Anyone remember theÂ â€œUnityâ€ press conference that Republicans had in Loudoun back in June?
Sheriff Chapmanâ€™s right hand man, Brian Reynolds, set up that press conference with much fanfare and much pressure on all the elected Republicans to support his call for party unity.The press conference was calledÂ to support the Chapman campaign over his recently declared opponent, Independent and former Sheriff, Steve Simpson.
It was important to Brian Reynolds and the Chapman campaign that the public see the support of the party for Sheriff Chapman, and nominally for Republican candidate for Chairman of the Board, Charlie King. Following the press conference was Mike Chapmanâ€™s unity themed fundraiser where there wasn’t much ‘unity’ since only the Sheriff benefitted from funds raised.
How things have changed in six weeks. That whole unity thing has gone by the boards. Brian Reynolds, who continues to be the Sheriffâ€™s guy, is also working for Independent Scott York who is running for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors against our Republican nominee, Charlie King.
It seems party unity is only important when it benefits Sheriff Chapman.
Scott York, a man who canâ€™t make up his mind if heâ€™s a Republican or an Independent is a man lacking both a moral compass and a strong set of values. Nothing is more illustrative than his hiring of two men with criminal, felonious, backgrounds to run his campaign, Brian Reynolds as his campaign managerÂ and Shaun Williams as his treasurer. Birds of a feather. (My Mama taught me we are judged by the company we keep.)
Brian was all about Republican party unity when it was of benefit to Sheriff Chapman but quickly abandoned that idea when Scott York offered him money. Â Deep convictions there. Â But he’s not alone, many of the sheriff’s supporters are also supporters of Scott York. That whole Republican unity schtick is long gone for Sheriff Chapman’s workers and supporters as is evident in numerous parades where the Sheriff’s supporters sport Chapman t-shirts adorned with York stickers.
Our election this year isnâ€™t all about 2015, it’s really about 2016. Our Republican candidate for President cannot win without Virginia and he or she cannot win Virginia without Loudoun. We will once again be ground zero in the Presidential election.
Scott York cannot lead Republicans to a victory in 2016 because he isnâ€™t a Republican, and wonâ€™t be next year. Scott York has been in office longer than Franklin Roosevelt, sometimes as a Republican, more often not. Â Under the Republican Party Plan Scott York has been removed from the party and banned from participating in any Republican events. Â How can he lead Republicans to Presidential and Congressional victories in 2016? Â He can’t. period. Â We need a Republican leader who can.
Scott York has proven himself to be unreliable, indecisive and untrustworthy. Next year he’s as likely to support a Democrat as a Republican or an Independent. Â In the past he has endorsed candidates of each party.
Republican candidate for Chairman, attorney Charlie King, understands that we need a decisive, Republican, leader next year in Loudoun if Republicans are to carry Loudoun and Virginia. King said:
“One reason I decided to run was my belief is the inconsistency in Loudoun Republican politics has been caused, in part, by the lack of a â€œhand on the rudder.â€ In other words, there has been no Republican Chairman of the Board who understood the importance of their role as titular head of the party and responsibility to raise money and build up the party.”
Long time Republican and grassroots activist, Leesburg attorney, Charlie King, has ideas that will help us win next year:
â€œItâ€™s imperative we hire a part-time executive director to get us ready for 2016.
We will be political ground zero in 2016.Â Its imperative we have help with the â€œblocking and tacklingâ€ as Delegate Minchew says.
Raising money to hire an executive director will be my top priority for the party.â€
Excellent idea! Â On to Victory this year and next with Charlie King at the helm!