CHICAGO - A controversy that erupted in early September over Cook County GOP Chairman Aaron Del Mar appointing a 7th Ward former Democrat as the Ward's new GOP Committeeman heated up more this week, when Del Mar abruptly stripped Charon Bryson of her new position - a move Bryson is resisting.
Bryson said she was ousted Monday because of dispute between Cook County GOP co-chairman Darnell Macklin and a family member. The family member is Dorian Myrickes, who is the father of Bryson's children, she said.
Macklin then allegedly threatened Bryson, saying "I will ruin your family," she claims. Bryson said that when she made that known to the ILGOP and the Cook County GOP, they did nothing.
"I thought I was appointed to change the mindset of African-American voters in the ward because of my community involvement and dedication to my ward," Bryson told Ilinois Review. "In turn, they removed Dorian Myrickes and Nicholas Myrickes from early voting judges and removed me from the 7th ward committeeman."
Cook County GOP Chairman Aaron Del Mar had a different take on the developments.
"We gave Charon Bryson the opportunity to be a GOP ward committeeman and prove her Republican credentials. Unfortunately, her actions and behavior were unbecoming a Republican ward committeeman, so I was forced with a difficult decision and I removed her from that position."
What exactly did Ms. Bryson do that was "unbecoming"?
"We caught Ms. Bryson putting Democratic-voting election judges in Republican slots," Del Mar said. "That is simply unacceptable."
Bryson said she's received accolades from GOP operatives Sharon Meroni, Laura Jacksack and others.
"They had no reason to remove me," Bryson said. "I was trying to move the party forward in my community and help is win in 2014. The party used intimidation and force because I would not be a political whore for Darnell Macklin." Bryson plans to run for the position during the next party committeeman election.
Chairman Del Mar's comments: DelMar on Bryson 10.14.14