Letter by Chairman Richard Epley to The News Herald

Campaigning in Churches

I cannot help but question the motive of the Burke County Sheriff visiting as many of the Churches in the County as he can just before an election cycle to give testimony about his job and what he is doing in the community.

When I decided to run for Sheriff, I attended a fundraiser for retired Sheriff Jerry Richards who was very ill at the time. It was a hard thing for me to walk into a room full of Democrats, being a Republican. I felt very strongly about attending this function for the Sheriff who had hired me. I had intended to get in and out quickly, but there were several people who came over to speak to me so I spent a little time with them.

Steve Whisenant came up to me and said that others there felt my being there might be political. I did as I was asked and left the fundraiser. What I don’t understand however, is how could going to a fundraiser for a Democrat Sheriff with mostly Democrats in attendance be considered political. This is when and where I learned that Politics to the Democratic Party comes first.

So, you understand why I am questioning the motive of the Sheriff at this time. His speaking at the Churches just before the election to me is a political move. This is not right.

I only hope this political act will not cause Republican’s to have issues in their Churches that chose to let this happen. I think the Churches in the County need to encourage their members to vote or register to vote. We need the Churches to encourage involvement in the political process.

However, I believe that any politician, regardless of their party affiliation going into the Churches just before an election is political. It is naïve to believe otherwise.


September Meeting of the Burke County GOP

Join us at Granny’s Country Kitchen this Thursday, September 4, 2014 for our Monthly Meeting.  The election is in about 60 days with early voting starting in about 50 days.  Food and fellowship starting at 6:00 pm with the meeting starting at 7:00 pm.  We look forward to seeing you there on Thursday.