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RPV Convention 2014: Shak Hill For Senate

By Greg L | 4 June 2014 | RPV, US Senate | 8 Comments

On Friday and Saturday, a few of my fellow conservatives will be travelling down to Roanoke for the Republican State Convention to select a nominee to challenge Mark Warner’s Senate seat.  In a year where there’s a pretty pitched battle between establishment moderates and the conservative grassroots, this might be a far more interesting convention than conventional wisdom suggests, as the Bull Elephant so adroitly explained yesterday.

In almost any other year, this convention would be a rather dull Gillespie coronation.  Gillespie is well known in Virginia politics, having held the post of RPV Chairman along with a considerable portfolio of national party and campaign office and he’s outraised all of his opponents by about a 100-1 margin.  His staff dwarfs all other campaigns, he’s running buses to Roanoke from every part of the state and we’ve been getting all sorts of slick mailers from him for months.  Why is there even a contest here?

This is not a usual year for Virginia Republicans.  The establishment, having been blindsided by the takeover or party offices orchestrated by Ken Cuccinelli during his run for office have fought back hard - and with an amazing level of blindness towards the visuals of their fight.  Eric Cantor and Ray Allen’s effort to slate delegates, Gillespie’s hand-picked choice for RPV Executive Director hosting radical illegal alien open-borders activists in headquarters two days after assuming office, packing unit-level conventions with known Democrats to thwart conservatives trying to run for party level offices — all of this infuriates grassroots conservatives that might otherwise at least listen to Gillespie’s pitch.  At this point a sizeable swath of these reliable convention attendees have just shut out everything this cabal might want to say to them and are determined to bury them.  They’re outraged.

At one recent unit meeting, the question came up “What would we want for a nominee for US Senate” which was promptly answered from a gentleman in the back row who shouted out “A K Street lobbyist!” to the open amusement of the other unit members.  How much money does it take to overcome this pretty durable meme to the detriment of Ed Gillespie?  I’m not sure such an amount of money even exists, and such questions don’t apply exclusively towards primary campaigns.  Should Gillespie eke out a victory here, Warner is sure to pile on with his considerable resources and prove once again that big government advocates are still more popular than big business and their lobbyists.  

Shak Hill has garnered the loyalty of most of those disaffected by Ed Gillespie.  In a perfect world, the conservative challenger would have a long record in Virginia government and the campaign apparatus that would develop, but as usual we don’t live in a perfect world.  Hill has some elected experience at the local level, but not in this state, and his campaign organization is what you might charitably characterize as being in a “building phase.”  Given that, he’s made a much stronger effort than any of the other challengers and racked up enough committed delegates to pose a challenge to Gillespie, which the others have not.  He’s no Goliath, but he’s been doing a pretty decent impression of David so far, and that’s just enough to garner the interest of the grassroots.

If issues matter, if philosophy matters, if a person’s substance matters, this convention matters.  John McCain gave us President Barack Obama.  If anyone can point out to me the substantial difference between John McCain and Ed Gillespie, other than that Gillespie is not a veteran and war hero, I can’t see much of a difference between them. McCain’s “Build the dang fence” became “let’s give illegals amnesty” in the blink of an eye, and there’s little reason to expect Gillespie would be any different.

I’ve been friends with Shak Hill for many years, dome some paid work and a bunch of volunteer work for him as well.  I’ll be in Roanoke this weekend to vote for him, and I hope many of you will be as well.  It’s worth the trip. 

UPDATE: James Atticus Bowen’s article over at Deo Vindice is a must read on this race.  Gillespie’s platform is about as milquetoast as it gets, when it isn’t confusing what federalism is.



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8 Comments

  1. Harold 72 said on 4 Jun 2014 at 10:06 pm:
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    Warner has done NOTHING during his time in the senate. Unless you count being a democrat lackey. Every once in a while he sends out an obscure email on how he’s sponsoring some minuscule, meaningless bill for Vets and us and working hard. If he has any conscience at all, he must feel worthless in the role he’s been relegated to. An obama and reid lackey. He has done more in the private sector than those 2 clowns combined. This is by no means an endorsement of him as he is absolutely and utterly useless.

    I would be willing and happy to help out Mr. Hill.

  2. Stephen Spiker said on 4 Jun 2014 at 10:19 pm:
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    I thought Cantor hand-picked the RPV Exec Director? Or do you just swap in and out the name of this week’s impotent outrage target as the culprit?

  3. Anonymous said on 5 Jun 2014 at 12:58 am:
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    Gillespie can’t be trusted after the Mark Tate incident. There’s so much dirt out there on this guy it’s amazing.

    https://www.vdare.com/articles/treason-lobbyist-ed-gillespie-wants-to-be-virginia-s-gop-senator-is-he-the-worst-candidate

  4. Les gabriel said on 5 Jun 2014 at 5:13 pm:
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    Go Shak

  5. Anonymous said on 5 Jun 2014 at 7:09 pm:
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    Anyone remember HB 3202, the scheme to raise taxes via unelected taxing authorities that the Supreme Court threw out as unconstitutional? Gillespie pushed really hard for this, and his efforts were a big reason why the House of Delegates approved it.

    Now Gillespie has published his agenda saying that he, as Senator, would vote to change education policy in Virginia. Gee, where does the Constitution grant the federal government control over state education policy? Don’t see it there? Me neither.

    This leapoard hasn’t changed his spots. He’s still a big government, tax-hiking, anti-federalist.

    Vote Shak Hill.

  6. doug brown said on 6 Jun 2014 at 1:47 pm:
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    Also good argument below why Shak may be the better candidate against Warner, also his military career also positions him well for the general election.

    http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/yes-we-can-a-rebuttal-of-jeanine-martin/

  7. J Doe said on 6 Jun 2014 at 7:42 pm:
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    I can’t get too invested in this race. . . Whoever the “republicans” put on the ticket will get my vote. They are all so inspiring! Starting to look like six more years of crap. . .

  8. legal2 said on 7 Jun 2014 at 12:13 pm:
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    If you like the *inclusiveness* of Gilespie, just vote democrat. I’m so sick of the GOP not supporting great candidates like Cooch, then blaming grassroots for stealing the conventions.

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