Jeannemarie Davis Handily Wins Poll

Jeannemarie Davis
Jeannemarie Davis

Since Thursday of last week, visitors to the Virginia Conservative have had the opportunity to voice their support for Republican candidates for lieutenant governor.  With the poll now closed and with 634 votes cast in total, Jeannemarie Davis emerged as the clear winner.

To give you some history, in the early hours of the poll, Susan Stimpson maintained a fairly sizable lead.  However, as the first day continued, Davis overtook Stimpson and continued to hold dominance throughout the remaining time window.  There were a few bursts of activity from Stewart supporters and a smaller influx from the Lingamfelter crowd, but nothing compared to the Davis surge.

The final results are as follows:

Jeannemarie Davis   262 votes or 41.32%

Susan Stimpson       121 votes or 19.09%

Corey Stewart          115 votes or 18.14%

Scott Lingamfelter   64 votes or 10.09%

Pete Snyder              42 votes or 6.62%

E. W. Jackson           26 votes or 4.1%

Steve Martin             4 votes or .063%

So what do these results mean?  Does a victory or a loss on a Virginia Conservative poll necessarily translate into success or failure in May?  Obviously, the answer is no.  As anyone could vote in this poll, (regardless of whether he or she happens to be a delegate), the votes are not weighted or sorted by city or county, and a vast majority of delegates did not participate, the outcome is not useful for this purpose.  You should know this fact already, but the poll is far removed from being anything remotely scientific.

In an amusing side note, on Saturday I spoke with Steven Thomas, the regional campaign representative for the Davis campaign, and asked if he knew of my poll.  He mentioned that he had voted in it, but added that online polls didn’t carry too much weight.  I told him that I agreed with his opinion, but also asked if he knew that his boss, Jeannemarie Davis, was winning at that time.

So, getting back to our previous question, what do these results mean then?  Well, they are fairly useful tools for assessing the online capabilities of a campaign.  Typically, when one of these polls pop up, the campaigns send out messages urging their supporters to go vote for their candidate.  Assuming that they did so, these results would indicate that the Davis campaign was most proficient at this task.  By comparison, I have seen little activity either here on the ground or online from Senator Martin’s campaign in over a month.  Given his total of a mere four votes, this result mirrors this observation.

So what were my expectations?  I’ll admit that when I created this poll, I expected one of two different outcomes.  First, given the relative strength and tenacity of her supporters in the Shenandoah Valley, Susan Stimpson would win this poll.  Although she performed well early and captured second place, Davis had more than twice the vote totals of any other candidate.  Second, given the impressive online capabilities of the Pete Snyder campaign, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see him win either.  However, given his fifth place finish, either the Snyder campaign took little to no notice of this poll, or his support isn’t quite as robust as I had predicted.  Now some people have accused Davis supporters of trolling, but I really hope that they have better things to do than resetting their cookies in order to vote multiple times.

Let me conclude by tipping my hat to the Davis campaign.  Yes, they won this relatively minor poll, but, far more importantly, they continue to show that they are one of the most active lieutenant governor campaigns in the Shenandoah Valley.  At just about every political gathering in this region either Davis or one of her staffers have been faithfully promoting her campaign.  And, whether you agree or disagree with Jeannemarie’s positions, a strong and active campaign is a critical element in political success.

So, once again, I offer kudos to the Davis campaign.

As a final note, if you are looking for a more in-depth questionnaire on the 2013 RPV convention, I strongly encourage you to check out Willie Deutsch’s new poll.  It should be exciting to see his results!

Cuccinelli Opens Valley Headquarters

Around 3 PM on Saturday, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli arrived at the Republican Party headquarters in Harrisonburg to officially kick off the opening of that office.  About seventy-five people attended including several elected officials such as Delegate Ben Cline of Rockbridge County and Harrisonburg/Rockingham Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson.  Also on hand were representatives from a handful of other campaigns: Jeannemarie Davis’, Corey Stewart’s, and, of course, State Senator Mark Obenshain’s.

After a prayer and a few introductory remarks, Delegate Tony Wilt spoke to prep the crowd for Ken Cuccinelli.  The following video captures the entirety of the attorney general’s speech.

Cuccinelli & BootsOnce Ken Cuccinelli finished, Georgia Long, a 6th Congressional District State Central Party Representative, offered him a gift of flowers in a boot-shaped pot.

After Mr. Cuccinelli left, with the start of the campaign season officially underway for the Republican Party in Harrisonburg, volunteers manning the phones to begin anew the process of identifying and targeting voters.

In the Shenandoah Valley, the long and likely heated contest to select the next governor of Virginia has begun!

