The ’93 RPV Convention

IMG_2435Earlier today, one of my friends presented me with a bag of political materials, primarily from the 1993 Virginia Republican Party Convention.  Although that convention predates my time in politics, it was fascinating to explore these items.  At the time, the George Allen campaign dubbed the ’93 RPV convention, “the largest political convention in the history of the free world”.

In case you don’t remember, that convention featured three candidates for governor: George Allen, Clint Miller, and Earle Williams, two for lieutenant governor: Mike Farris and Bobbie Kilberg, and two candidates for attorney general: G. Steven Agee and Jim Gilmore.

But what was the state of the Republican Party at the time?  Well, the RPV chairman was Patrick McSweeney.  At the federal level, the party had only four Virginia members of the House of Representatives: Herbert Bateman in the 1st, Bob Goodlatte in the 6th, Thomas Bliley in the 7th, Frank Wolf in the 10th, and one senator, John Warner.  Back then Republicans were in the minority in both the state senate and house of delegates.

The program featured three ads from Ollie North and his Virginia Action Committee, no doubt a precursor to his run for U.S. Senate the following year.

As you can see from the picture, the bag included a convention guide for delegates supportive of George Allen as well as a cowboy hat shaped fan.

Scan 38Like many political contests, this convention had its share of negativity.  This flyer, created by a group called “Reclaim the GOP Coalition” attacked the candidacy of Mike Farris.  However, this tactic proved to be unsuccessful at denying Farris the nomination.  His nomination did not condemn the entire Republican to defeat as the flyer claimed, though Farris himself was not victorious in the general election.

Besides the convention materials, the bag also contained: a copy of The Federalist Papers, a brochure from Representative Bob Goodlatte’s 1992 campaign, and a flyer from the 8th Annual Republican Advance in 1991.

All in all, an interesting time capsule from twenty years ago.

Special thanks to Amanda for these items.

One Reply to “The ’93 RPV Convention”

  1. I remember that convention. I was living in Warren County then. Mary Kay Clark and I brought about 73 delegates to that Convention from Warren County. My 3 choices – George Allen, Mike Farris and Jim Gilmore – all won – so that was an exciting convention. I did end up going to the Inauguration Dinner for Jim Gilmore. We are old buddies from College YRs. I also went to the Inauguration and my feet got extremely cold as it was a very cold day. I also went to the March for Life that year in the cold. I came down with broncitis after that. I still have some momentos from the Convention in one of my political boxes. There were a lot of home schoolers at the Convention with their children since Mike Farris was the lawyer for home schoolers – Home School Legal Defense Foundation. I was the bookkeeper at Seton Home Study School so I knew a lot of home schoolers and they supported Mike Farris. I still have a Mike Farris lime green T Shirt.

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