For a few years around 2009 through 2013, the six counties of Virginia’s Northern Neck were treated to the true face of the Tea Party through the antics of one Catherine Crabill.
Here’s an example of Crabill’s description of herself.
I am a wife of 30 years and mother of 4. I was raised by fiercely independent Christian Conservative Constitutionalists. In 2009 I was the Republican Nominee for the 99th District of Virginia. I was sandbagged by the Republican Party, attacked, defamed, and removed from their website, and still nearly won against every odd. I am honored to have been, and continue to be, a part of the great awakening of this generation in the battle for the heart and soul of America.
Sure thing, Catherine, sure thing. What she doesn’t tell you is she’s a nut. Nutty as a porta-potty at a peanut festival.
Crabill ran for office once — 2009 — she ran against incumbent Democrat Albert Pollard for the 99th House of Delegates seat in the Virginia assembly. Later, she tried to run for Congress but was tossed aside by the local and state Republican Parties who cringed at the idea of this dingbat representing them.
Still, Crabill had a loyal, dedicated following among Northern Neck Tea Parties, including the 99th District TP and the Montross TP.
Crabill advocated armed violence
Crabill was noted for a speech she delivered on the front steps of the Northumberland County (VA) courthouse in which she advocated armed violence to settle elections. Quoting Crabill:
“We have a chance to fight this battle at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box,” Crabill said. “But that’s the beauty of our Second Amendment right. I am glad for all of us who enjoy the use of firearms for hunting. But make no mistake. That was not the intent of the Founding Fathers. Our Second Amendment right was to guard against tyranny.”
Here’s Crabill on video — she later denied making such a statement — video does not lie.
Crabill has been a nut for a long time. Here’s an excerpt from a lengthy article describing her antics in New Mexico. In 1994, the Crabills were living in New Mexico (they had moved from Santa Fe, moved there from Colorado.) Word spread through Catron County New Mexico, that two FBI agents and a dozen National Guardsmen were combing the mountains north of Luna, a small town near the Arizona border. The men were searching for the body of an alleged drug dealer who had disappeared mysteriously a year earlier. But a buzz went around the county that they were really the advance party of a darker event: a pending raid by U.S. government forces to seize firearms from local residents. Crabill and her husband were instrumental in spreading this loony claim. Read the full article.
Crabill blamed the Oklahoma City federal building bombing on — you guessed it — on the federal government. Here’s an April 1995 article from the Washington Times.
Citizen militia groups in Montana, Florida and New Mexico say they condemn the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City and charge that the federal government, not anyone in their movement, was likely responsible.
“If any militia group is truly responsible for the murderous bombing in Oklahoma City, then I say, ‘Hangin’s too good for ’em,’ ” said Catherine Crabill of Aragon, N.M., who belongs to a group called New Mexico Citizens Action Association.
But Mrs. Crabill said it’s her belief “this heinous act of violence was the work of our government,” which will “use it as an excuse to aggressively attack the growing militia movement across the country.”
As is common with rightwingnuts, Tea Party loons and other wackadoodles, Crabill claims to be on a mission from God. Here’s her description of herself.
I am 51 years old and I have been married for 23 years. My husband, Chris, and I have four children. Our daughter, Jessica is 20, and our three sons are, Cody 18, Sam 16, and Zach 14. I homeschooled our children for many years as my husband worked very hard to make it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother. I have been a realtor on the Northern Neck of Virginia for the last seven years helping my husband afford some private school and college opportunities for our children. I am not college educated, but consider myself fairly well read. I love and fear God and write or speak as I feel impressed by Him to do so. It is only the conviction that He has instilled in me that has given me the courage necessary to address many of the issues that confront us today. Needless to say, it has not made me popular! When I am fearful about the repercussions of my speaking out I am continually brought back to confidence I have in the Lord to provide for me and protect my family. I understand why many remain silent, but I try to be constantly conscious of the day I stand before the Lord and imagine how I would explain myself for knowing to do the right thing and failing to do it!
Former members of the 99th District Tea Party will tell you that, well, not all of us supported Catherine Crabill. They lie. She had UNANIMOUS support from the 99DTP in her run for the House of Delegates and near-unanimous support when she wanted to run for Congress — I know — I was at the meetings where the 99DTP voted on which candidate they would support.
Catherine Crabill today
As of the end of 2017, Crabill lives in Lancaster County, VA. She’s a regular contributor to the Letters to the Editor column of the local weekly newspaper, The Rappahannock Record. Her letters are a catalog of every off-the-charts conspiracy theory you’ve ever heard as well as some you’ve never heard of.
And there you have it, folks. A certifiable loon and hero to the Tea Party. No wonder the “Tea Party movement” is dying — reasonable people attend a few meetings, listen to the ravings from the likes of Crabill, Johnson, Roger Meredith, Bill Kling and decide they do not want to be admitted to the Tea Party asylum.