STANDing for Religious Freedom

Last night I received an email from E.W. Jackson, president of STAND and former Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. The email asked me to sign the following petition, which I did.

PETITION FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

“We the undersigned, as citizens of the United States, hereby demand that Congress and the President pass legislation recognizing that under the First Amendment of the Constitution it unlawful to fire persons from their jobs, fine them in their businesses, restrict them from contracting with agencies of government, discipline them in their schools, or punish them in the military for peaceably expressing faith in Jesus Christ, the Biblical definition of marriage, the sacredness of life or any other article of faith; nor may the peaceful expression of religious viewpoints be a cause for civil or criminal liability or prosecution as hate speech, bigotry or discrimination.”

Religious freedom in our country has been a hit piece for Democrats lately. Instead of believing in the Constitution’s clearly written right of freedom of religion, found in the First Amendment, we have too many radical liberals pushing the idea that we are required to have freedom from religion and therefore all mentions of religion must be deleted from society.

The left uses religion as their crutch to prop themselves up with the feeling of intellectual superiority while they see those who have faith in God as ignorant fools. Somehow political correctness gets worked in here. The God haters spin their hate by claiming to be offended whenever and wherever a pronouncement of faith is made. Sally Sensitive and all her friends complain about everything from our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance to RG3’s t-shirt. Strict political correctness would prescribe an allegiance to the law of the land, which we call the U.S. Constitution. Yet somehow exercising the freedom to engage in the religious faith of one’s choice is an affront to the civil rights of those who wish to abolish religion forever.

Another founding principle of our country is there is no religious test to hold office. Article VI lays this out without any ambiguity, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” This has been forgotten. John Kennedy famously felt the need to tell us that the Pope wouldn’t be calling the shots, Mitt Romney felt the need to clear up the separation between the church he attends and the offices he has sought, and last year I saw E.W. Jackson attacked for being a Christian who believes in the same Christian principles that our Founders believed in when they were crafting our enduring Constitution. It is unfortunate that the principle of religious tolerance, which is clearly written in the Constitution, has been pushed away by intolerance falsely labeled as political correctness.

For me, I carry the love of the Lord with me each day. I know I am a sinner in His sight. I try to be a good Christian steward, which directly translates into being a good citizen, but I fail, try again, fail, try some more, and hopefully get things right. The glory of God is evident in that I know when I ask Him for forgiveness He reaches His hand to me with unconditional acceptance. Why this offends so many liberals is truly sad.

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Historic Leadership? From this Guy?

I have terrible hearing. It’s a long story. So when I hear President Obama describe a plan, while using the word “I” over and over, and then at the end of his description say “this is American leadership at its best,” I don’t flip out because I know I can’t hear. But this time my hearing didn’t fail me. He actually said, about his own leadership, “this is American leadership at its best.” I think I’m losing my mind.

The man gave us “you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” He recently said “we don’t have a strategy yet.” But tonight he wanted more. Tonight he celebrated his arrogance and his ignorance to a height I never thought possible. Full of himself to a dangerous level Obama has now given the world his most embarrassing comment yet. In between rounds of golf the president let us know that he, by his own evaluation, is exercising “American leadership at its best.” If only a fourth grade history teacher was one of his advisors then maybe we wouldn’t have been treated to this remarkable gaffe. I’m left truly saddened by the president’s remarks tonight.

“This is American leadership at its best.” No Mr. President it is not. Stop complimenting yourself in front of the world. Stop being such a pompous ass. Just stop it. I truly can’t believe my ears.

Barack Obama

11th District Race Worth Watching

The 11th Congressional District of Virginia, which includes all of the City of Fairfax, most of Fairfax County and parts of Prince William County, has been rigged as a solid district for the Democrats. Republicans came real close in 2010 when we lost by around 900 votes. Since then redistricting has made the district more favorable to the Democrat incumbent, Gerry Connolly. Any typical Republican will have a very difficult time running in this part of Northern Virginia. But Republican nominee Suzanne Scholte is not your typical Republican.

