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The Next RPV Chairman

By Greg L | 8 November 2014 | RPV | 28 Comments

If you had to pick between Eric Herr and John Whitbeck to become the next Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, would that decision be as difficult for you as it would be for me?  That indeed looks to be the decision the State Central Committee will have to make at their January meeting as they replace Pat Mullins, who has announced he will step down as soon as a replacement is found.  Fortunately, either of these gentlemen will likely do a great job filling Pat’s shoes.

Mullins has really done an outstanding job as Chairman during his tenure.  RPV Chairman is a really hard job and about all the results you tend to get from it are endless gripes and complaints.  About the best the rest of us could hope for is that the duties of that position are discharged with fairness and equity, and Mullins has consistently excelled at both.  Not many of his predecessors mastered this, so Mullins has set a really high standard for whoever will succeed him.

Fortunately between these two candidates, I’m quite confident meeting that bar won’t be a problem.  Choosing between them, well, that’s quite a bit more challenging.

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  1. Meg said on 8 Nov 2014 at 1:33 pm:
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    Eric Herr, hands down!

  2. Dave Briggman said on 8 Nov 2014 at 2:22 pm:
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    I’m with Meg, I’ll support Eric.

  3. Marianne Horinko said on 8 Nov 2014 at 3:43 pm:
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    John Whitbeck has been a spectacular Chairman of the Tenth District Committee. He is diligent, focused on growing our ranks, and committed to outreach. He has operated on a fair and consistent manner. I enthusiastically endorse John Whitneck for Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia.

  4. Jo Thoburn said on 8 Nov 2014 at 3:51 pm:
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    John Whitbeck gets my vote for Chairman. John has shown exceptional leadership in the 10th District. He’s really walked the walk when it comes to a party controlled nominating process and getting us a candidate who can win the general election.

  5. Dave Webster said on 8 Nov 2014 at 4:03 pm:
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    I can’t think of a better choice than John Whitbeck. His experience, drive, and organizational skills are clearly superior.

  6. Andrew Nicholson said on 8 Nov 2014 at 4:19 pm:
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    We need a RPV Chairman who is willing and able to think outside the box. With the 10th District Firehouse Primary John Whitbeck not only did what no other District Chairman had attempted to do, but hit a Grand slam Homerun doing it.

  7. Gerry Gunn said on 8 Nov 2014 at 5:10 pm:
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    John Whitbeck gets my vote in this poll. John has done a tremendous job as Chairman of the 10th District. He advanced the Committee’s use of technology to bring the 10th District into the 21st century. He has on different occasions had to deal with difficult people and has always done so fairly, and in the best interest of the 10th District. John is extremely knowledgeable about the structure, function, and operation of RPV as well as RNC. John is a person of integrity and honesty. Finally, John has great fundraising skills.

  8. Dottie O'Rourke said on 8 Nov 2014 at 5:14 pm:
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    As one of the station chiefs in the 10th District Firehouse Primary, I can enthusiastically endorse the leadership of John Whitbeck. He is a leader who knows how to delegate and then trust his people to do their jobs. How refreshing! We cannot be in better hands in the Commonwealth and the Republican Party.

  9. Mary Campbell said on 8 Nov 2014 at 6:09 pm:
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    I have had the honor of representing Fairfax on the 10th or 11th District Congressional Committee. John Whitbeck is by far the best Chairman I have worked with. He is dedicated, committed, focused, professional, and operates from the standpoint of doing what is right. John is out-going and will be able to raise the money necessary for the successful operation of the State organization. RPV would be fortunate to have such a strong individual as their leader.

  10. Terrence Boulden said on 8 Nov 2014 at 8:11 pm:
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    John is the choice hands down and with out a doubt

  11. Jill Colf said on 8 Nov 2014 at 8:15 pm:
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    Without question, I unreservedly endorse John Whitbeck as the next RPV Chairman. As former Vice Chairman of the Frederick County Republican Committee, as well as participating as one of the station chiefs in the overwhelmingly successful 10th District Party Canvass, I had the privilege of meeting John when he first entered a more public role in politics. He has a passion for fairness and the good sense to trust that the local leadership knows their area best. He has been a true gentleman in defeat and even more so in his success. While Chairman Mullins is leaving big shoes to fill, I have every confidence that John Whitbeck would fill them magnificently.

  12. Julie Williams said on 8 Nov 2014 at 8:24 pm:
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    John Whitbeck has the experience, decisiveness, discipline and coherence we need to lead the Republican Party of Virginia. In my capacity as Tenth District Vice Chairman, I have had countless opportunities to witness Chairman Whitbeck as he faced challenging multifaceted situations. His diplomacy and understanding of parliamentary process and the law has lead our committee to many amicable resolutions. He is a principled leader who has run the Committee in an organized and inclusive manner. Chairman Whitbeck has steadily grown the Party, inspired involvement and raised needed funds. He understands the needs of Republicans of various backgrounds and outlooks; his dedication to the advancement of conservative principles is unparalleled. It has been an honor and privilege serving alongside John Whitbeck on the Tenth District Committee; he has my wholehearted support to be the next Chairman of the RPV!

  13. Tom Seeman said on 8 Nov 2014 at 8:31 pm:
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    I’m for John Whitbeck all the way. He is smart, experienced, personable and can give a good speech. He knows what has to be done to win elections and has the talent to do it. He is fair but firm, principled and dedicated.

  14. Anon said on 8 Nov 2014 at 9:25 pm:
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    Whichever one can bring the conservative and the establishment wings together at ballot time!

