Congratulations to Fred Anderson for holding on to Chairman with a slim margin of 10 votes. He unselfishly gives of his time and energy and was not deserving of the smear tactics used against him.
Jim Crosby of Botetourt County lost the Chairmanship race. While more actual people were there supporting Jim, each of them didn't carry enough delegate votes and he was turned back. I doubt this will be the end of Jim and his tactics. His mission is to run against those Republicans that don't 100% agree with him. I wouldn't count anyone safe from his attack including our Congressman.
Jeff Frederick was at the Convention and didn't seem harmed by his comment that he was glad to be in the 5th Congressional District. He had a loud positive response. If this is any indication, he has a real shot at Chairman.
Bob Marshall was a no show. Now I don't really understand this. This is a very Republican District and most everyone there will be attending the Convention. I would say most lean to Gilmore but with Frederick's response, Marshall could have taken the house with a hand shake and decent speech. Maybe he was at the 7th District Convention that had more people but so was Hager and he was able to make it to Lexington. This nomination is still not in the bag for Gilmore but so far I don't see Marshall doing what it takes to be competitive.
Kurt Michael was confirmed as Augusta County Chairman. Congratulations! I was able to sit in on the credentials subcommittee on Saturday and he is an impressive and detailed man. This should be the end to this disruption in our party. Let's move on.
Well not quite so fast. What disappointed me was the argument pressed by Dr. Micheal from Augusta that those attending the 6th District Convention that were not certified in his half of the April 10th Augusta County mass meeting should not be seated as delegates. My understanding it was a total of 5 people--come on. Whether or not these 5 were handled properly in the Augusta mass meeting, it was clearly their intent to be a delegate. They were allowed to vote by provisional ballot. That means their vote doesn't matter unless the count was close enough for a challenge. Regardless of these 5 individuals reasons for being there on Saturday, what does it say about us a party? This was a great opportuntity for Dr. Micheal to take the high road and argue they be allowed to participate if they gave up their Saturday to be in attendance. It bothers me that citizens outside our difficult to understand process are given the message that we don't want them to join us. Too bad.
Lastly Don Huffman, former state party chair from Roanoke, spoke on behalf of Jim Gilmore. One of his comments struck me like a ton of bricks. He said that he has never spoken ill of another Republican. What? Radio ads and recorded telephone messages went out from Mr. Huffman last June attacking me in the nastitest of ways. He called me a liberal and not worthy of serving in office. This without providing any factual basis for making the claim. For him to make this statement one of three things have to be true. One, someone was using his name and voice to attack me. If so, as a lawyer he should sue. Second, he has no problem lying through his teeth. In that case whatever he said for Gilmore is suspect. Third, he's getting up there in age and memory of past actions is no longer his strong suit. No matter which ever is true, it's time to hang it up Don.