LITTLE ROCK — The chairman of the Benton County Republican Committee says the committee will develop new internal policies following the resignation of two members who were responsible for including in a recent newsletter comments about shooting legislators.
Tim Summers, a former state legislator, said Wednesday that he asked for and received the resignations of Chris and Leigh Nogy of Lowell on Monday night. Both were members of the committee and Leigh was the committee’s secretary.
A recent Benton County Republican Party newsletter emailed mainly to committee members contained a statement by Chris Nogy on the passage of the so-called "private option" for extending health insurance to about 250,000 of Arkansas’ working poor.
Chris Nogy, who opposed the private option, wrote in the newsletter, "The 2nd Amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives."
Summers said that putting together the newsletter has been the sole responsibility of Leigh Nogy — he noted that no one else had responded to a call by the committee for volunteers — and that no policy has been in place regarding its content. Those things are going to change, he said.
"I’m asking for a three-person committee to actually prepare the newsletter, and then myself and a couple other people to review and sign off on the items before they’re sent off," he said.
Summers also said the executive committee of the county committee may adopt a policy regarding the content of the newsletter. He said his preference would be to include both sides whenever a dispute within the party is discussed and to ban inflammatory language.
"We want to be able to present things for people to look at and think about, but … we want it to be well thought-out, well presented, not angry-type letters," he said.
Leigh Nogy said Wednesday the couple did not wish to comment further on the matter.