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Fitch to enter GOP race (Virginia Governor)
Augusta Free Press Online ^ | 2/8/05 | Chris Graham

Posted on 02/08/2005 2:00:22 PM PST by Corin Stormhands

It's official ... almost.

Warrenton mayor George Fitch confirmed on Monday that he will formally enter the Republican Party gubernatorial-nomination race this week.

Fitch has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday morning in Norfolk to announce his candidacy for the party nod.

(Excerpt) Read more at augustafreepress.com ...


TOPICS: Virginia; Campaign News; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: challenge; fitch; georgefitch; gopprimary; governor; jerrykilgore; kilgore; mayor; primary; virginia; warrenton
Heard this on WRVA. Found this link to confirm.

~sigh~

The guy doesn't have a prayer. But we don't need this.

1 posted on 02/08/2005 2:00:22 PM PST by Corin Stormhands
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To: EDINVA; iceskater; xyz123; Mudboy Slim; Corin Stormhands; jla; Flora McDonald; GeorgeW23225; ...

Kilgore for Governor ping.


2 posted on 02/08/2005 2:00:53 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (One Iraqi purple finger took more courage than John Kerry's three purple hearts.)
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To: Corin Stormhands

If we ignore him, will he go away?


3 posted on 02/08/2005 2:05:54 PM PST by Doohickey ("This is a hard and dirty war, but when it's over, nothing will ever be too difficult again.)
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To: Corin Stormhands

Who is this guy? And why is he crashing the party?


4 posted on 02/08/2005 2:07:11 PM PST by iceskater (Madness takes it toll. Please have exact change ready.)
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To: Corin Stormhands

arghhhhh, shades of John Hager and all the help he gave Earley.

Why would the Mayor of Warrenton choose to announce in Norfolk?


5 posted on 02/08/2005 2:13:16 PM PST by EDINVA (a FReeper in PJ's beats a CBS anchor in a suit every time)
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To: Corin Stormhands

Just got this email from Mr. Kilgore's campaign.

For Immediate Release: Contact: Carrie Cantrell
Tuesday, February 8, 2005 (804) 421-9966 or (804) 317-7034

Kilgore Announces Campaign Leadership Team
- Former Governor Gilmore, Senators Warner and Allen to Serve as
Honorary Campaign Co-Chairmen -

RICHMOND - Former Virginia Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry Kilgore today announced that former Governor Jim Gilmore and U.S. Senators John Warner and George Allen will serve as the Honorary Co-Chairmen of his campaign. In addition, the eight Republican members of the Virginia Congressional delegation will serve as Honorary Vice-Chairs. Jeffrey McWaters, Chairman and CEO of AMERIGROUP Corp., will serve as finance chairman, former Secretary of the Commonwealth Betsy Davis Beamer as treasurer and Richmond attorney Ashley Taylor will serve as counsel to the campaign.

"I am proud to announce that these dedicated, principled leaders in Virginia are joining our cause and will actively participate in our campaign for Governor," Kilgore said. "Having Governor Gilmore, the Senators and our Republican Congressional members supporting this campaign and out on the trail will help us spread our positive message of reform to unleash the potential of all Virginians and make our great Commonwealth an even better place to call home."

"I am pleased to lend my support to Jerry Kilgore in his campaign for governor," said former Governor Gilmore. "As attorney general I worked with Jerry in his role as secretary of public safety to abolish parole and reform juvenile justice. During my administration I worked with both Jerry and Marty to continue reforming Virginia government. I know that Jerry has the commitment and vision to move Virginia forward as our next governor."

"I have known Jerry Kilgore since he worked as a volunteer in my first campaign for Senate in 1978," said Senator Warner. "His dedication to the principles and values that we as Virginians hold dear are unwavering and will guide him in his vision for the future of our Commonwealth. He will make a tremendous governor."

"When I was selecting the members of my Competitiveness Cabinet, I could think of no better person to serve as Secretary of Public Safety than Jerry Kilgore," said Senator Allen. "He worked across party lines to champion our successful abolition of parole and truth-in-sentencing efforts. He is an individual of integrity, vision and who can get things done because he has the right ideas to improve the lives of all Virginians."

Vice Co-Chairs

Congressman Frank Wolf (10th District)
Congressman Bob Goodlatte (6th District)
Congressman Tom Davis (11th District)
Congressman Virgil Goode (5th District)
Congressman Eric Cantor (7th District)
Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis (1st District)
Congressman Randy Forbes (4th District)
Congresswoman Thelma Drake (2nd District)

Finance Chairman

Jeffrey McWaters, of Virginia Beach, is the Chairman and CEO of AMERIGROUP Corporation.

Treasurer

Betsy Davis Beamer, of Henrico County, served as Secretary of the Commonwealth during the Allen Administration.

