The Race for the 6th District

While other several other congressional districts decide who will be their Republican nominee for the House of Representatives, here in the 6th District we have an important decision to make as well.  Obviously Bob Goodlatte will be our candidate of choice.  But who will be the new 6th District Chairman?  For a little while, the race was between longtime activist and Western RPV Vice-Chairwoman Trixie Averill and Greg Habeeb, Chairman of the Salem GOP.  With Mr. Habeeb’s recent and sudden departure from the race, I figured the election was over.  However, now a new challenger has emerged from Botetourt, the Vice-Chairman of the County Party, Danny Goad.  Here is an email announcement I received earlier today:

Danny H. Goad Announces He Is Running For Chairman of Republican Party, Sixth Congressional District

Danny H. Goad

February 22, 2010

Citizens of the Sixth Congressional District,

It is with great anticipation and a strong sense of duty to serve that I write to you.  After encouragement of many throughout the district I want to let you know that I am running for Chairman of the Republican Party of the Sixth Congressional District of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  I believe as a nation and a state our best days are yet to come and that freedom fought and died for by our Founders is resurging. Great encouragement should be taken in the activity we are seeing in groups in our localities like the tea parties and Constitutional advocacy groups.  For freedom to endure we must set the stage for it to be nurtured.  We cannot sit idly by and think that business as usual will accomplish the task.  We must be deliberate in what we do.  We must have a plan for correcting the things that we are not doing well as the Republican Party.

As Chairman of the Sixth Congressional District I will work hard to strengthen the local units in accomplishing our stated goals and to grow the Party.  The purpose of the Republican Party is threefold. First, we have an obligation to advocate the principles of the Republican Party and represent those electing us in our respective
units.  Second, we have an obligation to work hard to get Republican candidates elected to office.  Lastly, we have an obligation to assist elected Republican office holders as they have need to attend meetings or otherwise assist them.  I believe the Sixth Congressional District does a good job working on campaigns and assisting elected Republicans.

As we reflect on the events of the last year we recognize that our district is not what it was one year ago.  Something has changed. Citizens are on their own volition speaking out in a constructive manner on the issues of liberty and the role of government.  Once again citizens are talking about the Constitution like it means what it says.  While Republicans recognize that this resurgence of liberty is a good thing, we must be true to ourselves and acknowledge it did not originate in the Republican Party.  We must ask ourselves right here in the Sixth District what we must do differently to nurture this freedom.

We have a great opportunity to participate in this renewal of freedom. Our greatest strength is our principles.  What we say we believe is the only thing that makes us different from the Democrat Party.  The principles of the Republican Party are quite simple and are expressed concisely in the Virginia Republican Creed.  Of particular note is the fourth clause of the Creed which refers to Constitutional limitations. As I have intently listened to many citizen groups in the last year I get the sense they feel the Republican Party has let them down in the Party’s failure to abide by Constitutional limitations.  Specifically, they say, “On what authority does the federal government have the permission to dictate what health care plan we have?  On what authority do you pass the TARP legislation and provide no accounting of the funds?  On what authority do you pass ex post facto legislation that targets specific individuals and takes their assets?”  These are but a few examples of concerns of the citizen’s groups.  Many citizens feel to a large degree that the response of the Republican Party has been silence.  Recognizing our weakness is the first step in gaining the confidence of those who feel our actions do not match our rhetoric.  As Chairman of the Sixth District I will not be silent on these issues.

We declare that we are a grassroots organization when we need someone to volunteer with the campaign but we sometimes cringe when we are asked by a volunteer why an elected Republican took a certain position on an issue.  I think this is a natural human response.  We don’t like it when the actions of elected representatives that we campaigned for are questioned.  However, we must be willing to hear the concerns of citizens and be willing to advocate for them when we view their concern and recognize it as consistent with the Republican Creed and Constitution.

The Sixth District Republican Party has the opportunity to embrace freedom in a manner not paralleled in recent history.  If we embrace the principles espoused in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, the Republican Party will grow.  As Chairman I will lead that effort.

