The Campbell County Republican Party has condemned the actions of a Park County official who reportedly sent an obscene email to a female state senator and has called on the state central committee to act.
In a recent letter to the Wyoming Republican Party, members of the local GOP executive committee asserted that Park County Precinct Committeeman Troy Bray’s words in a September email sent to Sen. Tara Nethercott (R-Cheyenne) were demeaning and unacceptable.
In the email, Bray reportedly criticized the senator for her handling of a bill that would have prevented the state from requiring its employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, according to reporting by Cowboy State Daily.
“You have never been my favorite person, but you have made a lasting enemy of me with these actions,” Bray wrote. “Your shortsightedness and ignorance are astounding, and only your moral turpitude can compete with them as your defining character feature.
“If I were as despicable a person as you, I would kill myself to rid the world of myself,” he continued. “You sicken me. Thank you for ensuring that the people of Wyoming are subjected to tyranny once again. F— You C—.”
The letter from the Campbell County GOP stated that there are few words more distasteful than the words chosen by Bray.
In the same letter, local officials stated that they could no longer be silent and condemned the Wyoming Republican Party State Central Committee for their unacceptable actions in failing to reprimand the committeeman.
“The State Party Executive Committee should be a role model for the Republican Cause,” the letter said. “Role models should not look like ostriches with their heads stuck in the sand for all to see. Role models do what is right, and remember some things, like integrity, are not for sale.”
Actions, the letter said, that are reflective of a misogynistic era calculated to keep women out of Wyoming politics.
“We are firm believers that actions speak louder than words. The actions of the State Central Committee show, at best, extreme indifference to (the) involvement of women in Wyoming Republican Party politics,” the letter stated. “While political lip service and fancy word games seem to be the Party’s stock in trade, actions tell the true intentions- and the tangible actions are concerning.”
Just last year, the letter continued, the State Central Committee was observed taking direct action to inhibit the efforts of JoAnn True, a dedicated Republican woman and a member of the State Central Committee, to encourage women to run for political office in Wyoming.
The committee empaneled a top-secret investigative panel, per the letter, and ran a secret investigation of True while censuring her for her actions.
“Even though True was a dedicated Republican from one of the most historically dedicated Republican families in Wyoming, you (chose) to caster her aside for wanting to elevate the status of women in Wyoming politics,” the letter stated. “In doing so, you made it clear your position regarding women in politics.”
The authors of the letter urged the State Central Committee to encourage women at all levels to participate in the political process and to stand up for elected women who are verbally abused.
The letter also requested the committee to “make it clear that asking for someone to commit suicide and calling them F— C—, is unacceptable and will be dealt with in the harshest possible manner.”