This closing week of our winning campaign for election on August 15th as RPV Chair is a telling tale of deception by others. But it’s also a tale of hope for renewed life for our party with a new RPV Chair.
It is the story of RPV dysfunction and defeat over the last two years. It’s told in the missteps in recent days by outgoing Chair Jack Wilson and his organization in the run-up to a vitally-important election in the life of our party and Commonwealth. It is an election that will determine who will lead our party as RPV Chair over the next four years—and whether or not we again find our will to fight and win again.
Just today, members of the Fairfax County Republican Committee AND the Fairfax City Republican Committee received incorrect and confusing flyers in the mail from Jack Wilson and RPV that they will be voting on August 15th at Fairfax Christian School in Sterling, VA. This is a glaring error that may well result in wide-spread Republican voter suppression and confusion in one of our most populous areas of Virginia.
In reality, these two Republican committees will vote at the parking lot at the National Right to Work Building, 8001 Braddock Road, Springfield, VA 22151. If you are a member of these two local units, please disregard the incorrect mail piece you received from Jack Wilson and RPV, confident in the knowledge that you will vote at the National Right to Work Building in Springfield.
But this isn’t the only dysfunction and deception that has occurred recently.
In a series of August emails, Jack Wilson trumpeted endorsements that carried false and deceptive subject lines that implied official endorsements by the full membership of Republican organizations—when in reality only a few members of these organizations made personal endorsements as individuals. I learned of this deceptive practice from a large number of infuriated members of those organizations who support my candidacy for RPV Chair.
In addition, convention delegates have received text messages, emails, and mail pieces from the Wilson campaign that depict him with prominent national Republicans to falsely imply endorsements. In reality, the photos are drive-by tourist snapshots made when both were present for Republican events.
In contrast, my emails and social media postings display authentic and full support by grassroots Republican activists, local committee chairs, National Committeeman Morton Blackwell, Cong. Rob Wittman (R-1st), Cong. Ben Cline (R-6th), Cong. Morgan Griffith (R-9th), and many elected members of the Virginia General Assembly where I once served.
And just yesterday, convention delegates by the hundreds received robocalls on their cell phones from the Wilson campaign—a clear violation of federal law.
Lastly, I have received numerous calls from convention delegates who are experiencing problems with their delegate certifications. They have placed calls to RPV HQ for resolution as long as a week ago, with no response from RPV. I have assisted them in the sure promise that this will end on Saturday, August 15th.
August 15th is shaping up as a red-letter day for our party and Commonwealth because that’s when we will elect a new RPV Chair. In that spirit, I humbly and sincerely ask for your vote so that you again have a voice in your party.
Let us resolve today that we will again lift our voices in a long-overdue recommitment to the conviction that IT’S TIME TO FIGHT AND WIN AGAIN!