Thursday, February 02, 2006

Movement Within The RPV? UPDATED 3

Word has come to my ear that about an hour ago, a letter was sent out to the RPV Executive Committee of the State Central Committee calling for an emergency meeting this Saturday in Richmond. There has been no word on what the topic of the meeting will be, but one (like me) can speculate. Making people from around the state drive to Richmond at short notice must mean something big will be discussed...maybe like a change in RPV leadership. I joke a lot about people running for offices-but I am 100% serious in my statement that: The Best Candidate for RPV Chairman is Sean T. Connaughton. Over the past month I have heard from around the state ,peoples continuing problems with our RPV leadership, and have been told my many people that Sean Connaughton would be the best Party Chair. He has great connections to the business community, and is an excellent fundraiser. If Kate is no longer our Chair, we should break away from her inner-circle..and unlike many of them-Connaughton is not a party hack. Check out his resume:Sean T. Connaughton was elected Chairman at-Large of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors in November 1999. He was re-elected to a second four-year term beginning on January 1, 2004. Chairman Connaughton is: The chief elected official of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board; a member of the Board of Directors of the Skillsource Group, Inc. of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board; a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority; and a member of the Steering Committee of the Large Urban County Caucus of the National Association of Counties. Chairman Connaughton was the recipient of the 2004 Distinguished Service Award for County Elected Officials by the National Association of Counties. Chairman Connaughton is also a member of the Prince William County Advisory Board of George Mason University and a member of Committee for the Performing Arts Center at George Mason University. He is Chairman of the 9/11 Memorial Fund as well as Chairman of the Potomac Hospital Capital Campaign. He serves on the Board of Directors of: the Homeland Protection Institute, Ltd.; the Northern Virginia Science Center at Belmont Bay; and the Conservation Leaders Network. He also served on the Northern Virginia Base Realignment and Closure Working Group. He is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he received his Bachelors Degree. The Chairman also holds a Masters Degree from Georgetown University and a Law Degree from George Mason University. Chairman Connaughton also is a graduate (with honors) of the U.S. Naval War College. The Chairman was a fellow at the Sorenson Institute of Political Leadership in 1995, and is a member of its Northern Virginia Regional Board. Chairman Connaughton resides in Triangle with his wife, Teresa, and two children, Courtney and Sean Jr. He and his family attend St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle. Chairman Connaughton is a member of the Prince William County Republican Committee, the National Conference of Republican County Officials, Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce, Prince William-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post #28, Montclair Lions Club, the Optimist Club of Manassas, the Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association, the Naval Reserve Association, the Reserve Officers Association, the Propeller Club of the United Sates and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He is an attorney in private practice with Troutman Sanders LLP in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association and the Veterans Pro Bono Consortium. He is an appointed member of the of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Towing Safety Advisory Committee. Chairman Connaughton served on active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1983 to 1986. He is currently a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve Good huh? It starts here-Draft Sean Connaughton for RPV Chairman. Update 1: Commonwealth Watch looks into the formal proceedings of what would happen. Update 2: Mason Conservative Calls for a New Party Chair-and names Tom Davis, Paul Harris, or Sean Connaughton to fill Kate Obenshain Griffins shoes. Update 3(8:30am): Word continues to come to me from around the state that more than the State Senate will be discussed at this meeting. The entire state central committee has not be called down-only the few most powerful members of our party-The Executive Committee. RPV is going to have them come from across the state to talk about something two years away?

48 Comments:

At 2/01/2006 07:36:00 PM, Anonymous We have found the enemy, and it is us! said...

Although Sean is an excellent choice, think about the folks that will be selecting the next chairman. Thats right, its the same folks that hand picked Kate. Connaughton is the anti-christ to the right-wing.

That being said, Allen and his staff better step in right now and lock this thing up for the next three years. Why oh why would he want to dare chance the State Party screwing a once in-a-lifetime chance to run for the whitehouse? Over the next three years party politics will be dominated by his successes and his potential 08' campaign. Call in the big dogs and call them in now.
Send them to NOVA for a month to get a grasp of what the hecks going on, then to Tidewater for another month. Wrap it up in Richmond. The valley is a lock, no need to waste time there. Forget all about Southwest, they're lucky we havent sold them off to WV or Tennessee yet.

 
At 2/01/2006 07:44:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

Agreed-

If its not Sean, it needs to be someone out of the circle.

