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Wow, What A Show!

By Greg L | 20 February 2010 | PWCRC | 7 Comments

Last night’s PWCRC Lincoln-Reagan dinner at Heritage Hunt went way beyond expectations for a local committee’s fundraising dinner.  Sure, you had the usual speeches — and they were very good, especially Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s keynote address, but it was the extras this year that put this event way over the top.  The committee brought in the “Swing Shift Big Band” for the crowd’s entertainment and dancing, and they were just phenomenal.  They were a dead-on young Frank Sinatra vocals and super-tight instrumentals kind of blow-the-roof-off-the-joint wowness that really made the event memorable.  I’ve heard (and years ago played) a lot of this big band stuff and rarely have heard anything approaching this kind of silky-smooth awesomeness, ever.

Swing Shift Big Band, photo from their website

Of course not all the greatness of this event came from the tremendous sounds of Swing Shift and DJ Arnoldo backing them up as DJ, but in the nearly over-capacity crowd and the speakers.  The always entertaining, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli gave another brilliant address defending liberty and especially explaining why the EPA’s recent decision to regulate carbon dioxide emissions was so dangerous to our economic future and our freedom.  Near the end of his address he let the committee know that soon, they’ll have a new member as Ken is planning to relocate to Prince William County.  Watch this space for more about Ken’s remarks, as there’s a ton of great stuff in there worthy of its own discussion.

I was too busy taping to have much time to speak to a lot of the good friends who attended, but it was great to see not only a lot of our favorite elected officials but a number of people I expect to be running for election soon.  Jay O’Brien, who I expect to take on George Barker in the next Senate elections made his appearance, and I saw people who are gearing up to challenge incumbents on the Prince William County School Board and Board of County Supervisors, as well as House and Senate districts in Prince William County.  There are a lot of really capable and well qualified people sitting on the bench just waiting for an opportunity to run for office, and it’s heart-warming to see.

Perhaps best of all, not a hint of divisiveness or intramural infighting was seen last night.  This committee is one solid group, and it showed up in the number of volunteers working the event.  I was there pretty early to set up video and audio equipment and there was a steady stream of people coming in to set up the silent auction, put centerpieces on the tables, and help run the event.  You don’t get a legion of volunteers to pull off something this big without a lot of unity and dedication to the big picture.  There’s a lot of reasons why this is the case, but the biggest reason is Lyle Beefelt. He’s done a terrific job with the committee, and it shows.

I shot about three hours of footage that I’ll be putting together over the next day or so and will have videos of the dinner up as soon as I can.

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  1. Karla H said on 20 Feb 2010 at 3:57 pm:
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    Greg L.,

    Kudos to you for your interest in politics! And for your ambition to spread the news. Being an American has much more to do with “caring” and “doing” than selecting any particular viewpoint. And you are a true American (please consider this a major compliment).

    Karla H.

  2. Anonymous said on 20 Feb 2010 at 4:45 pm:
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    Greg, thanks for covering this. Any chance you heard of some primary challenges to some of our RINOs?

  3. Greg L said on 20 Feb 2010 at 5:36 pm:
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    Absolutely. More to follow later on. It’s still a little early to start alerting some of our less than conservative Republicans as to the difficulties they’ll face in their next effort to get re-elected.

    One thing the Tea Party Movement has done has gotten a lot of people thinking about stepping up. I’m rather encouraged by the buzz I’m hearing.

  4. let'sstartfromscratch said on 20 Feb 2010 at 6:21 pm:
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    thanks for the heads up on this band….I LOVE this kind of music and will try to catch one of their shows!

  5. Silent Knight said on 21 Feb 2010 at 12:13 pm:
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    Greg, I’m confused. You say that everything is great with the Republican Party in PWC, totally unified, enjoyed the lovefest Friday night. Then you say that there is a whole bunch of Republicans ready to run for the school board and the board of supervisors. Last time I checked, the Prince William County school board and board of supervisors were dominated by, and controlled by Republicans, and have been so for many, many years. So, are all these Republicans planning to run against John Jenkins, Danita Ramirez and Frank Principi? Or are they planning on running against other Republicans? If the latter, how does that translate to a unified party. If the former, what are the chances a Republican can win in Woodbridge or Neabsco? Just curious.

  6. Greg L said on 21 Feb 2010 at 1:24 pm:
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    Having people eager to step up as candidates is a very good sign of a healthy party. I’m sure Democrats will receive stiff challenges, but there will also be some challenges to sitting Republican incumbents to ensure we have the best representation possible.

    When incumbents never face primary challenges, that’s not a good sign for the party, and it often means incumbents get a little too comfortable in their positions.

  7. Silent Knight said on 21 Feb 2010 at 4:12 pm:
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    So, who’s going to be challenged?

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