Mrs. Scholte is an expert on foreign policy having spent decades working to bring more individual freedom to East Asia. She has won numerous awards for her efforts such as the Seoul Peace Prize in 2008, the Walter Judd Freedom Award in 2010, the Sungnye Diplomatic Service Medal in 2013, and this year she added the Sanders Peace and Social Justice Award to her list of achievements.

Her reach to demographics outside the typical Republican sphere goes beyond East Asia. Next week a group called North Africans for Suzanne Scholte will host an event called A Night in the Sahara. This is a great example of her campaign reaching out to a group not often specifically engaged by Republicans in the past.

This all adds a very important characteristic to this race; Mrs. Scholte can bring to the polls a diverse group of voters that typically do not vote, or when they do they don’t usually vote for Republicans. She really could engage a lot of potential voters who are, right now, sitting off the political radar. Making moves like a Night in the Sahara will bring voters to the polls who sit off the lists of polling firms and political consultants thus making her a sleeper candidate who could really make some noise on Election Day.

Sunday afternoon I received a call from the Scholte campaign inviting me to attend Monday night’s town hall meeting in Springfield. The town hall, held last night with a sizeable crowd, focused its discussion on healthcare. The call Sunday was a recording of Mrs. Scholte and it was short, to the point, included a shot at her opponent by linking him to President Obama, and also included the standard contact info for people to follow up with. The robo-call was a great use of campaign funds and the town hall meeting was a great use of campaign time. Mrs. Scholte is really showing us she is in it to win it.

We certainly hope this is case because Mrs. Scholte’s opponentconnolly in vienna is a partisan hack. Rep. Connolly, pictured here wearing a shirt that is as obnoxious as he is, showed us that he is unfit for the responsibilities at hand when he walked out of one of the hearings on the Benghazi terrorist attack. And he showed us that he doesn’t take his job seriously when during a hearing on the IRS targeting conservative groups he asked a witness “are you a witch?” When he walked out on Benghazi he walked on the American people and when he asked a witness if she was a witch he tarnished Congress’ oversight authority, he needs to be removed from office.

Too many voters blindly vote based on the sample ballot they receive moments before casting their vote. Here in Northern Virginia all those Democrats who will show up on Election Day need to know that Rep. Connolly is unfit to serve and needs to be replaced. Suzanne Scholte is a credible alternative who will represent the 11th District with the dignity and respect that is expected of a congressional representative. She can win. She has my vote.

Scholte for Congress

Another Big Endorsement in the 10th

Another major endorsement has been announced in the race to replace retiring Congressman Frank Wolf.

Today in the Washington Post Democrat John Foust publicly picked up the support of Rep. Nancy Pelosi who is quoted detailing what her targeted races are for this upcoming election. Among those races is Foust’s campaign. With Rep. Pelosi’s support from the national Democrats the Foust campaign will be able to have plenty of cash on hand to paint Republican nominee Barbara Comstock as part of the war on women, which doesn’t really add up, but that’s the Democrats’ mantra.

Foust’s website does not specifically list Rep. Pelosi as an endorser, which is just a poor attempt at distancing Foust from the hyper-partisan liberals who are calling the shots behind the scenes. Foust will follow right behind the footsteps of President Obama and Rep. Pelosi and that will be a hard sell for Foust to spin to 10th District voters. Foust’s website lists the endorsement of only one federal elected official, Rep. Jim Moran, who recently criticized Israel for making a big deal over being constantly hit by rockets that are “fairly feckless.” It is unclear how anyone could think that having the public support of Rep. Pelosi and Rep. Moran is going to help win an election in Virginia’s 10th District.

Delegate Comstock, on the other hand, has continued to pick up endorsements from across the GOP spectrum, which shows her wide ranging support that will unite our party’s different groups. This latest note of public support of Foust from the polarizing Rep. Pelosi is really an endorsement that will ultimately help Del. Comstock who will be a much better fit for a diverse district that gave Rep. Wolf a lot of support over the years.

