Planned Parenthood’s Virginia affiliate has just donated $3 million to Ralph Northam’s gubernatorial campaign. That single donation almost equals the entire $3.2 million war chest that our Ed Gillespie had on hand at the end of June. They plan to use that money to send canvassers to knock on 300,000 doors, send mailers to 400,000 homes, and run digital and radio ads. Planned Parenthood is also supporting Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Justin Fairfax, who would cast any tie-breaker votes in the Senate for the Demorats and our despicable Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, who has already proven that he defends liberal principles and NOT the laws and constitution of Virginia.
Granted some of Planned Parenthood’s money will go for paid canvassers, but the Democrats have a lot of volunteers out knocking on doors. And the more volunteers they have knocking doors, the more money they have to spend on mailers and advertising.
Part of the Republican strategy is to work hard to get our Delegates and local officials elected and piggyback our statewide officials on their campaigns. That way, we get double the bang for our buck. While our people are out campaigning for their local candidates, they also campaign for Gillespie, Vogel, and Adams.
And this double focus has a far-reaching impact. Virginia’s next governor will preside over redistricting following the 2020 census. So not only do we want to avoid another four years of Democratic stupidity in the governor’s mansion, but we also want to make sure that the Democrats don’t gerrymander us out of control of the General Assembly. We also need someone who will restore integrity to our voter registration rolls. This is a high stakes election. If we don’t win, we could lose more than we know.
So we Republicans have to respond to Planned Parenthood’s push to elect people whose views are totally antithetical to our values. I don’t happen to have $3 million to donate. (If YOU do, we need to talk.) But at the Sixth District Executive Committee meeting this past week, we voted to release up to $9500 that has been set aside for Get-Out-the-Vote efforts in the Sixth. That doesn’t seem like much compared to $3 million, but it’s a start. And if enough Republicans in the Sixth will donate to the Committee for that purpose, I can assure you that the money will be well and wisely spent. You might have a favorite candidate you want to support. If you coordinate your giving through the District Committee, we will be able to create a synergy that will allow us to win on many levels.
Someone told me last week they don’t think Ed is very exciting. How does that matter? We aren’t electing someone to entertain us. We are electing someone who will lead the government of Virginia with common sense and Constitutional values. We won’t have that with Ralph Northam. If Republicans sit this election out like they did four years ago (because they didn’t like our candidate then either) we will lose again by a similar slim margin.
More importantly though, we Republicans have to invest time in our candidates. Just to match the Dems, we Republicans must knock on at least 300,000 doors between now and November 7th. We have 81 days until the election. That means across the Commonwealth, we have to average – AVERAGE – almost 3700 doors each DAY! That isn’t happening with just the paid field directors or the elected officers of unit committees. We have to have a concerted effort from everyone who wants to make Virginia a better place for ourselves and our children.
To help our Republican base get energized, the Sixth District Executive Committee has also approved a special, election event in September and three, District-wide Super Saturday events to help get our people do what we have to do to protect our Commonwealth. I’ll get the specifics to you as soon as plans are finalized.
It’s easy to talk about having Republican principles, but if we don’t apply some “sweat equity” to those principles, they won’t mean a thing because we won’t have the people in government necessary to make them happen. If we don’t win these statewide elections, we could lose more than we know.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.
P.S. Democrats are “all in” for this election. We, likewise, have to be all in. We can’t win elections just with wishful thinking.