October 29th , 2012 9:09 am 4 Comments

Williams supporter questions Thom Gray’s GOP loyalty


To the editor:

In a recent letter to the editor, Mr. Jim Buchanan endorsed Thom Gray as his choice for Representative for the 4th District (Carter and Unicoi counties). At the end of his letter, Mr. Buchanan asks the question: “Why in the world would you not?”

I feel I have no choice but to respond to that question. While Mr. Buchanan uses many examples of reasons to support Mr. Gray, he fails to disclose that Thom Gray is running for both the Libertarian Party and the Republican Party. While the two parties share some conservative values, the Libertarian Party holds vastly different positions on marriage, pro-life issues, legalization of marijuana and military service. This is from the Libertarian convention’s platform: “Adopted in Convention, May 2012, Las Vegas, NVI.3 Personal Relationships — Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration or military service laws. Government does not have the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships.”

While I certainly support Gray’s right to support these positions, regardless of his party affiliation, I feel he has been deceitful in not disclosing his connections and endorsements from the Libertarian Party: MARCH 29, 2012 — Thom’s FB Post — ‘I’ve just been informed that the Libertarian Party of Tennessee decided to endorse me for State Rep at its Convention last week!’ 

Apparently Gray’s affiliation with the Libertarians goes back to at least his first year in law school and he describes his Libertarianism on this website: http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=644242660&targetid=profile.

As chairman of a county Republican group, Mr. Buchanan is prohibited from endorsing someone running on another party’s ticket. I cannot fault him for endorsing Thom Gray since Gray has apparently convinced many people that he is a “real Republican” — but for myself, there is no doubt that I cannot vote for someone whose loyalties are so divided. Our General Assembly will take up important issues in its next session and I want a proven conservative as my Representative in Nashville. Vote for Thom Gray — here is my answer to Buchanan’s question: Kent Williams is “why in the world” I will not.

Keith Tolley, Hampton


4 Responses to Williams supporter questions Thom Gray’s GOP loyalty

  1. nigel west dickens says:

    same fake link as williams’ ad. i doubt you even tried it before you wrote your letter. plus if you had any internet skill you could have checked the libertarian party’s website and seen they do not support gray:


    Also…divided loyalties? that’s williams’ middle name:


    • JPCANNON says:

      Same fake nigel west dickens…if all the folks who have viewed this video vote then it should be a close election.

      • nigel west dickens says:

        if people in carter county weren’t mostly idiots williams would have been gone already. case in point this letter just parroting williams’ attack ad without even checking the link or doing a google search. idiocy. not even sure why gray wants to represent such idiots but for my county’s sake hoping we can get a non-idiot elected.

        still waiting for your first name if yours is not a pseudonym.

        • JPCannon says:

          Calling potential consitutients “idiots” is an odd way to show support for your candidate. Sure hope Thom sees this and disavows you.
          Still waiting for your REAL name. LOL

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