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John Stirrup’s Campaign Kickoff

By Greg L | 9 June 2011 | 13th VA Senate, Loudoun County, Virginia Senate, Prince William County | 4 Comments

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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  1. Will Johnson said on 10 Jun 2011 at 2:36 pm:
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    Nice coverage, Greg. the event was fabulous indeed.

    I also like John Stirrup’s strategic alliance with some of the best Republicans out of Loudoun County, including Greg Stone, Loudoun’s Top Gun on Second Amendment issues, and 10th House District Republican candidate, Randy Minchew, who will be sharing a joint campaign office with John in Leesburg.

    Minchew shared with me his support of Stirrup’s the Rule of Law Resolutions and noted that a country’s national sovereignty is directly related to it’s commitment to defend it’s borders. Mark Obenshain joined in on the discussion also.

    While this race in the 13th Senate District is battle of three solid conservatives, John Stirrup is the best and most electable of the three.

    I look forward to going up to Campaign Office opening tomorrow.

    Go John!

  2. The BulletProof Monk said on 12 Jun 2011 at 6:52 pm:
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    I concur. John, if you’re perusing the BVBL, my reply package will be mailed Monday. Whatever I can provide in Loudoun, friend.

  3. Joe Doc said on 13 Jun 2011 at 2:02 pm:
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    Yep, I’m going with Stirrup.

  4. Loudoun Lady said on 13 Jun 2011 at 6:17 pm:
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    Sorry I missed the event but it was hot as a mother that night! Stirrup has some solid support behind him here in LC and we look forward to working with him.

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