Certain members of the State Central Committee want us to change the method of nomination of state-wide candidates from an unassembled convention to a primary. Changing our method of nomination at this point would be a huge mistake. I frankly am more than fed up with political big shots putting their personal considerations ahead of the greater good. I sent the following letter to every voting member of SCC. We will see what comes of it.
To my fellow members of SCC:
As I was running errands on Monday, I came up behind a car with a Virginia “Don’t Tread on Me” license plate that read “FIX GOP.” I was unable to get in a position to flag him down and ask him what about the GOP he thought needed to be fixed. But based on my conversations with other conservatives, most of whom have emotions that range from anger to despair to disgust, I can imagine.
I first ran for Party office in 2012 when I was elected as a unit chair. I learned all too quickly that the people most likely to lie to me, lie about me, and stab me in the back were Republicans with whom I had a difference of opinion. It continues to this day. Somehow, in the Party of free speech, different opinions are, apparently, not appreciated.
In the years since I was first elected to State Central (2016) I have seen the best of Republican leadership and what we can accomplish if we are all working together toward the same goal. I have also seen the worst of Republican leadership and how ineffective we can be when we are bogged down in intra-party bloodletting. Let’s face it; our worst enemy is ourselves.
I want to fight against Democrat attacks on our country, on our liberties, and on us as individuals. I’ve seen a Facebook post attacking an official with the Waynesboro unit because she went to the rally in Washington, D.C. I’ve learned of threats against a former Staunton chair, not because he went to the rally, but because he told others about the bus to get there.
Make no mistake. Every one of our freedoms, every one of us, is under attack – across the country and in our own General Assembly. It is our job as leaders of the Virginia Republican Party to develop strategies and prepare resources to fight back for our country, our commonwealth, our freedoms, and ourselves. Chairman Anderson has received a number of suggestions and proposals to that end, which he has told me have great potential.
But the SCC is not discussing them. Instead, we are fighting among ourselves again. Why are we wasting time on the 16th trying to rehash a decision that was made at our meeting last month? We need to get past it and get on with the process of winning. We can’t do that if people in our own Party continue to refuse to work with the majority and move on to the important things. We have selected our nomination process. Let’s enable it and get on with the real work of SCC, which is to defeat Democrats.
Back when Ken Cuccinelli became our nominee for governor instead of Bill Bolling, a number of Bolling supporters got miffed and decided that they would do nothing to help Cuccinelli get elected. The loss of their support was a major contributor to Cuccinelli’s loss and the start of a string of three disastrous Democratic governorships.
From where I stand, it appears that the same “if I don’t get my way, I’m going to take my cookies and go home” attitude still exists in the RPV today. Until we get rid of that attitude, I don’t see us ever winning a state-wide election or retaking control of the General Assembly. We cannot win if we are always fighting each other. “And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:25 – NKJV)
So please, I implore you, for the sake of this country and this commonwealth that we all claim to love, let’s not do what some of our members are planning for Saturday. Let us go with the decision the SCC has already made. Let’s work together (for a change), and let’s win again (for a change).
It does no good to win a fight over the best deckchair on a ship if the ship is sinking. Our ship of state is sinking. (If you don’t believe that, you are turning a blind eye to the truth.) Let’s quit fighting each other and instead fight together to save the ship. If we don’t, we are only engaged in silly games that are meaningless in the overall scheme of things.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.