So I happen across some pictures of a campaign kickoff that features the rock star of Virginia politics Ken Cuccinelli. You’d think the overflow crowds would spill out in to the parking lot at an event like this, as Ken doesn’t just show up for anyone. You gotta be pretty special to get the Cooch. I’ve been to a lot of high profile campaign kickoffs in the county and this is the first one I’ve heard of that had the ObamaCare-killer himself at as a headliner.
So here’s one of the photos I see on facebook of the campaign kickoff of Milt Johns and Gil Trenum this week:
Now I’d show up to just about anything where Ken Cuccinelli speaks. He is an absolutely brilliant speaker. I’ve seen him speak dozens of times, and each time I come away inspired, excited, and I’d feel like I just got a rapid-fire history and philosophy lesson I’d never get elsewhere. If Ken was going to speak at a knitting club, I’d probably find a way to get there, and so would a whole lot of other people. Here we have the chairman of the Prince William County School Board and one of the freshman conservative luminaries on the board, and nearly half of the people in attendance seem to be elected officials, candidates, and their staff?
Here’s a tip to my friends on the school board, and both of these really are people I like a whole lot - if Ken Cuccinelli can’t inject any enthusiasm into your campaigns, maybe it is time to rethink how you are representing the people of Prince William County in your elected positions. What we’ve seen from the board over the past four years has been little more than a string of bitter disappointments, and the lack of enthusiasm towards your candidacies are a direct reflection of that circumstance. In short, you were elected last term to do a job, and the voters are still waiting to see that job get done.
There’s still time to make people believe they should care whether you get re-elected. Use that time wisely, my friends. I don’t want to see this kind of turnout for you in November, but that’s the picture as I see it right now.
Compare the above with this, and it’s pretty clear where the intensity is this election cycle:
UPDATE: I’m getting emails saying that the attendance at this event was a lot higher than the pictures Steve Botello posted on facebook would tend to indicate, and that there were about 80 people there. I trust my eyes on this one, as it’s kind of hard to hide 80 people in a photo set like this. Anyone that was there, feel free to weigh in, and we’d all appreciate pictures that demonstrate more than the vastly underwhelming crowd we’ve been shown so far.
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