Republicans Have a Rayla Campbell Problem [OPINION]
The Republican write-in candidate for the 7th Massachusets Congressional District has left quite an impression on Southeastern Massachusetts. Rayla Campbell found herself brawling with two young female detractors in a New Bedford parking lot on Monday following a rally in support of police and the reelection of President Donald J. Trump.
And now there are new allegations against her.
In an unrelated matter, Campbell, whose district does not include the Greater New Bedford area, is accused of threatening a Dartmouth man with violence. WBSM News reports exclusively that Campbell "allegedly left a voicemail with Tom Mountain, Vice Chairman of the MassGOP, in which she threatened violence against Brock Cordeiro, the Republican State Committeeman from the Second Bristol & Plymouth State Senate District."
WBSM News reports that the voicemail message, believed to be from Campbell, threatens violence against Cordeiro for blocking her access to a Republican Party Facebook group, “I will find out where this little motherf---er lives and beat him a new assh----,” says a woman who identifies herself as “Rayla” at the beginning of the voicemail."
The Massachusetts Republican Party has a Rayla problem. Rayla Campbell, once seen as an asset to the cause, is now a liability as she is the subject of police investigations in both New Bedford and Dartmouth. Republican leaders have walked softly around the issue of Rayla Campbell this week but must be more forceful in their condemnation of her behavior.
The Republicans have taken the high road as, time after time, their supporters have been the victim of violence by their political rivals. Now that one of their own has apparently gone rogue, the Republican leadership must stand up and call her out or they risk appearing hypocritical.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.