On Thursday evening, the Ed Gillespie campaign held another gathering in the Shenandoah Valley, this time at the Holiday Inn right off of Interstate 81 in Staunton. The advertised guest of the evening was Matt Bevin, the governor of Kentucky. Curiously, the room was set up with a stage against the middle wall with three padded chairs and a couple of tables. Unlike other events, I didn’t recognize a majority of the folks in the crowd.
The Commonwealth Attorney for Augusta County, Tim Martin, gave a welcome, Travis Witt, the former leader of the tea party federation, offered the prayer, and Augusta County Supervisor Marshall Pattie led the group in the pledge of allegiance.
The three of them spoke amongst themselves about Gillespie’s campaign for governor as well as Bevin’s experiences as governor of Kentucky. Afterward, they took a series of pre-submitted questions from the audience. While this was going on, I thought of a question I wanted to ask regarding political freedom and spoke with the staffer handling such things, but, unfortunately, weren’t able to take it.
In conclusion, Governor Bevin invited all of the attendees to put a Gillespie bumper sticker on their cars as well as get their photo taken with Mr. Gillespie to which Ed Gillespie suggested that the governor ought to join in as well.
Overall, the event was well attended for a Thursday evening as pretty much every seat was filled. Governor Matt Bevin expressed strong support for Ed Gillespie which helps bolster Gillespie’s credibility. Snyder, Gillespie, and Bevin all added some humorous moments to the gathering. And, perhaps most importantly, unlike their last event in Harrisonburg, several people in the crowd had an opportunity to participate in the discussion.
Compared to his 2014 campaign for U.S. Senate, Ed Gillespie’s campaign for governor seems significantly improved, spending more time discussing substantive issues, and bringing impressive political figures, like Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin onboard.