flameshaw wrote: ↑March 20th, 2023, 1:25 pm
LUOrange wrote: ↑March 20th, 2023, 10:16 am
Not trying to get into the local political weeds too much, but Bob's local party friends are very shady and unethical when it comes to Party operations and how they treated internal party opposition. Can't say that Bob is/was, but he certainly has benefitted from their actions. That drive-through convention nonsense was ridiculous and was set-up to favor Bob with low turnout. A higher turnout at the time definitely favored Riggleman. Bob was also an awful and combative member of the Campbell County Board of Supervisors as well. However, his combative style is much more appropriate for Washington than it ever was for Rustburg. I'll add that I'm not a fan of Riggleman or Good. But Bob is probably the better congressman at this point. I just don't want him anywhere near the President's Office at Liberty.
Did Bob G decide on a drive-through convention? Wasn't it done because of Covid? Did Bob decide/manipulate where the Convention was to take place? Weren't all of the delegates free to drop off their ballots at the same location? And as already stated wasn't DW elected the same way just two years before?
Steve Newman would be a very good choice in demeanor and political/work experience. However, I don't think he has the academic credentials or background. I want our next president to have the same Christian and political balance of Dr. Falwell, but with the added priority of improving our academics. He can be a former politician or preacher, but he needs to be qualified, have the proper demeanor, and be mission first.
Bob Good aside, to me it didn't matter who ran against DW, I would have preferred that person. If for no other reason than the relationship between DW and Jr. being less than ideal. IMHO
1) The drive-through convention was due to COVID restrictions.
2) The 5th District GOP committee had several Bob Good campaign consultants who argued in favor of a convention rather than a primary. No rule prevents campaign consultants from serving on the GOP committee.
3) The location of the drive-through convention was closer to Bob Good's home base, the Lynchburg metropolitan area, than Riggleman's. The 5th District is the largest congressional district in VA and larger than New Jersey. Riggleman and his supporters said the convention's location made traveling inconvenient for GOP voters from Charlottesville and nearby localities. No rule mandates the location of a convention as long as it's in the district. Also, Tree of Life Ministries hosted a VA GOP convention in 2018, although there was no candidate nomination because the incumbent, then-U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett, was unopposed.
4) When Tom Garrett resigned in late May 2018, the 37 Virginia 5th District GOP Committee members selected Denver Riggleman as the nominee after multiple ballots. It wasn't a convention where delegates from across the district could vote. They met at Nelson County High School for the vote.