Beaufort county commissioner has choice words for NCGOP and Chairman Pope





County commissioners Stan Deatherage and Hood Richardson have fought a lot of good fights for the GOP in Beaufort County.  They’ve locked horns with the Basnight machine and can be credited with a significant amount of the GOP’s success on the ground there.

In recent years, they’ve watched NCGOP operatives from Raleigh come into town to try and pick winners and losers in local races.  More recently, they’ve seen some apparent Raleigh-based monkey business over nominations to the Beaufort County board of elections.  I’m getting the impression that these two guys have had enough.  Check out what Deatherage has to say on the Beaufort County NOW site:

Republican County Commissioner Hood Richardson: “If I was called upon to reduce the success of this meeting with Claude Pope into an essay, I could sum it up in just one phrase: We got NOTHING!”

Last Thursday, July 18, 2013, a rather large delegation of Beaufort County’s very best Republicans sojourned to Raleigh to the NC GOP headquarters to meet with recently elected chairman Claude Pope about egregious improprieties foisted upon the local party by the state party. At the core of this pilgrimage was that the NC GOP subverted the wishes of the local party’s right to appoint two Republican members to the Beaufort County Board of elections, and instead, appointed their choice, former RINO County Commissioner Jay McRoy, to the local board, thereby supplanting their choice, McRoy, for the people’s choice – Delma Blinson – of the Beaufort County Republican Party. What makes the matter worse is that the NC GOP created the elaborate false narrative that North Carolina’s State Board of Elections was at fault – that they pushed the nomination of RINO McRoy. 

  In other words, rather than assume responsibility for their gross transgression against party and grass roots principles here Downeast, they elected to pack it off on the much maligned SBOE: Explaining that they were were responsible for the choice of RINO McRoy, and hoped we would just go away, and the leave the “Establishment GOP” to their own sorry devices. 

Enter Beaufort County Hood Richardson and what I have come to coin as the “Hood Principle” into the equation. The NC GOP bureaucracy was ill prepared to withstand the nuanced intellectual resources, and doggedness of Commissioner Richardson, who bounced from one false narrative to the better truth to determine what was the reality of the matter. And … as many of you should well know, “The Hood” did ascertain that truth, which was the NC GOP’s amateurish attempt to usurp the authority of a duly elected Beaufort County Republican Party Executive Committee’s dominion. Lying to fellow Republicans to cover-up corrupt behavior or ineptitude in performance is not a pretty sight, and should never be part and parcel of any political party that professes to be closest to the people – the grass roots.

The next step was for the Beaufort County Republican party to meet with North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope, as I did previously describe, which they did, led by Beaufort County Republican Party Chairman Keith Kidwell, former county chair Charles Hickman, who resigned his post on the Beaufort County Board of Elections over this transgression, Beaufort Observer Editor Delma Blinson and “The Hood” to afford the NC franchise an opportunity to explain itself. I did not attend, and, therefore, gave Commissioner Richardson my proxy as prescribed in my e-mail to the North Carolina Party Chairman, which is shown here just below in this post. 

To sum up what I heard from some of the participants regarding the success of their collective sojourn, Commissioner Richardson’s “NOTHING” assessment was most succinct.

In this paragraph, I shall further sum up that meeting, with this one understanding: I offer to all whom may be offended, and otherwise, all the cyber space necessary to rebut or comment in this well read publication. In summation, Chairman Pope recounts and advises: That the aforementioned transgression did not occur on his watch, so enough about that. What is most important is that the North Carolina Republican Party pull together, from top to bottom, to support whomever is the candidate, irrespective of whether that candidate is worthy of that support. Furthermore, stop publishing news and information that is outside of the party’s established talking points. In short: The party works best when we all do as we are told, all corrupt behavior notwithstanding. 

O’kay I get it; however, my response to the Chairman and the valiant efforts of my local Rpublican Party can well be summed up in my unanswered aforementioned e-mail to Chairman Pope, so therefore in this unresponded to e-mail response, might I offer my succinct rebuttal to all: 

From Stan Deatherage to NC GOP Chairman Claude Pope

sent on July 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Dear Chairman Pope,

I will be unable to attend the meeting to discuss at what point the North Carolina GOP elected to usurp all authority of the Beaufort County Republican Party to select their representatives to the Beaufort County Board of Elections.

  As the first Republican ever re-elected in Beaufort County, for any office, after Reconstruction, and as someone who has won 5 elections for county commissioner, and, moreover, as someone who has had to endure a re-count in one general election, with no friends on the local Board of Elections, I personally know how important it is to have good people of integrity serving on our behalf. 

  In this sorry matter of the NC GOP, the duly elected executive committee did overwhelming select two of our best people to accept the board of election mantel as our representatives, and then you people, in Raleigh, elected to select one of our worst, Jay McRoy, a certified RINO of the first order. In this obviously unvetted choice, you could not have done a poorer job, which well manifested to the Republicans of Beaufort County that you would rather show us that Republicans are managed better from the top down, rather than we mastering our own collective political fates from the grass roots’ position of from the bottom up. 

   The top down method, employed by Speaker Thom Tillis and his minions, was well shown to us in three specific general assembly races in last season’s primaries, and in all three of these primaries, the local citizen’s choices prevailed, and the heavily funded representatives of the “Boys from Raleigh” lost. 2 of these candidates, Norm Sanderson and Bill Cook won seats in the senateMattie Lawson lost by a narrow margin when some of the political operatives for Speaker Thom Tillis elected to work for the Democrat Paul Tine. 

“Sour Grapes?”

Ask yourself this: How well do you think Thom Tillis will do Downeast when he runs for U.S. Senator? 

Even though I will be unable to attend that meeting, my proxy will be given to County Commissioner Hood Richardson, who has served nearly 16 years with me during my 5 terms, and someone who I hold in deep respect.

    Hood Richardson, like myself, understands what it means to be a real Republican


Stan Deatherage
Beaufort County Commissioner, President of SNI, Publisher of Beaufort County NOW