Ed Gillespie, longtime Republican Party activist and currently the chair of the Republican State Leadership Committee, spoke this morning at the Republican Party of Norfolk breakfast. Gillespie is considering a run for U.S. Senate against popular Democrat Mark Warner. I tried – without success – to get him to confirm that he is definitely in the race. His remarks, though, I think are indicative of what’s to come.
But I have to say that I was surprised to hear him attack both Warner and our other U.S. Senator, Tim Kaine, about the Affordable Care Act. He said, “Each cast the deciding vote.” Given that Kaine wasn’t elected to the Senate until 2012, unless there’s a time machine I’m unaware of, he couldn’t have possibly cast a vote on 12/24/09; in fact, Kaine was still governor of Virginia. The comment is at about 8:25 in the audio below.
Another U. S. Senate candidate, Shak Hill, was also in attendance but did not speak. Candidates have until February 1 to file. Virginia Republicans will choose the party’s nominee at a convention in Roanoke June 6th and 7th.
Forget “Virginia is for lovers.” Our slogan should be “Virginia, home of never-ending campaign season.”