“A level playing field” is a concept that embodies fair treatment, whether it is in sports, education, or politics. This weekend, we will see if this concept is engrained in the culture of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV)…or not.
Tomorrow, Saturday, June 27th, at 4pm, the RPV State Central Committee (SCC), which is the governing body of RPV, will convene in a Facebook Live session that you can watch at https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaGOP/.
At its meeting, SCC members will consider options about the date, location, and format for the RPV State Convention, where we will elect a new RPV Chair and our RPV National Committeeman and Committeewoman. These positions are crucial to determining the future of our state party and whether we will restore RPV’s will to fight and win…or not.
Saturday’s SCC meeting is about a level playing field.
Several proposals are reportedly on the table, but the range of options are not known because meetings at which these proposals have been discussed over the last several weeks have been veiled in privacy and away from our grassroots Republican activists. One concerning proposal is for convention delegates to convene in their vehicles at regional voting locations in the 11 Congressional Districts, cast their votes from their vehicles, and drive away from the voting venue.
Such an arrangement jettisons our decades-old tradition of gathering with our fellow Republicans to build party unity that produces party cohesion and carries our Presidential and Congressional candidates across the finish line on November 3rd.
The “reason” for such a disconnected convention centers around the Governor’s unconstitutional COVID-19 orders that have deprived Virginia citizens of their civil liberties and livelihoods. In the spirit of fighting and winning again, large numbers of convention delegates have indicated that they wish to convene in an assembled state convention.
For months now, I have advocated for an RPV State Convention that:
- Is a traditional in-person convention that takes reasonable precautions against COVID-19
- Convenes no later than late July or early August
- Is limited to one day only
- Is held in a location outside of Richmond
- Determines election results by majority vote, not by plurality or ranked-choice voting
A level playing field will be defined—or not—by the outcome of Saturday’s SCC decision.
Now is the time to convene a traditional convention through either civil, peaceful, and nonviolent disobedience; lawsuits and the rule of law in our courts; or intervention by the U.S. Department of Justice in the face of this Governor’s de facto voter suppression. In reality, he has revoked his stay-at-home orders by permitting thousands of protestors to gather in the streets, some for nonviolent purposes and others for violent purposes.
Today, we have a generous and perfect offer from conservative Republican patriot and farmer Martha Boneta at her Liberty Farm in Paris, VA, in Fauquier County, where she hosted a large event for Vice President Mike Pence in 2016. I can think of no more appropriate place than Liberty Farm to recommit ourselves to liberty in our Commonwealth and the promise that our party again believes in itself.
Saturday, June 27th, will be the day when RPV decides if it is committed to the concept of “a level playing field” and the battle cry that It’s Time to Fight and Win Again.
It’s time to fight and I invite you to connect with us in these ways:
- Email us at Rich@RichAnderson.com
- Call my home at 703-730-1380 or my cell at 703-282-9653
- Friend us on Facebook at www.RichAnderson.com/DelegateRichAnderson
- Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DelRichAnderson
- Sign up to support my RPV Chair candidacy at www.RichAnderson.com
We have now reached a defining moment in the life of our party where it’s about a level playing field, trust, and fighting and winning again.
RICHARD L. ANDERSON
Republican Party of Virginia
It’s Time to Fight and Win Again