Today’s Prince William County Republican Convention was going to be, by all indications, a pretty boring affair. The convention wouldn’t be nominating any candidates for office. Ten resolutions were offered. A plethora of candidates for state-wide office wanted to speak. Between an excess of people looking for an opportunity to step into the limelight and no significant convention business to attend to, this one looked like it would be a real snoozer.
For me, that wouldn’t do at all. I wasn’t going to let politics get boring. Where’s the fun in that?
My first opportunity to spice things up a bit came when Jeannemarie Davis got up to speak. I’ve seen her at a bunch of events in different parts of the state, and she has the habit of donning an entirely different political persona depending on where she is, and she’s pretty good at being this slimy kind of philosophical chameleon. The delegates were politely clapping at her applause lines as she twisted her political career into a story that doesn’t at all reflect the politician that she is once again, and on my home turf, that’s not going by without some sort of challenge. It was time to occasionally heckle a bit — not to interrupt her, which I think is just plain rude, but to help point out that she is actually not the person she claims to be and give the other delegates a hint that perhaps checking her record a bit would be a wise thing to do. After shouting “BLOOMBERG!” a few times after the speech concluded, in reference to her dragging that awful gun-grabber and nanny-state tyrant in to campaign for her during her last run for office, Bill Card came over and asked that I respect the decorum of the convention a bit better.
Who, me? When principle is at stake? Not a chance of that, my good friend.
The next opportunity to inject a bit of realism was when the credentials committee report was being finalized. There was a small departure from non-boringness when it was discovered that due to an oversight in the convention call there actually wasn’t a filing deadline that applied to state convention delegates. That was simple enough to take care of, but still pretty bush league as far as entertainment and excitement goes, so I made a motion that we strike someone from the list of delegates to the state convention. That can be fun.
I got up and said that we should strike someone who had twice endorsed Democrats over Republican nominees, specifically someone who had endorsed Kathleen Seefeldt over Sean Connaughton, and Sharon Pandak over Corey Stewart, and that person’s name was Maureen Caddigan. Half of the 200 conventioneers in the room applauded, while the other half were incredulously asking their neighbors “Really? A Republican County Supervisor is endorsing Democrats in local elections?” Oh, yes. The motion was ruled out of order because the last instance of Caddigan’s political intransigence happened five years ago and she’d signed the pledge on the delegate form. I never got the opportunity to argue that just because someone meets the technical criteria of participating in party events according to the RPV plan doesn’t mean the convention is required to elect them as a delegate to the state convention. Had I pressed a bit harder we could have had that discussion, but in the absence of the opportunity to have any debate regarding the matter at all the convention didn’t support overruling the chair’s decision.
That’s fine. Just getting the opportunity to point out to all those activists — especially the new ones — that Maureen Caddigan is an unprincipled RINO who should be thrown out of office was well worth it.
The last opportunity for actual politics to make an appearance at the convention was to take a cudgel to a resolution, quite obviously drafted by those business interests that want cheap foreign labor to force American citizens out of the job market, that wanted the local committee to say Congress should implement some sort of temporary worker scheme. I kicked off the debate saying that this was an invitation for crony capitalists to profit at the expense of American workers and that started quite a spirited debate. One especially bright spot was when a relatively recent immigrant stood up and pummeled the notion that we abandon principle in order to coddle the open borders lobby. The resolution was significantly amended to remove that provision for a guest worker scheme and ultimately passed, although not before an amusing effort to call for the repeal of the 14th Amendment by someone who hadn’t grasped that the Amendment does a few more things other than provide Congress the opportunity to misrepresent it as demanding birthright citizenship. That was a brief, but enlightening and entertaining moment.
By that time the clock was running past four hours and it was time to pack it in. I made a motion to adopt the remainder of the resolutions by acclimation and wrap it up. By that time folks were done, and that passed overwhelmingly. Included in that package were a few interesting resolutions calling on the Board of Supervisors to adopt a flat tax rate and implement some tax reform, something I’m sure Maureen Caddigan will say is “despicable”, which I’ll save for another post.
If we’re going to go through all the trouble of having a convention, we might as well make it worthwhile. I just had to do my part to make it better.
Postscript: I’m sure someone will soon complain that I’ve endorsed Democrats over Republicans in local elections as well and I’m being a hypocrite about Caddigan. Well, if helping to create the opportunity that ultimately ended in us having the outstanding Rich Anderson serve in the House of Delegates rather than the deeply flawed Faisal Gill is something I should be accused of, well, I’ll accept that. We can have that discussion any time. Rich Anderson has been standing firm against hiking our taxes, hasn’t stolen money from the taxpayers in order to finance their campaign, has not unlawfully diverted campaign funds for his own personal use, has not hidden the receipt and disbursement of illegal campaign funds, and isn’t currently under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for political corruption. I figure such criticism could lead to a decidedly non-boring discussion about how Maureen Caddigan shouldn’t just be kicked out of the county delegation at the Richmond convention, but thrown in jail where she really belongs.
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