During this past weekend I announced my candidacy and intention to run for the Chairman position of the Augusta County Republican Committee which I am presently the District Chairman of the South River district.
During my time as district chairman of South River I had the opportunity to work on numerous Republican campaigns and other campaign projects such as local parades and setup\operation of the Republican booth at the Augusta County Fair. This provided the opportunity to meet and talk with the many local Republican residents of Augusta County.
It was also during this time that I became involved with the inner workings of the Augusta County Republican Committee and worked on numerous projects with Vice-Chair Lynn Mitchell. This in effect provided me with communication and insight to ongoing projects and tactics used by this committee.
During my tenure in this area I have seen and participated in several successful projects to promote and support conservative republican principles and candidates within the 6th district. Unfortunately in the last year or so I have seen the present leadership of the local party turn towards divisive actions and tactics especially since the Sayre\Hanger republican primary. I had conversations with both Senator Hanger and Scott Sayre during their campaigns and told them both that I believe primaries within the party are beneficial for they promote the discussion of issues and ideas. This results in better informed and engaged voters selecting the better candidate for a stronger party.
Unfortunately during this same republican primary I saw several people within the local party elect and resort to negative campaign techniques and tactics to attack the opposing candidate. It was and still is no secret that I supported Scott Sayre in the primary and feel he is a strong conservative and asset to the republican party. Initially I was a member of the “Bloggers for Sayre” site and presented several blog posts supporting Sayre in his efforts. I also ceased contributing to this blog once numerous members started to use “negative campaigning” tactics towards the other republican candidate, Senator Hanger, and I feel these tactics are not beneficial to the party.
Since the republican primary in June 2007, there has been a clear divide within the local republican party and once again it is being played out in the local media to the delight of many from the other side of the political fence in the area. This division is not healthy for the party with a major presidential election coming in November, and needs to be resolved.