According to Second District GOP chair Gary Byler, the e-mail was dated March 15th, 2010, and sent from the address that Bartholomew uses as party chairman. Bartholomew forwarded it without reading the contents when he was first getting familiar with the Internet. Byler assured the public that Bartholomew is not a racist.
But the fact that Bartholomew was not completely familiar with the Internet was not taken into consideration. Bartholomew had sinned against the religion of Political Correctness. And in the religion of Political Correctness, the presumption of guilt prevails. The unidentified recipient of the e-mail ritualistically and dutifully called the message "disgusting" and "repulsive", all the while hastily assuring the public that it was immediately deleted upon arriving in the recipient's inbox.
Virginia's Legislative Black Caucus said that the e-mail promotes ignorance and hostility towards racial and ethnic minorities and those who have been left unemployed by the recession. Eight black Republican leaders sent an open letter requesting Bartholomew's resignation within 48 hours. U.S. Rep. Glenn Nye, the 2nd District Democrat, said that this type of racist behavior has no place in politics, and called on his Republican opponent to condemn the e-mail. And of course, Scott Rigell did exactly that. Rigell, the owner of Freedom Automotive, called the e-mail reprehensible, and said Bartholomew should step down from his leadership role. Some Republikwans did question the opportunistic timing of the disclosure a mere two weeks before the election; nevertheless, the Soviet-style purge was on, and Bartholomew resigned on Monday October 18th.
The text of the e-mail:
I went down this morning to sign up my Dog for welfare.
At first the lady said, "Dogs are not eligible to draw welfare".
So I explained to her that my Dog is black, unemployed, lazy, can't speak English and has no frigging clue who his Daddy is.
So she looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify...
My Dog gets his first check Friday.
Is this a great country or what?
Dave Bartholomew really doesn't deserve much sympathy from us. He could have stood firm like Carl Palladino has done in New York. But Bartholomew ran away. This type of behavior further perpetuates and enshrines the tyranny of Political Correctness. It also undermines the courageous efforts of several pro-White candidates who are running for various offices around the country, all exposing themselves under their own names. If Jeff Hall, Dan Schruender, Billy Roper, et. al. can stand firm, why not Dave Bartholomew?
In the final analysis, maybe the Virginia GOP is better off without weak sisters like Dave Bartholomew.