From the Blue Virginia blog:
I’ve been listening on and off to the coverage by John Fredericks of the 2016 Republican Party of Virginia convention, a bit-time Trump supporter, and predictably he’s not thrilled with the Cruz folks’ behavior. As Fredericks just said a few minutes ago, “all hell breaking loose…Ken Cuccinelli running amok…knocked [Virginia Trump Chair] Corey Stewart off the ballot.”
Fredericks also recounted a conversation he had earlier with Corey Stewart, in which Stewart vowed to “work tirelessly to rid the Republican Party of Ken Cuccinelli and his strongarm tactics…the whole process was hijacked by Ken Cuccinelli…all he cares about is getting himself elected governor…his ego is out of control,” he’s a “scourge” on the Republican Party.
Fredericks adds that the Cuccinelli/Cruz folks have engineered a “coup” over “two delegates,” and calls it “insane, but that’s how they roll.” Fredericks says that when Cooch tries to run for governor next year, a lot of Trump supporters like Fredericks are “going to have a long memory,” and that “any hope for party unity just went out the window.” More Fredericks: “After today, there’s no way I’m voting for Ken Cuccinelli for governor ever again — I’m done,” this is a “travesty.”
That’s just a small sampling of the discord and nastiness Virginia Republicans are exhibiting today. For more, here are some tweets by Democratic Party of Virginia Communications Director Emily Bolton — and others where noted). Enjoy!
“Trump Virginia chair
Alex Rohr of the News Advance: “Press denied access to nomination committee meeting.
John Fredericks: “Alert!Trump delegates
UPDATE 2:12 PM: Reporter
UPDATE 2:15 PM: The hysteria and wild, over-the-top exaggeration by Virginia Republican Chair John “Anti Semitic Joke Dude” Whitbeck in his speech is beyond belief. In short, they really think that if Democrats win in 2016, they are doooooooooomed (“the Republic will fail,” blah blah blah). Yet we’d be fine with the utterly unqualified blowhard/neo-fascist Trump or extremist Ted Cruz? Utterly nutso.
UPDATE 2:19 PM: RTD reporter
@RTDSchapiro tweets: “ @VA_GOP convention in H’burg, @tedcruz spikes applause meter, @realDonaldTrump is second. Boos for @JohnKasich.”
UPDATE 2:29 PM: The Washington Post just reported, “Ken Cuccinelli II has ruled out a run for governor in 2017.”
UPDATE 2:38 PM: Republican National Committeewoman candidate Suzanne Obenshain claims that Virginia is a “red state.” Clearly, she missed the part where Barack Obama won Virginia twice, where Democrats won both US Senate seats, plus the Governor’s mansion, Lt. Governorship, Attorney General’s office. Other than that…LOL
“Cuccinelli said Cruz could easily take all 13 Virginia delegates up
for grabs at convention. Said Cruz camp sees 10 as ‘compromise.'”
UPDATE 2:54 PM: Wow, Cynthia Dunbar speech for Republican National Commiteewoman is…let’s just say “out there.” Ee gads — she almost makes Suzanne Obenshain look reasonable by comparison.
UPDATE: 4:45 PM:
@jfradioshow tweets, “Breaking! @CynthiaNDunbar vs. @SuzzeO Va Natl cmtwoman race too close to call no one at 50% -going to a second ballot! All delegates stay”
“Cuccinelli calls 10-3 Cruz slate an ‘olive branch’ to Trump. Corey
Stewart, Trump chairman denied delegate slot, calls it ‘screw-you
@gmoomaw: “Trump forces will try to vote down 10-3 Cruz slate. If they do, Cruz team will try a clean sweep for all 13″
UPDATE 5 PM:
“Corey Stewart on Cuccinelli not running for governor: ‘He lost the
first one in a year when he was supposed to have won. He’s a
loser.’…Cuccinelii says he didn’t keep Stewart off slate. ‘This is a
competition. And they are incapable of competing effectively on the
UPDATE 6:21 PM:
@patrickmwilson tweets, “GOP convention going nuts over a Cruz-oriented slate of 13 at-large delegates. Cuccinelli defends it – is loudly booed. #RPV2016 Vote coming.”
UPDATE 6:43 PM:
@RTDSchapiro tweets, “Declaring @VA_GOP conven @KenCuccinelli‘s ‘Waterloo,’ @realDonaldTrump #Va chair Corey Stewart to formally declare for guv by early Nov.”
UPDATE 7 PM:
@RTDSchapiro tweets, “Not your father-in-law’s @VA_GOP: Tarred as Establishment candidate, Suzanne Obenshain loses for #Va seat on RNC. Family built modern party.”
UPDATE 7:45 PM:
@RTDSchapiro tweets, “@tedcruz out-maneuvers @realDonaldTrump, pushing thru @VA_GOP con Cruz-weighted delegation to Cleveland from #Va, where Trump won primary.”