By: Observer Editorial Team
The leadership of the Beaufort County Republican Party seems to be on an irresponsible trip to nowhere. Included in the leadership is the Chairman, Carolyn Garris, the Executive Committee and several elected officials. These people are stepping from one cow pile to the next. We guess the warm fuzzy feeling of manure is what keeps them going.
The latest embarrassment came on September 26 when Republican Executive Committee member and deputy sheriff, Kelly Cox, posted about 800 words on Face Book supporting Democrat Corey Rogerson for sheriff and complaining about Candidate Hammonds. Cox had the audacity to title the post “My support for Corey Rogerson for Beaufort County Sheriff”.
Normally Cox could support whomever he pleases just like anyone else, regardless of party affiliation. It is a free country and we have free speech.
But Cox violated a loyalty oath. He was elected by the Beaufort County Republican Party in convention to be a member of the Beaufort County Republican Executive Committee. That Committee runs the Republican Party’s affairs in the absence of the Convention. “Convention” in this case means the interests of all Republicans in Beaufort County. He violated this important trust.
Cox had a way out if he wanted to support Rogerson. He could have resigned from the executive committee before he endorsed Rogerson. He could have remained a Republican when he endorsed Rogerson. Cox failed to understand his pledge of loyalty and his special responsibility to every Republican in the County.
Why would any deputy so eagerly, enthusiastically, and publicly endorse any particular person for sheriff. The answer is money, position, a job. We believe Cox has made a deal with Rogerson for Cox to have a job should Roberson get elected. Could Cox be the new Chief Deputy? Beaufort County politics as usual.
We have pointed out in a previous article that there is workplace stress within the sheriff’s office as deputies and employees try to be on the right side of the new sheriff. Deals are being cut with Rogerson in an attempt to defeat Hammonds.
Let us look at common sense. A Republican is in office as sheriff. Everyone now employed by the sheriff’s office is there because they are loyal to the present Republican sheriff. One would expect these same people to be loyal to the new Republican sheriff. With this scenario, why should anyone in the sheriff’s department be stressed about anything other than if Republican Hammonds should lose?
Past elections in Beaufort County lead us to believe Republicans will continue to win the Sheriffs race. That is unless Democrat Rogerson can cause division by promising cushy jobs to the present employees so they will campaign against Hammonds. It is probable, the stress in the sheriff’s office is caused by some employees cutting deals with Rogerson. That means to us that if Rogerson gets elected there could be wholesale discharges of those Republicans now employed by Sheriff Coleman. The stress is caused by the disloyalty of those Republicans cutting deals with Democrat Rogerson. The employees are thinking: “Who do I want to share a fox hole with?”
We continue to believe a hired police force is better for the public good than a political police force. This is but one example of why that is better for Beaufort County. We need to get politics out of law enforcement.
If the above is not enough to gag your political maggot, this is what happened next. Republican County Commissioner, and Beaufort County Republican Executive Committee member Frankie Waters joined Kelly Cox on Face Book and said “You are one of our best” with a thumbs up and at least one heart. Frankie Waters has more loyalty responsibilities than Kelly Cox He is a Republican elected official and a member of the Executive Committee. Waters is supporting disunity and disloyalty within the Sheriff’s Department in addition to a Democrat candidate. Fake Frankie Waters was a Democrat within a few months running as a Republican for County Commissioner. Being a Registered Republican has never slowed Fake Frankie Waters down in his Democrat votes as a County Commissioner. Check the record. He votes with the Democrats on nearly every significant issue. How can an honest man say he is a Republican and vote as a Democrat?
Double gag a political maggot. Beaufort County Commissioner and member of the Beaufort County Republican Executive Committee, John Rebholz, signed on to Face Book and gave a thumbs up. The same criticisms of Fake Frankie Waters and Kelly Cox apply to Commissioner Rebholz.
We get a triple gagged political maggot. Paul Varcoe, a member of the Beaufort County Republican Executive Committee signed on to the Kelly Cox Face Book post and gave a thumbs up. The same comments about the above named maggots apply to Varcoe.
This is about nothing more than some (not all) employees in the Sheriff’s Department not wanting change and wanting to cut deals with the Democrat Candidate Rogerson to better themselves at the expense of both the Republican Party and the Beaufort County citizens. It is about Rogerson promising no change in the Sheriff’s Department.
No changes means the continued use of Beaufort County property for the personal use of employees, No change means the use of cars for personal use. No change means a glut of overtime for the Select. No change means no accountability for several cash funds, within the Department. No change means continuing investigations like the totally incompetent investigation of the death of Brenda Hamilton. No change means a continued “secret police” sheriff. No change means continuing to spend taxpayer resources to bust street-level drug punks rather than bring the Mr. Big’s down. No change means more deaths of jail inmates without accountability of those who have a custodial duty to all inmates. No change means a lot of things we do not know about will be continuing.
Republican rules on the State and County levels say the same thing about disloyalty. Disloyalty is supporting a candidate of any other party when a Republican is running in that race.
Frankie Waters refused to answer a questionnaire sent by the Beaufort County Republican Party to all candidates the first time he ran for office. One of the questions was about party loyalty and supporting the Republican platform. Fake Frankie Waters was a Democrat just a few months before he received the questionnaire. Since then Fake Frankie Waters has allied himself with Democrats on the Board of Commissioners and has supported a preponderance of Democrat issues. These include the 4 million dollar telephone give away, a new jail, and illegal immigration.
Under the rules of the Republican Party, Paul Varcoe, Frankie Waters, Kelly Cox, and John Rebholz have committed acts of disloyalty. The Chairman, Carolyn Garris, is using her position to seek to obtain a cushy political job in an unethical way.
All of those named in this article believe they can change the rules or make them up to suit themselves. All of these people were elected and not anointed.
We continue to support the Republican candidate, Scott Hammonds. There are no charges of disloyalty or any other blemishes on his character. Vote for Scott Hammonds for Sheriff.
Frankie Waters is running for commissioner. Do you still want him? Vote for Tandy Dunn or Stan Deatherage for commissioner.
The real choice comes down to this: Do you want a political operation providing law enforcement or do you want a professional organization doing it. Rogerson represents “more of the same.” Hammonds means change.
It’s your choice.
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