Very briefly I will tell you some of my political experience and I’ll follow-up with more at a later time.  In 1992, I joined the Republican Party and went to my first state convention in Salem.  In 1993, I was elected Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Hampton and was responsible for organizing the city-wide campaign of more than 300 volunteers.  Simultaneously, I was City Coordinator for Mike Farris for Lieutenant Governor.  1994-Elected to Hampton City School Board, organized North for Senate campaign in Hampton.  1997, 1998-Elected Chairman of the Giles County Republican Committee.  2001-SW VA Area Director Jay Katzen for Lt. Governor.  2006,2008-Elected Vice-Chairman of the Botetourt County Republican Committee.  I have a record of growing the Republican Party.

By trade I am a Mechanical Engineer, licensed in two states, and hold an engineering degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the College of William and Mary.  I am also a graduate of The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding.

I am married and have six children.

We have a fantastic opportunity to more fully embrace the ideals of our Founders: the opportunity to pass a greater freedom to our posterity.  Let’s work together to promote liberty in the Sixth District. Will you join me in reaching out to Virginians who share our vision of limited government who have not been active in a political party?  Will you join me in my campaign for Chairman of the Sixth Congressional District?  Please call or email me and I will let you know how you can get involved in my campaign.
Sincerely,

Danny H. Goad

(540)354-9556

dhgoadpe@msn.com

This race should be interesting.  Having worked for Trixie Averill back in 2006, I can attest that she is, without a doubt, one of the most hardworking and committed persons that I have ever met.  Most GOP activists in the 6th district not only know who she is, but also like her.  On the other hand, although I haven’t personally met Danny Goad, I have read and written about some of the many positive actions taken by the Botetourt Committee.  In addition, I greatly appreciate his strong statement in favor of limited government and the 10th amendment.

I’m looking forward to learning more about both.  With that thought in mind, Trixie Averill will be attending the First Friday lunch this week in Harrisonburg, so I encourage you to go if you are free.  Once I know when Danny Goad is coming, I’ll share that information too.

And so it begins…

Botetourt’s Stand

As I mentioned in a post back in 2008, Republican activists and politicians would do well to remember the tenants of the Virginia Republican Creed.  These include such “radical” concepts like following the Constitution, observing fiscal responsibility, and promoting a moral backdrop for our society.  Sadly, such thinking has fallen out of favor with some of our leaders and representatives both here in Virginia and in Washington.  However, I’m pleased to say that our friends and allies in Botetourt County have taken a stand for these principles and our creed.  A few days ago, the following release arrived in my inbox:

Botetourt County Republican Party Acceptance of Republican Candidates

Whereas, the Republican Party of Virginia has adopted core principles as expressed in the Virginia Republican Creed, namely,

Virginia Republican Creed

That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,

That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,

That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,

That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,

That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense,

That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.

Whereas, the Botetourt County Republican Party heartily endorses its nominees for elective office,

Whereas, the Botetourt County Republican Party and its volunteers work tirelessly to elect candidates that support the U. S. Constitution and the Virginia Republican Creed,

Whereas, the Botetourt County Republican Party strongly supports the efforts of grassroots activists and supports policies which elevate the voice of grassroots supporters,

Whereas, an elected nominee or representative can supplant the voice of the people for a time and do much damage to the reputation and integrity of the Republican Party,

Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Botetourt County Republican Party shall consider only prospective candidates for nomination that accept as their guiding principles those laid out in the Virginia Republican Creed,

Be it Resolved, that the Botetourt County Republican Party shall consider only prospective candidates for nomination that support the United States Constitution as it was intended by our Founding Fathers,

Be it Resolved, that the Botetourt County Republican Party shall consider only prospective candidates that support the local Republican Party as well as its nominees,

Be it Further Resolved, that the Botetourt County Republican Party shall consider public support of a candidate of a party other than the Republican Party by an elected official as prima facie evidence that the elected official no longer desires to be affiliated with the Botetourt County Republican Party.