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Dave Foster for Delegate

The Republican Party’s 48th Legislative District Committee nominated Dave Foster yesterday to run for Delegate. On the same day the Democrats nominated Richard Sullivan as their candidate. Lately, the 48th District has been very hard for Republicans to compete in. That could very well change with the nomination of Foster, who brings a lot to the table.

Foster is a former Arlington School Board Chairman so he has proved he can win as a Republican in solid blue Arlington. He also is a former president of the Arlington County Civic Federation giving him deep ties to his community. Foster ran for Attorney General in 2009 giving him a statewide reach and he served as president of Virginia Board of Education giving him experience in working through Richmond’s red tape. He currently works as a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski. All of this makes Foster a very impressive candidate and one that the Democrats should be nervous about.

Foster released a statement on Sunday saying he will “continue his work to strengthen public schools, including protecting cost-of-living adjustments to state funding for Northern Virginia schools and increased local control over public school calendars and budgets.” On the controversial trolley car for Arlington, Foster called it “impractical and unaffordable” but believes the people should decide this and therefore if elected will introduce legislation for a public referendum on this topic. In his statement he said “roads and Metro, schools, and tax relief are far more important to Northern Virginians than a half-billion dollar trolley,” and he is right. Arlington and Fairfax Republican Committee chairmen put out a joint statement yesterday with both of them saying they are “proud” to have Foster carrying our party’s banner.

Foster’s opponent is just your typical hyper-partisan liberal. In Sullivan’s statement, released after securing the nomination, he claims Republicans “continue [to] impose limits on women’s reproductive health.” On his website he says a woman’s “reproductive health should be left between her and her doctor, and government has no business interfering in such a private matter,” but doesn’t explain why the government should impose a mandate for others to pay for contraception. So expect the typical war on women nonsense that is only meant to frighten and divide. He also believes that Virginia has great natural resources for energy, but he doesn’t mean coal, he means wind. He opposes widening I-66 and “strongly” supports Medicaid expansion. He is a classic hyper-partisan liberal who is out of touch with the average voter.

Special Elections are all about turnout. Whichever side will be able to mobilize their voters and let them know that this election will be on Tuesday August 19th will be the victor. One thing that should help Foster in his campaign is that the Democrats are coming off a firehouse primary where only about 900 people voted for Sullivan as their first choice. The Ds had a system of ranking the candidates in this firehouse primary that saw a ballot of seven names. It took five rounds of drop-offs before Sullivan was able to capture the necessary majority needed to win. So with the Democrats showing an underwhelming amount of support for their candidate from a field that divided their base up by so much and with the Republicans already united behind our choice the chances that Foster could be successfully are much higher today than they were when Bob Brink resigned from this seat.

Dave Foster is a seasoned candidate with an impressive résumé. He could actually win this seat. There are six weeks between now and the election, no time to waste, so let’s get up and get mobilized. Dave Foster for Delegate!

Foster for Delegate

No Republican Candidate in the 48th

UPDATE: We do have a candidate. On Sunday July 6th Dave Foster of Arlington became the Republican nominee for this seat giving the GOP a good chance at capturing the 48th. More info here.

Tonight at 7pm the filing period closed for any Republican who wished to be a candidate in the 48th Legislative District with no Republican filing. The district includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties.

The seat is open thanks to the resignation of Democrat Bob Brink. The district is solid blue. In 2013 Ken Cuccinelli grabbed only 28% and Mark Obenshain captured 31% in their respective runs for Governor and Attorney General. Republicans did not field a challenger to Brink in 2013. Since Brink was elected in 1997 the best a Republican candidate for this seat has done was 39% by Steve Sass in 2003.

The Democrats have scheduled a firehouse primary for July 6th and have seven candidates filed. The 6th is a Sunday, which is very unusual for elections, and it is also the Sunday after the July 4th holiday, so expect super low turnout. With no Republican the winner of Sunday’s firehouse primary will be the next Delegate from the 48th.

