About two months ago, my friend Zach Williams and I had the idea of dragging a bunch of liberty republicans up to Silverback Distillery in Afton, Virginia to meet Denver and Christine Riggleman, the heart and soul of the #WhiskeyRebellion in Virginia. Soon we found out that we would be met with Delegates Nick Freitas and Ben Cline, state Senator Bryce Reeves, and the next Governor of Virginia, Ed Gillespie. This is what happens when you tell an infrastructure analyst like Denver Riggleman that you are putting pieces on the board. They maximize its potential beyond anything you could imagine.
Denver Riggleman and the Whiskey Rebellion has gotten behind Ed Gillespie in the hopes of giving our General Assembly a Governor willing to sign magnificent legislation long vetoed by the likes of Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, and Terry McAuliffe. Gillespie, speaking in front of over a hundred patriots in fields overlooked by the mountains of Central Virginia, embraced our liberty, anti-regulation message in full.
For those doubting the importance of Ed Gillespie, let me make a case. For years, conservatives have complained that we’ve gone in the wrong direction under a Republican General Assembly and a series of Democrat governors. There are conservatives that worry that the next Republican governor could make some of the same mistakes that Bob McDonnell made during his administration. Let me assure you, that will not happen with Ed Gillespie. Ed Gillespie, as early as December of 2014, began reaching out to TEA Party leaders and conservatives. He did not ask for or demand support. He simply asked us what mattered most to us. He wanted to understand where we were coming from, what we were passionate about, and which hills we were willing to die on. I treasured my conversation with Ed, even two years after the fact, because he didn’t win me over – yet, he tried. He didn’t give me talking points. He tried to win me over by listening. Good luck getting that from Northam.
I supported and volunteered for Denver Riggleman and I am anxious to do so again. I’ll quit whatever job I have in the future to elect Denver Riggleman to any office in America. However, Ed Gillespie has lent his ear to both Denver and Denver’s supporters.
It is easy to be cynical and it is hard to find someone more cynical than I.
A little research into my take on the 2017 primaries and you’ll realize that after Denver dropped out, my cynicism reached Herculean heights.
In 2017, we need to elect Ed Gillespie Governor. He will support legislation backed by the likes of delegates Ben Cline and Nick Freitas.
We’ve got Jill Vogel running for LG, getting behind the best wisdom of our farmers in support of industrial hemp. We’ve got John Adams running for AG, who has the nerve to tell supporters that he is going to uphold Virginia law, because that’s his job. We’ve had enough of activist AG’s legislating via public disappearing acts. It’s about time we had a Constitutional Conservative serving us as Attorney General.
Virginia – We have an opportunity to overcome the odds and allow our moderates and conservative legislators to do the work they have to do, and to present that work to the Commonwealth before a REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR! Those of you who supported Wagner and Stewart, believe me, under a Democrat Governor you will get no ear. Wagner is damn right about the importance of infrastructure and vocational job training. There are hundreds of businesses looking to hire workers our education system has been unable to provide workers for. Do you really want to import labor? We better listen to Wagner. Gillespie will.
We have got to support our President Donald Trump in curtailing illegal immigration and sanctuary cities, just as Corey Stewart demanded, and Ed Gillespie is listening. He’ll get her done.
A vote for Ed Gillespie, is a vote for Denver Riggleman, Frank Wagner, and Corey Stewart to have a seat at the table in the Governor’s mansion. A vote for Ed Gillespie is a vote for every conservative bill that made it’s way out of the General Assembly, only to get vetoed by Clinton-Fundraiser Terry McAuliffe.
One of the best events I’ve been to this year was a fundraiser for Delegate Nick Freitas, where Martha Boneta, Senator Bryce Reeves, and Denver Riggleman got behind a liberty-agenda that will benefit all of our beloved Commonwealth. Each of these advocates for liberty are supporting Ed Gillespie for Governor, because Ed Gillespie simply will not stop talking to them and to us. He just wont’ shut up. He simply will not ignore us, no matter how pissed off we are that our candidate lost – there is Ed Gillespie with an outstretched hand and a question or fifty.
The Corey Stewart, Frank Wagner, and Denver Riggleman voter will have a seat at the table when Ed Gillespie is Governor.
This isn’t propaganda.
Those of you who follow the TEA Party in Virginia, know that Gillespie has been after us for three years! Not with demands, but questions and an open ear. Those of you wondering why Gillespie got so many conservative endorsements…well, because he listened to them.
Look, I think the next several years are going to be hard. Call me cynical, but I think Frank Wagner might be right that in order to compete with our neighbors, we’re not only going to need tax reform, but tax increases. Stewart, Riggleman, and Gillespie disagree. I pray they are right.
Do not be deceived. Under our Democrat Governors, we have bridges about to fall down all over the Commonwealth. They aren’t cheap. Aubrey Lane is looking to spend as many federal funds on railroads we don’t need and Washington D.C. doesn’t care about our bridges. Period. People risk their lives over the Robert O Norris Bridge every day. Click the clink, join the page, and embrace the movement. McAullife is risking our lives on bridges that can hardly stand.
I need all of you on board.
Do you know how long I waited to see Republican mainstream candidates embrace liberty-activists? I saw it Saturday. We’ve got to stop listening to FOX News and CNN and realize that we’re making progress. Hell, even my populist “friends” with whom I share a love/hate or just-hate relationship with find themselves with a seat at the table in 2017 in Virginia.
We can change the course of our history. It’s going to be hard. Very hard. Damn near impossible.
However, if all of you get behind Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, and John Adams, we will recover our economy from its annual descent. We will find ways to engage Millennials in our new economy. We can do this. We just need the right leaders. These leaders are willing and able, if you’re willing to get behind them. Frank Wagner, Denver Riggleman, and Corey Stewart didn’t disappear because they lost. They became the voices of the people before the next Governor of Virginia.