2011 PWCRC 2011 Patriot Dinner Chairman
o 2011 Developed new PWCGOP.ORG website including an extensive “Back Room” precinct captain and magisterial district chairman organizing framework and tool room, aided by Exec. Paul Crosby
o 2011 Developed the new Prince William “Round-up” weekly newsletter with assistance from Exec. Paul Crosby and intern Yousof Sultan
o 2012 PWCRC Lincoln-Reagan Dinner Chairman
• Tea Party Experience
o 2010 Founder of www.WashingtonDCTeaParty.US
o 2010 a Co-Founder of Take the Town Halls to Washington
War Room Director sending participants from over 40 nationwide tea parties to meetings with US congressional representatives over the Healthcare Bill. Directed 1,100 plus volunteers to over 4,200 group office visits over a two-week period. Worked directly with many members of the US Congress.
o Among the primary organizers of the Mar 20, 2010 Code Red Rally at the US Capitol.
Participation was over 45,000 people and my team and I rallied them with only 3 days advance notice.
I was instrumental in getting actor John Voight to come and speak
Congressional Representatives Michelle Bachman & Steve King also spoke at the Rally and in addition, worked with me on the Take the Town Halls to Washington efforts.
o One of the participants in RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s first meeting with 50 Tea Party leaders from around the nation.
o Prime mover in the Virginia Sovereignty March which took signed copies of the Virginia House Sovereignty letter and a signed copy of VA HB10 from the VA Capitol, with stops at Tea Parties in Fredericksburg and the McCoart Center in Prince William County, and hand-delivering to House Minority Whip Eric Canter and the VA Delegation. I rallied all of our VA Republican Representatives to come out and speak to the marchers assembled on the US Capitol lawn.
o Belong to many of the leading National Tea Party organizations and am on their Leadership Councils
o Was a founding member of the National Tea Party Federation
o Was an organizer and participant in the first Tea Party in Washington DC on Feb 27th 2009.
• Veterans for McCain Area Coordinator for NOVA
o Organized efforts at the following events:
2008 Clifton Days
2008 Annandale Day Parade
2008 Haymarket Parade
2008 Vienna Parade led PWC contingent
2008 McCain/Palin Biker Rally and Troop Benefit
led the Veteran Security and Rally Contingent at all of the McCain/Palin rallies in Northern VA held in 2008
• Veterans for McDonnell 2009
o 10th Congressional District Chairman organized:
Breakfast with Bob McDonnell- a joint effort with 11th Congressional District Chairman, O.P. Ditch
2009 Dale City July 4th Parade- Vets Color Guard
Haymarket Day Parade Vets for McDonnell
Phone banking Nights, Vets for McDonnell
Vienna Day Parade Veterans for McDonnell PWC contingent
• Republican Party of Virginia New Media Committee Member
o Helped develop the New Media Strategy for the RPV, including Twitter, Facebook, texting, social networking etc.
o Helped organize the New Media efforts at the 2009 RPV Convention to include : Bloggers Row, on-site studio for video interviews, live video streaming video of event, signage for New Media and hosted a hospitality suite to highlight New Media
o Helped provide the same services for the 2009 Advance. In addition, I taught a class on Using Social Media Networks similar to RPVNetwork.
o Taught New Media classes at other RPV grassroots training sessions.
• Republican Party of Virginia Finance Committee member, 10th CD representative
• www.RPVNetwork.org a social network for the Republican Party of Virginia; co-founded with O.P. Ditch.
• Fimian For Congress 2010
o Organized a Prince William Fund Raiser where every Republican elected official (4 Delegates, Senator, 6 BOCS members, Sheriff & Clerk of Court among others) were hosts.
o Organized a sign program where over 60 Fimian for Congress 4 x 8 and over 70 November Is Coming 4 x 8 signs were placed in Prince William.
o Organized the “To Vote for Gerry Is Just Too Scary” campaign including signage, flyers, internet and bumper stickers.
I have participated in many other Republican Party, Tea Party and conservative events and projects, too numerous to mention.