The GOP is probably better served by punting on this solid Democrat district. The special election is scheduled for August 19th and fielding a candidate will only draw resources away from our Senate and Congressional nominees during the time they need to be revving up their efforts.

Republicans have scheduled a party canvass for Saturday July 5th, but without a candidate that will be canceled. The Republican Party’s 48th Legislative District Committee can still field a candidate and has until July 7th to do so, but it is unclear if anyone will step up at this late hour to run in a district where they have little to no chance of success.

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This post was updated by the author on Sunday July 6th at 6pm.

When Can We Impeach AG Herring?

Now that we have a budget and the state Senate has been reorganized, we can turn our attention to other housekeeping matters such as the impeachment of Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring.

We remember in January one of his first moves in his new position was to ignore his role as the defender of Virginia’s Constitution. Instead of arguing in support of a popularly passed amendment, Herring chose to not defend it, a move that is rarely seen but not entirely out of the ordinary. If only he had stopped there.

But no, Herring had to go even further and support the case against this amendment purely because he didn’t like the politics of it. His choice had nothing to do with procedural legality and had everything to do with political gamesmanship. King Herring decreed that he did not believe the properly filed, fully debated, thoroughly vetted and popularly passed amendment was a good law so he stood in suit against it, which is a prerogative he does not have as Attorney General. This is unacceptable. Any fifth grader will tell you about separation of powers and about how the branches of government need to operate with respect for one another under the law. His majesty in the AG’s office does not get to unilaterally make a call like this and therefore he needs to be removed from office.

So far, the call to remove Herring has not been front and center, reflecting careful deliberation by those who would support such a move. Delegate Bob Marshall of Prince William has now presented resolutions to impeach Herring on the grounds that he has violated is oath of office by not defending the commonwealth and by standing in suit against a law he is obligated to defend. But Marshall’s efforts have not really gotten off the ground.

In the meantime we have to deal with an Attorney General who will not do the job his tax payer supported salary is paying him to do.

Let’s pause for a minute to talk about the amendment in question here. I haven’t mentioned it by name or given a description of it because it does not matter what the amendment says, it is the law. Once again this amendment was properly filed, fully debated, thoroughly vetted and popularly passed by the people of Virginia through a ballot initiative. It is the law and the law is the law. Herring didn’t like it, so he voted against it at the right time to vote against. When the tallies came in the will of Virginia’s people was not the same as Herring’s position and as Attorney General he is obligated to respect and defend the choice Virginia made. If the amendment is unconstitutional then the courts will decided that, not the Attorney General’s office.

The challenge to the constitutionality of the aforementioned amendment is still working its way through the appeal process of the court system, without Virginia offering adequate defense in the form of legal representation. So Virginia has to take extra steps in order to get business as usually done. Earlier this month Delegate Mark Cole of Fredericksburg introduced House Resolution 541 which calls for “the Speaker of the House [to] be authorized to employ legal counsel to represent the House of Delegates in [the] pending litigation.” This needs to be done because as HR541 states, “the people of Virginia and the House of Delegates have been deprived of representation” in this case. Herring is forcing the General Assembly to spend money to hire legal counsel to do Herring’s job for him. Herring is also forcing the General Assembly to take time out their legislative schedule to make this happen. He is wasting our money and our time.

Let’s not forget that Attorney General Mark Herring has violated his oath of office. The law allows for his removal. The necessary steps are being taken. It is time for a new Attorney General, one who will respect the office and laws he is constitutionally obligated to defend.

herring_taking_oath_of_officeCross-posted to The Bull Elephant

Changing of the Guard

Red NOVA fans,

I wanted to let you all know of a change that will be occurring on the blog. As of next week, Chris Farmer will be taking over Red NOVA.