Counsel to the Campaign

Ashley Taylor, of the City of Richmond, is a partner with Troutman Sanders and is a former Deputy Attorney General of Health and Human Resources and Education.

Kilgore will announce regional and coalition chairmen later in the spring.

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In case you missed it, this article appeared in today's edition of the Washington Post:

Gilmore Set To Endorse Kilgore for Va. Governor
By Michael D. Shear

Virginia's last Republican governor, James S. Gilmore III, plans to endorse former attorney general Jerry W. Kilgore for governor Tuesday and will urge the GOP's anti-tax wing to support Kilgore's bid for the state's top office, Gilmore said.

Gilmore will serve as honorary co-chairman of Kilgore's campaign, along with U.S. Sens. George Allen and John W. Warner. Kilgore, who resigned as attorney general Feb. 1 to run for office full time, will make the announcement Tuesday.

"The Warner governorship has been relentless about raising taxes. It's time for a change," Gilmore said of Gov. Mark R. Warner, a Democrat. "By asking me to serve, I think Jerry's signaling an intention to address this in a forthright way."

Gilmore's decision helps clear the way for Kilgore's nomination in June and comes after a year in which Gilmore publicly toyed with the idea of making a comeback by running for governor himself.

Please visit this page for more on this article.

Paid for and authorized by the Virginians For Jerry Kilgore
(804) 421-9966 • (804) 421-9968 fax
P.O. Box 17098, Richmond, VA 23226


Political Contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes.


6 posted on 02/08/2005 2:24:51 PM PST by iceskater (Madness takes it toll. Please have exact change ready.)
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To: EDINVA

1) After the convention, Hager gave a significant amount of help to Earley. Earley's loss had nothing to do with Hager. Earley ran a week post-convention campaign.

2) I would assume that in addition to Norfolk, he'll also do Richmond, Roanoke and Northern Virginia, all the major media markets. Pretty much all statewide candidates do it that way.


7 posted on 02/08/2005 5:13:14 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (One Iraqi purple finger took more courage than John Kerry's three purple hearts.)
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To: Corin Stormhands

A victory by Kilgore will doom Mark Warner's Presidential dreams. The MSM touts him as the great Southern Hope for the RATS. What's so great about Warner anyway? I doubt he could beat George Allen in 2006. Warner is most likely eyeing John Warner's Senate seat in 2008. But that Senate seat has Rep. Tom Davis's name on it.


8 posted on 02/08/2005 7:01:13 PM PST by Kuksool
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To: Kuksool; iceskater; Mudboy Slim; Nick The Freeper; Gabz; Coop

I could swear I saw a "W 08" sticker today on a lib's car...


9 posted on 02/08/2005 9:46:10 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (One Iraqi purple finger took more courage than John Kerry's three purple hearts.)
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To: Corin Stormhands; EDINVA

Thanks for clearing that up again Corin.


10 posted on 02/09/2005 3:44:34 AM PST by P8riot (Stupid is forever. Ignorance can be fixed.)
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To: Corin Stormhands
Earley ran a week post-convention campaign.

Earley was also facing a budget backlash, passed on from Gilmore (who could not run again). And Horseface did a nice job of courting the VA business community.

11 posted on 02/09/2005 5:18:55 AM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Corin Stormhands

" Earley ran a week post-convention campaign."

Well, that 'splains it .. he had five months to run his campaign ;)

Problem is, Warner had two years. I don't buy that a primary challenge does anything but hurt the candidate for the general election when the opposing candidate hasn't had a primary challenge. I could be wrong but I don't recall Warner having a primary challenge, and he was blessed with endless money to spend, had developed name ID through his Senate run, had an organization in place, and just happened to run as a Republican.

With all due respect to Mr. Fitch, he doesn't seem to stand a snowball's chance, so why weaken Kilgore for the general? What does he bring to the table? The linked article and Fitch himself seemed to give precious little information. I'd seriously like to know, as I will be voting in that primary.


12 posted on 02/09/2005 5:31:46 AM PST by EDINVA (a FReeper in PJ's beats a CBS anchor in a suit every time)
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To: EDINVA; P8riot; Coop
Well, that 'splains it .. he had five months to run his campaign ;)

Heh...I'm not sure it made a difference whether it was a week or five months. ;-)

Coop pointed out above that there was a backlash from the Gilmore Administration. Plus, you're right that Warner spent two years going around the state spending his own money.

I really do think Earley could have overcome that. But it just didn't seem like he cared.

13 posted on 02/09/2005 6:06:12 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (One Iraqi purple finger took more courage than John Kerry's three purple hearts.)
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To: Corin Stormhands; Mudboy Slim; Gabz

Well, according to the libs, GW was not elected in 2000, he was "selected". So, if you follow their logic, 2004 is "really" his first term so he is therefore eligible to run in 2008.