Pizza With Susan Stimpson

Stimpson at FrancosOn Friday evening, political activists gathered at Franco’s in Harrisonburg to meet with Susan Stimpson, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.  All in all, about twenty-five folks were in attendance, including several from as far away as Luray, VA.  The campaign offered each person pizza and a selection of soft drinks.

Rather than opening with a speech, Mrs. Stimpson greeted each attendee personally and then sat and spoke about whatever thoughts and issues happened to come up.  Laura Logie, a well-known personality in Republican circles, asked Stimpson about her close connections with Speaker Howell, a concern that is shared by many conservatives.  Susan Stimpson replied that she has had a number of political disagreements with Bill Howell since early 2012 and stated that she stands behind her political principles, not personal relationships.

Another interesting facet of the Stimpson gathering was the impressive number of younger voters.  Unlike many political events which have seen a dwindling or nonexistent number of high school students in recent years, nearly one third of the audience were twenty years old or younger.  Emily Morris, the young woman who organized “A Question of Liberty” last year, played a large part in this turnout.

As I had to leave at 5:30, I cannot report about the rest of the meeting.  Nevertheless, it is always good to see Susan Stimpson and the other Virginia statewide candidates in the Shenandoah Valley.

Dean Welty’s Picks

For many activists in the central Shenandoah Valley, Dean Welty is a very familiar name.  For those who do not know him, Mr. Welty is the Director of the Valley Family Forum, a particularly active political and religious group with ties to organizations like The Family Foundation (based in Richmond) and Focus on the Family.  Issues important to this group include: the sanctity of life, the protection of traditional marriage, promotion of school choice, and the free expression of religious freedom.

About an hour an a half ago, Dean Welty sent out an email regarding his personal choices for the three Republican candidates for statewide office as well as his reasoning.  They are as follows:

For Governor: Ken Cuccinelli

Ken Cuccinelli is the uncontested GOP candidate with an exceptional record as State Senator and as Attorney General for defending Life, Marriage and the Family, and Religious Liberty, and for his unwavering fight to protect our Constitutional rights.  There is no one better suited by character and conviction to be our next Governor.

“Related to this, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling has indicated that he may run against Cuccinelli as an independent.  If he does, that will split the vote in November and virtually guarantee Cuccinelli’s defeat. Therefore, please click on the following link in which Bolling has asked for our opinion, and respectfully urge him not to run:  http://www.billbolling.com/survey-on-the-2013-virginia-race-for-governor/.”

For Lt. Governor: E. W. Jackson

“In a crowded field of strong candidates, E.W. Jackson nevertheless stands out like none other, as reflected in his bold call for all God-fearing Americans to “Exodus Now” from the Democrat Party.  An ex-Marine, Harvard Law School graduate, business leader, and pastor, Jackson is a fighting statesman who can raise the standard and stir our hearts like no one else has been able to do.  In addition, he has been a close friend and supporter of the Forum and a powerful champion for Faith, Family, and Freedom.

“Beyond that, Jackson is a man of great vision who transcends party and politics in his commitment to restore our Judeo-Christian heritage and to defend our Constitution.  No one expresses it better than when he quotes from Thomas Paine in the fight for independence in 1776:

 ‘These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.  … Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation …, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.'”

For Attorney General:

“In a nutshell, Senator Mark Obenshain not only votes right but, even more importantly, he leads right on issues of principle that others sometimes avoid as being too “controversial”.  To cite just a few, he has led the Senate in the fight for life from conception to natural death, for marriage as only between one man and one woman, for private property rights, for religious liberty, and for quality education and choice – to name only a few.  Like Jackson, Mark has also been a close friend of the Forum and, with his wife Suzanne, received our annual Wilberforce Award in 2011.”

Whether you happen to agree with Dean Welty’s picks or not, it is beneficial for an informed voter to hear a multitude of opinions.  Use them, along with a variety of others, as you make your choice as a delegate for the May RPV convention.

Stimpson & Cuccinelli to the Burg

In the next several days, both Susan Stimpson and Ken Cuccinelli will be making stops in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

First, lieutenant governor candidate Susan Stimpson will be hosting a meet & greet on Friday evening.  This event will be taking place at Franco’s Pizza, which is located at 225 Burgess Road, from 4:30 PM to 6 PM.  Perhaps the location is better well know as being in the same shopping center as Walmart, Staples, and Barnes & Noble.  To RSVP for this event, please email RSVP@SusanStimpson.com.