  15. Jeanine Martin said on 8 Nov 2014 at 11:28 pm:
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    That person would be John Whitbeck. He has worked very well with all factions of the party, including the establishment groups and the Tea Party. No one would be better at bringing all factions of the party together than John. He is a solid, principled, conservative.

  16. Anonymous said on 8 Nov 2014 at 11:35 pm:
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    John Whitbeck! He has been incredible leader in the 10th Congressional District. He has engaged with many factions of the Party and brought them together. Not only that but he has been involved with other efforts through the Party such as YRFV.

  17. Michelle Staton said on 8 Nov 2014 at 11:44 pm:
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    John Whitbeck has worked endlessly for candidates, knows what it takes to run an excellent campaign and has excellent ideas for the Republican Party. He’s got my vote all the way!

  18. Matt Leeds said on 9 Nov 2014 at 4:57 am:
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    No Contest, Whitbeck! I have had the opportunity to serve on various committees and campaigns in the 10th reporting to or working with John Whitbeck. He’s an absolute professional, a leader who understands how to get others focused upon a shared vision and moving them to bringing it to life. Beyond that, John is an articulate spokesman for a party brand of “bold colors” and conservatism. John Whitbeck is exactly what the RPV needs.

  19. Ron Meyer said on 9 Nov 2014 at 6:55 am:
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    John Whitbeck is one of the most competent leaders in our party leadership. Look no further than the 10 district firehouse primary to see his skills at work. We may have run against each other last year, but John has earned my respect and trust to lead RPV. He will be a unifier, not a divider. I’m all for John.

  20. Stephen Hollingshead said on 9 Nov 2014 at 7:57 am:
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    If the proof of the pudding is in the eating: John Whitbeck presided over the replacement of Frank Wolf, in a district that has been becoming increasingly Democrat. Everyone was convinced it would be close — the Democrats targeted it nationally early on. And Barbara Comstock went out and won BY 16 POINTS! The 10th District Republicans united behind our nominee and she delivered a great victory. John Whitbeck’s leadership was essential to the magnitude of this victory — a victory so decisive that Democrats will not likely target the district even with next cycle’s more Democratic turnout model.

  21. Seth Thatcher said on 9 Nov 2014 at 9:11 am:
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    John Whitbeck is an incredibly decent human being as well as an experienced and talented leader in our party. It’s rare to find someone who has both skill and humility. John has both. Barbara Comstock smartly relied on John’s advice in many cases during this heavily contested congressional race and was the better for it. Furthermore, John is a uniter, not a divider. I have seen this in action multiple times. John is also a commonsense conservative that all VAGOP factions can rally around as our new leader. Can’t say enough about the guy! John Whitbeck for RPV Chairman!

  22. Stephen Spiker said on 9 Nov 2014 at 10:14 am:
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    Wow this outpouring of support for John Whitbeck seems entirely spontaneous and not coordinated.

  23. Cathy McNickle said on 9 Nov 2014 at 10:27 am:
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    “The 10th Leads the Way”

    For all the reasons above and several more, I support John Whitbeck. It has been a pleasure to work with him on key 10th District initiatives, particularly the 10th District Canvass. Some said it could not be done, but it was - through sheer will and detemination. The results were a large database and volunteer pool that aided Congresswoman Elect Comstock to her spectacular victory. Overwhelmingly winning this congressional seat will aid all of our candidates in the 10th next year and for years to come. Leadership and cooperation are key, and this is what has been displayed and fostered over the past 3 years by John as Chair of the 10th.

    Let’s take it to the next level so that ‘Virginia Leads the Way”.

  24. Hon. Eugene Delgaudio said on 9 Nov 2014 at 7:59 pm:
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    When we needed him he came through and never waivered in his vigilant leadership.

  25. The Bulletproof Monk said on 10 Nov 2014 at 11:06 am:
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    I proudly join my numerous colleagues in endorsing John Whitbeck. The implementation of a Firehouse Canvas that collectively had more participation than the open primary by democrats in a key race was truly impressive. It’s that kind of thinking that separates the 10th from the rest of the districts. And it’s the kind of thinking that can bring the 10th’s results to the whole State Party.

  26. Jeff Hunter said on 18 Nov 2014 at 3:26 pm:
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    I’ll support whoever can end this Establishment vs. Tea Party crap once the primary/convention is over. This nonsense has caused the GOP to loose very winnable races for Governor and a Senate seat. Both sides need to quit moping that their guy didn’t win the nomination, fussing because other guys is a stinker and doesn’t play fair, crabbing that he’s is a closet liberal/extremist, he doesn’t like conservatives/moderates, or whatever excuse you use to not pull the lever (or poke the screen as the case may be) for the guy who’s running AGAINST the Dem.

    Remember William F. Buckley’s dictum — to support the most viable conservative candidate. That doesn’t mean sit home and pout because the candidate is “not a real conservative” or “too conservative”. It means on the first Tuesday in November get your panties out of a bunch , hold your nose, and vote.

  27. Uncle Wally said on 19 Nov 2014 at 11:05 am:
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    Whitbeck is from Northern VA (10th), we don’t win enough in Northern VA, let’s go with the guy who shows he can get Republicans elected there (other than his own races… clearly he’s learned more from losing than anyone else.)

  28. James Young said on 8 Dec 2014 at 10:11 am:
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    Just came across this, and while I understand that Herr has now withdrawn, I agree with your post in chief. I’ve had the pleasure of working with both men, and if I had to vote, it would have been a tough choice.

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