I hope you all had an opportunity to attend the state Republican convention in Richmond this weekend. Overall I think it went quite well and here are my thoughts on what happened.
First of all, I should mention that I supported Bob Marshall for U.S. Senate and Jeff Frederick for Party Chairman. I strongly believe that these were the two candidates who best represented my conservative values. Of course, the results were a mixed bag.
The U.S. Senate
Bob Marshall lost by only the slimmest of margins, losing by about 60 votes out of over 1,000 cast. For those like me, who greatly wanted to see Del. Marshall elected, it was a heartbreaking loss. In my hometown, Harrisonburg, I was the lone vote for Del. Marshall. One out of nine. Needless to say, I felt a bit out of place waving my Marshall sign among the Gilmore supporters, but I’m used to being the lone voice in the crowd from time to time. As a mixed blessing, we were seated in front of the city of Lynchburg, and while they had a number of vocal Marshall supporters, I sincerely wish they had shown about a bit more respect to the former Governor. I felt their booing gave the rest of us a bad name. The 6th district as a whole went for Gilmore, but only by a little over 20 votes. It was amazing that most congressional districts supported one candidate very heavily with 2 to 1 and 3 to 2 margins being common. In the end, we came up just a little short. I suppose the hardest losses are the ones that could have been won.
The RPV Chairman
Del. Frederick easily won election to the post though official results were not given to the mass public. For the Harrisonburg delegates the vote was 7 to 2 in favor of Frederick. Not only that, but in the 6th district Jeff Fredrick won every single county and city with the exception of Roanoke City where it was tied. I suspect the result was somewhere between 60 to 70 percent in his favor. I do confess that I feel a little bad for former Chairman Hager, losing decisively as he did, but we needed desperately needed a change. I felt that the RPV has ignored the western part of the state for too long and the losses in the General Assembly were avoidable. Let us hope that both situations will be reversed soon.
It was great to meet so many Republicans across the state. The hospitality suites were a perfect way to get in contact with the candidates, their supporters, and other related groups. In fact, if not for the fine people at thejeffersoniad.com, I would not be writing here now. Special thanks.
Well, that’s all for now. Talk to you again soon.