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Campbell County Republican Party Calls On Wyoming GOP To Reprimand Bray

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Members of the Campbell County Republican Party executive committee are asking the Wyoming Republican Party to take some type of action against a Park County Republican who sent a threatening letter to a state senator from Cheyenne.

The six committee members sent a letter (below) to the state GOP Central Committee condemning its failure to censure Park County Republican Precinct Committeeman Troy Bray for an email he sent to Sen. Tara Nethercott, R-Cheyenne.

“We are firm believers that actions speak louder than words,” the letter said. “The actions of the State Central Committee show, at best, extreme indifference to involvement of women in Wyoming Republican Party politics. 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.”

In the email he sent in September, Bray criticized the Nethercott for how she handled a bill that would have banned the state from requiring its employees to get the coronavirus vaccine.

“If I were as despicable a person as you, I would kill myself to rid the world of myself,” said the email, a copy of which was obtained by the Casper Star-Tribune. “You sicken me. Thank you for ensuring that the people of Wyoming are subjected to tyranny once again. F— YOU C—.” 

Bray signed the email with his titles as a precinct committeeman and as secretary of Park County Republican Men’s Club, the latter of which he resigned from.

Campbell County Republican Party committee member Alison Gee told Cowboy State Daily on Monday that she felt the Wyoming Republican Party should censure Bray for his actions and call on him to step down from his position as committeeman.

“What he did…is terribly inappropriate and makes people scared for their safety and none of those things have a place in politics,” she said. “We’ve had some great representation like the Simpsons and the Enzis, people who tried to find things in common, work through the differences and be role models for our children.”

In the letter, the Campbell County Republicans pointed to the censure of JoAnn True, a state committeewoman from Natrona County, in 2020 for her role in funding a nonpartisan political action committee that gave some money to Democratic candidates across the state.

“Even though Mrs. True was a dedicated Republican from one of the most historically dedicated Republican families in Wyoming, you choose to cast her aside for wanting to elevate the status of women in Wyoming politics,” the letter to the Wyoming Republican Party said. “In so doing, you made it clear your position regarding women in politics.”

The committee members questioned whether the “misogynistic” actions of the state party were actually calculated moves to keep women out of politics.

“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.”

The Wyoming Republican Party, during its executive committee meeting last week, did not address the letter from the Campbell County officials.

Both Gee and fellow Campbell County GOP executive committee member Charlene Camblin were disappointed, but not necessarily surprised, at the lack of response from the state party.

“I was raised with respect for one another. Does it mean you always agree with each other? No,” Camblin told Cowboy State Daily on Monday. “But you’re respectful and civil to one another and you can disagree accordingly.”

Camblin said she thought better of Wyoming GOP Chairman Frank Eathorne and Vice President Dave Holland, due to them both being “Wyoming cowboys.”

She questioned whether Eathorne and Holland would respond to Bray’s comments if they had been directed at either the men’s wives, mothers or daughters.

While Camblin was a Trump supporter, she did note that he made it OK to be a bully in politics with no repercussion. “It’s getting harder and harder to find people, especially women, who want to run for public office because they just don’t want to put themselves out there for the nastiness and attacks that come from it,” she said.

At the conclusion of the letter, the Campbell County officials called on the Wyoming Republican Party to “do the right thing” and encourage women at all levels to participate in the political process, stand up for elected women who are verbally abused and “make it clear that asking for someone to commit suicide…is unacceptable and will be dealt with in the harshest possible manner.”

Eathorne did not respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment.

This is not the first Wyoming Republican county party to call on the state office to reprimand Bray. Last month, the Laramie County Republican Party adopted a resolution calling for a censure.

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Laramie County GOP Calls On Wyoming GOP To Censure Park County Republican For Obscene Email

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

The Laramie County Republican Party has called on the state GOP to officially censure a Park County Republican because of an obscene email he sent to a senator from Cheyenne last month.

The Laramie County party’s central committee, during a meeting Tuesday, voted to send a resolution to the state party calling for the state party to immediately censure Park County Republican Precinct Committeeman Troy Bray for an email he sent to Sen. Tara Nethercott, R-Cheyenne.

In the email he sent last month, Bray criticized the senator for how she handled a bill that would have banned the state from requiring its employees to get the coronavirus vaccine.

“If I were as despicable a person as you, I would kill myself to rid the world of myself,” said the email, a copy of which was obtained by the Casper Star-Tribune. “You sicken me. Thank you for ensuring that the people of Wyoming are subjected to tyranny once again. F— YOU C—.” 

Bray signed the email with his titles as a precinct committeeman and as secretary of Park County Republican Men’s Club, the latter of which he resigned from.

In her response to Bray’s initial email, Nethercott did not mention either Bray’s suggestion that she commit suicide or the obscenity the message contained. Instead, she thanked the precinct committeeman for reaching out to her to share his opinions.

The resolution from the Laramie County GOP called Bray’s conduct “foul” and said that he both dehumanized and “vilely degrad[ed] Nethercott with the words he used.

“It is incumbent upon us as members of the WYGOP to condemn such abhorrent behavior done by a fellow member of the WYGOP under signature of his official title in the Park County Republican Party,” the resolution said.

Leaders of the Park County Republican Party decided not to take action against Bray for his actions.

State Rep. Landon Brown, R-Cheyenne, who serves with Nethercott, applauded the county party for its defense of the senator.

