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Ex-RNC chair Ed Gillespie weighs Mark Warner challenge in Virginia
politico.com ^ | 12/7/13 | James Hohmann

Posted on 12/09/2013 5:11:24 AM PST by cotton1706

HOT SPRINGS, Va.—Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie is considering a run against Virginia Sen. Mark Warner (D) next year.

“It’s a very winnable race,” the powerful GOP insider told POLITICO in a Saturday afternoon interview. Continue Reading

Gillespie, who has never sought public office, floated the trial balloon at The Homestead resort, where about 500 activists and party leaders are gathered for a three-day annual meeting known as “The Advance.”

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“It’s safe to say that there’s people talking about it here, and I’m listening to them,” he said, noting that nearly three months remain until the the Feb. 1 filing deadline. “I’ve been flattered to have it raised. There’s plenty of time to give it some thought.”

Virginia’s Senate race is currently not seen as competitive, but Gillespie’s entry would all-but-guarantee a real battle and could put the state on the map in 2014. Republicans need to pick up six seats to win the upper champer.

“There’s a sense we have an opportunity in 2014 to win the Virginia Senate race,” he said, “and if you were to do that, that would most likely mean that you would get control of the United States Senate, which makes it a very high-stakes race.”

(Also on POLITICO: GOP men told how to talk to women)

Gillespie, 52, would likely win the nomination if he chose to get in, but he would need to secure it in a convention controlled by activists. Conservatives might force him to answer for the Bush presidency, with an economic record widely criticized from the right, and for his post-White House push for immigration reform.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 2014misterms; elections; gopprimary; markwarner; va2014
While I welcome a challenger to Warner who WILL be vulnerable, along with all the others from the 2008 class, Gillespie is definitely an establishment insider.
1 posted on 12/09/2013 5:11:25 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Here, here.


2 posted on 12/09/2013 5:17:38 AM PST by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: cotton1706
I think the tea party is more real politik than he thinks, at least on new races to oust Democrats.

But don't expect that the RNC will be heroes in VA after they left Cooch to twist in the wind.

And think how amusing it will be to watch Rove show up and beg conservatives to vote.

3 posted on 12/09/2013 5:18:59 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: cotton1706

This will be a good test of how electable a true eGOP will be absent conservative support - because Gillespie won’t find any.


4 posted on 12/09/2013 5:20:00 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: Mamzelle

“And think how amusing it will be to watch Rove show up and beg conservatives to vote.”

Indeed.


5 posted on 12/09/2013 5:20:53 AM PST by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: cotton1706

We should encourage the GOP insiders to go after these types of races. They have the resources to put them into play. NJ is a race that needed more professional help.

As conservatives we should concentrate on the low hanging fruit and the most vulnerable Dems and GOPers for replacement by conservatives.


6 posted on 12/09/2013 5:55:51 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

Gillespie is top tier. The seat is Democrat. Get with it guys.


7 posted on 12/09/2013 6:02:34 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Salvavida

“Gillespie is definitely an establishment insider”

Absolutely. Gillespie is a prototypical Big Government Republican. He is the type of candidate that makes you ask “which Big Government Party do I want to vote for this time?”

Gillespie would truly be an echo, not a choice.


8 posted on 12/09/2013 6:10:32 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: cotton1706

Gillespie is a Rove sycophant and GOP-E hack...there is no difference between him and Warner.


9 posted on 12/09/2013 6:16:36 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cotton1706

Gillespie is a Rove sycophant and GOP-E hack...there is no difference between him and Warner.


10 posted on 12/09/2013 6:20:16 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: 1010RD

No more RINOs. Period.


11 posted on 12/09/2013 6:20:56 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cotton1706

Another RINO.
No thanks.


12 posted on 12/09/2013 6:26:42 AM PST by oldbill
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To: Timber Rattler

Not logical. Would you rather have a Dick Durbin, Jr. or a Mark Kirk, Jr.? There are too many races in which a conservative candidate cannot win. We need a majority to control committees and move our agenda forward. It’s a hard, long fight we face. We can’t get there without winning.

http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2013/07/morris_fiorina.html

We’ll get there via thoughtful compromise and putting the “angels in the details”. We need to control Congress for at least a generation. We’re not going to get there in a single leap. We need a long game and long games come with compromise and some losses, but they end with victory.


13 posted on 12/09/2013 6:28:39 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

Honestly, if it came down to any of the aforementioned Rats and Gillespie, I could care less who wins.


14 posted on 12/09/2013 6:29:37 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Mamzelle

What did the TEA Party do for Cooch? He was aching for money and blamed the GOP for not giving him $10 million. Why didn’t the TEA Party fundraise for him? Nationally we couldn’t find a million conservatives willing to donate $10?
There are about 300,000 FReepers. If we each gave 33 dollars Cooch would have had his ten million. Let’s not look at the thorn in the GOPe’s eye and miss the log in our own.


15 posted on 12/09/2013 6:31:10 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: cotton1706

16 posted on 12/09/2013 6:32:22 AM PST by EternalVigilance (You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take.)
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To: Timber Rattler

That’s too bad. Control of Congress is critical in getting an agenda put forth. Committee assignments and Committee chairs control what gets done on the floor. That conservatives are such sissy’s that we cannot operate in a hostile environment is a shame on us. We know that for every federal dollar there’s a recipient. Can you create a coalition that will pry that dollar away? I say yes.

It won’t be easy. How much would somebody fight to keep their billion dollar cash flow flowing? It won’t get done if we keep losing or are out of power. We got where we are today because Democrats controlled the levers of power for two generations twice in the 20th century. The old time media is busted open. Our thoughts and agenda are getting out there. We have a chance to capture the Congress and hold it for a generation, perhaps more.

To keep it we need to be statesmen, conservative, but wise as snakes and gentle as lambs. That’s the only way we’ll get our country back. All the tough talk in the world won’t do it. We lost too many winnable races because of weak candidates. Think about it.


17 posted on 12/09/2013 6:37:12 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
You're right. We do need to work on our fund raising.

However, I did donate to Cooch.

18 posted on 12/09/2013 6:37:44 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

That’s good. What do you think of this?

http://theprecinctproject.wordpress.com/

The establishment already has the levers of power in hand. Why not simply take this over?


19 posted on 12/09/2013 6:41:44 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: cotton1706
Conservatives might force him to answer for the Bush presidency, , with an economic record widely criticized from the right

Well, that should not be too hard to do. Bush's economy started to go downhill as soon as he won the Iraq war and the MSM/Dem axis switched to attacking him for an economy that boasted under 5% unemployment despite 2 mean wars.

As soon as Pelosi took the gavel she viciously attacked and brought down the economy in order to pave the way for a socialist President.

20 posted on 12/09/2013 11:07:47 AM PST by what's up
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To: 1010RD
We lost too many winnable races because of weak candidates.

Bob Dole

John McCain

Mitt Romney

Hard to argue with your premise, RD.

21 posted on 12/09/2013 11:14:28 AM PST by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: Night Hides Not

Wit, stillborn, is still wit.

I was talking about Senate races and a few House races.

That said, McCain could never have won. Romney’s loss happened on the ground with 4 million white voters staying home. The IRS attack on the TEA Party NFPs was totally effective and Romney didn’t counter it at all. Clinton triangulated Dole to death, besides it was Bob’s turn to run.

Conservatives have to work to end the corporate income tax. That would end the IRS’s attack plan on conservative churches and orgs.


22 posted on 12/09/2013 12:30:46 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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