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Kopko To Announce Tomorrow

By Greg L | 14 March 2007 | Prince William County | 15 Comments

Finally there is word on what’s going on in the Coles District. Last Thursday’s expected announcement by Tom Kopko failed to materialize leading many to believe that there might be some reconsideration of this primary challenge. Apparently that will not be the case. I’ve recieved word that tomorrow Tom Kopko will be holding a press conference at the PWCRC Headquarters to announce his candidacy for Coles District Supervisor and will indeed challenge Marty Nohe in the June primary. What will happen with the chairmanship of the Prince William County Republican Committee remains unclear, although the last I’ve heard on this is that Tom intends to retain this position while he campaigns, despite some considerable pressure to resign.

This isn’t being met with universal approval. Tom’s campaign manager Bryanna Altman resigned this morning, believing that in the current climate it’s a lot more productive for Republicans to be working together rather than against each other. A number of local elected officials aren’t favorable to the idea of a fight in Coles this cycle. Quite a few seem to believe that while Tom would make a strong candidate in any race, his expertise and dedication are still needed by the committee. Within a few days the level of support that Tom can command will become more clear, and it’s entirely possible that he’ll surprise us.

One of the impacts of Tom’s campaign will be to divide the attention of activists supporting Faisal Gill. I doubt there’s a whole lot of folks out there who are supporting Marty Nohe and Faisal Gill, but Faisal Gill’s supporters seem substantially if not entirely the same people likely to support Tom. Marty Nohe already has an established base of support and quite likely a respectable campaign account which doesn’t necessarily rely on devotion from those engaged in supporting the Julie Lucas campaign. As ideologically similar challengers, Faisal Gill and Tom Kopko will find themselves competing for resources among substantially the same pool of volunteers however, and it will be fascinating to see how much of Faisal Gill’s organization moves over to support Tom Kopko. My expectation is that it will be a substantial portion given the state of Gill’s campaign currently, the widespread affection that many activists have for Tom Kopko, and this convenient opportunity to desert from an embarassing failure in order to participate in something that has a greater chance of being successful. It’s not fun devoting time and energy to a cause that is clearly going to fail.

Tomorrow should be an interesting day as the chessboard shifts yet again.

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  1. Chris said on 14 Mar 2007 at 10:10 am:
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    You know running and being chairman shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Its not the same, but both Kenneth Plum and Randy Forbes were chairmen of their state’s parties while serving in elected office. But who knows, maybe at a local level it makes a difference. But what I can’t understand is why he is challenging Nohe.

  2. wondering said on 14 Mar 2007 at 10:50 am:
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    If this is true, why is Mr. Stewart telling people that Kopko is out?

  3. Anonymous said on 14 Mar 2007 at 11:20 am:
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    Mr. Wondering, are you kidding me? Kopko was put up to this task by Corey Stewart. Otherwise, why wouldnt Stewart be on Nohe’s endorsement list.

  4. wondering said on 14 Mar 2007 at 11:36 am:
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    That’s the conventional wisdom. But I’ve heard that Mr. Stewart is telling people that Kopko is out. Sounds like maybe he’s got himself into a sticky wicket.

  5. AWCheney said on 14 Mar 2007 at 11:42 am:
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    Chris, it is a big deal when the Chairman of the Party (who controls the resources available to candidates) is primarying an incumbant of that party. Talk about a conflict of interests…!

  6. BVBL reports Kopko will challenge Nohe « Virginia Virtucon said on 14 Mar 2007 at 11:46 am:
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    […] Not O’Reilly in Prince William County Politics, 2007 Elections. trackback Greg L. at BVBL is reporting that PWC GOP Chairman will announce a primary challenge to Coles Supevisor Marty Nohe tomorrow.  […]

  7. compassionateconservative said on 14 Mar 2007 at 12:36 pm:
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    Although it will turn out closer than the 67-33 on your poll, Marty should crush Tom in a primary. Tom should wait and continue as chairman.

  8. CONVA said on 14 Mar 2007 at 1:51 pm:
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    This is great! What a deserving blow to Kopko’s ego when Marty wipes the deck with him.

  9. 10thdistrictrepublican said on 14 Mar 2007 at 2:25 pm:
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    Can’t we all just get along?

  10. Robert Molleur said on 14 Mar 2007 at 6:50 pm:
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    Marty would make a great PWCRC Chairman with his dynamic people skills and his ability to lure Democrats to his side since he often votes with Hilda Barg and John Jenkins.

  11. Riley, Not O'Reilly said on 14 Mar 2007 at 6:53 pm:
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    Kopko is NOT running.


  12. Not Tom Kopko said on 14 Mar 2007 at 7:08 pm:
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    I just wanted to do this to get you cowering a-hole anonymous bloggers all riled up! Screw you frigging morons! I will continue to use my incredible power point and heckling skills for the betterment of the PWCRC!

  13. CONVA said on 14 Mar 2007 at 7:33 pm:
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    I don’t know who Greg is talking to, but, “…wide spread affection…” for Kopko?

  14. Greg L said on 14 Mar 2007 at 7:39 pm:
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    Tom is regarded as a hard working leader who has done pretty well as chairman. The shack is usable now, there’s been a pretty solid string of victories, membership is strong, and the committee is financially solid. He has earned a lot of support among committee members.

  15. Citizen Tom She Loves, She Loves Not, She Loves Me, …. « said on 14 Mar 2007 at 9:34 pm:
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    […] will challenge Marty Nohe in a Republican primary challenge continues to run rampant (here and here).  I am sorry, but I cannot help but find the situation somewhat […]

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