It’s time for the Republican State Executive Committee to name Sabrena Smedley as the Republican nominee for county mayor of Hamilton County.
As Democrat Chris Anderson gleefully tweeted, “Who says Democrats can’t elect the County Mayor!”
Democrats in a very coordinated effort swung the Republican primary to Weston Wamp whose campaign actively courted the Democratic support. The evidence is clear that the primary was corrupted.
I hope the Executive Committee will right this wrong and name Sabrena our Republican nominee.
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For many years now I’ve watched the underhanded tactics of the Democrat Party and wondered when the Republican Party would fight back with a few non-truths and innuendos. I never thought Republicans would stoop so low as to fight to divide our Party. Infighting can do more damage than the enemy on the outside or other side ever could. It’s what we have come to expect, but not in our own Party.
We had a very close race for the county mayor position and Weston Wamp got the most votes. I have solid evidence that surrogates for all three candidates, Wamp, Smedley and Hullander, took to social media to ask for cross-over votes in the primary. Some people think it should go against the winner for having some Democrat votes but not the two who lost. Really?
I admire the intellect and articulation abilities of both Tom Decosimo and April Eidson. However, they have it wrong on this election. Tennessee, Hamilton County nor the city of Chattanooga has registered voters in either the Democrat or Republican Party. Primary elections have been open to vote however you want for as long as I can remember. You simply request the ballot for the Party your candidate is running in. Where your confusion may be coming from is the authority each state party has over its candidates, but not the voters. All three candidates were approved as Republicans, which they all are, to run in this race. That doesn’t preclude that only Republicans can vote for Republicans.
When I ran for Circuit Court Clerk, one of my brothers had regularly voted Democrat. He not only voted for me in the primary, but also the general election. I was not elected because too many Republican attorneys were beholden to the Democrat candidate and voted for her. Larry Henry was later appointed to the position and he is doing a great job and I saw no need to run again.
John Murray: “A dose of poison can do its work only once, but a bad book can go on poisoning people’s minds for any length of time”. When you write opinion letters as fact, when they are not such, it’s putting the false narrative out and can only do damage to our great party.
Ernie McCarson, my big brother, only four percent of the vote in this primary was from people who had voted at least once for Democrats and that four percent was spread among the three candidates. The election was not corrupt (dishonest).
J. Pat Williams