 
At 2/01/2006 07:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this true?

 
At 2/01/2006 07:58:00 PM, Blogger Hirons said...

I knew this would be coming sooner or later from you TC. I admire your dedication and loyality, but I'll take the opposition side on this one.

I would vote for Sean for a lot of elective jobs, but as party leader I could not. Considering his hard fought primary battle I don't believe he could be the party uniter and builder the party needs at this time.

Don't take this to be anything negative towards Sean, I just don't believe it would be a wise move for the RPV to look toward him to bring our party back together.

I hope we're not suppose to be a unanimous group of contributors here on TC Island.

 
At 2/01/2006 08:07:00 PM, Anonymous NOVA Scout said...

Sheesh TC: I share your high regard for Mr. Connaughton. He does stnad out as a competent, electable Northern Virginia Republican. But it's not like he's the only one who can do everything. Besides, there's a case to be made that no one can fix RPV. It might be better just to let it fall in a heap and then start over.

Sean's a good organizer and administrator and his military sense of discipline would probably do some good, even at the RPV. But, frankly, I wouldn't wish the RPV on someone as decent and as valuable to the GOP in NoVA as Connaughton, at least not in its current form. Besides, there is compelling merit in the idea that elected officials shouldn't serve in these Party positions.

It's a gahdawful mess down there and has been for some time. Mediocrity has got a death grip on much of what is Republican in Virginia. Mediocrity is always frightened of competence and will lash out against it. RPV is a classic case of folks not wanting strong leadership (or strong candidates) That whole sweet richmmond deal would fall apart pretty fast if you really started getting people of stature on the scene. Think of the mumber of mediocrities (mostly GA members) who carve out a Richmond living where they are not only noticed, but get paid and are treated with (sometimes feigned) respect. So many of those guys would be working at a direct mail phone bank or something but for the screwy dynamics of Virginia politics. They don't want big hitters down there.

Let's not kid ourselves that getting better leadership at RPV will solve the problems that have been plaguing the GOP in Virginia. RPV is part of the problem, but only part. There's going to have to be a huge attitude change all up and down the GOP Party structure. This crazy, Soviet-style emphasis on ideological purity (as defined by whoever has the loudest voice at the moment) has got to move out and go down to the local bar or Legion Hall. Get it settled with a fist fight and then go at it tomorrow. But don't sully the Party of Lincoln and Reagan. American politics and government have always found strength in flexibility, maneuver, and cooperation. You got to get the potholes filled and the teachers and the cops paid. Connaughton is indisputably good at that kind of thing. Keep him here where he can do what he does well. Politics is about serving the people. He has done that.

 
At 2/01/2006 08:15:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

No Scott-The blog would be all one sided then, I like the diversity in opinions.

As far as Connaughton though, I am dead serious on this one.

I joke about him running for everything..but I am serious on this.

I have been told by people around the state that they hope we reach outside of the inner-circle to win.

Sean has the money, he has NOVA, and he knows how to grow the party.

DRAFT CONNAUGHTON

 
At 2/01/2006 08:17:00 PM, Blogger GOPLite said...

TC: I share your high regard for Chairman Connaughton and am a suppporter of his on any move he makes in elected office but as I believe someone else has mentioned are we sure we want to lose him to this position..someone of his ability and talent should be a public official he has done a great job as Chairman of the BOCS and Id like to see him go much further in state govt. instead.

 
At 2/01/2006 08:18:00 PM, Blogger LovettsvilleGOPer said...

This is baseless speculation. You are hurting our party by posting this. Change should begin at local party leadership. After all it is the job of the local party to select candidates for office. And it is that same local party that is supposed to help win elections and work on the ground.

You can hoot and holler all you want about senior party leaders, but the fact remains that Kate is Sen. Allen's choice and he still runs the Republican Party of Virginia. Anyone who says otherwise is simply wrong.

Now I like Chairman Connaughton, but I like him as Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman, not RPV Chair. Further, I think it is a slippery slope to set the precedent of elected officials holding party positions.

That being said, I still think Sean Connaughton is an ideal Northern Virginia candidate, why would you want to put him in a party position when he could easily become a state senator or even a successor to Congressman Tom Davis?

So if we want change in our party, become involved at the local level and help select and nominate good common sense conservatives that can share our message with the voters of Virginia. That is how we won majorities in the past, and that is what we as a party need to get back to.

