Monday, January 30, 2006

Loudoun GOP Meeting Drama UPDATE

The Loudoun County GOP meeting was full of excitement and some drama. Present at the meeting:Mark Tate, Randy Minchew, Mick Staton, Eugene Delgaudio, Dick Black The meeting began with Chairman Randy Minchew announcing that it was to be "Mick Staton Jr. Day" at the Committee...everyone was happy, hooting and hollering as Mick began speaking. "It took Tim Kaine six days to break his tax pledge" Staton told the enthusiastic audience. He then mentioned how Richmond needed someone who stood for low taxes.. Staton finished with "these people are filled with a desire for power, they will say anything to get elected" The room continued in excitement as Mr.Minchew discussed the upcoming mass meeting to be held on March 18th. But wait..a hand was in there air..someone had a problem. Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio was upset. He was upset that it was a "mass meeting" and not a "convention". The room then became split. For over 30 minutes they argued about the difference in the two, as Chairman Minchew clearly became flustered with the silliness of the matter. To me..it was clear what was going on. Supervisor Delgaudio mentioned this as he stated "to make sure no Democrats come over". Someone in the room expressed their concern on "how do we really know who is a Democrat or not", but Supervisor Delgaudio continued on his rant. Delgaudio was asked if he knew if Democrats had voted before. "Not to be indifferent to you Randy, but I've been doing conventions since 1984. Yes I've seen Democrats". Hm. Why would Supervisor Delgaudio want this change so much? Lets think about this..less people voting than a mass meeting...more of the "conservative" type. No former "Democrats". Minchew tried twice to stop the arguing, but in voice votes the room wanted it to continue. Finally Minchew asked for a hand vote. Delgaudios motion failed 39 to 44. Voting for his idea were Delegate Black, and Chris Oprison. The meeting continued, and Delgaudio asked Minchew if the 10th District GOP candidates could speak. Jim Rich spoke first, and was quick and to the point. "The Congressman asked me to run again" he told the audience. Heidi Stirrup than spoke, with a Frank Wolf pin next to her Heidi for Chairman badge, and said we need to "energize the 10th District" "bring honesty, and transparency" and "build the party". She wanted to "bring back Republican domination". Eugene Delgaudio than got up...and didn't speak about his ideas, or platform. He simply said "if you want to send Tim Kaine packing, and see Poison resign that's right , I call him Poison...than vote for me" Interesting approach. Could it be that with a convention Delgaudio and Stirrup could both attend, have Delgaudio run to the far-far-far right, and Heidi as an anti-taxer. Then Delgaudio loses the first round of voting, and all of his people go over to Heidi. Could this be the plan!? I commend Chairman Minchew for trying to keep the subject of the meeting to Staton, but his attempts seemed to fail. A couple other interesting points:Prince William County Supervisor John Stirrup was in attendance, and was making the rounds. Another step towards a possible run against Wolf/after Wolf? An unnamed angry Fairfax County Republican Committee member was also at the event and told TC "I am mad that Eric Lundberg is a liar, and I don't trust him anymore. I am here to find out more about who's running against him". I am not sure he got much out of the meeting, as the Loudoun County GOP had their own problems to deal with, but I did find it interesting that Group B was still looking for a candidate to take on conservative FCRC Chair Eric Lundberg. There was also some drama regarding a mailer Staton sent out, which I never recieved(I got every other flyer) in which he called Minchew a R.I.N.O. Many Loudoun GOPers seemed upset at this matter. I was able to meet Ms. Stirrup, and talk with her briefly. I must get to bed now, as I am waking up at 3:30 to set up 5 polling locations in Fairfax for Supervisor Staton. I will do a mid-morning post around 9 on turnout in the 33rd, as well as my honest feelings on the direction of the race. Supervisor Staton told me he felt good about the race, and I believe he has a lot to feel good for. We'll know more tomorrow morning on who's turning out. UPDATE: The outburst about gays was said by a lady named Barbara Dixon(?). I was told it was Delegate Blacks wife, but the joke's on me.

18 Comments:

At 1/30/2006 10:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude! Twenty minutes was up ten minutes ago!

 
At 1/30/2006 10:48:00 PM, Blogger BlackOut2005.com said...

TC,

You're such a tease. Your 20 minutes are up!

Are you being censored by the BBers? Is there to much to blog out? Are you in tears?

Did Mick Staton come to his senses and drop out? Spilled the beans on what daddy-in-law is really all about? What?

 
At 1/30/2006 10:48:00 PM, Anonymous nasuna said...

