Russ is chairman of the GOP but not the Republican Party. There was no vote taken to make a slate of candidates to be backed. What we have is a situation of jealousy. Russ has a problem with the tea party and the Reagan Club, because he can't control them. The tea party doesn't endorse candidates, but gives them a platform to speak from and answer questions.
Last election he and other Republicans (Friends of Madison County) spent $30,000 to defeat two other Republicans, Mike Gaskill and Mike Phipps (Mike & Mike). This returned the Madison County Council back to the Democrats.
I'm sure that that is not what the chairman's job is. Not to be outdone he is doing the same thing again. Kelly Gaskill, treasurer; Dave McCarty, councilman, and Rick Gardner, councilman, have all done a great job in office. They vote for the people and not kiss Russ Willis' ring, so he is creating a slate of his candidates to run against them.
I attend the County Council meetings so I know what is going on. I am also a precinct committeeman. I am also proud to say that I am a member of the Madison County Tea Party.
Don't let this damage the Republican Party but make it stronger. We Republicans must hold to our values. Black, white or Hispanic, we are Americans first. By our vote we will decide who will lead in this county and not Russ Willis and his ring-kissing friends.