The Virginia Black Conservative Forum echoes the call from RPV Chairman Pat Mullins for the resignation of Bob FitzSimmonds as RPV treasurer.
To tolerate this sort of language from a sitting party officer is no different than standing idly by while a Republican’s rhetoric offends those in our community. As conscience demands our response in those instances, so it is demanded here.
Party officers are held to a higher standard to carry themselves in a professional manner, being constantly aware of how their actions and words can adversely affect the work of Republicans across the Commonwealth.
FitzSimmonds has failed that standard, and as such, should offer his resignation immediately. -VBC
You may have heard about all of the faux outrage directed towards Republican State Senator, Steve Martin, following his comments about Planned Parenthood on Facebook. If not, get caught up here.
What I found funny, and somewhat ironic, was Virginia NARAL’s response to the comments on Twitter. Here is what they instructed their followers to do:
As you might imagine, it didn’t take too long for me to craft a response summed up in my own picture:
Here are the two people that actually responded to me:
…and we’re the extremists?
(GUEST POST FROM MATTHEW CHEATHAM)
If you type “George Allen” in a Google search, the next word Google suggests is “macaca”. Never mind the fact that he was the 67th Governor of Virginia, a United States Senator, a Congressman… This is 2014, and after over three decades in politics, his liabilities are instantly defined by toxicity. The great Google has spoken – the very next word people search for after typing his name into their search engine is a racial slur.
An emblem of the Bush years, sailing high in 2006 and ready to cruise to victory as the next senator to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia. That is, until that fateful August day where a campaign-tired Allen showed his true colors after being followed campaign stop to campaign stop by a Democratic Party operative and uttered a racial slur heard ‘round the world, which invariably sealed his senatorial demise just three months later with a soured public image.
During this time when Allen was on top of his game and was very seriously considered a top prospect for President of the United States by many conservatives, he supported an array of troublesome causes: the PATRIOT Act, No Child Left Behind, loosened requirements on cell phone tapping, raising the debt ceiling – four times!, Troubled Asset Relief Program, ethanol subsidies, and didn’t meet a single defense spending bill or foreign policy initiative that he didn’t think was too hawkish. Not to mention once opposing MLK Day. George Allen represents the Bush era – a neoconservative hodgepodge of bloated foreign policy, diminished civil liberties in the name of security, and a consistent swelling of government spending and debt. Yet, the mere familiarity of the Allen name in Virginia politics was enough for Republican voters to blissfully select Allen as their nominee to go up against Tim Kaine in 2012 after the embarrassing campaign against Webb. After losing by 4 points, there were no third party candidates to blame, no unpopular incumbent to tie a joint-noose to Allen… So – is Allen going to run perennially for yet another Senate campaign? Doubtful; but why would he with prospective Republican nominee Ed Gillespie in the race? Gillespie, like Allen, is just another arm of the Virginia political establishment.
The 2014 midterm elections are poised to be a slam dunk for Republicans, and many will be following the race against Mark Warner, one of the richest members of Congress. It will be an all-out brawl in a purple state whose senior senator enjoys a decent approval rating, and his perceived moderation on many issues makes him less polarizing than Tim Kaine. Yes, he’s been on the wrong side of plenty of votes, and will likely get hammered on Obamacare; but he will be a tough opponent to defeat regardless. A recent Christopher Newport University poll concluded that Warner enjoys a 50% to 30% against prospective Republican nominee Ed Gillespie, with 18% undecided (which is to be expected because Gillespie hasn’t even been nominated yet), and Warner’s 63% job approval rating makes him among the most popular politicians in the Commonwealth. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/new-va-poll-warner-has-wide-lead-over-gillespie-mcdonnell-remains-popular/2014/01/23/b8e55452-8442-11e3-8099-9181471f7aaf_story.html
Many Republicans have circulated the notion that Gillespie has the best shot at beating Warner: “Virginia political observer Kyle Kondik this month moved the Virginia race from “safe Democratic” to “likely Democratic” based on Mr. Gillespie’s strength as a candidate and ability to raise funds for a serious challenge.”
He’s a serious contender, they say. I’m not convinced that this is a good idea.
In 2006, Gillespie became the treasurer of George Allen’s Good Government for America PAC. “I am a big fan of Sen. Allen’s,” Gillespie, a fellow Virginian, said in a brief interview. “I’m proud that he’s my Senator.” http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/ed_gillespie_joins_george_allens_team_/ In his earlier years, Gillespie helped craft the 1994 “Contract with America” and was chair of the RNC from 2002-05, and was later the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia until 2007, until President Bush asked Gillespie to be a counselor. While working in the Bush administration, he helped to package the Wall Street bailouts and the rampant deficit spending – two issues that were integral in forming the Tea Party. Gillespie was also the McDonnell for Governor campaign’s General Chairman in 2009, and co-created both American CrossRoads PAC and CrossRoads GPS in 2010 with Karl Rove – which last year declared its support of moderate Republicans in primary races, effectively putting Tea Party candidates in its crosshairs. http://www.politico.com//story/2013/11/gop-super-pacs-tea-party-99583.html Gillespie left the PAC to serve as a senior advisor to Mitt Romney in 2012. Given his past associations and endeavors, Gillespie is almost a caricature of “DC Insider” – the insult most easily thrown around on radio ads by one’s opponents. This is all beginning to resemble a grotesque zombie lurching out of a political graveyard, and none of it should be very appealing to Tea Partiers.
