Your daily Letter to the Columnist — April 29, 2013
I read your article about the Tea Party forum with interest. I also spoke just last night with Joe McNamara about the candidate forum with the Tea Party.
What you may not know is that the current extremist conservative group that controls the Roanoke County Republican Party will not allow ex-members of the Executive Committee back into the party if they believe that they are not conservative enough. The current chairman is professional political staffer who works for Ralph Smith. He is firmly behind this extremist group and their passion and ability to turn out volunteers.
I have been repeatedly asking to rejoin the committee and get to response back. The party does NOT advertise their monthly meetings only “mass meetings.” Those of us who are not extremist conservatives are being prevented from representing the true diversity of the Republican Party by being denied membership.
Maybe in a future article you may wish to cover that.
SW ROANOKE COUNTY