At the Virginia Republican Advance Ed Gillespie addressed the party faithful from across the state urging them to build on his efforts to bring more minorities into the party as well as uniting the different factions of the party. [read_more]
“A bigger Republican majority in our state Senate, delivering Virginia for our Republican presidential nominee, regaining the governorship of the commonwealth and flipping a U.S. Senate seat will make a big difference for the country and commonwealth we love,” Gillespie said.
John Whitbeck, the likely successor to Pat Mullins as Republican Party Chair, addressed efforts to fundraise for the party. His goal is to be able to raise $1.5 million in the next three years giving the party the ability to hire field directors in each of the 11 Congressional districts. Whitbeck hopes to eventually raise $4 million a year for the party. He added,
We have all the infighting that I want to end,” he said. “And it’s up to the [state party] not only to give donors a reason to invest in the party, but also to give grass-roots folks a reason to invest their time and their passion, and we haven’t done a good job of it.”
John Whitbeck has the ability, and the drive, to unite all factions of the Republican party, including the establishment Republicans and the grassroots. He was able to do that in the 10th district and he will bring that ability to the entire state.
Much more on the Advance here.