“I’m proud of the LCGOP for standing up for Senator Nethercott,” Brown told Cowboy State Daily on Thursday. “The comments from Mr. Bray show the worst side of politics. Politicians face scrutiny every day and that is expected. Inciting hate and calling for such egregious behavior is reprehensible at best and absolutely grotesque at worst. LCGOP continues to lead the way with civil discourse and appropriate responses.”

After the contents of Bray’s message were published by the Casper Star-Tribune, the Wyoming House Speaker Eric Barlow, R-Gillette, and Senate President Dan Dockstader, R-Afton, called on Bray to resign his position within the Park County Republican Party.

“Attacking a state legislator through use of violent, lewd and derogatory language cannot and will not go unanswered in Wyoming,” Barlow and Dockstader wrote on Sept. 22, calling on the county and state parties to join them in seeking Bray’s resignation.

Bray refused to do so.

“I have resigned as Secretary of the Park County Republican Men’s Club after being asked to by the executive committee, but I will not resign as precinct committeeman,” he said on Facebook. “I have also received a bit of pressure from the leftists/ RINO class of scum, including a gentleman calling my employer demanding that I be fired.”

In the same social media post, he again apologized to Nethercott for the language he used, calling it “inappropriate”.

“The cowardice and pettiness being shown by you and your supporters proves every other word of my e-mail. I will not be bullied, nor will I allow bullies to win. Have a wonderful day,” Bray said.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Wyoming GOP has not yet censured Bray.

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Park County GOP Official Refuses To Resign After Sending Violent Email to GOP Senator

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A Park County Republican Party official is refusing to resign in the wake of criticism he received for sending a violent and obscene email to a state senator despite calls from Wyoming legislative leadership for him to step down.

Park County Republican Precinct Committeeman Troy Bray said in a social media post he would not step down because of the missive he sent state Sen. Tara Nethercott, R-Cheyenne, criticizing her for how she handled a bill that would have banned the state from requiring its employees to get the corronvirus vaccine.

“If I were as despicable a person as you, I would kill myself to rid the world of myself,” said the email, a copy of which was obtained by the Casper Star-Tribune. “You sicken me. Thank you for ensuring that the people of Wyoming are subjected to tyranny once again. F— YOU C—.” 

Bray said he apologized to Nethercott for the language he used in the email but was staying put with his position in the Park County Republican Party.

“I have resigned as Secretary of the Park County Republican Men’s Club after being asked to by the executive committee, but I will not resign as precinct committeeman,” he said on Facebook. “I have also received a bit of pressure from the leftists/ RINO class of scum, including a gentleman calling my employer demanding that I be fired.”

Bray said his employer would not cave to pressure, which he appreciated.

In the post, he again apologized to Nethercott for the language he used, calling it “inappropriate”.

“The cowardice and pettiness being shown by you and your supporters proves every other word of my e-mail. I will not be bullied, nor will I allow bullies to win. Have a wonderful day,” Bray said.

In her response to Bray’s initial email, Nethercott did not mention either Bray’s suggestion that she commit suicide or the obscenity it contained. Instead, she thanked the precinct committeeman for reaching out to her to share his opinions.

Bray did not respond to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment.

He did, however, receive support from at least three members of the Wyoming State Legislature.

Sen. Troy McKeown (R-Campbell County) and Rep. Dan Laursen (R-Powell) both “liked” Bray’s Facebook post. McKeown also commented, “Troy, we can’t quit.” His comment was subsequently “liked” by colleague Rep. Robert Wharff (R-Evanston).

State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, who has battled Nethercott in the past, spoke up in the comment section as well.

Bouchard said Bray would not get an apology from Nethercott for being “an absolute tyrant.”

“She either really believes that government isn’t out of control -or- she’s part of the progressive movement,” Bouchard wrote. “I personally pick the latter. Remember she was part of the cabal that stripped the bill to protect the second amendment while Biden is in power. We need fewer lawyers, they just make horrible representatives of freedom. I’m tired of being told to be nice to Liars and Tyrants.”

Neither Bouchard nor Laursen responded to Cowboy State Daily’s request for comment.

Earlier Thursday, Park County Republican Party chairman Martin Kimmet said there was no way to remove Bray from his position because he is an elected official.

“Despite calls for the precinct committee person’s resignation/removal there are no Wyoming state statutes providing for the removal of an elected person,” Kimmet wrote. “We welcome efforts by the Wyoming Legislature to provide a statutory and constitutional process to remove an elected person from their position.”

Former legislator and chair of the Wyoming Republican Party Diemer True on Wednesday called the email “disgusting” but representative of the current state of affairs within the Party.

“The way Republican politics should work in Wyoming is people have every right to express an opinion and they can express it with great eagerness and passion and then we shake hands and go have lunch together. But that’s not the way it is now,” he said.

“That email is sort of representative of what the [current Wyoming] Republican leadership is doing,” True said.

In Wednesday’s statement, Kimmet specified the party does not support the language used by Bray.

“The Park County Republican Party does not condone the language used in a recent email from one of our precinct committeepersons to a Wyoming state senator,” the statement said. “Furthermore, that email is not reflective of the opinion of the Park County Republican Party.”

Kimmet said after he learned of the email, he sent a letter to and called Nethercott to apologize.

The Park County Republican Party’s executive committee has met to discuss the issue and will take up the matter again at a regular meting of the central committee, he said.

“We believe in constructive dialog with our elected persons,” he wrote. “However, we believe such dialog should be respectful.”

State Senate President Dan Dockstader, R-Afton, and House Speaker Rep. Eric Barlow, R-Gillette, issued a joint statement Tuesday calling for Bray’s resignation.

The two said they would also support efforts to develop “appropriate statutory means” to remove elected officials for such behavior.

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