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Strayhorn's son demands apology from State GOP executive director

By J. Lyn Carl, GalleryWatch.com

Austin, TX –

"One Tough Grandma" has one mad son.

Brad McClellan, Campaign Manager for the Carole Keeton Strayhorn for Governor campaign and Strayhorn's son, today penned letters to members of the State Republican Executive Committee to advise them he has demanded a public apology from the GOP's Executive Director Jeff Fisher over remarks Fisher made in a recent newspaper interview.

The remarks, which McClellan called "inappropriate and degrading," were made by Fisher regarding Strayhorn's attempts to convince Democrats to vote for her in the primary election to help her oust fellow Republican Gov. Rick Perry in his re-election bid.

In a newspaper interview, Fisher said, "It's one thing when a candidate tries to invite like-minded conservative Democrats and independents to make a lasting commitment to the Republican Party. It's quite another to encourage liberals to vote in the primary like a one-night stand."

"The goal of the Republican Party of Texas is encourage voter participation, not discourage voters who want to join our effort for limited government and unlimited opportunity for all Texans," said McClellan in his letter. He said he found it "astounding" that Fisher "would think it appropriate to attack the honor of a mother and a grandmother who is a Republican statewide elected official."

Saying his entire family has been "stalwarts for our Party," McClelland called Fisher's comment "an insult to Carole Keeton Strayhorn, our family, and to millions of Republican men and women across this great state."