Most of us realized a while back that John Hardy Willson was a RINO – Republican in Name Only – a good while back.
Willson recently published a letter in the Herald Progress telling the world he is “a lifelong Republican who is supporting Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat — to be Virginia’s next governor.”
He then goes on a bloviating, self puffing rant about how great a Republican he really is and has been all his life.
And then he signed the letter “Vice Chair of the Hanover Republican Party”.
Just one problem with this. He was replaced last Spring as Vice Chair (along with the chairman that put him in the position) and subsequently missed three consecutive meetings without sending in a proxy. And according to the bylaws of the Committee and the Republican Party of Virginia, he was no longer a member at that point.
The current Chairman, Russ Wright set the record straight in a followup letter to the editor of the Herald Progress published January 5, 2017.
Wright stated that Willson is not a member of the Republican Committee, nor is he Vice Chair. And his views are his own, not those of the Committee nor those of the Republican Party.
Wright’s best line in his response letter is “Furthermore, if Mr. Willson chose to use false credentials when signing his letter to the editor, a reasonable person should think hard on the veracity
of his further claims“.
So think about it. John Hardy Willson loses his position as Vice Chair in an election, stops attending meetings, fails to send a proxy and is cast out of the Republican Party. Shortly after that he writes a letter, signing the letter as if he were still a member of the Hanover Republican Committee and the Vice Chair as well supporting a Democrat for Governor. Supporting a non Republican is yet another offense with a multi year ban from the Republican Party.
Rather than appear as a life long Republican, most reasonable thinking people would see this as sour grapes from a sore loser after a free and fair election.
Who else was it that recently acted the same way after a free and honest election? Oh, yea. The Democrats. So Willson is a good fit for his new party – the Democrats. And the only thing life long that can now be associated with Willson is a lifelong ban from the Republican Party. While not a rule set in stone, one Willson deserves for his traitorous actions.
John Hardy Willson and the Democrats are a good fit. And they so deserve each other.
The Republican Party is much better off without him.