ROGERSVILLE, AL – A husband and wife are sitting at home on a “Purple Strategies” couch on a Monday night in November while considering the future of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.
They get out a piece of TWHBEA official stationery complete with logo and decide to pen a “To Whom It May Concern” letter to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the United States House of Representatives. In this letter Rob and Becky Cornelius take an official position on behalf of the 8,300 member Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association without so much as giving a thought to consulting TWHBEA’S 13 person elected Executive Committee entrusted with managing the business of the corporation.
This is the same Rob Cornelius who was all for excommunicating Pat Stout who as VP – Horse Shows simply sent out a post card at no expense to TWHBEA and asked the members of TWHBEA please vote YES or NO on passage of HR 1518 to remove the pads and chains from show horses, eliminate the corrupt HIO system and make soring horses a federal felony. An overwhelming landslide 63% of the TWHBEA members voted YES (1,132 vote) in favor of passage of HR 1518/S.1406 with an outstanding 26% of the TWHBEA membership participating.
Apparently, Rob and Becky figured their two votes counted more than those of 1,132 TWHBEA members.
Billy Go Boy wrote a “Dear Rob Cornelius” letter replying to the “To Whom It May Concern” letter, and the next morning on https://www.facebook.com/BillyGoBoy , Becky Cornelius replied to Billy’s letter and she told about hers and Robs session on the mystical purple couch when their missive was penned. She didn’t mention anything about ED Tracy Boyd being there.
ROB AND BECKY CORNELIUS FACEBOOK
Becky Walls Cornelius “LOL! I really needed a good chuckle this morning! The truth of the matter is that Rob and I wrote the letter. I suppose an article with a headline that reads “Rob Cornelius and Wife Draft Letter to Congress While Sitting on Their Living Room Sofa on Veteran’s Day” is not quite as dramatic or entertaining as a speculative article accusing him of hiring a PR firm. Any letter or press release that has had Rob’s name on it was written by him or the two of us. We don’t have to hire someone to write his letters! I am not sure whether we should be offended because you and Marty think that he isn’t capable of writing a letter to Congressmen, or to feel commended because the two of you think the letter was written by a professional. I am going to take your accusation as a complement. Maybe Rob and I missed our calling. Your complement has been an inspiration to us, so after we retire I think we may just open a PR firm and supplement our income by writing letters for the public. I need to get you a copy of a picture of the two of us so you can replace the lady’s picture from Purple Strategies. At least give credit where credit is due!”
about the “To Whom It May Concern” letter. A noticeably nervous guilty acting Rob Cornelius who couldn’t get complete sentences out of his mouth must have apparently forgotten that he and Becky wrote the letter while sitting on the purple couch, because he didn’t mention it. Cornelius did manage to say that TWHBEA Executive Director Tracy Boyd,
who in May 2013 as President cast a vote for a Sound Tennessee Walking Horse in favor of the HR 1518, helped him write the letter opposing passage of HR 1518. Executive Director Tracy Boyd should be ashamed of himself for “constructing and approving” such a letter which he knew was not proper without first receiving Executive Committee approval. Boyd’s action will only serve to further divide, embitter and polarize an already fractured TWHBEA. The question Boyd must answer: was his job threatened if he didn’t comply with Cornelius improper wishes or has Boyd simply abandoned the principled stand he took in May 2013 in favor of passage of HR 1518, and now fallen in line with the Big Lick sore interests led by David L. Howard?
Many think the latter has taken place.
While being questioned by Wies, Cornelius desperately waited for Executive Director Boyd to throw a lifeline to him. President Cornelius didn’t mention anything about the session on the purple couch, and several Executive Committee members had never even heard of the existence of the “Couch Letter” until EC member Rick Wies from Montana asked Cornelius about it.
So now President Rob Cornelius is subject to anyone who has $250.00 and wants to file a Complaint against him for doing what the Executive Committee improperly ordered Pat Stout investigated for – except for one not so subtle difference – Pat Stout didn’t tell anybody how to vote when she provided the members at no expense to TWHBEA an opportunity to voice an opinion on the HR 1518 question. On the other hand, President Rob Cornelius and his wife Becky improperly took it upon themselves to take an official position on behalf of an 8,300 member organization when they sat down on the purple couch and took out the TWHBEA letterhead and decided to write that letter. And that’s a darn big difference.
What were they thinking about?
If truth be known, here’s the most likely reason why Rob and Becky Cornelius felt that they had to take matters into their own hands and improperly write a “To Whom It May Concern” letter to Congress.
And so it goes in the land of mystical purple couches and a little green man behind the curtain.