Charleston – Oops!
Is it possible state Republican party officials were unaware thar one of their honorees at a January dinner is no longer a member of the GOP?
Or is the Republican supermajority in West Virginia so magnanimous that they now honor critics?
Yesterday, State Republican Chair Elgine McArdle posted an invitation to a “Celebration of Success” event on social media.
The invite to the $75 affair indicated the evening would be dedicated to past, present and future successes of the GOP.
Under a section called “Honoring those Who have Paved the Way,” it is noted that long-serving State Senator Donna Boley of Pleasants County will be honored.
Then, under the same heading, the invitation declares Cabell County Commissioner Kelli Soboyna will lead a tribute to Betty Ireland.
Ireland was the first female elected to statewide office when she was elected Secretary of State. And she was elected as a Republican.
But, as hundreds of callers and emailers seemed to know, she has long since repudiated the GOP and registered unaffiliated.
“She’s no Republican,” said one committee member, echoing the words of many others.
To further complicate the situation; Sobonya reached at her home today said, “I was asked to speak. Betty Ireland was never mentioned.”
Calls to McArdle were not returned at press time.