Doc is one of three representatives elected at the 2016 6th Congressional District Convention to serve on the State Central Committee (SCC), the 80 member governing board of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV). In the past several years the SCC has tackled slating, worked to improve military participation in conventions, dealt with ethics issues, and more. The SCC is the final “court of appeal” for any decisions made in Republican politics throughout the Commonwealth. The SCC also upholds and occasionally amends the RPV’s Party Plan, which is the bylaws of the Virginia GOP.
Importance of the Office
Decisions made by the Committee include selecting methods of nominations for statewide candidates, guiding the direction of the RPV, fundraising, and helping local committees have the tools and resources necessary to be successful (databases, victory offices and field staff, handbooks, training).
1) Methods of Nomination
The RPV has recently gained unflattering national attention due to a decision made by the Committee. Instead of voting for a convention as a majority of the members promised to do when elected, the Committee instead — by a secret ballot — voted to have a 2016 presidential primary. The national media has gone overboard in trying to make Virginia Republicans look bad as a result of the “party loyalty oath” that the Committee also decided to require from primary voters. And at their January 30, 2016 meeting, State Central voted to do away with the loyalty oath because the wording required by the Democratic Party controlled State Election Board would have made things even worse. Republicans should decide who selects our candidates. The hidden actions of a few State Central Committee members who managed to hide their votes in a secret ballot have thwarted the wishes of those who elected them.
Doc believes that each of our elected officeholders should be willing to go on record as to how they vote so that they can be accountable for their actions in representing the people who put them into office.
Doc also believes that intra-party nomination contests should be conducted by the party and paid for by the party (conventions), not by the taxpayers (primaries). This would both increase grass roots involvement in the local units and give the party a larger pool of self-identified and committed grassroots activists to draw from as volunteers for our candidates.
2) Tools and Resources
Database, database, database: Doc believes that the local units who go out door-to-door and labor long hours at phone banks should be able to keep the data that they collect. Until now all the data collected has gone to “someone else,” and the units don’t have that data available to help local candidates, or candidates not approved by that “someone else.” Local units had to go out and collect it all over again during the next election cycle.
As your representative on State Central, Doc will work to give each local unit its own database so they can collect and keep their own data. In that way, local units will find it much easier to do their job, which is to win elections for local candidates and to continually increase the number of voters they are able to bring out to support our candidates for larger offices.
The Republican Party has four functions: develop candidates for public office, get those candidates elected, support them in their work after they are elected, and hold them accountable for how they represent the voters who elected them. It is getting harder and harder to find good, qualified candidates to run for public office because the types of people we would want to elect are disgusted and disturbed by the bickering and underhanded tactics that are becoming so prevalent in politics. There are proven methods for getting people elected in this political era, but the RPV has not adopted them seemingly because some individuals think “that’s not how we do things” and because it might give more control of the electoral process to the grassroots.
During his tenure on State Central, Doc has focused on restoring people’s faith in and enthusiasm for our Party and our values. As part of that restoration of faith and enthusiasm, Doc works to return political power to the voters — who are the true owners.
To borrow a phrase from a respected churchman, “we have many people who are willing to be leaders. We don’t have nearly enough who are willing to be servants.” When voters elect someone to office, we are not crowning them as political royalty; we are hiring them as public servants. As servants, they work for us — not the other way around. As our servants, we have the right to hold them accountable, and if they are in error then we have the right to correct them. We have elected many fine individuals to public office, but there is always a great temptation to go along with the wishes of those with whom they serve rather than with the wishes of those they were elected to serve.
As your representative on State Central, Doc works to hold RPV leadership, candidates, and elected officials accountable to our Creed and to you, the grassroots.