Two of Lowell Arnold’s recent letters in the Central Virginian described how the Republican controlled Senate and the Rump administration have and continue to forsake their sworn duties. In contrast, were several screeds from local ignorami, highlighting some of the vast differences between local Republicans.
Despite those differences, one thing they agree on is; “Whataboutism,” their final word for any argument. A diversionary leap of logic, like Mr. Pulling’s claim that because Louisa has been a conservative county it “deserves … leadership that reflects those values”
Perhaps; but given the Boards recent decisions, particularly with the Industrial Park it’s fair to say that they don’t value “adopting to the changing demands of it’s citizens.” Meanwhile, Louisa’s voters are presumably rationalizing how those actions reflect conservative values.
Nor are local conservatives likely to explain how maintaining this dysfunctional status quo represents any improvement. All you are going to hear is that they are running as ®’s. Even so, one would expect to see some kind of Facebook or webpage for campaign contributions.
So far, only Bernie Hill running unaffiliated in the conservative Jackson District, and Jessie Shupe nominated by the local Republican Committee for the open Louisa District have on-line campaign pages. Mr. Hill’s Facebook page has many specific policy positions, while Mr. Shupe’s is little more than a placeholder.
This is not an oversight, it’s how ®’s campaign; relying on voter ignorance and clan loyalty, and it’s how Duane Adams ran his 2017 campaign, emulating Senator Bryce Reeves, limiting his exposure to gatherings of the chosen. Relying on uncritical stenography from a compliant media, where even the CV’s sponsored debate was an exercise in packing the house with the faithful.
Two other Supervisor candidates; Willie Gentry running unopposed in the Cuckoo District, and Eric Purcell (Louisa) are using their personal Facebook pages as campaign pages. While it’s unclear if separating ones digital personage from their political persona is necessary for a successful campaign, it’s discouraging to see so few candidates try.
While there are many explanations for not engaging voters, the most charitable one is that it never occurred to them. Speaking of strange occurrences, who knew Supervisor Gentry participated in the last three Republican candidate selections, and has multiple photos of this year’s mass call on his FB page?
2019 Louisa Republican Committee Mass Call
When it’s more likely he has always been a closet Republican, any claims of “independence” are hard to swallow Since this is how stealth candidates have been winning local elections for almost a decade in other County’s, it’s hardly news. What’s news is that Louisa’s ®’s are not running isolated candidates, they are going all out to seize power.
If they win the Commissioner of Revenue and two Supervisors seats they will control the county’s purse strings. Given the damage, their brand of partisan politics has caused in “conservative” Goochland, Hanover, Orange, Madison, and Fluvanna Counties, are these values the people of Louisa support?
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