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State, Cabarrus GOP Demand Privette's Resignation

Posted August 28, 2007
Updated August 31, 2007

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— Cabarrus County Republican leaders on Monday called for Coy Privette to resign from the county Board of Commissioners following his conviction on solicitation charges.

Privette, 74, of Kannapolis, pleaded guilty last week to six counts of aiding and abetting prostitution. He was placed on probation for one year and was ordered to perform 48 hours of community service and receive counseling.

Investigators said he rented a hotel room and paid Tiffany Denise Summers, 32, of Salisbury, for sexual acts. Summers pleaded guilty to one count of prostitution.

A retired Baptist minister, Privette served four terms in the state House. He also headed the Christian Action League of North Carolina for several years, becoming one of the state's most vocal opponents to a lottery and alcohol sales, before resigning from the organization following his arrest last month.

During a Monday night meeting, the Cabarrus County GOP committee called for Privette's resignation. But the committee can't force him to step down.

State GOP Chairwoman Linda Daves sent Privette a letter on Aug. 30, urging him to step down.

"We entrust the leaders in our party to uphold high ethical standards, and your failure to do so has brought disgrace and dishonor to the entire community," Daves said in the letter.

Privette has refused to resign.


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  • haggis basher Aug 29, 2007

    Just another religious hypocrit.Do as I say not as I do.

  • Timbo Aug 29, 2007

    Well, whether he's christian or not, he's a politician that espoused views that are in complete conflict with his actions.

    So, I think that alone leaves him open to disdain and ridicule.

  • independent_thinker Aug 29, 2007

    "Christian roadkill always brings out the athiest maggots to feed on the carcuss."

    I'd encourage you to look at the facts. These aren't stories of rank-and-file members turned bad.

    Whether it's Catholic Priests, Privette, or Haggard or Larry Craig [R], we're talking about illegal, immoral, and unethical behavior by top leaders in so-called Christianity. We're also talking about world class hypocrites.

    It's not that we don't believe in God. It's that we don't blindly follow the Falwells and Robertsons that run God, Inc.

    For some, it's necessary to pull the wool over their eyes. For others, it just slides down on its own.

    Look at Privette. His refusal to resign in the face of a conviction on prostitution charges is proof positive that he's nothing more than a self absorbed fool.

    Does Privette accurately reflect the Republican commitment to personal responsibility and accountability?

  • Angry Grrl Aug 28, 2007

    I'm surprised he didn't resign.

  • FloydRTurbo Aug 28, 2007

    Christian roadkill always brings out the athiest maggots to feed on the carcuss.

  • bluewater Aug 28, 2007

    Well, did you consider that Coy knew religion was a crock and pushed for the really brain dead. But you do have to wonder was he so dumb that he forgot to be very,very careful. I do feel sorry for him, to go out in such a mess.

  • DavidJonathan Aug 28, 2007

    If the Republicans don't stop all this pants-dropping, the only thing the Democrats will have to do to win in November of 2008 is show up on Election Day. It's perfectly fine to support one's idea of moral values, but it's very dangerous to use the government to tell others what to do in their own lives, especially when nobody is perfect.

  • FlSunshine Aug 28, 2007

    I hate hypocracy I don't care who or when. It is just like this Senator Craig media frenzy now. I just don't understand why people with so much to lose would take a chance on getting caught...and it will come out. All the way from Bill Clinton, to Mark Foley, to Senator Craig...and smaller fish like this one...it's all the same.

  • yeahright2 Aug 28, 2007

    Let's see..... A retired Baptist minister........Wasn't there just a story about the Baptists opening up more religious schools. I hope the students don't turn out like this guy.