“This afternoon the business as usual Republican unit chairs of the 5th district chose to ignore the outcry from the grassroots and majority of congressional candidates and voted for a primary to decide the 5th district GOP congressional candidate. The vote was not even close with 19 voting for a primary and 13 against.” Virginia5thDistrict blog.
Roughly a hundred people showed up at this district meeting voicing their desire for a convention to choose the next GOP congressional candidate. This meeting was very reminiscent of the Perriello town halls in which the people express there opinion and then Tom chooses to ignore them. I expected that from someone of Perriello’s ilk but thought that the unit chairs of the republican party would be different. I was wrong.
From the start it was obvious what direction this vote would take, it was to head in a direction that would favor the middle of the road candidate, Robert Hurt. It was quite painful watching this process knowing that the decision had been made even before the meeting started. The fix was in and had been so ever since Hurt announced his candidacy and the NRCC put him forth as the candidate of choice. The one thing I learned today is that it is impossible to fight the machine on it’s own terms.
I am thinking that it is time to change the terms. An independent took control of the NY 23rd race why not the Virginia 5th? Something to ponder.