Col. Bill Russell: An Honorable Man
Because of a statement Col. William Russell made during a March Townhall meeting, many questions were raised as to whether or not he would ask his Brigade to support Tim Burns in the PA-12 special election. A mere 5 days before the election, the question remained unanswered prompting myself and other local bloggers, like Chris Renner and Luke Summerfield, to repeat the call for Russell to support Burns in the special election.
Bill Russell, an honorable man, did what was right for the party and asked the Russell Brigade to support Burns in the special.
Special Election: The Republican Party bosses selected Tim Burns to represent the Party in the Special Election and likewise, Mark Critz was selected by his party. Republicans should vote for Tim Burns to help him defeat Democrat Mark Critz in this important election. The winner will fill the remainder of John Murtha’s term which expires in January 2011.
When I met Bill at the Latrobe polls Tuesday morning, he explained the extremely difficult position he was in with the special election and the primary running concurrently. At the same time he told me that he did feel the pressure from bloggers and the local community to do what was best for all Republicans. So Col. Russell did the right thing and found the “happy medium” whereby he did let his supporters know that they should support Burns in the special, without making a public statement that confused voters and weakened his support in the primary.
Mr. Russell, you did the right and honorable thing for the people of Western Pennsylvania and for that, I salute you.
I will be proud to support you wherever the future leads you.
The full text of Russell’s letter is below:
|May 14, 2010|