As some of you may know, for the past two years I’ve been in grad school at George Mason University and recently graduated with a degree in Political Science. Due to my studies and my job with Huntington Learning Center, I have not been around much in the blogging scene or the political scene in Northern Virginia. Because of that, I thought it’d be best to pass the torch to someone still involved in Northern Virginia Politics. I’ve seen Chris’ dedication to campaigns and to blogs and I know that he will be a good fit to take over Red NOVA and make it a solid, competitive, conservative voice in the NOVA blogosphere.

Before I wrap up my farewell, I thought it would be appropriate to give a brief history of the blog, and comment on some of the posts that I am proud of.  Per the blog’s mission statement, we started shortly after the 2008 elections. We hoped to contribute to Republican victories in 2009 and help spread the Republican message to younger voters in Northern Virginia., in the hopes of doing better than we did at the polls in 2008. We hit the ground running, by interviewing the three GOP candidates for Attorney General: Dave Foster, John Brownlee, and Ken Cuccinelli. Shortly after, we covered the 2009 GOP convention, and stayed active in the 2009 election cycle by interviewing tons of candidates running for House of Delegate seats, as well as a few party leaders.

2010 was an especially busy year for Red NOVA, will lots of our coverage involving the race between Keith Fimian and Pat Herrity, as well as the race between Matthew Berry and Patrick Murray. As some of you know, we were involved in that race quite a bit. That experience did cause me to reflect on the sometimes negative aspect of campaigns.

I’ve often commented on how I strongly prefer primaries to conventions. Even with my strong disagreements, I still think it is important for us as a party to be civil and remember that we need to be united. Everyone should have a seat at the table. I promise you that our party is big enough to include a broad spectrum of ideas and candidates, including both Ken Cuccinelli and Bill Bolling.

We’ve also covered some local issues as well, ranging from the Arlington Change in Goernment movement, chickens in Arlington, and now the meals tax in Fairfax. It is important for blogs to cover these local issues and make sure that citizens hold their elected officials accountable on issues that effect our neighborhoods.

2011 was a bit of a turning point for Red NOVA. Most of our contributors (myself included) were working on local political campaigns, and thus found it hard to comment on politics while working for a campaign. Even with that challenge, we still had a diverse group of writers. Even though bloggers have come and gone on Red NOVA, I know that all of them have made a strong difference in our community and in politics.

Fast forward to now. Of course, I wish I could have spend more time on Red NOVA over the last two years, but I feel that I have accomplished a decent amount on this blog and I am ready to turn it over. Since I’ve been posting under the name “Not Jim Moran,” I guess it should be appropriate that I retire from blogging the year that Jim Moran retires from Congress. I guess my work is done!

Thank you all for your readership and support, and I hope you will continue to read and support the blog under Chris Farmer’s leadership of Red NOVA.

Josh St. Louis (Not Jim Moran)

Herndon Republicans Ready to Win this November

Herndon resident and Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Christian Kachel, along with fellow conservative Herndon residents Scott Travis (Iraq veteran), Dave Webster (Herndon Town Council candidate), Chaz Holland (Air Force veteran), and Jack McNulty (Marine Corps veteran) have taken the initiative to create the Herndon Area Republican Club (HARC). These individuals have put together a diverse group of concerned community activists who are ready to lead the charge for conservative principles and help our Republican nominated candidates in their part of NoVA.

The mission of HARC is to establish a robust, vibrant, and permanent conservative infrastructure in Herndon that can work independently to further local conservative issues and be utilized by the Dranesville District, the Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC), and individual campaigns to ensure Herndon Precincts reliably vote right of center.  HARC will accomplish their goal through recruitment, engagement, organization, fundraisers, door knocking, social events, staffing polling places, and monthly meetings.

The immediate goals of HARC is to help facilitate the election of Barbara Comstock in the 10th, Suzanne Scholte in the 11th, and Ed Gillespie for Senate. At their meeting last night the group heard from the Drainesville District Republican Chair and from a representative of Mrs. Scholte’s campaign on exactly how volunteers can become more directly involved this cycle.

