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Let’s Hold The Boring And Have A Convention Instead

By Greg L | 9 March 2013 | Virginia Politics, Prince William County | 9 Comments

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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  1. Rob Hartwell said on 9 Mar 2013 at 4:47 pm:
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    Greg, I usually agree with you, but perhaps you just don’t like Republican women? LOL. On this one, you were 50% right, and usually, you are RIGHT all the time!

  2. Greg L said on 9 Mar 2013 at 4:58 pm:
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    No, I just don’t like Republicans that suck. Now Janet Clarke over in Loudoun, she’s awesome. I’d love to see what Jeanine Lawson could do in office. There are plenty of conservative women out there who would probably do, or are currently doing a wonderful job representing their constituents instead of ripping them off and injecting buttmonkeys like Michael Bloomberg into Virginia politics.

    The fetid stench of JMDD and Caddigan should not waft in the direction of these female patriots and harm their opportunity to serve the public.

  3. Lovettsville Lady said on 10 Mar 2013 at 12:36 am:
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    Any chance that we could get you to attend the Loudoun mass meeting? We need some excitement there!

  4. Anonymous said on 10 Mar 2013 at 8:17 am:
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    I don’t know the history, but I am confused. Rich Anderson is a Republican. What is wrong with supporting him?

  5. Citizen-Veteran said on 10 Mar 2013 at 11:45 am:
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    Once again, the best news reporting on the PWC Republican events is right here, on Greg’s blog. Whether readers agree or disagree with everything our host has presented - this blog remains the best source of information.

    From my perspective - it sure looks like Jeannemarie Davis is an artful liar in 2013! If it weren’t for the remaining respect in the GOP ranks for former GOP 11th CD Congressman Tom Davis and his constructive works despite facing a very large liberal opposition base for many years in Fairfax County, JMDD would be dead in the water.

    As for RINOs, they need to be called out in PWC and elsewhere. The displeasure over potential massive tax hikes in the Transportation bill is evident across our NOVA communities. Most NOVA Republican representatives in Richmond voted against the bill, as I understand it.

    Not all of us were able to attend the PWC Republican Convention yesterday. It would be nice if more readers brought their convention observations to this forum.

    Again, Greg, thanks for pointing out the good, the bad & the ugly.

  6. Joan E. Deane said on 10 Mar 2013 at 5:04 pm:
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    You are an vile AH. Who do you think you are. Do you not understand United we win!!
    Get off the air waves and internet.

  7. Greg L said on 10 Mar 2013 at 10:11 pm:
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    No, actually I do not understand “United we win.” The only contemporary reference to that term I can find is from Voto Latino, which aired a public service announcement with that title advocating amnesty for illegal aliens.

    Let me guess, you’re some self-described “compassionate conservative” or something, right?

  8. david friend said on 11 Mar 2013 at 12:32 am:
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    No Greg,actualy joan e. deane is someone who dose not know english…JOAN ,it should read YOU ARE A VILE AH not YOU ARE AN VILE AH….JONE: LEARN ENGLISH FIRST BEFORE YOU SLAM ANYONE…..it will be recived as though you are a lot brighter than you seem….

  9. Citizen-Veteran said on 11 Mar 2013 at 6:27 pm:
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    Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez, can we get back to something constructive here?

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