Two things stand out from Benfields post. First, this section makes more clearly my point last week that McHenry's legal problems are not limited to this one incident that led to a May 7 indictment of his former roommate and staffer:
. . . a number of his "associates" are having some legal issues. Laura Harvey, National Committeewoman for the N.C. Federation of Young Republicans, who lives in Iredell County--a 2004 McHenryite--resigned her post recently, amid an investigation into her alleged improper registration and voting in Mecklenburg County. Dee Stewart, McHenry's very-well-paid political consultant, is under investigation for similar voting irregularities in Moore County, and another loyal associate faces child porn accusations.I hadn't heart the child porn allegations but that's fun, eh?
Here's where the infighting gets interesting:
For pointing these voting problems out in public letters-to-the-editor, I have been vilified by some of you as being "disloyal" to the Republican Party in Caldwell County. I'd like to have just a dime for every time I've heard the terms "sour grapes" and "get over it" applied to me. Some have asked newspapers not to publish my letters, while others want me thrown off the county GOP executive committee.Republican problems, and Republicans ought to solve them. Just like I truly respected Karl Rove's electioneering advice, this Republican's comment sounds pretty good to me.
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this is not about me; and it's not about David Huffman or Donnie Young. This is about preserving our system of representative democracy. It's difficult to teach about American government in the classroom, and then not to care about the growing controversies swirling around McHenry.
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I'm not asking you to suddenly start liking or respecting me, if you don't now. However, you can't deny that I worked my tail off in 2006 for Republican candidates in Caldwell County. I have believed all along that these issues regarding McHenry's election are "Republican problems," and Republicans ought to solve them.