Skip to comments.Gillespie wins Republican U.S. Senate nomination (Virginia)
Posted on 06/08/2014 7:04:33 PM PDT by Perseverando
ERICA YOON | The Roanoke Times
Delegates cheer candidate Ed Gillespie during his introduction at the state Republican convention
Saturday in Roanoke. Less than 90 minutes after voting began at the convention, Gillespies nearest
rival, Shak Hill, conceded the nomination to Gillespie. The low attendance 4,200 delegates
had registered but about 2,700 came to Roanoke may have expedited the balloting.
Ed Gillespie, a fixture in national Republican politics, easily won his partys nomination Saturday to take on Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., setting up a marquee fight with control of the Senate at stake.
At 2:50 p.m., less than 90 minutes after voting began at the state Republican convention, Gillespies nearest rival, Shak Hill, conceded the nomination to Gillespie.
I am so honored and I accept your nomination, Gillespie told about 2,700 delegates at the Roanoke Civic Center. He said of Hills concession: It is a very gracious step towards unifying our party.
Before the delegates began voting, Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, told the crowd that taking control of the Senate could ride on the Virginia outcome.
We know that this Virginia Senate race will have a national impact, he told delegates, who chanted: We want Ed.
It wont just mean that Warner will become the former senator from Virginia, it also means that Harry Reid will become the former Senate majority leader.
Gillespies nomination victory over three rivals, which hardly surprised political observers, is a step in the GOPs push to retake control of the Senate.
Democrats now hold 55 of the 100 seats, including two independents who caucus with the party. Control of the chamber is in question, with Democrats defending 21 of the 36 seats that are
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I am not sure that this a particularly good thing. I like these career pols less and less as time goes by
He has my vote. The bigger picture of trying to gain the majority in the U.S. Senate is my priority.
I don’t care much for Ed, but I hope and doubt he can beat Warner in the fall.
That's your priority. My priority is to destroy liberal republicans, even in the general elections, until running as a liberal republican is a political kiss of death.
Liberal republicans don't have a great track record when they have controlled the senate.
He's normal. Does he share my views on every last jot and tittle?
No, probably not. But then I'm pretty much to the right compared to most Republicans.
I like Ed Gillespie because he's normal. No wacky ideological or personality quirks that would kill the deal. He has a demonstrated track record of self-discipline which is exactly what has been missing among so many of my right wing comrades.
The more I think about it the more I believe that Virginia would be very well served with him in a position of responsibility.
JFK was to the right of most liberal republicans of today.
How is Gillespie on abortion, 2nd Amendment, amnesty, obamacare?
Take a few minutes and watch his video. He will work to repeal Obamacare.
I know but this guy is a Bushie through and through. That gives me pause. Do I like him better than Mark Warner? Marginally
I will grant that he is better than ANY dimorat out there. That’s not my standard any more. He worries me because he is a Bushie through and through. That gives me pause
Take 2 minutes and watch his video. Make an effort to get to know him and his record.
We’re always better off with a guy that votes with us most of the time, rather than a guy that votes against you 100% of the time. You have to control Congress to control the agenda. Conservatives don’t have to be a majority to use moral outrage that sets the agenda.
Catch the Dems, catch the RINOs, get the word out and you control the agenda, but if you don’t control committees and their appointments you don’t get to write the legislation or pass it. You’re powerless and that’s the facts.
Like Priebus, this is another loser.
Agreed! Ronald Reagan said that.
I don't care what any politician says. I care what their record is.
I am starting a pro-Gillespie ping list. Please message me if you’d like to be on it.
Yes we do. He was the little Bushbot weasel who enthusiastically declared to the Manchester Union Leader that the days of small government Republicanism were dead:
Screw him. Screw the VA GOP.
Republican candidates in VA for the most part are as non-useless as a crushed aluminum can.
Some Freeper on another thread told me of GOP-e plants on FR, I’m starting to believe it..
My position is that if you vote for a liberal republican, you are a liberal.
Any candidate that has a record of being pro-life, pro-2nd amendment, against amnesty, against socialized medicine, and for a smaller government can get my vote.
The liberal GOP-E don't seem to run many of those any more.
Catch Ed on Fox & Friends tomorrow morning (Monday June 9) at 8:15 a.m. Eastern, live from Charlottesville.
