This past week, the College Republican Virginia Federation removed their 6th District Representative, Michael Walsh, from his post. No reason was given to Mr. Walsh for his dismissal. But we do know certain things about Mr. Walsh.
- Michael Walsh is on the staff of Senator Mark Obenshain, the Joint Chairman of the Virginia Legislative Conservative Caucus.
- Mr. Walsh garnered a lot of respect during his short time as CR Rep to the 6th Congressional District. Mr. Walsh voted his conscience, made sensible and reasonable arguments for his vote, and acted like a true professional at the previous 6th District Committee meeting. Given the contentious nature of the previous meeting, this says a lot about Michael Walsh.
- Mr. Walsh is a previous JMU CR Chair.
- Mr. Walsh is the current Vice Chair of the Harrisonburg GOP.
Mr. Walsh has the honor of being respected by pretty much the entire Republican Party of the 6th Congressional District. He is appreciated by both the moderate and conservative wings of the party. What is more surprising is that Mr. Walsh was dismissed without a reason being given. In an email from CRVF Chair Courteney Britt to Mr. Walsh, she refused to give a reason as to his dismissal. And when Mr. Walsh asked the reasons behind his dismissal, he was told that to offer a reason for his dismissal would only cause “disunity where no cause for it exists”.
A similar letter asking for the explanation for Mr. Walsh’s dismissal will be coming from the 6th Congressional District in the next day or so. The overwhelming majority of the 6th Congressional District Committee stands with Mr. Walsh.
Copies of the letters from the JMU CR’s and UVA CR’s are here below:
If avoiding drama was what Ms. Britt wanted to do, then she could not have found a worse way to avoid drama.