Bill Simon at the Political Vine has a post about charges filed against former GOP State House Candidate Mary Wilhite. Wilhite lost in a runoff to Sean Jerguson by a mere 35 votes. The AP had an article about the charges:
Lee Martin, a Jerguson supporter, told sheriff’s deputies that as he campaigned the day before the runoff, Wilhite followed him around, calling him a “liar,” “racist” and “fat pig.”
Martin, who is white, told officers Wilhite also was ripping campaign fliers out of his hands before he could hand them to people in cars stopped at a traffic light.
Martin applied Friday for an arrest warrant charging Wilhite with assault, interference with a state political campaign and violating his free speech.
Wilhite calls the charges pure politics.
“They are meritless, senseless and baseless,” she said. “I am confident that they will be dismissed.”
I don’t know Ms. Wilhite, but I do know Lee Martin and I’ve always found him to be truthful, and reasonable.
This incident is certainly not good news for Republicans. We need more African-Americans in the GOP and for Wilhite to come close to winning would be encouraging – except for this incident with Martin.