Virginia’s 10th Congressional District covers Loudoun County and enjoys the presence of Congressman Frank Wolf as its incumbent. The current Chairman of the 10th District Committee is Jim Rich, a man Congressman Wolf appears to trust and work well with. That speaks highly toward the notion of keeping Jim Rich where he is. However, it should be noted when a Chairman faces opposition for his seat and that’s what happened yesterday.
Howie Lind of McLean, VA has announced he’s standing as a candidate for the 10th District Chair. Lind lists several goals he has in mind should be be elected:
- Develop and maintain a GOP “scorecard” on every political jurisdiction in the 10th Congressional District. This “scorecard” would list every single elective office holder at every level of government. School Boards. Town, City and County Councils. City and County Treasurers. Board of Supervisors. City and County Attorneys. State Delegates and Senators, and of course re-electing our sitting Congressman, Frank Wolf.
- Develop a team that works with every Unit Chairman and other leaders to scour every inch of the 10th Congressional District, recruiting viable candidates. No office should go unchallenged. No Democrat should feel safe. Our goal will be nothing less than painting the 10th Red!
- Transform our Party into a public voice that educates voters in the critical issues of the day. Many traditional principles that you and I hold deeply, no longer have the same meaning, or definition, in the public dialogue. It simply is not enough anymore that we say we support a specific principle, if we can’t inform voters as to how a concept intersects with their own interest, or how it impacts their life and their family.
- Make our Party genuinely open to all, and respectful of real debate. A party of ideas, whose collective voice echoes the traditional, yet embraces the functional. A Party that never retreats from foundational Constitutional precepts, and always advances policy that reflects them. Above all, we must be a party that honors the wisdom and common sense of the average voter in what we say and do. Part of that process will be to renew the strong connections that the Party has traditionally had with core constituency groups. We can’t win elections if our natural base and affinity groups are not engaged in the election process.
- Raise money year round, not just in election years. Develop and maintain the funding necessary for effective Party operations every month of every year.
- Develop various methods and forums for discussing, distributing and educating the voting public on the principles of life, liberty and property, and maintaining a strong national security posture, and how those concepts work themselves out in public policy.
- Chair 10th District Committee meetings and business in a fair, open and equitable manner that would insure every voice is heard.
- Produce and make available on-line meeting minutes, financial documents, operating budget’s and expense issues, so that the every Party member in 10th District has full access to their Party’s business.
- Properly and fairly represent the Party membership of the 10th District on the Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia.
Interesting list. Item 1, if I take it literally, would be a roster not a “scorecard.” What use is it to call out specifically for a list of elected officials from the federal level down to the locals? Wouldn’t we have that already? Unless, of course, you’re not just “listing” them. You’re “scoring” them. Meaning that list could contain some kind of alleged objective value signifying how much parity the elected official has with the official stances of the party. We’re in the opening dialog, here, so I’m trying not to find too much fault with things but this sure smells like a tool to enable the “he’s not a true conservative” argument. I’m going to have to hear more about this, and it better be something that makes this less likely rather than more.
Item 5: in Virginia, every year is an election year. Fundraising has always taken place during an election year of some race. Until Virginia changes its election cycles, that’s not going to change.
Item 8: we aren’t doing this already? Folks, I’ve been blogging since 2001, back before the term was even widely known outside of Internet junkies. I’ve got archives right here on this blog dating back to October 2003. It’s 2010 and there’s a GOP unit out there that doesn’t have a web site and isn’t putting the meetings and minutes up on it for everyone to get at? Move yer butts into the 21st century, kids. There’s no excuse for this and I don’t consider it to be some kind of net positive for someone to make a big deal out of claiming they’ll do it. I expect that to be done so don’t waste my time trying to make it seem like such a big deal.
I’ll post more as I hear more. G’nite, folks.