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I will be a first time delegate at the state convention. I got involved because I do believe that everyone can make a difference regardless of status and/or position. I also believe that the GOP has alot to offer the common man, not just the country club crowd, as the media and magority of people see it. I am a home healh nurse and I talk the alot of people from varying socioeconomic classes, but with an emphasis on the middle and lower classes - alot of Democrats. I hear their problems and concerns, as well as their perception of the GOP as the rich and country club crowd that does not understand their problems and is disconnected from the average man. When I started getting emails and campaign info in the mail on the two chair candidates, there were some things that caught my eye, and made me question some things. When I saw Mullins ads I felt like he is the image of the country clubber that everyone calls us - raising $1 mil for GOP Fairfax ( the richest area of the state - is that hard to do in that area?), posing with a horse and sells horse insurance ( not an Average Joe job). The GOP needs to get back to grassroots with someone that seems like an average guy I think. Try selling membership to the average voter by saying we put a new guy at the helm that comes from the richest areas of the state and sells not health insurance but horse insurance. How can he connect with the the rest of the state, particularly Southwest Va - where I am from. I don't think he can.The people with connections and money can still fundraise but for the front and center image we need to get away from this fat cat image. Remember you need money to win yes, but the upper 1 to 5 percent of the population didn't swing the vote this lst time - people connected with what they thought was the less elite candidate, that knew where they came from

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In the first place...Louisa County is not a rich county. And Fairfax is 15 years ago. When you add both of those corrections to your perception, then I'll listen.
Having said that, I sat down with Bill last nite for about an hour. I like his ideas, and I like his agenda to train our units down to the last man/woman.I'm attracted to his assurances that the party's finances will never be co-mingled with the personal business of the heirarchy from this day forward under his leadership.

I'm part of the Loudoun unit, and we're blessed with an exceptional Chairman who brought a superior ground game in the last election. But he also does grassroots for the NRA in his day job. Anthony Bedell has also brought life to the Fairfax unit.
But all of our state units do not have the same caliber Chairs as these great "grassroots" organizers.

