Nancy Russell has become the embodiment and symbol of the friction between the truly Conservative Republicans and the left wing of the Party that fancy themselves “moderates” who are quite content to violate the Republican Creed while they “get things done” with the Democrats who want to burn the Constitution and allow government to make all of our decisions for us.
In what was an egregious and unforgivably partisan error, Russell sent out a letter prior to the 7th District Convention identifying herself as the Chairman of the Hanover County Republican Committee endorsing Linwood Cobb, the eventual loser in the election.
And to make matters worse, Russell was in charge of the Hanover Delegation’s voting and counting process.
So much for remaining neutral and objective in a primary.
And the HCRC Facebook page was plastered with Pro Cobb and Cantor posts and many anti Gruber and Brat posts. Objectivity is expected of the Chairman. And she failed.
As someone who was personally attacked by Russell in an attempt to disenfranchise me as a 7th District Convention Delegate, the hostility of the Hanover Committee to anyone not supporting the primary candidate of Russell’s choice is palpable.
And it is not just the convention episode.
The last meeting I attended I was personally called out and criticized for being critical of Republicans who I believe have strayed from the Republican Creed. The irony of criticizing a fellow Republican for criticizing another Republican aside, the entire comment was out of order. And Russell allowed the criticism to stand.
And at that same meeting I noticed that the Committee was passing out pink cards to record attendance with an eye to purging anyone that misses 3 meetings in a row.
It is obvious that under Nancy Russell, the Committee is more interested in purging members than growing the party. Smaller is easier to control, so Russell has no intention of growing the committee.
I know quite a few Conservatives that would join (or rejoin) the Republican Committee in a heartbeat, absent the hostility that permeates the group, myself included.
It is high time we grow the Committee and that will not happen as long as Nancy Russell remains the Chairman. Absent her spine (in the person of Linwood Cobb and Cobb’s puppeteer Eric Cantor), Russell will continue be a complete disaster. She has always been unable to make a decision on her own without input from Cobb. Heaven knows who she will run to now. I suppose she will still call Linwood.
If Russell decides to stay it will be because of her petty vanity and ego. Most Conservatives doubt her commitment to the Republican 7th District nominee because of her inadvisable public statements and bias in the Convention as well as the primary.
The Hanover results at the Convention and the Hanover Primary totals are a resounding vote of “no confidence” for Russell and proof that she is out of touch with the voters. And an out of touch chairman spells failure for the Committee.
Do the right thing, Nancy. Resign and let someone else who is in touch with the voters actually grow the committee for a change.
It is time the Hanover Republican Committee become relevant again.
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