 
At 2/01/2006 08:25:00 PM, Anonymous gopkdh said...

Statewide Loses Go To Our Statewide Leader

 
At 2/01/2006 08:39:00 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said...

I must agree with lovettesville here.
I am not sure Sean is the one we want for chairman.
I am not sure we can blame the losses on Kate either, but time will tell if she feels its her fault.
I would point out that she was not the person who picked any of the candidates who have lost.

 
At 2/01/2006 08:50:00 PM, Blogger Ben Kyber said...

I'm surprise Jim Young hasn't come by to trash Conaughton and call you a RINO.

 
At 2/01/2006 08:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't get rid of Kate. I just love getting her "screaming" emails.

 
At 2/01/2006 09:06:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

Ben-

I am glad you see what I have to deal with.

 
At 2/01/2006 09:38:00 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said...

Check out CW. They are claiming this is not gonna happen.

 
At 2/01/2006 09:41:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

Possibility.

Still-people are calling for her resignation, so if CW's myth is true..than my assertions were still based on fact.

 
At 2/01/2006 09:46:00 PM, Blogger GOPLite said...

YEA where Is Jim Young?

 
At 2/01/2006 09:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would he ever want to do that?


This is just getting a little ridiculous.

 
At 2/01/2006 10:04:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

TC: you keep twitching the cape. Usually Mr. Young will charge it, no matter what's waiting behind it. I'm sure he'll run right into the blades again. It's sort of like "Groundhog Day" meets the "March of the Torreadors". It's amazing that, no matter how many times we've all seen it, no matter how certain we are that it will happen just that way again, we all are sort of interested in watching the event for the nth time.

 
At 2/01/2006 10:16:00 PM, Blogger republitarian said...

MATT TEDERICK

 
At 2/01/2006 10:23:00 PM, Anonymous gopkdh said...

Anon*have you asked him/maybe he does want it*

 
At 2/01/2006 10:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James James James.....

perverrrrrrrsionnnnnn.

 
At 2/01/2006 10:37:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

LovettsvilleGOPer said it is a slippery slope for an elected official to hold the post of RPV Chairman. However, then-State Sen. (now U.S. Rep.) Randy Forbes did serve as party chairman while a state senator and while gearing up to run for Lt. Gov. before running in the special election for Congress in '01. RPV was actually near its peak when Randy was chairman, so perhaps an elected official is precisely what is needed in this role.

 
At 2/01/2006 10:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear Paul Harris is in the mix. An articulate African American who has spoken out on cutting spending seems like a step in the right direction.

Didn't he chair the last RPV convention?

 
At 2/01/2006 10:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Connaughton, but Paul Harris would be a great pick too. He was the chair at the 2004 RPV convention in Richmond.

 
At 2/01/2006 10:58:00 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

Viva Connaughton! He's really a perfect candidate. An outsider, fresh blood, from a county that is part-NOVA, part South, and somone that can be everything to everyone, I think. Can SOMEONE please tell me, however, why Connaughton is considered "anti-Christ to the right wing?" I really don't get that. Look, he's no Tom DeLay, sure, but come one, its not like he's Lincoln Chafee. I think Connaughton is right were Republicans should be to win this state.

 
At 2/01/2006 11:13:00 PM, Anonymous NOVA Scout said...

Chris: there's no rational reason. His positions are all tru-blue conservative. Some folks are afraid of him because he goes about getting elected his own way and he has a habit of identifying complexities in issues. The Bolling crowd, having nothing of substance on him, just decided to label him the "un-conservative" on the theory that there were enough voters in the Party who would believe it if Bolling said it. Turns out they were right that they could con a lot of primary voters. But they're now stuck with the caricature and folks who fell for it don't want to relinquish the illusion. It also has something to do with Connaughton's appeal to moderates and non-Republicans. This is regarded as suspect by some in our Party who are never comfortable with popular appeal. The thinking goes: if a moderate likes Connaughton, Connaughton must be a moderate. Of course, this is exactly how Reagan came to power in 1980. He busted up the barriers that had defined the Republican/Democrat divide. There is no empirical basis on which Connaughton can be called anything but a solid "conservative," if that term has any meaning.

