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Apologies at the GOP convention

It was an unusual scene at the state Republican convention over the weekend, when Timothy Johnson, a candidate for the GOP vice chairmanship, apologized for a past incident.

Johnson acknowledged that in 1996 he had plead guilty to an aggravated assault charge in Ohio involving his wife, reports Rob Christensen.

"Ladies, I apologize," said Johnson, who is Buncombe County GOP chairman. "I made my peace with God. I made my peace with my ex-wife."

Johnson's current wife, Latessa Johnson, gave a speech on his behalf, testifying to his personal character. In the days before the convention, he also released a statement from his ex-wife, Ofelia Felix-Johnson, endorsing him.

Johnson, a retired Army major, expressed displeasure that a 13-year old incident had been brought up in the blogs. He said one incident should not overshadow what he has done during his entire life. He said he had plead guilty to the charge in an effort to save his earlier marriage.

He defeated the incumbent vice chairman, David Sawyer, promising to broaden the Republican Party’s efforts to reach out to young people, African-Americans and Hispanic voters.

He noted that when the N.C. Republican Party was formed at a meeting in Raleigh in 1867 there were about 100 whites and about 40 blacks.

"This is my home," he told the convention.


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