John Stirrup held his campaign kickoff at the Lion & Bull in Haymarket this evening with an overflow crowd that included political luminaries from as far as Harrisonburg, as this photo of John Stirrup with Senator Mark Obenshain attests. You’d expect that a senate campaign kickoff would draw a pretty significant crowd, but to see it spill out onto the patio despite nearly 100 degree heat is pretty unusual. This was a big event.
In the audience were representatives from Citizens United, Chairman Corey Stewart, all the serious candidates for Gainesville school board and supervisor, Delegate Jackson Miller, Randy Minchew, Dave Ramadan, Tito Munoz, Manassas Park Councilman Preston Banks, and a bunch of the doers and shakers of the Republican Party in Loudoun and Prince William including Mark Sell, Lyle Beefelt and Tom Whitmore. At least 100 people where crammed into this tight space, really pushing the adage that you want a packed room at a campaign event. About the only criticism here is that the room was too packed, as it got hot and somewhat uncomfortable tonight.
The campaign themes here are pretty predictable, but quite powerful. John Stirrup has been a pretty bold voice for conservative values on the Prince William Board of Supervisors, but he’s done so not by being a firebrand but working to find a consensus to solve problems. His Rule of Law Resolution that did so much to alleviate the illegal alien issue in Prince William County garnered three successive favorable unanimous votes from the Prince William Board while at the same time Stirrup wasn’t backing down on his principles. His fights for fiscal restraint from the board helped change the trajectory of government spending in Prince William resulting in taxpayers bearing a burden in real dollars now that is lower than the burden they bore in 2007. This isn’t conservatism that just makes noise, it’s conservatism that delivers results, and that’s going to be a powerful message to bring to the voters this election cycle.
John certainly seems to be able to raise money from events like these, and when you have the potential future majority leader of the Senate (if the Republicans take control in November) “casually” dropping by two hours driving time outside of his district, it is pretty clear John Stirrup has the support needed to win this race. Other candidates in the area seem to have picked up the idea that John Stirrup’s coattails are something they might want to latch on to and it’s pretty obvious that there’s a lot of grass-roots support behind this campaign. John’s earned that support through his efforts on the Board of County Supervisors and by all accounts the reputation he’s gained provides him with a strong base of support.
As I implied before, this primary is going to be the superbowl of conservative candidates in Northern Virginia. It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.
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