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Virginia Black Republican Leaders Call for Immediate Resignation of Virginia Beach GOP Chairman

Black Republicans from across Virginia have signed a letter to David Bartholomew, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach (RPVB), demanding his immediate resignation. The demand is a result of a highly offensive email forwarded by him to his email lists and picked up by bloggers and commentators nationwide.

“It is unfortunate that, this close to Election Day, a leader of our Republican Party is revealed to have sent this email,” said Coby W. Dillard of Norfolk.  “It’s incidents like this that sour the black community’s relationship to the Republican Party, and hurt our credibility as messengers of the Party.”

The text of the letter, being delivered to the RPVB headquarters tomorrow morning, reads:

Dear Chairman Bartholomew,

We, the undersigned Republicans, demand your immediate, public resignation as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach.

Your forwarded email, entitled “My Dog,” is a wholly inappropriate action for a Republican Party chairman to take, especially when Virginia’s black Republicans are working hard for our Party and our candidates statewide. It is also a slap in the face of our lone black Republican candidate, Chuck Smith.

Your job as chairman is to serve as a leader of the local Republican unit, and it is critical that at this point in the campaign season that our units have leaders that have not only the complete confidence of our candidates and state leadership, but of those working at the grassroots level.  In our view, your failed attempt at “satire” is inexcusable and makes you unfit to serve as a leader of our Party in any position, locally or statewide.

We expect your resignation within the next 24-48 hours. Your resignation is the only acceptable resolution to this situation.

A copy of this letter will be forwarded to the 2nd District GOP chairman and the RPV Chairman.


Terrence Boulden, Fairfax, Chairman, FCRC African American Outreach Coalition

Nigel Coleman, Danville

Coby W. Dillard, Norfolk

Sonnie Johnson, Woodbridge, President, Frederick Douglass Foundation of Virginia

V.M. Ross, Jr., Richmond

Don Scoggins, Woodbridge, President, Frederick Douglass Republican Forum of VA

Carl Tate, Staunton

Gilbert Wilkerson, Richmond



Written by Coby Dillard

October 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Posted in Editorials

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  1. I may not be black but I wish to add my name as 2nd Senatorial District Chairman to the list of those calling for the resignation of Chairman Bartholomew

    Lee Talley

    October 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm

  2. The email is inexcusable and certainly fosters distrust of the republican party. Another reason I will be supporting James Quigley in the 3rd district


    October 22, 2010 at 11:14 pm

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