In the current context, I think the establishment in Richmond is afraid of him. He's quicker and more maneuverale than they are. Bolling's still trying to figure out how to parlay his 1% victory over Leslie Byrne into the Governor's Mansion and how to get 'round Bob McDonnell in the process. Everyone who has a pulse (not you, Mr. Craddock, please)is now wondering if the issues Connaughton was raising last spring about the changing face of Virginia are showing signs of being true. So to the entrenched Richmond crowd, a guy like Connaughton is hard to pigeon-hole, and hard to deal with.

 
At 2/02/2006 12:00:00 AM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

Sean is not "anti-christ" to the right wing. There is a group in Prince William, who through first-hand involvement in various actions, have formed a strongly negative opinion of him, which has nothing really to do with being conservative or moderate, but rather with a perception of character and ethics.

I'm not taking sides in that fight, but while it is often couched in terms like "conservative", it is rational to conclude that the real problem is personal.

Without discussing the merits of the people being considered, I don't think Davis should be considered, simply because he is a sitting congressman with enough to worry about.

Sean, being rumored to be leaving anyway -- this might be a good place for him if he can find some way to patch up the problems with the local opposition (which by the way would be an excellent way to prove he has what it takes to patch up the problems in the state).

But we certainly MUST fix the party apparatus, and the state level is a great place to start. Don't know if that means replacing the leadership, or getting money, or staff, or what.

In any case, I agree Allen has to take a lead in this too -- but Virginia does not belong to him, so it can't be just whatever he wants.

As to the rest, it sounds like you guys really need Jim Young for your discussion to have any meaning. "Oh no, Jim isn't here, what are we to do, what are we to do?"

 
At 2/02/2006 12:21:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...

Sean's rumored to be leaving?

Maybe we should do an "Ask The Chairman" segment on this

On a serious note-I agree...the problems with Sean are personal.

 
At 2/02/2006 01:08:00 AM, Anonymous CRP: The Commonwealths Republican Party said...

Paul Harris, Sean Connaughton? Although it is now known that the purpose of this weekends meeting is simply to hash out a plan to oppose the Senate transportation plan, let the intended speculation on the next chair continue. I'm all for it. But Paul Harris? Come on? That suggestion is only good for an ab work out, Ha Ha. Connaughton, another great suggestion. This guy is the obvious 'great choice' and thus the obvious no-way-in-hell choice. Never will the 'best choice' for any position within out party, ever be the one selected. We are THAT backward. We have no direction, no leadership.

Kate is absolutely horrible. Even when she tries to sound angry/upset she is laughable.

Really. What the hell do all those folks down there at RPV do all day. I get 4,5,6 worthless emails a day from them. I dont care what Kate thinks, she's useless and has lost more credibility then Dubbya. Sucks, our party has missed another golden opportunity to get it right. I cant wait until we are scraping bottom, we totally deserve it. Pathetic State Central, pathetic who's ever in charge, you have let us down again, and will only fuel even more our disgust with you and your agenda.

Will someone please start an entirely new Republican Party? The current is done. Burn the village, die off, anything.

 
At 2/02/2006 06:47:00 AM, Blogger Waltzing Matilda said...

TC- Apparently, you haven't caught up on your sleep from Monday and Tuesday. I like Sean. I really do, but he would not make a good chair for RPV. He is right on the issues and a very good elected official, but he is tooooo tempermental for the job of Party chair. He has served as Chair of two divided boards and has not brought concensus there even with a Republican majority. He will pick a fight with the local party at one moment and at other times refuse to get involved when his leadership could be very useful. Like I said, I like Sean, but I am not blind to his faults. Keep him on the ballot. Elect him to as high an office as we can get him in to. That is how much I respect him as an elected official. But keep him away from running the Party, I just don't think he is well suited for the job.

 
At 2/02/2006 07:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is rather poor analysis. Tom Davis and Sean would NEVER serve as party chair, I mean come on.

Give us candidates who actually would serve as party chair. Make this useful instead of some wasteful dream you seem to be engaging in.

 
At 2/02/2006 08:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who do you want then anon?

 
At 2/02/2006 08:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone notice a thread here. Sean Connaughton and Paul Harris both have the same man running/previously run their lives.

Perhaps what we need is not a change in leadership, but rather a change in who is working behind the scenes. The Captain needs a good boat to steer.

 
At 2/02/2006 08:48:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...

do you mean rob whitney?

 
At 2/02/2006 08:49:00 AM, Anonymous gopkdh said...

