Thursday, February 02, 2006

Who Would Replace Obenshain?

I continue to hear differences of opinion on the Saturday meeting of the Executive Meeting. Sentiment against Ms.Kate Obenshain-Griffin does continue to grow, and as I posted below, I do believe Chairman Sean T. Connaughton would be a good replacement. Paul Harris who is working with Americans for Prosperity is also being tossed around. Who else would you like to see as Chairman?

27 Comments:

At 2/02/2006 02:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've said it once and I'll say it again:

Chad Dotson--RPV Chair
Jay Hughes--RPV First Vice Chair...

Here's my post from the previous thread...

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 03:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Party needs money to get its campaign machine back in operation. That is a basic party function that has been practically dismantled. WE NEED SOMEONE WHO CAN RAISE MONEY.

 
At 2/02/2006 03:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did it ever occur to anyone that maybe this meeting has nothing to do with the Chairmanship? Enough with the speculations!

 
At 2/02/2006 03:21:00 PM, Anonymous Kate's wonderful D Cup said...

KEEP KATE AS CHAIRMAN!

 
At 2/02/2006 03:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you mean "B" instead of "D"?

 
At 2/02/2006 03:43:00 PM, Anonymous Matt Foley - Motivational Speaker said...

The Tom Davis idea isn't as crazy as it first sounds. He could bring his experience as NRCC chairman to bear on the RPV and that would be a good thing. He had a great record in that position, knows how to win elections and, most importantly, is very good at recruiting GOP candidates who are good fits for their particular districts.

 
At 2/02/2006 03:53:00 PM, Blogger valleyconservative05 said...

Keep Kate. Kate did not nominate the terrible candidates Harrington and Staton. That was the stupidity of the local committees. It is hard for anyone to raise money when several other organizations (VCAP being one) are competing from the same sources. I really like Tom Davis but hell will freeze over before our state central committee would ever choose either him or Connaughton. Get over it.

 
At 2/02/2006 04:30:00 PM, Anonymous Reality Check said...

Don't Mickey Mouse or Micheal Jackson get a vote in this? The others that have been suggested are along the same line.

James "Give'em all hell' Gilmore. That'll get rid of that damn car tax for sure.

Maybe you dont agree, but at least he's 'A-list'. You guys are throwing out a bunch of primary losing, possibly gay, pro-choice names that havent a chance of ever being head of this party.

 
At 2/02/2006 04:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonfactor said...

Virginia Dudley

 
At 2/02/2006 04:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Reality Check just described Abe Lincoln......

 
At 2/02/2006 04:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reality Check--ok, I agree that Davis and Connaughton are silly choices (not b/c they are gay, pro-choice or whatever, but just because it is ridiculous to think either would want the crappy ass job). But to call Jim Gilmore A-List is laughable, even for a lame-ass position like RPV Chair. That guy is DONE!

 
At 2/02/2006 04:43:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

Gilmore wouldn't go from RNC Chairman to RPV Chairman.

 
At 2/02/2006 04:48:00 PM, Anonymous 10th District Conservative said...

Kate has done a fine job as chairman; not perfect, but very good and I am quite surprised to see this sort of sentiment. Nonetheless, I'm a big believer in competition. If Chairman Sean thinks he can do a better job, let him try -- I for one, will work for Kate.

 
At 2/02/2006 05:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Frank Wolf as RPV Chair once he leaves office? He is a NOVA guy, has ties to DC that could be new sources of money for the RPV, he is very respected and a party elder.

Just today Rep. Wolf voted for John Shadegg on the first ballot for a new Majority Leader. This shows that Wolf is ready and serious about canging the culture of the Republican Party.

Don't get me wrong, I want Wolf to keep representing the 10th district, but I hope he contines to lead our party once he leaves DC.

 
At 2/02/2006 09:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Connaughton Worshiper (TC),

It would be beneath Connaughton to run for state party chair. It would also be a showing of weakness for him to do so.

Most of all, Connaughton is a fraud. He is truly a politician in the purest sense. How could you be in such love with him?

Jay Hughes would make a great chair.

