Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Botetourt Power Grab

The Botetourt based power grab that started with Senator Brandon Bell’s ouster in a party primary now continues with former County Chairman Jim Crosby looking to unseat Fred Anderson as 6th District Chairman.

This move isn’t about Fred. Just as the primary wasn’t about Brandon’s voting record—which explains why no one ever really talked about it. They just said Brandon wasn’t “conservative” enough. The Primary and this challenge to Fred are both about Jim Crosby and his cronies’ desire to consolidate and control power within the Party. Don’t be fooled with talk of rebuilding and growth. Jim might be able to say he cares about expanding and growing our Party—but he can’t do it with a straight face. These folks are in the business of purging the Party of those they don’t agree with. The smaller the Party gets, the more power individuals like Jim will wield.

So how does one go about discrediting and defeating a Party stalwart like Fred Anderson? It’s simple. You lie. The whisper campaign has already started that Fred Anderson isn’t a “true conservative”. If you can’t beat your opponent by talking about issues and facts, you just make stuff up. It’s politics at its worst and no one does it better than Jim Crosby.

Does anyone really believe that Fred Anderson is not a dedicated, conservative member of our party? I would laugh the whole thing off if I hadn’t seen this very strategy work in the past. I’ve known Fred for a long time and I know what kind of leader he is. Fred is not a divisive leader. He is a consensus builder. Fred Anderson is an honest man and is dedicated to the success of the Republican Party and our candidates. He is the kind of leader we need in the 6th District right now. I wish I could say the same about Jim Crosby.

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