On Monday, May 8, the 11th Congressional District Committee voted to make the nomination process for our 2018 candidate for Congress a primary rather than a convention. The committee ignored the wishes of more than two-thirds (68.06%) of our grassroots volunteer Republicans who wanted the nomination process for the 11th Congressional District to be a local convention to be held in our district.
Before the vote, some committee members laughed while I was reading a prepared written statement explaining my position favoring a convention. One committee member even mocked me saying how “articulate” I was in reading my prepared statement. Spanish is my native language but I haven’t been ridiculed in this way since elementary school, when I was learning to speak English. These freshmen of the 11th District Committee need to learn to respect disagreement among fellow Republicans instead of acting childish in a serious setting.
As opposed to focusing on defeating socialist Democrats, these young professional political operatives would rather defeat those who are not part of their professional political class. The people who represent the majority of the Republican Party base, ordinary grassroots volunteers like us, continue to be ridiculed. The smugness emanating from members of the 11th District Committee makes it clear why there is such a disconnect between most Republican Party officials and the ordinary voting public. If they will treat an elected Party official, me, with such disrespect, their condescending attitude will continue to build division within our Republican Party as well as with voters here in Fairfax County. The recent poor electoral results in Fairfax County stems from these type of politicians. Keep in mind that Fairfax County’s voting results ultimately affects state wide elections to a greater degree than any other county’s vote totals.
I ran for the 11th Congressional District State Central Committee because I knew that many of our elected Party leaders do not really represent the voting public. We needed someone who was different and would be respectful of the needs and demands of the Republican voter base. Monday night made it clear to me that more change is needed, and desperately.
Republican activist volunteers are the giants of our Party. They are the ones who “make it happen” and will continue to do so. Unfortunately, our giants are surrounded by midgets in leadership. If this is the “Next Gen” of Republican leaders, the Democrat Party has nothing to worry about.
God bless all of you patriots who support change through order.
This was the official vote:
Opposed to a Primary
Matt Ames–Fairfax County Chairman
Fredy Burgos–State Central Representative
John Martin–Prince William County Representative
Paul Prados–11th District Chairman
In Favor of a Primary
Kyle McDaniel–State Central Representative
Eric Nielsen–College Republican Representative
Ryan Rauner (by proxy)–State Central Representative
Stephen Spiker–Young Republican Representative
Becky Stoeckel (by proxy)–City of Fairfax Chairman
Jo Watts–Virginia Federation of Republican Women Representative
If you have any questions please call me at 571-278-6341. You may also send an E-mail to [email protected]
RPV State Central Committee Representative
11th Congressional District
White Oaks Republicans
Face it, you live in a place where even the RPV is purple. Where town hall attendees are 90 percent Dem, many from out of the district. A world where the GOP candidate must garner a super majority in elections over the entire state just to break even with one NoVa county.
Maybe you should try a different tack when your fellow RPV representatives act the way you say. Get right up in their face. It seems to work when the Dems do it, why not you?
If you can’t stem the tide at your local party meetings, what hope is left for the rest of the state? Regardless of what people may think, all politics is local. Lose a precinct today, lose a district tomorrow.
All an open primary gives you is a candidate using the party trademark. A convention gives you party skin in the game. It’s part of the local rah rah rah that gets people involved in ground game politicking.
I’ve lived in Virginia for 25 years now. You know how many people have knocked on my door in all that time? Two… Both were local Dem politicians looking for local seats. I had better luck from the GOP, living in Calif.
Sorry to hear that. With Republicans like those, we don’t need Democrats to oppose us. Keep on fighting the good fight.
Thank you for your efforts! Those people have been mucking things up for way too long.