Is John Hager trying to run a railroad at the RPV Convention this weekend? By the looks of the information I got this evening, is kinda looks that way.
On April 16, the RPV staff members who are supposed to spend all of their efforts running a fair convention and then beating Democrats, spent the biggest political event of the year passing out “Hager for Chairman” stickers instead of stickers asking people not to vote for Hager’s former boss, Mark Warner.
RPV staff members were then disbursed throughout the Commonwealth to take Hager campaign materials to local Republican events in hopes of defeating Jeff Frederick in his attempt to become Party chair.
This month, thousands and thousands of dollars were spent to produce and mail a newsletter promoting Hager, rather than waiting a few more weeks so that the newsletter could promote our U.S. Senate nominee to be selected this weekend.
RPV has even made an issue of something as simple as playing the Frederick for Chair campaign video during our allotted time on Saturday. Instead, our campaign was told the DVD had to either be given to Hager’s RPV days in advance (thus allowing them to review and respond to whatever we said) OR the campaign would have to pay RPV $1,500 to play the video.
Finally, this week, an RPV volunteer emailed with an even more shocking report: when he went to Party headquarters to stuff the packets that are supposed to provide information on every candidate to delegates as they arrive, he was told the “Frederick for Delegate” information would be left on the tables at RPV and not included (even though RPV had requested the info from our campaign weeks ago – and we complied). Now RPV refuses to return the literature we provided them, which cost our campaign thousands of dollars to produce.
After two months of doing everything possible to hold onto power, we are now asked to trust Hager’s same employees to count the votes in our election on Saturday. Hager’s RPV have refused to allow representatives of our campaign into the vote counting room to observe and ensure a fair process. What does Hager have to hide in the count room?
This hopefully will come to a quick end this Saturday when the convention selects Jeff Frederick to lead RPV, and puts an end to this. I’ve seen a few bad conventions, but this is plainly awful. Will the thousands of delegates who come to Richmond Saturday leave fired up and ready to win the election for our Senate nominee, or will they leave embittered by a rigged process?
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