Anyone interested in joining HARC should contact Christian Kachel at ctkachel@yahoo.com

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New Chairman Please

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors needs a new chairman. The Democratic controlled Board right now is not doing so well. They thought about creating a law that would curb our right to assemble, a right we explicitly get from the First Amendment, good thing the Republicans swashed it. Next up is a meals tax because we are not taxed enough, so let’s hope the Republicans will be able to swash that too. And today Chairman Sharon Bulova (D) was on News Talk on Channel 8 where she mentioned that she learned about last night’s primary results from the morning newspaper. What time does she go to bed? We knew Don Beyer had won the 8th District primary last night around 8pm. And don’t you think knowing who won a congressional primary in a district that includes the county you are chairman in is important news for you to know? Mrs. Bulova has had her chance in the chairman’s seat. She has proven to be out of touch and apparently now completely out of it. It’s time for her to retire.

In 2011 there was talk that Mrs. Bulova was running in her last campaign and her actions of late prove that that is a wise choice. So who’s up? There are rumors around town, but rumors are rumors so I don’t want to throw any names up here. If Mrs. Bulova does not seek re-election then the seat will be open and open seats have the potential to produce a long list of candidates, take last night’s 8th District primary as an example. No Bulova name recognition could make room for a formidable challenge from Republicans.

This week marks the one year point away from the next primaries. With all of the General Assembly up, all of the Fairfax’s Board of Supervisors and School Board up, there are a lot of races to fill. We need good candidates to run in them. Let’s hope the locals are able to find credible candidates for every race thus giving the Ds a run for their money. The chairman’s race will be a hot topic next cycle. There are a lot of questions between now and then. One of them is which Republican in Fairfax is ready to step up and run hard for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors?

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Gun owners for Hope?

The weekend before a primary (especially one for an open seat) will usually have some very interesting emails being sent out to supporters. I found this one to be extremely interesting:

 OpenCarry.org <Open.Carry@outlook.com>

Sat 6/7/2014 7:44 PM

 To: Joshua  <>;
Dear Joshua
Gun rights are at stake in Tuesday’s election.
Registered voters of any party CAN vote in Tuesday’s Democrat Primary.
Gun owners, republicans, independents, and libertarians CAN make a difference Tuesday to **stop Don Beyer** from going to Congress.
Don Beyer – a wealthy car dealer endorsed by the Washington Post – is the only Democrat candidate to openly promote an EXTREME anti-gun agenda in printed mailers and TV.
If elected, Don Beyer will be effective in enacting anti-gun legislation.
The candidate most likely to beat Don Beyer is Patrick Hope. Patrick Hope’s record in the Virginia General Assembly demonstrates that he is UNABLE to pass anti-gun rights legislation.
To stop Don Beyer, go to the polls and Vote for Hope on Tuesday.
This message paid for by your friends at OpenCarry.org, and not authorized by any candidate or committee.
On Tuesday, go to your usual polling station and Vote for Hope!

I am not sure why Republicans would be inspired to suddenly vote for Patrick Hope on Tuesday in the hopes of avoiding anti-gun legislation. This email does say that he is “unable to pass anti-gun rights legislation,” but that might be attributed to the fact that the House of Delegates is still controlled by Republicans. After all, he has introduced “anti-gun” bills in the past.

Does anyone else have any other information on this email? I have not been able to find other mentions of this story, except for this.

No Meals Tax

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is considering a new meals tax to impose on anyone eating out at a restaurant in Fairfax. This is coming right before the World Police and Fire Games come to town in 2015. With Fairfax as the host city, floods of athletes from police and firefighter departments worldwide will pour in; and with them the need to dine out will be great. Most of the out-of-towners, including family and friends of the participants, will be forced to eat all of their meals out, as few will have hotel rooms that offer kitchens. So the plan is to take advantage of dedicated servicemen who have chosen a career where risking their lives for normal Joe Six-packs like you and me is a standard part of the job description at an event where many of them are attending at their own expense. This simple supply and demand move aimed at a specific crowd for a windfall of dough is an irresponsible tax increase Fairfax can do without.