Then, on Saturday, presumptive Republican gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli will be on hand for the grand opening (or reopening) of the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County GOP headquarters at 2:30 PM.  As has been the case in the last several election cycles, this office is located on 182 Neff Avenue, in the shopping center right behind the Valley Mall.  For additional information on this event, please contact Adam at ashepherd@rpv.org or call (540) 478-2690.

Yes, it is an exciting time politically here in the city of Harrisonburg as more and more candidates make campaign stops in the friendly city.  So don’t miss these opportunities to learn more about your political choices!

GOP Lt. Governor Poll

IMG_1670Everyone loves a political poll, right?  Especially when you get the opportunity to support your favorite candidate in a crowded field of seven.

So here is your chance, readers of the Virginia Conservative!  Who is your choice among the Republican candidates running for lieutenant governor?  And, if you feel like saying why you support him or her, leave a comment below.  That way everyone else can know why he or she is your top choice!

Davis & Lingamfelter in Harrisonburg

As mentioned in a previous post, both Jeannemarie Davis and Delegate Scott Lingamfelter spoke at last Friday’s Republican gathering at the Woodgrill Buffet in Harrisonburg.  Although not as large a turnout as the previous month, the attendees from the various portions of the central Shenandoah Valley still filled a good sized room.  While Mrs. Davis and her staff attended the entire meeting, Del. Lingamfelter and his staff arrived a bit late as they were held up by a previous speaking engagement in Goochland County.

For those who have not heard one or either of these two candidates, I’m pleased to present the entirety of their speeches.  If you are wondering why there is not a video of both, the battery in my camera was nearly dead and thus I had to switch to an audio recording for the second presentation.  Hopefully, this information will be useful to you as you decide amongst your choices for lieutenant governor.

The Return of The Jeffersoniad

Some astute readers may have noticed a number of links on the right side of this page under the heading “The Jeffersoniad”.  Perhaps many of you don’t know about The Jeffersoniad.  Well, to me it is a group of articulate conservative and libertarian bloggers throughout the state of Virginia who promote, not only a similar ideology, but each other as well and spread their political ideals across the internet in a respectful and civil manner.

To rewind the clock back to 2008, several bloggers within The Jeffersoniad assisted me in the early stages of this blog, the Virginia Conservative, and I was later honored when they asked me to join their group.

In recent years, however, interest in The Jeffersoniad began to dwindle.  Many conservative blogs in Virginia began to focus more on their own projects rather than promotion of the larger blogosphere.

However, today I’m pleased to share the news of the return of The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance.  Here is the press release that I received from Jason Kenney, who has been instrumental in the rebirth of this coalition, is a contributor on Bearing Drift, and operates a blog called J’s Notes:

The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance Launces New Website
Site to curate leading right-of-center political thought from Virginia bloggers

Richmond, Va – March 4, 2013 – The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, The Jeffersoniad. The new website, launching Monday, March 4, 2013, will serve as a hub for The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance and curate the leading political thought and posts of its member sites.

Starting in 2007 as a small group of like-minded bloggers, The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance has grown to include nearly forty members from twenty-one websites across Virginia. The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance members serve to drive conversations among the grassroots and represent the voice of Virginia right-of-center activists.

“Our new website will highlight the best and the brightest that the Virginia blogosphere has to offer,” said Jason Kenney, a founding member of The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance. “By showcasing thought leadership from Alliance members, The Jeffersoniad will help raise the level of discourse among political activists in the Commonwealth.”

Founded in 2007, The Jeffersoniad Blog Alliance is an organization of nearly forty right-of-center bloggers from over twenty-one websites throughout the Commonwealth. The Jeffersonaid website acts as a hub for the alliance and its readership, curating leading political thought of its member blogs. For more information, visit http://thejeffersoniad.com

An Intro To Austrian Economics

On Thursday, February 28th, the Harrisonburg branch of the Shenandoah Valley Tea Party hosted Dr. Robert Subrick at their monthly meeting.  Dr. Subrick is a Professor of Economics at James Madison University whose work has been featured in numerous publications including the Review of Austrian Economics, the Indian Journal of Economics and Business, and the American Review of Political Economy.

In his lecture, Dr. Subrick offered a brief introduction to Austrian Economics as well as an overview of many of the thoughts of the Nobel Prize winning economist and philosopher Friedrich Hayek.  News of Dr. Subrick speech brought a number of new faces to Thursday’s tea party meeting.  It should also be noted that this information is particularly important for those individuals who are unfamiliar with this important topic.

Rather than present a summation of this talk, with Dr. Subrick’s permission, I’m pleased to present a video of his speech in its entirety.  I hope that you find it both interesting and informative.