I'm going to bed. I can't wait anymore.

 
At 1/30/2006 11:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could Delgaudio get any crazier!!!

HOW MANY AREAS DO THESE PEOPLE WANT TO TAKE OVER

 
At 1/30/2006 11:22:00 PM, Blogger BlackOut2005.com said...

TC,

.. and you can go to bed after dropping this bomb shell. I sense you just scratched the surface.

And if you get a chance to read this before you head out to the polls to support Staton. Remember you said it yourself...(i reread your stuff when it was a choice between Staton and Minchew) Staton is to much like Black, they are the same.

TC, you've got to believe your instincts, Staton will always end up voting on the side of Delgaudio, and Black.

The future of the Loudoun Republican party depends on Herring winning. How ironic is that.

 
At 1/30/2006 11:22:00 PM, Blogger BlackOut2005.com said...

...crazier...he's a lunatic.

 
At 1/30/2006 11:32:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

TC,

I tire of your Group A, Group B antics and your conspracies about Frank Wolf. It's all gossip anyway and these kinds of things go on all the time from many different sides in the party.

In the end:

Group A: Anyone TC likes.

Group B: Anyone TC dislikes.

That's about the way I see it.

 
At 1/30/2006 11:52:00 PM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

Oh yes TC, it is a nefarious right-wing plot to oust Rich from his seat, just like Bob and Denny got together in their secret meeting room and decided that they would each endorse a different candidate for the PWC board to rig the election.

I don't like Ed. But a convention means only people who are actually signed up on the committee vote for committee chairman, while a mass meeting may allow democrats to vote for the republican party leadership (not just 'former democrats', which many good republicans are, but actual, real democrats who have no intention of joining the party, helping get our people elected, or showing up for meetings).

And it is perfectly reasonable in any case for the committee to debate the issue and vote.

Prince William County Supervisor John Stirrup was in attendance, and was making the rounds. Another step towards a possible run against Wolf/after Wolf?

TC, you sound ignorant, but I know you understand politicians so I have to presume you are being deliberately obtuse. Supervisors always show up at meetings, and greet the people. That is what makes them politicians. His WIFE is running for the 10th district chair, and the people at this meeting are part of that district, so of course he was there.

But hey, your report energized your blog supporters, and who needs facts when innuendo plays so well. You may be onto something with this "A", "B" thing. Sometimes people project onto others what they themselves are.

 
At 1/31/2006 12:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TC, I think you need a playbook to get your names right...Black's wife was not in attendance.

 
At 1/31/2006 12:09:00 AM, Anonymous Freddie said...

Why is Loudoun having a County Committee meeting the night before an election? They should all be making GOTV calls until 9:00pm and then going to bed early.

 
At 1/31/2006 07:34:00 AM, Blogger Waltzing Matilda said...

Glad to see that those of us in PWC aren't the only ones making fools of ourselves.

 
At 1/31/2006 07:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too was at the meeting. While it had a lot of drama, Chairman Minchew's easygoing tact and knowledge of parliamentary procedure made the meeting go well. The Loudoun County Republican Committee is a tough and rambunctious group and a lesser chairman would easily watch the meetings get out of control as they did back when Susan Volpe was Chairman.
As for Delgaudio, he just get weirder the day and his rants are kind of like Al Capone's toward the end of his life. Delagudio is a disgrace and TC is right that Delgaudio's idea to force a last minute convention instead of the usual Loudoun mass meeting was some kind a gimmick to help his candidacy for 10th District Chairman.
Now, I'm off to my 8:00 am shift at the polls in Ashburn.

 
At 1/31/2006 09:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Barbara Black wasn't there (per anon 1205), and that outburst was by someone else, shouldn't this be updated?

Who was it?

 
At 1/31/2006 01:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the problems and fighting between the consevatives and moderates have moved out of Fairfax County into PWC and Loudoun County.

Freddie has a point. Why did Loudoun have to meet the night before a special election? They could have had the meeting last week and then spent last night with GOTV calls.

 
At 1/31/2006 02:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of that red hurts my eyes.

 
At 1/31/2006 03:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How DO you tell who's a Democrat or Republican in Virginia, anyway?

We don't register by Party in this state.

It seems to me, anyone can show up at anyone's meeting and call themselves whatever they want.

 
At 1/31/2006 03:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freddie hit the nail on its head.

Bye bye Mickie....and Dickie....

 
At 1/31/2006 05:13:00 PM, Blogger James Young said...

What are you saying, Anon 1:40. That the moderates promise to do to PWC and Loudoun what it's done in Fairfax?

 

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