There is an episode of The Simpsons’ where the filming of Radioactive Man The Movie takes place in Springfield. In that episode all the merchants increased their prices and added the word “movie” to their ordinary products. The hardware store offered “movie nails” for $10 each. Same thing here. The difference, other than the cartoon v. real life contrast, is that Springfield was trying to rip-off wealthy Hollywood d-bags and Fairfax has set their target on police and firefighters. Would Fairfax have won the distinction of hosting these games had this tax been already put into place? From the athletes viewpoint I would hope not. So why does one of the most affluent counties in the country need to do this? This is a vulnerable group because these athletes and their families are at the mercy of the local restaurants to offer them something as basic as enough food to get by.

Let’s certainly hope a Breathing Fairfax Air Tax, as athletes require more oxygen than most, won’t be the substitute should the meals tax fail. That episode of The Simpsons’ had a Leaving Town Tax; maybe the Board will like that one too. Oppose the meals tax and when dining out ask for ranch dressing with your sweet potato fries.

no_meals_tax_bumper_stickerCross-posted at The Bull Elephant

By Acclamation

The 11th Congressional District Republican Convention was held last Saturday in Fairfax for the purpose of nominating the Republican candidate to run against Rep. Gerry Connolly. The convention delegates chose Suzanne Scholte, a long time human rights advocate who is an expert in foreign relations with East Asia. I watched the totals counted up by the volunteers under the supervision of the 11th District State Central Committee members, but I will not post them here because a motion was made from the floor after the balloting was complete to nominate Mrs. Scholte by acclamation. The motion was seconded and then carried without contest by a unanimous vote.

This is noteworthy because we have seemed to get away from the respect of the convention rules this election cycle. Bloggers and social media warriors love to break the news of the total vote count and that is inappropriate. We must respect the rules. When a motion to nominate someone by acclamation is offered, seconded, and then carried, then the vote total becomes all the votes to zero. This is an important characteristic of conventions that makes conventions such a unifying event for a political party, a characteristic absent from primaries, and it deserves respect. Instead of leaving a nominating contest bitter that your candidate lost, the motion to nominate or to elect by acclamation puts all of the party behind the winner 100%. The typical procedure is for the candidate who lost to ask the convention to suspend the rules and nominate/elect the candidate who the vote totals proved as the winner to be the winner. The pessimistic way to look at it is to say this allows the loser to save face. The appropriate way to look at it is to say that this allows the entire party to get behind the winner right away. We need that kind of spirit going into a General Election, especially up here in NoVA where our track record of winning has been less than stellar.

We don’t always see motions for acclamation. Sometimes the loser is not offered the chance, other times the loser is too sore to muster up the respect for the winner, and other times there is some strange falsely held belief that prevents the loser from ever considering backing the winner. Those cases are unfortunate and harm a political party. Remember the idea of being a member of a party is to help the party as a whole, don’t like it then don’t ask a party for their support, run as an independent and do what you want after you lose. But in party politics it’s different. Get on board or get out of the way, simple as that.

The motion to nominate or elect by acclamation means something. It deserves respect.

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Dave Webster for Herndon Town Council

If you live in the Town of Herndon up here in NoVA then you should do yourself a favor and vote today for Dave Webster.

Mr. Webster is a lawyer by trade and a concerned citizen by heart. He knows Herndon and the issues facing it as well as anyone. The race is not a partisan one and at the local level politics really are less about partisan id and more about what is best for the community. Mr. Webster understands the law, the capabilities of the office and the needs of Herndon. He is a great candidate who deserves a chance to serve.

A vote for Dave Webster for Herndon Town Council is a vote for the best interests of Herndon.

The polls are open today until 7pm. Only registered voters of the Town of Herndon can participate. The Herndon Community Center, located at 814 Ferndale Avenue, is the only polling place.

Dave Webster