What Bill proposes is training at the unit level that will bring the whole state up to the results that Loudoun and Fairfax will most likely yeild this November. That, coupled with the active pursuit of the Obama game plan (in text messages, and massive communication blocks with a singular touch of an electronic medium) will move the RPV towards some of that youth inspiration and step just a little further from the perception that you speak of.
I understand some of your points so let me explain myself better. You are correct that Fairfax was 15 years ago, but this was one of the key points of his ads that got sent out and emailed, His campaign choice. As far as Louisa County, I know that is hugely agricultural/ forrestry etc. It is between Charlottesville and Richmond, where I have family that I visit. It doesn't rate up with Fairfax you are right, but I know we can agree that it is doing better economically than say Russell and Wise County. I am fortunate, yet not, being in Roanoke - we are the big city to SW Va. However, growth for us seems to center around my healthcare system, but continues to be slow. The surrounding areas are hurting alot. We have family dairy farms that are going out because they can't compete with large company owned farms. A few years ago the paper run an article on a Franklin Co dairy farm family that made alittle over $30,000 a year working 7 days a week - no vacations. Current employment rates for the southside is awful compared to some areas of the state.. For everyone that lives west of Charlottesville, we look at the map and see eastern Virginia as having so many more resources and revenue - it seems like the land of plenty compared to the western half of the state. Of course all areas have their problems.Pat may not be country clubber type at all ,but the marketing really looks that way. It looks like the same type of stuff my liberal friends have stereotyped us as being. I tried hard to talk with liberals this last election about McCain, but the image of the GOP kept getting in the way. When I got Pat's ad with him shaking George Allen's hand ( liberals are not forgetting his slip of the lips), posing with a horse, and discussing the money for Fairfax - I saw the very thing that all the Obama people kept throwing up in my face. Even though it was an ad to another Republican, it is easily open to all. It looks like we are going to do it the same old thing again. I can't remember what college class I heard this in or who said it but it was said that reality is 94% percent perception - so what the public perceives becomes the reality regardless of the facts. Pat may be a very fine man, but the image can't be the same if we are to win the WH in 2012. I was attracted to Bill's direct approach with a laid out plan that seemed to update us. He mentioned his fundraising but didn't focus on it, nor the amount he raised. I felt like he was going to challenge the Obama game plan. I guess the thing that I was most troubled about was that some Republicans are focusing on the ability to raise money, and that we are behind in fundraising. We have to connect with the younger voters, and the people that are going to get disillusioned with Obama -
I support Bill but I missed the cut off to attend the convention as delegate. We need people like him who understand that organization isn't just waiting for someone to contact you and show up for a canvas. Also building the party isn't shrinking from what you stand for. We have winning issues in fiscal and social conservatism and there is no reason for us to pretend we are something we are not in an attempt to attract liberals to the party. Being a Republican means being an an advocate of a republic. The republic is the people. It is the popular sovereignty that Benjamin Franklin expressed when he wrote, "In free governments the rulers are the servants and the people their superiors and sovereigns." This is the foundation of what this country was built on not the twisted idea that the government should be the parent of the people. Mr. Mullins may be a great guy but his associations leave me wanting. I don't need leadership that believes it is there to correct the error of the grassroots and over rule free elections on trivial disputes and weak allegations.It may not be fair to Mr. Mullins but the campaign against Jeff Frederick was not fair.
I agree with you. You make some really good points. Putting Mr. Mullins in would kind of be like filling the Illnois senate seat. It would bring too much baggage with it. It sounds like a fresh start is needed
The campaign against Jeff Frederick was exceedingly fair. He screwed up.
Having said that, I've talked to both men, and Bill struck me as a doer, not a talker.
That's where he grabbed my vote.
We need action, completely free of interpersonal and business tethers to our leader's main businesses.
They can share products and lower costs, but never intermingle our funds.
This is what is wrong with the republican party right now. You yourself are sterotyping people becasue they pose with horses and they sell horse insurance instaed of health insurance, therefore they are viewed as part of the rich and country club set. I live in Hampton Roads and I own a horse and I can tell you right now, I am not part of that set, not that there is anything wrong with it. Why should we condemn those who work hard and become succesful and become rich and part of the country club set? Maybe you want the government to give you everything, however there are people out there who will work hard, get an education and go where the jobs are.
As long as we have comments such as this about republicans, we will continue to lose elections. Be proud of yourself and try not to let someone's perceptions of you cloud what this country was built under.
No wonder more people are becomning independent. So frustrarting.
Oh! I agree with you that people should be allowed to be successful, and make as much money as their occupation can bring in the free market. However, as wrong as it is, the media and the liberal side has hit us hard on the stereotype. People are angry. As much as I tried to talk to people young and old from the middle class down this last election about the plus of McCain, everyone focused on that he didn't know where they came from, his age, and how he had never been poor, and his wife's 11 houses. The sad thing is if he had in his 50's and made about $200,000 a year with his wife, they would have been more open. No stereotype. Perriello beat Goode by being younger and kind of being of that same mind set as Obama, having done alot of charitable work overseas.Yes, it is warm and fuzzy, and diverts from the real facts, but it worked for Obama. He is focusing people on empathy with the Supreme Court as well. So how do you win? Well, in the churches, ministers have found that approaching children and the wayward and out, is sometimes best and done from another child and wayward person. Class envy is the focus right now. No it is not right. So how do you calm it down? You have to get away from the stereotype for awhile. You don't have to give up your grassroot beliefs. But the way you win looks like you need to play by their rules. Show that you're the guy next door, just like they did. Show how down to earth you are or care about all people, and how those principles are relevant to them. Show how much we give to charities. Alot of the voters that supported Obama didn't back check on the media facts. Not big readers.They looked at quick media ads and commercials. Again image and ads can mean alot unfortunately. So unfortunately, you can lose these people at a glance at times these days. My whole thought was that I thought that the party had acknowledged that we hadn't connected to alot of the middle and lower class and younger people very well, and that we needed to update ourselves, especially with the PR and their issues. Show these people something different than the stereotype right now - get them listening. Pat could not be this stereotype, absolutely. I hope he has worked hard, and earned alot. But when he goes to market himself and the party to attract the part of the people that were turned off in 2008, the approach needs to be looked at for 2012- Obama and his crew will be warmer and fuzzier than ever and pointing more and more at the rich as the villian instead of his policies. We have to fight his image with our image but with right on our side. But just for a minute, just step back and look at some ads at times as a Democrat or liberal would look at it - and think how they would attack it, and if it could be done another way but keep the principles. This is how I would have done Pat's ad for the party - say you're a Reagan conservative, increased Fairfax fundraising by so much percent (no money amount), showed pictures of the family, the picture of him with the young boy that looks like some charitable organization picture that is on his web site, involvement with his riding organizations for therapy, talk about helping kids for the future with organizations, posing with a therapy kid on a horse, etc. - alittle.warm and fuzzy but with principles. I just don't want to see us lose again because we preach our principles the same old way.

Nick Skias said:
This is what is wrong with the republican party right now. You yourself are sterotyping people becasue they pose with horses and they sell horse insurance instaed of health insurance, therefore they are viewed as part of the rich and country club set. I live in Hampton Roads and I own a horse and I can tell you right now, I am not part of that set, not that there is anything wrong with it. Why should we condemn those who work hard and become succesful and become rich and part of the country club set? Maybe you want the government to give you everything, however there are people out there who will work hard, get an education and go where the jobs are.
As long as we have comments such as this about republicans, we will continue to lose elections. Be proud of yourself and try not to let someone's perceptions of you cloud what this country was built under.
No wonder more people are becomning independent. So frustrarting.

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