Howell: No plans to resign from Kanawha GOP

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Tresa Howell, the chairwoman of the Kanawha County Republican Executive Committee, has no plans to resign from her position.

Howell appeared on last week’s MetroNews “Talkline,” and spoke about the push for her to resign from the position.

“I do not have any plans to resign,” she put it bluntly.

Committee members sent a letter in June to Howell asking for her resignation. According to Howell, the people who signed the letter were instrumental in getting a resolution of no confidence against Gov. Jim Justice.

“They refuse to let the voters decide on the Republican nominee, and they insist on meddling,” she said. “Historically, our party doesn’t get involved. This is just an attempt to intervene in what the voters want.”

Howell said the governor asked to meet with the committee following the vote in April. When the meeting happened, the members who pushed the resolution did not show up.

“They let the other members try to see what we could do to work with the governor and express our concerns and what the path we think West Virginia should take,” she said. “It’s just an ambush.”

Howell added the new members will have to learn how to work together if they want the party to succeed.

The committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday at 6 p.m.