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How to negate and manipulate the will of
the majority of the voters
Franklin-Bedford County’s Jim McKelvey’s
“Fed Up? Interview”, published
in the summer 2015 issue of “Discover SML” magazine, describes the Virginia
TeaParty Leadership’s strategy to increase their control of local party units,
local and state elected positions and The Republican Party of Virginia, RPV.
“Fed Up? At: http://discoversmithmountainlake.com/
The Jim McKelvey interview article documents the “TeaParty
Primary-Elections Strategy” clearly describing the process of selecting and
supporting candidates with limited or no elected public service that can run
and win in very limited turnout primaries on rhetoric-platforms unencumbered by
any public record or accomplishments.
“The person you want to elect is not
the person who wants that position.”
“Fed Up? At:
The focus of these campaigns
are often based on local narrow wedge issues, dissatisfaction and hostility
toward government and issues that in many cases are outside the scope of the
elected position’s action or control. Examples of these issues include federal
control of pipelines, power dams, and court established laws that circumvent
state and local laws and public positions.
The GOP-Republican folks who
don’t comprehend or take seriously, the success of the “TeaParty Primary-Elections
Strategy” should take a good look at the current Primary loss by Va. Senator
The anemic 143 vote margin
by Chris Head, Botetourt/Roanoke Co.
And the prior loss by Conservative
Congressman Eric Cantor by Professor Brat
These examples clearly
demonstrate that it’s not about governance, it’s not about Conservatism, it’s all
about power and control and ideology by the self-Appointed and self-Anointed TeaParty
In the “Fed Up? Interview” Jim McKelvey opines that he would’ve been the
5th District Republican Congressman except for Robert Hurt’s money. Not clear what that means since Jim McKelvey
is a multi-millionaire land developer and Robert Hurt was a country lawyer from
the town of Chatham.
Primary-Elections Strategy” was used at the state level at the Roanoke
Republican US-Senate Nominating Convention in which the TeaParty Leadership ran
Shak Hill against Ed Gillespie.
Gillespie’s campaign was seriously damaged by vicious attacks by some TeaParty
One may realistically assume
that this same Strategy will be used against Conservative Republican
Congressman Robert Hurt next year. That would
explain the TeaParty’s fierce ongoing fight to control the 5th
District Republican Committee and its subsequent control of the election venue
TeaParty control of the 2012
RPV State Convention resulted in the biggest Virginia Republican defeat in
It’s sad that any political
entity would base their political strategy on dominating low-turn-out primaries
in which less than 10% of the registered voters participate! In many cases, those targeted for political-annihilation
were voted into office by significant majorities by their constituents in the
prior general election.
The current Franklin Co.
Gills Creek Primary for Supervisor didn’t work out for the “TeaParty
Primary-Elections Strategy” because too many voters turned-out to express their
support for their incumbent.
Bearing Drift did a special on the current State
Primaries: Item # 4:
“Republicans Who Want to
Govern – The one thread that ties most of the races together from yesterday is
that when paired against Tea Party or other “grassroots” candidates with no
records, Republicans who have tried to govern, have a record and experience, or
who took tough votes that could have landed them in hot water came out okay
this time around. The Speaker survived despite shepherding Governor McDonnell’s
historic transportation plan through the House and others who opposed that plan
(like Mark Berg) were defeated. At least
in this primary, the voters chose those who were willing to govern and make
tough choices over those who only brought criticism and talking points to the
Roanoke Times - Casey: The Roanoke Tea Party's losing streak grows longer
Considering the Roanoke Tea Party's political endorsements and informal support for candidates in the past four years, the organization's track record of electoral success is pretty darn abysmal.
The following blog items and
their embedded links and references are but a very brief over-view of the
Virginia TeaParty Leadership issues, their misdirected hostility and the
adverse consequences of their so-called successes.
The Story Behind The Ted
Cruz At Liberty Lynchburg Story
The Republican Clash Between