If Kate resigns who else would be a good chair?

 
At 2/02/2006 08:54:00 AM, Blogger Hirons said...

Waltzing Matilda - My sentiments exactly!

However, it might be a good opportunity for Sean to flex his muscle and get behind a candidate for the job and maneuver to get "his" people in jobs that would help a '09 run for the mansion. TC for RPV Exec. Director!

 
At 2/02/2006 09:14:00 AM, Blogger neocon22 said...

lovettsvillegoper- what you are saying is exactly the problem! the rpv has no idea what to do with nova. as for saying that people need to get involved at the local level, tc and i and others have spent hour after hour working for the party. the dedication to volunteering is not something anyone can say tc is lacking.

what is lacking is the attention on nova and candidates that are conservative, business minded men and women. this is what nova needs.

i have been taught that attitudes in a group are top-down, starting with the leadership at the top of the group. currently, there is much divisiveness inside the party and as far as i know, rpv and its leadership have yet to reconcile the party. the only efforts i have heard of were from davis. the old phrase repeated time and time again, supporting "common sense conservatives" worked 3 years ago, but there must be more depth than that.

 
At 2/02/2006 09:57:00 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said...

Another problem is, who would want the job? If someone has a desire to ever run for office, you would be a fool to take party chair right now (see Connaughton, Baril, Davis, etc). If everything goes bad for the party, the new chair will be blamed. If everything works out OK, many will think it was going to happen anyway.
I doubt the best person for the job will ever be party chair for the sole fact that it would be a mistake to do so.

 
At 2/02/2006 10:06:00 AM, Blogger James Young said...

Yeah, that's a great idea, TC! Elect as Party Chairman someone who holds in contempt one of the four Republican state-wide office holders (and the highest Republican vote-getter in 2005), and one whose candidacy for statewide office was rejected by Republican voters. Great message to the grass roots. And that's a great way to insure evenhandedness if there is a contest between McDonnell and Bolling in 2009.

TC, you can belittle those who find Chairman Sean's character and ethics wanting all you like, but the dispute that many of us have with him is about policy, first and foremost: his tax and spend ways. You and others (though not all here; Jim Riley comes to mind) try to talk your way around it, but the fact is that Chairman Sean has presided over massive tax increases in PWC. And he has done so not by justifying his spending increases --- some of which may be justified --- but by demonizing fiscal conservatives and conducting the debate in Left-wing terms: "Where would you cut?" In fact, the thoughtful opposition of the Prince William Taxpayers Alliance has only suggested that the rate of increases be limited to a far greater extent than he has ever been interested in, or, at least, was ever interested in until he got statewide ambitions. Chairman Sean learned his lessons well, and adopted the same tactic used by Clinton and congressional Democrats in the late Nineties: have bureaucrats write budgets which propose massive increases, and label (inaccurately) any proposal to limit those increases as "cuts." My conception of leadership is somewhat different: grab a spendthrift bureaucracy by the gonads, and don't let go 'til they scream.

Without saying anything else about Chairman Sean, I stand by my earlier comment (glad to see you're along on this one, nova scout, even with your contemptuous and contemptible later ramblings and caricatures) that elected public officials should not hold Party office. Credit where credit is due might be nice, though, since I said it long before you did in the blogosphere.

As for Jim's comment about Randy Forbes, I would dispute it. Wasn't Randy the Chairman who presided over the whole imbroglio with Ed Matricardi? I'm not saying that Randy was involved, but one could certainly argue that it resulted from a failure in leadership by the RPV Chairman.

All that having been said, I fail to see why the long knives should be out for Kate. Sure, we've had a bad string in specials, but we won two out of three statewide offices in the General. Kilgore's loss is attributable to three things: Kilgore's inept campaign; Kaine's dishonest campaign; and Marky Mark's inexplicable popularity. Our losses in the specials, I would contend, are due to local factors not attributable to Kate's leadership.

And Ben, you're a moron; "RINO" is a phrase that I throw around a whole lot less than my critics. But thanks for jumping in! We all know how dedicated you are to the health and good fortune of the GOP.

 
At 2/02/2006 10:15:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of these comments give me a headache. It's sad that party leaders and activists are constantly saying "who would want the job." There are activists out there who would consider it and could come up with a credible game plan for fundraising, grassroots work and communications, but the naysayers are keeping them away.

There are Republicans out there willing to work if asked and given a job to do.