Just taking the liberals' logic to it's natural and inevitable conclusion.

I swear they can't think their way out of a paper bag.


14 posted on 02/09/2005 6:46:05 AM PST by iceskater (Madness takes it toll. Please have exact change ready.)
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To: Corin Stormhands
"...we don't need this."

I don't know about that...is Fitch seen as a conservative?! Or is he more of a RINO? If he's to the right of Kilgore, it might serve to solidify Kilgore's conservative positions somewhat.

FReegards...MUD

15 posted on 02/09/2005 7:01:25 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (Devolve Power Outta the Federal Leviathan!!)
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To: iceskater
"liberals' logic"

Talk about yer oxymoron...MUD

16 posted on 02/09/2005 7:02:22 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (Devolve Power Outta the Federal Leviathan!!)
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To: Corin Stormhands
I really do think Earley could have overcome that. But it just didn't seem like he cared.

I volunteered for him, and I was surprised how many things weren't in place late in the game. Wasn't the most organized campaign I've ever seen.

17 posted on 02/09/2005 7:14:14 AM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Corin Stormhands; EDINVA; Coop
I really do think Earley could have overcome that. But it just didn't seem like he cared.

Corin,

You and I have talked about this before. As you know, Mark Earley and I are good friends. I will be seeing him in a couple weeks (he will be speaking at our church's Men's Retreat the end of this month). I spoke with him several times during his campaign and got the impression that his heart was not in it. By then it was after the convention and was too late. Hindsight being 20/20 the VA Republicans should've probably backed Hager, but its all academic now.

18 posted on 02/09/2005 8:23:16 AM PST by P8riot (Stupid is forever. Ignorance can be fixed.)
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To: P8riot
Hindsight being 20/20 the VA Republicans should've probably backed Hager, but its all academic now.

Agreed. And I backed Hager in the primary because John and Maggie are personal friends.

I'm not trying to beat a dead horse, but I feel the need to set things straight everytime people start talking about how wonderful Mark Warner is.

19 posted on 02/09/2005 8:27:33 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (One Iraqi purple finger took more courage than John Kerry's three purple hearts.)
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To: everyone
Mayor Fitch has sound conservative ideas, why would any on here dismiss him so readily??? Or has true conservatism just become a catch phrase? If you look at his website you can see that he is of the Reagan ilk of conservatives, not the same as so many RINOs we currently have in congress. I was in the Kilgore camp as I believe he has done a great job dealing with crime, but there is more to a governor than just a tough on crime stance. As a citizen of Fauquier County, and a native of Warrenton proper, I can tell you that if Mayor Fitch can wipe out a $3 billion debt the city had, while cutting the taxes he has cut simultaneously, he seems like the right candidate NOT to squander the billion dollar surplus our state has found. Well, that is if there is any of it left when the next governor takes office.
20 posted on 03/11/2005 4:21:47 PM PST by ranger0283
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I was in the Kilgore camp as I believe he has done a great job dealing with crime, but there is more to a governor than just a tough on crime stance.

Then you need to learn more about Jerry Kilgore.

Fitch may be a good guy and a sound conservative. But he is virtually unknown outside of Fauquier County.

Good Grief!!! His Senators are Potts and Chichester. If he really wants to make a difference why doesn't he run for one of THOSE seats??????

21 posted on 03/16/2005 11:32:19 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (Sometimes when God closes a door, he throws you through the attic ceiling.)
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To: ranger0283; Corin Stormhands; iceskater
"...why would any on here dismiss him so readily???"

Actually, in the GOP primary, I welcome all comers...it's when the RINOs start running as Independents in the General Election that I get perturbed.

FReegards...MUD

22 posted on 03/16/2005 4:09:11 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (Hmmmm...President George Allen? That's worth considering fer 2008!!)
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To: Corin Stormhands; ranger0283; iceskater; Mudboy Slim; Gabz; jla; P8riot; AdSimp; ...
Good Grief!!! His Senators are Potts and Chichester. If he really wants to make a difference why doesn't he run for one of THOSE seats??????

This is an excellent point. He could do a whole lot more good helping take back the Senate from the RINO's than running for Governor. He should think seriously about this option.

23 posted on 03/17/2005 6:09:24 AM PST by iceskater ("Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." - Kipling)
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Do we have a ron-day-voo point fer tomorrow?

I want a HUGH crowd there so Jeff Schapiro can talk about a "badly divided Republican party." Two days in a row.

That's his schtick. And he needs to be beaten with it.


24 posted on 03/21/2005 12:38:43 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (Sometimes when God closes a door, he throws you through the attic ceiling.)
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To: iceskater
"He could do a whole lot more good helping take back the Senate from the RINO's than running for Governor."

