Dear Editor: I recently read a curious letter to Leesburg Today from an Andrew Nicholson of Berryville, promoting Republican candidates for Congress. To the casual observer, the letter would appear to be written by an unaffiliated member of the public. It wasn’t.
Andrew Nicholson is the chairman of the Clarke County Republican Party, a position that would typically be disclosed in a letter to the editor.
Is it possible that Norm Styer, editor of the Leesburg Today, or members of his staff haven’t run into Nicholson, or heard his name? An editor covering 10th CD politics ought to know who the players are and provide the necessary attribution. But beyond that, why did Nicholson himself fail to disclose his important political position? Obviously, Nicholson wanted to appear to be “an unaffiliated member of the public” rather than what he is, a political party leader. And it’s understandable that he wanted to be deceptive, given his use of language like this [emphasis mine]:
In the 11th Congressional District the Democrats have a pasty 64-year-old Gerry Connolly running unopposed, again. Even in our own 10th Congressional District John Foust, age 63 (another old white guy), is the Democrat designee who ran unopposed for his coronation.
It must have been important to Nicholson to introduce the words “pasty” and “white” into his party’s campaigns. What do you suppose he was trying to accomplish?