Democrats search for their message: In Virginia’s 10th District where the median income of $110,000 is the highest in the nation

According to the Almanac of American Politics, the median income of more than $110,000 in Virginia’s 10th district is the highest in the nation.

So today, that is where Democrats chose to go and campaign for the middle class.  Including McLean’s leafy suburbs and the horse farms further west, this district is among the most popular places to spend money earned in the swamp.  By tradition it skews Republican because Democrats tend to favor more close-in suburbs or living in Washington itself.

Democrats campaigned heavily in Barbara Comstock’s district and others like it last year with hopes that a Trump backlash would deliver them the Senate majority and a double digit gain in the House. They came up nearly empty-handed as Trump prevailed: Republicans held onto both the Senate and the House, with Democrats only picking up six seats in the lower chamber.

Democrats have since drifted even further left; one can only hope they stay on their losers path.  In a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week” Schumer went further than either he or Pelosi have ever gone toward endorsing government-run health insurance ― i.e., a single-payer system.

 

Upcoming Events

July 25, Tuesday, 7pm – AFP will host a policy town hall (legislators to be announced).  For more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afp-path-to-prosperity-charlottesville-tickets-35141595458?aff=erellivmlt

August 9, Wednesday, 1:30pm – Lieutenant Governor Candidates Forum hosted by the Senior Statesmen of Virginia.  Please come out and support our candidate, Jill Vogel, at the Dickinson Auditorium of PVCC.

August 12, Saturday, 8:30am – ACRC Monthly Breakfast.  Details to come.

September 13, Wednesday, tbd – House of Delegates Candidate Forum hosted by the Senior Statesmen of Virginia.  Please come out and support our candidates, Rob Bell and Steve Landes.  Details to come.

Gillespie’s Plan To Tackle Addiction

In recent days, our statewide ticket has offered a unified message regarding mental health and addiction in the Commonwealth.  The current crisis impacts families across Virginia regardless of socioeconomic status.  Candidate for Governor Ed Gillespie released a plan focused on five key principles:

  • Addiction is a disease, not a moral failing;
  • A focus on intervention;
  • We cannot arrest our way out of the epidemic of addiction;
  • There are multiple pathways to recover; and
  • Help must be immediate.

Please take a moment to read the full plan and share it with your family, friends, and neighbors: https://edforvirginia.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/mental-health-addiction-recovery-agenda.pdf.

 

Yard Sign Update

We are working closely with the statewide campaigns to get a supply of yard signs for our candidates.  The campaigns report that signs will be distributed to the units in the coming weeks.  Meanwhile, Sophie Crowell has a limited supply of Gillespie signs available at the headquarters.
If you are aware of a highly visible location in Albemarle County that is appropriate for a 4’x8′ sign, please contact me at chairman@albemarlegop.org.

Monthly Breakfast Update

Attendance is up for the revised monthly breakfast format at our headquarters!  The July gathering featured State Board of Elections member Clara Belle Wheeler, who shared an important update regarding efforts to identify and prevent voter fraud (see action item below).  Albemarle Board of Supervisors candidate John C. Lowry offered a thoughtful presentation on balanced land use policy and the importance of economic development in our county.  We also received a federal legislative update from Congressman Garrett’s legislative counsel Elliott Harding.

Action item:  It is critical that the Virginia JLARC (Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission) audit the Virginia Department of Elections.   Please contact our state legislators to ask them to support this effort.
Senate of Virginia:     http://apps.senate.virginia.gov/Senator/
House of Delegates:   http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php

New Field Coordinator

Please join us in welcoming Sophie Crowell back to Albemarle.  Many of you will remember Sophie from her role with Congressman Garrett’s campaign last year or her time at UVA.

Sophie joined RPV as the Field Coordinator for Albemarle to organize support for our statewide ticket.  She is working from our ACRC Headquarters and will coordinate closely with all of our local activities. Sophie will be reaching out for volunteers to phone bank, campaign door-to-door, and other activities; if you want to volunteer, her contact information is scrowell@rpv.org or (434) 260-3696.