That ignores his personal greed fer getting appointed to a cush high-paying job in the next Kaine Administration, then upping his pension dramatically.

Potts is a self-serving PUTZ...MUD

25 posted on 03/21/2005 12:47:51 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (Liberty and Equal Justice fer ALL!!)
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To: iceskater
"He could do a whole lot more good helping take back the Senate from the RINO's than running for Governor."

That ignores his personal greed fer getting appointed to a cush high-paying job in the next Kaine Administration, then upping his pension dramatically.

Potts is a self-serving PUTZ...MUD

26 posted on 03/21/2005 12:48:06 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (Liberty and Equal Justice fer ALL!!)
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To: Corin Stormhands
"Do we have a ron-day-voo point fer tomorrow?"

Is the announcement in the Tredegar Ironworks or outside it? They're calling fer some rain tomorrow, but I'm not sure what part of the day is gonna be wet. I'll be there in any event...MUD

27 posted on 03/21/2005 12:50:06 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (Liberty and Equal Justice fer ALL!!)
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To: Mudboy Slim; iceskater

iceskater and I wuz talkin' about Mayor Fitch. But yer point is well taken about Senator Putz.


28 posted on 03/21/2005 12:52:35 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (Sometimes when God closes a door, he throws you through the attic ceiling.)
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To: Mudboy Slim

I'm sure the hope is to be outside. Gilmore's was outside in 1997. It'll be mighty crowded if we all have to move inside...


29 posted on 03/21/2005 12:53:41 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (Sometimes when God closes a door, he throws you through the attic ceiling.)
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To: Corin Stormhands

Ooops...Fitch is the subject of the thread...LOL!! Like I said previously, I've got no problem with Fitch running in the primary. But I'm still supporting Kilgore...MUD


30 posted on 03/21/2005 12:54:47 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (Liberty and Equal Justice fer ALL!!)
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To: Corin Stormhands; Mudboy Slim; Nick The Freeper; Flora McDonald; AdSimp

I'm afraid I'm going to have to bow out for tomorrow evening. I'm really sorry but something has come up and I can't get out of it.

Sorry.


31 posted on 03/21/2005 12:57:23 PM PST by iceskater ("Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." - Kipling)
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To: iceskater
"WHAAATTT?!!!"

MUD

32 posted on 03/21/2005 1:02:08 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (Liberty and Equal Justice fer ALL!!)
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To: iceskater

I'll remember that when I'm passing out the patronage appointments...


33 posted on 03/21/2005 1:04:40 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (Sometimes when God closes a door, he throws you through the attic ceiling.)
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To: iceskater

I'll remember that when I'm passing out the patronage appointments...


34 posted on 03/21/2005 1:04:41 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (Sometimes when God closes a door, he throws you through the attic ceiling.)
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To: iceskater

I'll remember that when I'm passing out the patronage appointments...


35 posted on 03/21/2005 1:04:41 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (Sometimes when God closes a door, he throws you through the attic ceiling.)
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To: Corin Stormhands

oops, apparently I'm REALLY gonna remember that. sorry for the triple ping. My mouse died and I'm working with the touch pad.

we hates it...


36 posted on 03/21/2005 1:05:33 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (Sometimes when God closes a door, he throws you through the attic ceiling.)
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To: Corin Stormhands
"we hates it..."

LOL...MUD

37 posted on 03/21/2005 1:07:29 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (Liberty and Equal Justice fer ALL!!)
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To: Corin Stormhands; Mudboy Slim; jla; P8riot; AdSimp; Flora McDonald

Let me know where the "ron-day-voo" point is if one is figured out. Is there a dress code for this thing? My normal work attire is jeans and a t-shirt, but I don't want to be the only one there dressed like a bum.


38 posted on 03/21/2005 4:43:06 PM PST by Nick The Freeper
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To: Nick The Freeper

You'll probably see all types of dress. I'll be in business attire.


39 posted on 03/21/2005 5:56:50 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (Sometimes when God closes a door, he throws you through the attic ceiling.)
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To: Nick The Freeper

I'm gonna wear a coat and tie, but I reckon anything with a collar would be alright...MUD


40 posted on 03/21/2005 6:30:20 PM PST by Mudboy Slim (Liberty and Equal Justice fer ALL!!)
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To: Mudboy Slim

I won't be wearing a necktie.


41 posted on 03/21/2005 10:05:02 PM PST by Flora McDonald (Stand the Storm!)
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To: Flora McDonald
Heh heh heh...yes, but will you be wearing your Reagan Revolution t-shirt?!

FReegards...MUD

42 posted on 03/22/2005 3:05:40 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (Liberty and Equal Justice fer ALL!!)
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