The central purpose of the RPV is to elect good candidates who share our values.
Whatever we do needs to support that goal; anything that doesn’t is a distraction that needs to be set aside right now. Overall, two issues vex the RPV right now.
First, our Chairman does not publicly defend our party, our politics, or our President.
This silence conveys a message. Undecided voters conclude that we don’t believe in our causes, our GOP unit members conclude that the RPV is afraid to defend them or our President, and Democrats conclude that we don’t matter.
Second, our Chairman has forgotten the relationship with the city and county committees. Our local units are fighting the good fight, but our Chairman doesn’t appreciate their problems because he hasn’t talked to them. In addition, the RPV has made no institutional effort to recruit new members. The message is that the base is not important to the RPV; if it were, they’d have worked to expand it.
Our leadership currently believes that it is a waste of money to run candidates in elections that Republicans aren’t likely to win, which is why we didn’t run candidates in 27 Legislative districts and 10 State Senate races last year. That argument may make sense for a PAC manager. However, it makes no sense for the RPV. First, (and I share the math with you if you really want to geek out on it with me), not having Republican candidates in those 27 districts meant we left about 250,000-300,000 Republican votes on the table. In effect, we dis-enfranchised huge swaths of Virginia Republicans. If we had had those votes in 2017, Ed Gillespie would be governor right now. One level deeper, those 27 Legislative Districts represent about 40-45 counties in which we didn’t run candidates for county or city level office. In effect, we are drying up the pool of future State-level Republican candidates