 
At 2/02/2006 09:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Frank Wolf? Well, he'll be 100 before he leaves office voluntarily, so unless John Stirrup beats him in the primary, that will be along time.

 
At 2/02/2006 10:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

please please make Gilmore the new State Chair...

 
At 2/03/2006 12:51:00 AM, Anonymous gopkdh said...

Anyones better than stinkin Obenshain!!!!!!

 
At 2/03/2006 01:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A birdie*chirp* told me allen called for obenshains resignation

 
At 2/03/2006 10:07:00 AM, Blogger Waltzing Matilda said...

RPV needs a ball buster. Someone who will tell both sides to sit down, shut up and started rebuilding the Party. Connaughton, Davis, Gilmore (God Save Us) nor Kate can do this. I don't know who out there could do it quite frankly, but it isn't anyone mentioned so far. The only person mentioned with any experience putting things back together again is Jay Hughes. He did broker the deal that brought the YRFV and the VYRs back together again. And Lord knows that was a contentious battle. But I am quite sure that he does not want the job. So we are back to square one.

RPV is stagnant. Fundraising is almost non-existent, candidate recruitment and training… (I can't complete the phrase because I laughing so hard at the mere idea), the grassroots is withering on the vine (how many paid volunteers were brought in for the Kilgore campaign, now that’s an oxymoron), outreach to non-traditional Republicans doesn’t happen (oh, hell we eat our own in the Party why go hunting for new blood), the population of the Southwest is shrinking but we count on that area to win elections while praying that bad weather keeps the ever growing population in NOVA home, we are losing seats in the general assembly, the Biggest Vote Getter in VA 2005 barely eked out a win against a known socialist, we were in a re-count for AG, and we got our butts kicked from here to Kingdom come on the Governor’s race. Please point to one thing that is going right in RPV right now!

The problem isn’t just with Kate; it is with all of State Central. Too many of them have been there too long. We need fresh ideas, new blood, and a new way of looking at politics in Virginia, because clearly what got us the majority is not going to keep it. I would suggest term limits for members of state central. If you can’t get it done in let’s say two terms, it is time for someone new. Rotate it so that every year a third of the committee is up for re-election and that way we don’t lose institutional knowledge, but we are always bringing some new folks in. Same old, same old just isn’t cutting it anymore. The Party is broken and replacing Kate would be a good start, but only a first step.

 
At 2/03/2006 10:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I would suggest term limits for members of state central."

I'd support that idea... but only for general members, not for district chairs. If we term limited them, we might lose Jim Rich and get Heidi Stirrup. That would be bad.

OK, let's term limit National Committeeman too. Starting now.

 
At 2/03/2006 11:05:00 AM, Blogger Waltzing Matilda said...

Anon 10:45- I would take that as a friendly amendment.

 
At 2/03/2006 11:44:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TC, I'm a Connaughton Kool-aid drinker, too, but come on. While we're at it, he should run for HOA president in Montclair, PTA President at Chantilly High School, School Board in Mason District, dog-catcher in Henrico, President of the United States, and chair of the architectural review board in Kalamazoo.

 
At 2/03/2006 04:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She should be booted. Any chairperson of the party who doesn't return a journalist's phonecall about an important special election and sends some lacky to take the call should be fired immediately. She has nothing positive to say. She can't lead a damn children's parade.

 
At 2/03/2006 05:54:00 PM, Anonymous Rob Whitney said...

Why? Kate espouses the principals we need as conservatives. We should be thankful that she is steering the party in the way Reagan would have done.

If we direct the energy being used to attack our fellow conservatives and use it to work with groups like RPV, VADA, AFP and others fighting the proposed tax increase this state and our movement would be in a much better position.

Lets focus on defeating the unnecessary tax increase on the table.

 
At 2/03/2006 08:59:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

I have never heard of this link between AFP and me...

as I do not even know that much about the organization.

Everything I post on here, is my view, and my view alone.

 
At 3/19/2006 02:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Andy the Panda....

No, Freckles the cat...

No, Barney the Baboon...

No, Charley the Chimpanzee...

Wait, Sammy, the slug --

Yes, that's it! Sammy would be a fine replacement for Obenshain.

 

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