Last night, while attending a meeting of the JMU College Republicans, I received word from the Marshall Pattie campaign that Dan Moxley had resigned his chairmanship of the Augusta County Republican Party. For the record, both Pattie and Moxley are challenging State Senator Emmett Hanger (R-24) for the Republican nomination in the 24th district in 2015.
The Augusta County GOP has been in a renewed turmoil as of late. Not only is has there been tension between the Moxley and Pattie camps, but a recent disagreement over the Republican nomination for a county supervisor position made the situation far more tenuous. Rumors were rampant that some Pattie supporters were attempting to launch a coup in order to remove Moxley from his position as chairman.
Nevertheless, this news of resignation did come as a surprise to me and thus I sought additional verification. Yesterday, the following message was posted on the Augusta County Republican Facebook page:
From the ACRC Chairman, Dan Moxley:
Dear Committee Members,
I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign as Chairman of the Augusta County Republican committee, effective immediately. I appreciate the opportunity I was given to serve in this capacity. The responsibilities of family, business, the critical 2014 US senate race, and my own Commonwealth senate race of 2015, necessitate that I leave the extensive administrative duties of the county committee to another individual. I look forward to working together with you to elect Congressman Bob Goodlatte and nominee Ed Gillespie this November.
Daniel J. Moxley
Although Augusta is one of the most Republican counties in the state of Virginia, the county has been plagued by years of political infighting. Although the actors may be different, the Pattie/Moxley feud is not a new phenomenon, but rather a continuation of a long-standing rivalry for the direction of the Augusta County GOP. Regardless of whomever will be the new chairman of the party, one thing is relatively certain; the war for Augusta is not over yet.