I am a fairly new resident of Beaufort County, having moved here in September 2020. From what I read in one of your editorials on the Beaufort County Now site, Hood Richardson discounts those of us Republicans that have moved here from other areas, saying perhaps we don't belong here. Instead of welcoming new Republicans to Beaufort County, he chooses to insult people, calling them RINOs and Liberals, questioning their conservatism. I am frankly appalled at his articles in the Beaufort County Observer
and Beaufort County NOW
. Personally, I am insulted that he would imply because I am new to the area and the Beaufort County Republican GOP. I don't have anything to offer. If Mr. Richardson wants to win converts to his way of thinking maybe he should consider welcoming others into the community instead of insulting them. In his own words, "Sometimes it's not what you want to get done, but rather how you are going about it that matters more."
When I moved to Beaufort County from Richmond VA, I was a Trump supporter and wanted to do what I could to support his candidacy and decided to go to the GOP HQ, offering to volunteer. Since then, I have volunteered in different areas for the Republican party such as at the Headquarters on 2nd St. and Washington Plaza, serving as secretary of the fundraising committee, attending those monthly meetings and volunteering at the Reagan dinner. Also, I have helped at our booth during the Belhaven July 4th parade, entered data for our treasurer on Nationbuilder and have taken minutes at our last two Executive Committee meetings in the absence of a secretary.
I know I have a lot to learn about the Republican party in Beaufort County but what I have seen so far is a lot of divisiveness and it is not pretty! I guess I am being naive but I was hoping for a more united party, not two different factions operating against each other. I know Mr. Richardson has his own monthly meetings to get across his own ideas and it seems he also has a website operated by Stan Deatherage
and supported by the Beaufort County Observer to help in that regard. As Mr. Richardson has stated, "He would rather be right"
. Apparently, there are others with a different opinion than his - that does not make them wrong. Obviously, he thinks he is the only one with the right ideas and if he doesn't get his way, he forms his own group to fight against the recognized Executive Committee.
Since Mr. Richardson attends monthly meetings of the Beaufort County GOP Executive Committee and his wife is a member of this group, is he not able to speak up in a non-threatening way to say what he thinks? It appears that is not how Mr. Richardson handles things. From what I have heard from many sources, he needs to resort to name calling, disrupting meetings and generally making nasty comments about others in order to silence them. It seems to me that Mr. Richardson is attending these meetings only to hear what is being said and then writing up editorials and conducting his own meetings in order to have a platform to espouse his own agenda.
I think Mr. Richardson must have forgotten that our goal as Republicans should be to get more Republicans elected and take back our country, not fight against each other and insult our fellow Republicans!