They can be excused for knowing nothing, I suppose, because by the admission of the party's founder, until Trump was elected, they'd been too busy reading the New York Times and playing tennis to bother reading local papers, and were astonished to learn that there even was a representative town meeting. Her words, not mine.
So, naturally, they have no idea of the difference between incumbent RTM members and those campaigning for the first time: "petition candidates". And, because of that ignorance, they interpret a call to vote against all female petition candidates as a demand that reader vote against all women. The poor dears, they've suffered a triggering moment, when all they needed to do to avoid that pain was to learn something about the government body they seek to join.
Here's a suggestion for the Invisble Party: release a list of your slate of candidates and specifically state your political goals. That way, voters can decide whether they support or oppose your movement, and vote accordingly, and no blanket boycott of new women candidates will be necessary. It's your secrecy that's causing this, and nothing else.
The furious emails and texts i'm receiving from Invisble Greenwich members insist that the group is "a movement, not a party". Here's a pretty standard definition of a political movement:
A group of people working together to achieve a political goal.
And that's the problem: although these people don't know it, the RTM has always been deliberately, by choice, a non-partisan, not bi-partisan — there's a difference, though the Invisibles don't know it — body, and many people want to keep it that way. The Invisibles want to change that, and because they won't reveal who they are, the only way to fight them is by taking advantage of what little we do know about them: they're all women, and they're all petition candidates. The odds are huge that a female seeking election for her first time is one of the "50-60" Invisible members, so I've suggested that denying your vote to any female petition candidate is likely to weed these people out, and keep the RTM the non-partisan organization it's always been.