Libertarian Gary Johnson supporter not the chair needed for Hanover GOP

Libertarian Party logo 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Current Hanover County Republican Committee Chairman Nancy Russell is being challenged at Thursday’s mass meeting by Russ Wright, a Libertarian whose allegiance in 2012 was to the Libertarian Party instead of the Republican Party even after he vowed to support the GOP candidates. Because of that, Wright cannot be trusted to represent and promote the Republican Party and Republican candidates as chairman in Hanover.

In 2012, Wright entered his name as a candidate for State Central Committee, National Delegate to the 2012 convention, and Presidential Elector for the Republican Party of Virginia. Three times he signed a full-fledged Statement of Intent affirming he would support the Republican candidates:

“In accordance with the Qualifications for Participation set forth in the State Party Plan, I do hereby state my intent to support all of the Nominees of the Republican Party in November 2012.”

However, just months after signing his support — two months before the crucial November 2012 election — Wright donated $250, on September 18, 2012, to Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson who was running against the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney. By supporting Johnson, Wright was also supporting Johnson’s extreme Libertarian platform that is at odds with the GOP platform on many issues including legalized prostitution; cutting all aid and support to Israel; soft on immigration; pro-choice; legalized drug use; soft on national security.

With Libertarian Gary Johnson again in the 2016 presidential race, there is legitimate concern whether Wright will once again support the Libertarian instead of the Republican candidate.

Article VII of the Party Plan is clear on the consequences of supporting candidates outside the GOP:

A member of an Official Committee is held to a higher standard of support for nominees of the Republican Party than an individual who merely participates in a mass meeting, party canvass, convention or primary. Therefore, a member of an Official Committee is deemed to have resigned his Committee position if he (a) makes a reportable contribution to and/or (b) allows his name to be publicly used by and/or (c) makes a written or other public statement in support of a candidate in opposition to a Republican nominee in a Virginia General or Special Election. Such member may be re-instated by a majority vote of the other members of the Committee.

By donating to the Libertarian presidential candidate, Wright’s actions helped in the re-election of Barack Obama in 2012.

Republicans need those in leadership that they know will follow the Republican Creed and support GOP candidates. In Hanover County, Nancy Russell has been doing exactly that. There is absolutely no reason to replace her.

Here are copies of the forms and a spreadsheet confirming his payment of the requisite fees:

Russ Wright 2012 Prefile Form_Page_1

Russ Wright 2012 Prefile Form_Page_2

Russ Wright 2012 Prefile Form_Page_3

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