Ed needs a makeover and a firecracker put under him.
Maybe they will be set free after reading the comments.
You named 5 issues. What if a GOP candidate is 4/5 and the Dem candidate is 0/5? What if the GOP candidate is 3/5 and the Dem is 0/5?
Elections are win/lose and there is no close. Your vote alone cancels out a Dem vote (a something not perfect vote is better than a worse vote). Second place by a vote is a loss and you get nothing. Here watch this:
Have a good night.
Yes and losing is so much fun. You might like using this Willy Wonka quote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5QGkOGZubQ
These holier-than-thou positions are childish and immature. We need to work the long game and you get there by winning now. You look at every conservative state and you win there. You can make the House much more conservative than it naturally would be because of urban Democrat jerrymandering and you keep tightening the noose.
This is the Internet Age and it’s harder and harder to keep people ignorant of the shenanigans. We just force a Dem Governor, a Dem Senate and a Dem House to allow a tax cut to expire and not pass any new “revenue sources”. We can checkmate them and win. Voters are tired of the same old, same old.
So here we are, right at a massive change in political thought something like FDRs time or the late 60s. People order from Amazon and it’s there in 2 days. People can return products for nearly any reason. Consumers get what they want from the free market, but politics is still 19th century and government services as well.
It’s over for big government. People won’t tolerate junk and failure. They want solutions and they want them to work. The economy is coming back, despite Obama’s best efforts. Let Congress push out his most egregious efforts and the economy booms.
Put money in people’s pockets and keep putting it there and they don’t care about all your other “too conservative” policies. Careful, thoughtful change is what the voter wants, along with a growing economy. We’ll get that starting late this year. The economy will grow at 2.5%+ for 2014 and get better going forward with a GOP Congress.
The Presidential for 2016 is critical. An aggressive pro-market GOP ticket focused mainly on economic issues will win. Let Congress right the rules and tighten the noose on the Leviathan, return power and the balance of power to the states, use the Commerce Clause to break state mandated monopolies as restraints of trade and the economy picks up to 3-4%+ without inflation.
Then we hold Congress for a generation or more as Millenials grow up with GOP prosperity and conservative values. That’s the potential future. Those that take their ball and go home are foolish.
I’m with you. It’s best to beat Democrats.
He supports Obamacare, I think amnesty too.
Please add me to your Ed Gillespie ping list.
I want to sweep the Senate in 2014. I want Mark Warner to go away. But in the bargain, I want a conservative majority leader — NOT Mitch.
I already voted for Dave Brat absentee. I want a new House majority leader, too.
He might say he will work to fight Obamacare now but he was quoted in the past that he supported it. Imo he will not fight Obamacare
I hope he gets the chance to try. Lord knows, Mark Warner will rubber stamp anything Obama wants.
Ok, on to victory — take back the Senate!
I agree with you, but there are some lost causes here on FR.
Even if Gillespie was a Conservative, he still has almost no chance.
37% of Virginia is non-white.
And, a huge bloc of white voters near the Beltway are Federal employees.
Gillespie needs two things to win:
(1) 65% of white voters statewide - very hard to get.
(2) Very low non-white voter turn out - possible - but Democrats are totally focused nationally on turning out their base, so, 50-50 chance.
Yes! The glory days of 2001-2007.
The plants have been here for some time. They are easy to spot.
Nobody wanted to go up against Warner. Remember, Warner was the only Democratic Governor in recent memory to cut taxes. Most of the other possibles are waiting to take on Tim Kaine, who is known to be easier to beat. Also, the Tea Party is busy trying to take out Eric Cantor.
Yes - only half of the delegates who registered showed up to vote for Ed. I know people who wanted the weekend to work for Brat.
The lesser evil crap doesn't fly anymore.
If the republicans run a candidate that can't match those issues (also part of their party platform) they get nothing from me.
Ed’s wife is Cathy Gillespie who, along with Janine Turner, co-chairs “Constituting America.” http://constitutingamerica.org/
And the Mitch Spineless McConnells of the world love folks like you. The dims easily controlled the agenda when they were the minority party
Jorge can bring Hil with him when he campaigns for ED in Virginia!! Awesome!!!1
Adviser to a failed presidential campaign. Wow, what a resume. /S