In order to be a functioning, coherent, and successful party, we must agree to a certain set of basic principles.  If we cannot rally behind something as fundamental as the creed, then for what do we truly stand?  Don’t we need to hold our politicians accountable as both Republicans and Virginians?  Otherwise, what makes Virginia Republicans Virginia Republicans?  Therefore, if you agree with the Creed of the Republican Party of Virginia and the Botetourt County GOP resolution, I suggest two actions.  First, insist that your local city or county committee make a stand in support of the creed.  Second, send a word of thanks and encouragement to the Botetourt County Republican Party.  To borrow a quote from Martin Luther, “Here I stand.  I can do no other.  God help me.”

Modeling Botetourt

A few days ago, I found a rather interesting press release in my email inbox.  It came from a member of the Botetourt County GOP, one of our conservative friends and allies, and it reads:

Botetourt Co. Republican Committee Unanimously Passes Resolutions
Botetourt County’s Republican Committee has passed one resolution supporting the tea parties and a second resolution voicing its support for state sovereignty.

Fincastle, VA – April 27, 2009 – The Botetourt County Republican Committee unanimously passed two resolutions at their April meeting.  The first commends those participating in the Tea Parties and invites them to join the Botetourt County Republican Party. The second resolution commends Texas for passing a state sovereignty bill in support of the Tenth Amendment, and calls upon Virginia’s Legislature and Governor to pass Virginia’s state sovereignty bill – HR 61.  The Botetourt County Republican Party believes the unanimous passage of these resolutions will not only send a strong message to Virginia’s elected representatives but also to the Republican Party.
The Botetourt County Republican Party hopes both resolutions will send a clear signal to Virginia’s citizens: there is a renewed willingness in the Virginia Republican Party to stand up for your Constitutional rights.  Danny H Goad, Vice Chair of the Botetourt County Republican Party summed it up this way, “We are the party of the people and the passage of these resolutions further demonstrates that.”
In passing the second measure, the Botetourt Co. Republican Party leads the way for other Party units in Virginia to call upon their elected state legislators to pass HR 61 – which will strengthen the Commonwealth of Virginia’s assertion of its sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.  Delegate Fralin who represents part of Roanoke and Botetourt is a sponsor of the bill.
Contact:
Mr. Douglas Gimbert
Chairman
Botetourt County Republican Party
Tel: 540-353-4028

As you would imagine, I’m quite impressed by these resolutions.  When it comes to the issue of the tea parties, it is notable to see the Botetourt Republicans boldly reaching out to the community at large.  I’d bet that a number of folks who participated in the tea parties have never really gotten involved in politics before then.  They don’t really care about the differences between Republicans and Democrats, liberals or conservatives.  They just know that the federal government takes far too much of their money and they want it back.  It is a very important realization and one that if vocally embraced by a majority of citizens, would create a tremendous backlash against the federal government and might just even create the change we desperately need.  The Virginia Republican philosophy, not that bull neo-con crap that has led both our party and country astray, of limited government and personal responsibility, is the message that will resonate with these people.  That ideology, firmly held, rationally explained, and decidedly implemented, will restore our liberty and restrain our government to its proper role.  I therefore applaud the efforts of the Botetourt Republicans in this regard and wish them well in their efforts to grow the party and the movement.  County and city committees throughout this state would do well to follow the example of Botetourt.

The second resolution was equally important, if not more so, as the first.  As you know, states across this nation have been reclaiming their rights unconstitutionally stolen by the federal government under the guise of “promoting the general welfare”.  It’s high time that Virginia did the same.  I’m a bit embarrassed to say that I somehow missed HR 61, as the 10th Amendment is extremely important.  Nevertheless, I’m planning to speak with both my Delegate and State Senator (or their staffs) about this resolution to learn both their insight in the matter as well as their role, if any, in guiding or opposing the resolution in the General Assembly.  Therefore, once I have a bit more information I’ll revisit this topic.

Thanks again Botetourt County for standing up for our principles!  I’m looking forward to meeting you all at the convention in a handful of weeks.  As for the rest of the state, isn’t it time for your own county or city committee to do likewise?