Since announcing his bid for the Republican nomination for the 2014 U.S. Senate race, a multitude of activists and elected officials have quickly thrown their support behind former RPV and RNC chairman Ed Gillespie. Curiously, although Gillespie’s campaign faithfully adds every new endorsement to their campaign website, there is practically no mention of where Gillespie stands on the issues. Several weeks ago I called his campaign to highlight this omission.
On Friday, February 7th, Mr. Gillespie came to speak at First Friday, the monthly gathering of Republicans and conservatives at the Wood Grill Buffet in Harrisonburg. He spoke for about 30 minutes. Although he provided interesting details about his family and his previous experiences, again there was little mention of actual policy positions with the exception of his opposition to Obamacare and his pro-life stance.
During the question and answer period, Karen Kwiatkowski asked him about civil liberties but didn’t get a particularly detailed response. I raised my hand to voice my thoughts as well, but was not recognized.
Once the event had concluded, I got the chance to ask Mr. Gillespie one-on-one about his website deficiency. He explained that his campaign was still new and that his staff has not had sufficient time to outline his positions. However, he did state that his website would include this information by the early part of next (this) week.
Well, the week is just about half over and still the Gillespie website is devoid of any substantive policy positions. I don’t know about you, but I have trouble getting excited about a candidate whom I know nothing about. Due to what I would assume (in part) is a lack of direct information coupled with his work alongside folks like Karl Rove, many of my conservative and liberty-minded friends have declared Gillespie to be another big government Republican; so far I cannot find anything to refute these allegations. Will Mr. Gillespie continue along his present course, remaining silent on the issues until the convention, relying on his massive number of endorsements and campaign war chest to carry him to victory at the Republican convention? Either for good or ill, will Republican delegates know whom they could potentially be nominating to challenge Senator Mark Warner?
Inquiring minds and informed voters need to know. Ideologically he might be an excellent candidate or he might be poor. Where does Ed Gillespie stand?