Del. Wren Williams, R-Patrick.  Photo Credit: Roanoke Times

by Dick Hall-Sizemore

It is not just national Republicans that appear ready to tear into each other. A couple of Virginia Republicans have also been at it.

Del. Marie March, R-Floyd.   Photo credit: Newsbreak

Wren Williams is a first-term Republican Delegate from Patrick County.  Marie March, also in her first term, is a Republican delegate from next-door Floyd County. The redistricting has placed them in the same district.

Last September, after a Republican meeting in Wytheville, March was standing with a group of people when Williams, according to her, “slammed into me.” She was able to brace herself to keep from falling. Moments later, she said, “I heard him mutter, ‘oh, sorry,’ from a distance.”

March felt that the collision was intentional on Williams’ part and filed a criminal complaint of misdemeanor assault against him.

At the trial earlier this month, Williams’ attorney admitted to “a touching,” but contended it was accidental. The Commonwealth’s Attorney, based on witness testimony, argued, “The bottom line is it was an unwanted touching that was purposeful. We have met our burden to prove it was assault and battery.” The judge ruled that there was not enough evidence to prove that contact between Williams and March in a crowd of people was intentional.

Speaking to reporters after the trial was over, Williams called the accusation against him “a political hit job.”

All this should make for interesting dynamics in the Republican House caucus meetings in the upcoming session.

Note: I am indebted to The Roanoke Times for this story.

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8 responses to “All In The Family”

  1. Virginia Gentleman Avatar
    Virginia Gentleman

    The Trumplican Party is growing.

  2. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    Such behavior between political rivals is as old as Virginia. At least the affair of honor was settled in court. Once fast friends, Henry Wise and Ed Stanley nearly explored all 25 rules to the Code of Duello. Good thing it is not 1842. Or is it? Getting hard to tell these days.

    1. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
      Dick Hall-Sizemore

      I love how you can provide a historical parallel to just about any situation.

  3. how_it_works Avatar

    I heard that, not so many years ago, the Manassas City Council resolved their differences with a fistfight in the parking lot of City Hall.

  4. James McCarthy Avatar
    James McCarthy

    The Williams-March saga is a microcosm view of the DC House toga party.

  5. Stephen Haner Avatar
    Stephen Haner

    They are just practicing becoming budget conferees. Can we dump them both and get Poindexter back?

    1. Dick Hall-Sizemore Avatar
      Dick Hall-Sizemore

      I second that proposal. Although I may not have agreed with all of his politics, I saw Poindetexter as the embodiment of the Virginia gentlemen and a genuinely nice guy.

      By the way, I got your reference to budget conferees. Most readers probably did not because they have not been around 100 years as you and I have.

      1. Stephen Haner Avatar
        Stephen Haner

        The infamous Bob Ball-Hunter Andrews belly bump is the funniest example…Damn but the place was entertaining once upon a time. And is March in the seat that once was “Annie B” Crockett-Stark? Another character we all miss.

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