Late in the afternoon of 30 April, the Virginia Republican State Convention voted on its national delegate slate and it's abundantly clear that they remain bitterly divided. During more than six hours of negotiations, backroom dealings, efforts to oust Chairman Whitbeck, and speeches from leaders encouraging "unity," Virginia Republicans are anything but united.
hope of party unity has been thrown out the window” - Conservative
Radio Show Host John Fredericks during a live broadcast at Republican
Party of Virginia's state convention
Cruz/Trump tension is at an
all-time high. Despite the fact that Ted Cruz came in at a distant
third on Super Tuesday, the Republican Party of Virginia's national
delegate slate included 10 Cruz supporters out of 13 total. This vote
came after more than six hours of back and forth. The Cruz supporters
threatened to scrap any remaining Trump delegates off of the slate if
Trump supporters rejected the 3/10 “deal.” At the end of the day, the
RPV's national at-large slate gave nearly 77 percent of the at-large
delegates to Cruz - someone who received less than 17 percent of the
vote in Virginia...
...Virginia Republicans couldn't even
unify behind Chairman John Whitbeck, who managed to hold on to his seat
amid efforts to oust him...
...Ed Gillespie still won't say who
he supports for President. Ed Gillespie made a speech to Republicans
about party unity during his early, low-profile speaking spot. Yet he
still refuses to let Virginians know who he'd like to unify behind.
Congressman Rob Wittman, who has said he plans to run for governor in 2017, was there. Said nothing. No one asked him to say anything. He was ignored.
sign of Barbara Comstock. Barbara Comstock was nowhere to be found, but
that didn't stop internal party strife over her race. A local spat
created controversy over the Chairman of the Frederick County Republican
Committee. During resolution discussions, Del. Jackson Miller admitted
that Comstock faced an up hill battle:
“The reason I’m on this
side of the motion is I have nothing personally against Mr. Berg, but
what I do have a problem with is losing,” he said. “ Congresswoman [
Barbara] Comstock is going to have a tough election.” - [Winchester
The Dick Black Question. Ted Cruz
Virginia Co-Chair Dick Black went to Syria, praised and met with brutal, murderous dictator Hafaz Assad,
and pledged support for him. Why is Virginia Republican leadership
remaining silent? Are Chairman John Whitbeck and Ted Cruz still allowing
Dick Black to represent them at the Republican National Convention?