With the 8th District Convention coming up on May 12, it is time to look at some of the votes that will be taking place. As you know, I am a Ron Paul supporter and will be supporting their slate of delegates at the convention. Additionally, I will be supporting George Croft for Presidential Elector.
George has been a hard worker within the Republican party. He has been a strong supporter of Liberty (not to mention that he supported Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli), and I could not imagine a better elector to join the delegates who stand for liberty.
While the other elector (Barbara Bowie-Whitman) is part of the Conservative Coalition slate and offers an impressive resume as well, I am just not impressed by her candidacy and was recently taken aback by a recent email she sent to convention attendees. Additionally, it was a robo call I received that added to my lack of enthusiasm for this slate.
We need strong candidates who stand for liberty, in addition to the principles that Ron Paul fights for every day.
I don’t normally like to make endorsements very often (except in the case of Bob Marshall and Ron Paul), but this endorsement is one that I meant to post last week. However, work commitments have gotten the best of me recently, and I have not been able to blog as often.
With the recent decision by Anthony Bedell deciding not to run for another term, there will be a convention on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at West Springfield High School to decide who will be the next county chairman. There have been two candidates, who have decided to run. Both candidates offer a great vision for moving the Fairfax County Republican Committee forward. Jay McConville is running for Chairman, and McConville lives in the Mount Vernon District. He has really stepped up to the plate to help the party out, and he was a former candidate, who once ran for Delegate.
While McConville is a great candidate, there is one who has worked tirelessly over the years to move the party forward. Matt Ames, who currently serves as the Director of Operations for FCRC and Providence District Chairman, is also running.
Ames is hardworking, and he offers a lot in terms of advancing our party for the future. Running on a strong platform, Ames plans to create stability and continuity by laying out specific goals for victory from 2012 to 2016. Ames also has a strategic plan that would consist of operational and fundraising components, and this would be implemented within 90 days of his election.
While both candidates are great individuals who are dedicated towards moving Fairfax County Republican Committee towards victory, Ames wins my endorsement. His plan makes sense and can definitely be attained with the right strategy.
Good news! Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is out of consideration for the Republican nomination in 2012. Now, Donald Trump has decided not to run either.
“This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country,” Trump said. “I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.”
Well, the only thing that would make this news sweeter is Newt Gingrich withdrawing from the race. In my eyes, Gingrich completely ruined himself after blasting Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) Medicare plan as being “right-wing social engineering.” In the Wall Street Journal article, Gingrich mentioned that many in the Republican party are not comfortable by mandating health insurance and that it should be up to the state to mandate such coverage. There are also other decisions that could damage Gingrich in his bid towards the nomination.
I’ll let this voter echo my sentiment.
While I am glad that Trump and Huckabee are out of the running, I will be even more excited when Gingrich leaves the race and we get a strong principled candidate running in 2012.
Things are beginning to heat up in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District Republican nominating contest. After the 5th Congressional District committee decided to utilize a primary to decide who the nominee will be, there is still a push for a convention.
Mike McPadden, who is running for the nomination has urged the other conservative candidates in the race to join him in endorsing and supporting a “US House of Representatives VA-5 Conservative Convention” to nominate one conservative candidate to go against State Senator Robert Hurt in the June 8th Republican Primary.
Inside the Fifth District the idea of a Conservative Convention is gaining traction. Outside the Fifth District national grass roots organizers have offered to fund the Conservative Fifth District Convention in March or April.
According to Mike McPadden, what has precipitated this call is that in December, Tea Party Patriots, Grass Root Republicans, and other conservatives spoke loud and clear to have a nominating convention instead of a very costly primary. Unfortunately their hopes were dashed when the leadership of the Fifth District voted by secret ballot for a primary.
McPadden says, “We must do everything we can to ensure out in the open that our next Congressman is a strict Constitutionalist who upholds the conservative values of lower taxes and limited government.”
Convinced that uniting in a Conservative Convention will bring about a positive outcome, McPadden states, “The grass roots of the Republican Party will have their voices heard and their votes counted. Second, deliberately narrowing the Fifth District field to two candidates will increase the odds that a conservative will win the nomination. And third, it could turn the tide of moderate leanings from within the Republican Party and restore the ‘Big Tent’ party of Reagan to its conservative moorings.”
WDBJ-7 reports that all three Republican statewide candidates are leading in their respective polls. SurveyUSA conducted the poll, and the results show Bob McDonnell holding a 15-point lead over Creigh Deeds. The results also show Bill Bolling leading Jody Wagner by 12 points, and Ken Cuccinelli leading Steve Shannon by 11 points.
This is good news for Republicans going into the fall.