 
At 2/02/2006 10:34:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want a RPV leadership dream ticket here it is:

Chat Dotson for Chair
Jay Hughes for First Vice Chair

Dotson would bring his clout as a young public official and is more of a social conservative than Hughes. He would provide the symbol of stability and committment to family values that so many "hard-R" activists look for and need to hear. Also, if Dotson is looking to run for higher office this would put him in the spotlight. Hughes as the former state YR chair for 4 years is a known & respected quantity to many of the older, "recurring" folks on State Central. Also, Hughes is a hard-core libertarian/constitutionalist Republican that would appeal to the folks who feel pushed out by more social conservatives. Dotson’s southwestern Virginia roots would appeal to the rural, conservative vote. While Hughes, living in Spotsylvania and a daily commuter to the Pentagon/northern Virginia, would send a clear message to northern Virginia Republicans that their issues will be represented at the highest levels of state party leadership better than any stupid “northern Virginia taskforce” would.

Both men are young, very articulate, hardworking and charismatic. Republican insiders know that Dotson & Hughes get along very well and this kind of ticket would symbolize a Republican Party this is able to unite both wings of its party for victory. Their relationship would probably be more of a Chair/Co-Chair. Dotson being the new face of the party with Hughes doing the systematic party building work that he listed in his wonderful post of yesterday.

That’s how you do it.

 
At 2/02/2006 10:47:00 AM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

Hughes actually is socially conservative (pro-life, etc.) but he does approach it from a libertarian / constitutionalist P.O.V. as stated. It is a good meld.

Wouldn't be a bad ticket at all.

 
At 2/02/2006 10:59:00 AM, Blogger valleyconservative05 said...

In my humble opinion all these updates about the supposed "movement within the RPV" are just mostly unsubstantiated because those that are starting them are probably disgruntled Connaughton supporters from last June. Even if these rumors were remotely true the state central committee is not picking a more moderate voice. It is just not going to happen.
Outside NOVA things are not that bad for the RPV. Think about it, we have 2 our of 3 statewide offices, 2 GOP senators and a margin of Reps. in the U.S. House. We also have a potential presidential candidate. The state central is very friendly towards Kate and they will not oust her just because there are a few disgrunteled people out there.
Now if Wolf and or Tom Davis loses in Nov. we can talk about a potential replacement. Some in the blogosphere are probably trying to stir up something that is just wishful thinking on their part.

 
At 2/02/2006 11:25:00 AM, Blogger nova_middle_man said...

first of all an echo from others...

Who in their right mind would want to be party chair right now with the current role setup.

I would propose a "whip" and fundraiser type of person for the job who could generate tons of cash and organize people behind a candidate AFTER a primary remaining NEUTRAL during the primary season.

The only problem is I have no idea who this person would be. I trust there are people out there who fit this description or know someone who does.

With this new model the bulk of policy and strategy would only occur at the local and regional level which would enable more effective individual strategies. This would also enable Republicans to go back to increasing their majority instead of beginning to worry aboud losing the majority with the added bonus of preventing regional infighting between different areas of Virginia.

 
At 2/02/2006 01:21:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

I find this whole thread interesting. In other places on this blog TC seems to find it offensive that someone is challenging the 10th district chair or trying to challenge the FFX county chair, and in the 10th district case suggests that it is for nefarious reasons in order to set-up someone to run against Frank Wolf.

Now here he is reporting on possible changes at the state level and is openly suggesting Chairman Sean for the position. Do we think Chairman Sean might have ambitions for political higher office in the future???

The whole thread appears ironic to me.

 
At 2/02/2006 02:13:00 PM, Blogger neocon22 said...

the threat of unseating eric lundberg in fairfax has nothing to do with his actual work in the county gop. it is personal. the rpv problem is not personal, but rather the lack of understanding in how to keep the gop in control of legislature by ensuring that the nova gop wins elections.

 
At 2/02/2006 03:22:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

"the rpv problem is not personal, but rather the lack of understanding in how to keep the gop in control of legislature by ensuring that the nova gop wins elections"

Hey, as long as we have people like Potts and chichester in the Senate, why should we worry about the Dems? Shouldn't we rather start with our own?

 
At 2/02/2006 10:20:00 PM, Blogger GOPLite said...

Jay Hughes is an interesting choice..Do we know if he is even interested in THAT job??

 

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