On July 11, Republicans in Virginia’s Sixth Congressional District (CD6) voted overwhelmingly for a change in leadership. They elected businessman and Strasburg Town Councilmember John Massoud to be CD6 Republican chairman with 58 percent of the vote. They elected ten of the eleven candidates on his team – only two of whom were incumbents. They elected John because he pledged to end the divisiveness on the District’s Republican Committee and to focus everyone’s efforts on getting Republicans elected to every office from local to national.
John’s win was so huge that this newsletter could easily become a “gloat-fest.” That, however, would be counterproductive to what John wants to accomplish – to what he has already begun accomplishing. John tried to take a couple of days off to decompress from a very intense and overly long campaign, but almost immediately, a significant number of people began calling and emailing him. Most brought congratulations and offers of support. Some were people who had supported his opponent during the campaign but who now offer their support to his efforts to make Republicans in CD6 an even more imposing force for conservative values. A very few were people who called to vent their anger that he won.
The bottom line is that the vast majority of active Republicans want to be about the business of saving the America that we have known and stopping the hordes of brainwashed socialists who disdain the very freedoms that allow them to believe as they do and that allow even the poorest among them to live at an economic level higher than 90 percent of the rest of the world.
CD6 Republicans, when given proper leadership, are the most powerful conservative force in Virginia. Even during the turmoil of the past two years, we have elected Republicans to the General Assembly from six of eight Senate districts and twelve of thirteen Delegate districts that include a portion of CD6. Republicans can do even better if they will work together.
It is time to heal the wounds to our unity and to flex our significant, conservative muscle.
To begin the healing, John has reached out to the major players from his opponent’s coalition in an effort to find common ground. Most have agreed to work with John for the common good. A couple have not. They should rethink their positions, especially in light of what the Republicans in CD6 have very clearly voted they want from their leaders.
It is time to heal. Those who supported the former chairman need to switch their allegiance, not to John Massoud but to the Republicans district-wide whom they were elected to represent, lead, and serve.
It is time to heal. It won’t happen if we pick at the scab of past differences.
It is time to heal. People who live in the past will die in the past. It is time to move forward and fulfill our obligations as leaders. It is time to provide the leadership and motivation and encouragement grassroots Republicans need to put voice to their dreams and to put feet to their enthusiasm. It is time to heal.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.