UPDATE: C4GC has disappeared the comments linked below; I cut and pasted them from the originals, so they appear here as originally made public.
At the Conservatives for Guilford County Facebook page, the announcement of Jeff Hyde's candidacy for GC GOP chair is followed by a comment by Jodi Riddleberger, who alleges that Nancy Vaughan "dug up" dirt on her husband, Barrett Riddleberger, and that this "info has been passed on to her GOP establishment friends in order to deter Jeff from continuing on in his bid for Chairman" (full text after the jump).
Vaughan tells me:
I just read Jodi Riddleberger's statement on the C4gc facebook page and she is 100% incorrect. I never went to the courthouse looking for information to discredit Jeff Hyde (he was doing such a good job of it himself) or ANY of his friends. I am NOT the person who uncovered the information in question. Her statement is scurrilous. I believe in compassion and redemption and I also believe that if you want compassion you should show compassion.
The fact is that Barrett Riddleberger's record (per the report: Indecent Liberty W/ Child, a felony) has been widely known among area journalists since his emergence as a semi-public figure; I heard about it before I ever heard of Jeff Hyde. Nobody has made a big deal of it because Riddleberger has not announced a run for office, and it was in fact long ago, but in the wake of Jodi R's comment, I guess it's about to be part of the public conversation.
Hyde, in the same comment thread at FB, says:
The Vaughan camp is not responsible for this recent release, however, they did spread it around the first time. It is Ruling Class Republicans, elitists, paranoid party people that have gotten their hands on this info and now, somehow, hope to use it to discredit a Constitutional, Conservative movement.
I believe in the "transformative power" of Jesus Christ. Non Christians do not seem to understand this power. The scare tactic of "exposion" doesn't work with folks secure in their faith.
Vaughan says she learned about the record last week.
Unfortunately the good news was followed by bad. It has been made clear that unless Jeff drops out of the race "dirt" that was "dug up" on the Riddleberger family will be leaked to the media. Nancy Vaughan spent time at the courthouse during the election cycle trying to find dirt on Jeff's associations and she ran across an incident involving my husband from almost 20 years ago. Her info has been passed on to her GOP establishment friends in order to deter Jeff from continuing on in his bid for Chairman.
These people obviously don't understand the idea of a changed life... or Redemption. Neither are they willing to look at my husbands 15 year track record that includes a happy wife, 3 beautiful children and a successful business.
It's a pitiful plot... and they should be ashamed of themselves.
Bring it on. The New Conservative Surge is not going away. Adversity only breeds strength.