Now Gillespie, as a candidate for political office, has come out against the burst of federal spending under Bush (when he was Bush’s counselor). http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/26/gop-senate-hopeful-in-virginia-ed-gillespie-takes-/?page=1 The reason being loyalty to those he’s advised – which, granted, may be important to a friendship, but when those policies threaten American prosperity and disagree with his conscience, shouldn’t he have spoken up? I’ve been willing to give first-time candidates the benefit of the doubt when words leave their lips, but my faith in Gillespie not continuing the policies of those he advised is quite non-existent. Warner may be guilty by association with Obama, but the same could be easily speculated against Gillespie – just that his voice in the ears of those he advised weren’t as clear as Warner’s votes on the Senate floor.
I get it – we want to retire Mark Warner. And given Gillespie’s history of big-dollar business and lobbying and fundraising, political consultation, and years of service in the Republican Party, he’s obviously a strong front runner. But what will be gained if he is elected? At the end of the day, how will the United States be better off – replacing a lackluster (D) with what convention wisdom suggests will be a lackluster (R)? Elections, no matter how counterintuitive it may seem, is not all about winning – it’s about messaging. Sometimes a good kick in the teeth can bring a sense of self-reflection to better your future endeavors, and Republicans seem to like getting kicked in the teeth again and again without wanting to adapt. Republicans are suffering an image problem and a policy problem; nominating people who created this fallout shouldn’t be the ones to rescue the sinking ship. Only 25% of Americans now identify with the Republican Party – the lowest in a quarter-century. http://www.gallup.com/poll/166763/record-high-americans-identify-independents.aspx
I believe that there’s a brighter future for the collective of libertarians, conservatives, Tea Partiers, and Constitutionalists if we allow it – and it involves a sensible foreign policy, protection of civil liberties, a positive tone, a legitimate outreach to disaffected demographics, honest reflection of policy, new blood, and effective argumentation. From what I can see, Ed Gillespie’s campaign will not ring true to any of these.
Beware of where you tread, Tea Party.
Posted February 1, 2014 (GOP.com)
WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus and Co-Chairman Sharon Day released the following statement celebrating Black History Month:
“Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time to celebrate the influence of African Americans in every aspect of our country’s life. Throughout the month, Republicans will honor black history and pay tribute to the impact that generations of African Americans have had on our nation and our Party,” said Chairman Priebus.
“As chairman, I’m particularly mindful of the many African Americans who have shaped our Party—from its earliest days as a small group of abolitionists through today. We remember individuals like the great reformer and orator Frederick Douglass and the first black congressman Hiram Revels, and we celebrate today’s leaders like Condoleezza Rice, the first black female Secretary of State, and Senator Tim Scott, the first black Senator from the South in over a century.”
“During Black History Month, we remember our past as we look to build the future,” said Co-Chairman Sharon Day. “The Party continues to stand proudly on the principles of individual freedom and equal opportunity for all, which have guided us from our earliest days. But we do recognize we must strive to build stronger relationships in the black community. That’s why we’ve made a commitment to having a presence where people live, work, and worship. It’s our opportunity to listen to voter concerns and share our hearts and ideas.”
Yells of “RINO” and “Liberty” and especially Who? were heard Saturday evening when the deadline came and went for folks to file in the U. S Senate race for the chance to take on Senator Mark Warner. The Convention to be held in far away (from me) Roanoke will be held Saturday, June 7, 2014. Here is the list of file candidates:
* Edward “Ed” Gillespie, of Alexandria, a communications consultant, former White House aide, and former chairman of the Republican National Committee.
* Anthony “Tony” DeTora, of Fredericksburg, a senior policy adviser for a member of Congress.
* Wayshak “Shak” Hill, of Centreville, retired Air Force pilot and financial planning consultant.
* Charles “Chuck” Moss, of Nokesville, owner of a small network consulting business.
The Convention is going to definitely be interesting….the question is will all four make it to the convention?
The other night, President Obama said, “too many young people entering the workforce today will see the American Dream as an empty promise.”
That’s one thing we can agree on–in fact, the State of the Union for young Americans is worse than it has been since the Great Depression.
- America has the highest structural youth unemployment ever.
- Half of recent grads have jobs that don’t require degrees.
- Student loan defaults are at an all-time high.
- Black youth unemployment is at 36%.
- Young Americans’ health insurance premiums going up as much as
200%, 45% on average thanks to Obamacare.
In short, President Obama’s policies are creating a permanent underclass of young people in the country. That’s why half of Millennials believe that our future will be worse than our parent’s past.
Neither party is really fighting for the next generation, and I’m disappointed that none of the speeches last night addressed the unemployment crisis facing our nation’s young people.
It’s time for Republicans to lead and start fighting for our nation’s vulnerable. It’s time to make those negatively affected by Obama’s policies the future faces of our Party. It’s time to let them know that conservative policies can help their daily lives.
The challenge I make to conservative candidates and leaders, including myself, is simple: Let’s start campaigning in younger areas–on college campuses, in apartment complexes, at concerts, and during all times of the year.
It’s our only shot at winning elections statewide in the next decade, and more importantly, it’s our only shot at stopping young Americans’ economic misery.
President, Springboard Media Strategies LLC