Mayoral candidate Al Wallace forced to resign GOP City Committee
Sources have confirmed to Virginia News Source that mayoral candidate Al Wallace was forced to resign from the Virginia Beach Republican City Committee for political double dealing.
The action was taken during the December 2003 Executive Committee meeting as a group of GOPers prepared impeachment proceedings against Wallace for aiding 3 Democrats and 1 Independent who ran against Republican-nominated candidates since 1999.
The party had him dead on 2 counts. Another group was seeking evidence on 2 other counts.
Sources said Wallace supported Sam Meekins in 1999 for House of Delegates; Lois Williams in 2003 in a race against incumbent Terri Suit; called for the defeat of GOP Del. John Welch during a Clean Community Commission meeting (eventually spawning the race by Tim Jackson).
In addition, a source said he asked the GOP chair Colin Stolle to set aside the primary nomination of Tina Sinnen for Clerk of Court and endorse Wally Erb, former Republican, seeking the post as an independent. The effort failed.
A source said he may not have been aware of the impeachment plan that was brewing behind the scenes. But the plan was there.
Elected GOP officials, fearing how the situation might play out in the media about a split party, called Wallace before the party's executive committee and demanded his resignation.
After arguing about an hour, during which Wallace blamed everyone but himself, Wallace resigned.
Wallace, X-president of the Council of Civic Organizations (CCO), during an interview Wednesday on WNIS Radio, still identified himself as a Republican when asked him party affiliation. He indicated, however, that he is at odds with some of its people and actions.
Associates in the CCO have referred to him as an ineffective leader who unsuccessfully tried to engineer himself a 3rd term. The rank and file would have no part of his move and he was forced out at the end of his 2nd term.