Republicans never retreat, we only Advance, hence the name of our annual weekend at the Homestead resort in Hot Springs Virginia in the Allegheny mountains. This year over 400 of the party faithful gathered from across the commonwealth to attend the event with many more who were turned away, all tickets were sold out by the day after election day. We had much to celebrate and we did! It was a joyous weekend!
All three of the statewide winning Republicans attended, along with our 4 Congressmen (soon to be 7 according to Governor-elect Youngkin), and numerous delegates, including the incoming Speaker of the House, Todd Gilbert.
Governor-elect Glenn Youngin entered the event to cheers of “Glenn! Glenn! Glenn!” He said “We are just at the beginning, because we, as Republicans, are no longer going to celebrate an episodic victory. We are going to celebrate continuous victories year after year after year.” The standing-room-only crowd roared.
On Friday night Hospitality Suites were open for partying with swag handed out at many of them in addition to food and drink. Youngkin’s PAC “Virginia Wins” suite was packed with people wanting to congratulate the new Governor-Elect. His PAC was giving away his now-famous red fleece vests, red cups with his name, and beer cozies. Axiom Strategies, Youngkin’s excellent campaign advisors, offered party-goers quite a spread including lobster mac-n-cheese, an ice sculpture with the number 74 (Youngkin will be the 74th Virginia Governor), and a martini luge. The “74” swag included phone chargers and Christmas ornaments. Delegate Nick Freitas’s (R-Culpeper) suite had him debating some fun topics, such as “who was the most masculine, John Wayne or Sean Connery”? Nick wowed the crowd with his excellent debating skills.
Former Governor Bob McDonnell attended the festivities, joining a panel discussion on how to build coalitions. He said he was very happy to be passing on the title of “Virginia’s last Republican Governor”.
All day Saturday the Arrangements committee hosted excellent breakout sessions, with panels of Congressmen, delegates, Axiom Strategies, and Attorney-General elect Jason Miyares, among many others. The Arrangements Committee, chaired by David Bartholomew of Virginia Beach, organized the weekend activities and couldn’t have done a better job, everything ran on time and smooth as silk. Kudos to them and their excellent planning and organizing skills.
Loudoun County Republican Committee was awarded “Unit of the Year” and “Volunteer of the Year” was Thomas Turner. Tim Parrish, Prince William County, was awarded “Unit Chair of the Year”.
This was the last Advance to be held in December, beginning next year it will be held annually in April. The April 2022 Advance will be held in NOVA.
Washington Post reporter Laura Vozzella attended the Advance and covered it very well in her article today.