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New Market businesswoman Nancy Barnett talks to Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-6th, and Susan Allen following the Shenandoah County Republican Committee Ronald Reagan Dinner Saturday at the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns. Sally Voth/Daily

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Former Gov. George Allen addresses the Shenandoah County Republican Committee Saturday in Mt. Jackson. Sally Voth/Daily

Gilbert appeals for unity among local Republicans at Ronald Reagan Dinner

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

MT. JACKSON -- Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, exhorted a divided Shenandoah County Republican Committee during its Ronald Reagan Dinner on Saturday to unite in their common goal of putting a Republican president in the White House.

Also at the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns was former Gov. George Allen, who is running for the U.S. Senate; state Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg; and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-6th, all of whom gave speeches.

Two of Allen's challengers -- Del. Bob Marshall, R-Prince William County, and Jamie Radtke were also in attendance and spoke, as did Conicville resident Karen Kwiatkowski, who is opposing Goodlatte.

Gilbert, the lead-off speaker, told county GOPers he was "distressed" by the state of the local party.

Controversy surrounding the plans of the Board of Supervisors -- all of whom are Republicans -- to go forward with the RSW Regional Jail against the wishes of Republican Sheriff Timothy C. Carter and some others in the local Republican Party has led to a divide.

District 3 Supervisor David Ferguson and Craig Orndorff, who is a director on the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District, are both vying to be the Shenandoah County Republican Committee chairman. The current chairman, Woodstock Mayor Jeremy McCleary, isn't seeking re-election.

McCleary unsuccessfully campaigned last fall for Shenandoah County Commonwealth's attorney against Amanda McDonald Wiseley, who ran as an independent. She decided against seeking the party nomination after what she said was a "whispering campaign" and dirty politics. A third initial candidate, Ken Alger -- now the Page County
Commonwealth's attorney -- also dropped out of the nomination race.

"It's gotten to the point where it's tearing us apart," Gilbert said Saturday. "People look around this room, and for whatever reason, see their enemies in this room."

The real foe, according to Gilbert, is President Obama.

"That's the real enemy that we need to stare down this November," he said. "Folks, you've got to put your mind to the common goal this year of defeating Barack Obama."

Former Gov. Tim Kaine -- running against likely Republican nominee Allen -- shares Obama's mindset, according to Gilbert, and needs to be targeted for defeat.

Whether Ferguson or Orndorff wins, the rest of the party needs to back the new chairman, he said.

"I mean no hyperbole at all, our freedom is in jeopardy," Gilbert said.

And, while that's at stake, he said, party members are allowing "petty differences" to interfere. They need to put those differences aside and direct a "laser focus on beating Barack Obama and Tim Kaine this year," Gilbert said.

"I challenge each and every one of you, let's pull this together, let's lead this party to victory," he said.

Obenshain also stressed it was important to put Republicans in office.

"Ronald Reagan's vision stands in stark contrast to the vision of Barack Obama, and the vision of Tim Kaine and the vision of Mark Warner," he said from the stage, near which was a portrait of the former president. "It makes it all the more important for us to get our job done this year. They're consistently looking for excuses to explain the failings of our economy. They believe that what we can't do for ourselves, the government ought to be doing.

"Restoring Ronald Reagan's vision is fundamental."

Allen reminisced about moving to California when his father became the head coach of the L.A. Rams. There, he met Reagan, who soon became governor. The former actor attended the team's football practices, Allen said.

And, when the Allens moved to Virginia when the senior Allen took over the Redskins, Reagan asked the younger Allen -- then a University of Virginia student -- to head up the Young Virginians for Ronald Reagan.

Allen said the American dream could be restored if the founding principles of freedom and equal opportunity are followed.

"We've got to change Washington," Allen said. "There's too much at stake not to
try. I know from experience that people from both parties can work together.

"We're blessed to live in the best land in the history of mankind. We have a responsibility. Representative government doesn't run on automatic pilot. This election in 2012 is truly an historic election...[a] rendezvous with destiny."


I resigned from the Republican Party because it is no longer viewed as a unified populist, grassroots organization, but as a dangerous group of radical Big Business politicians with extremist views that don’t reflect the mainstream values of America’s middle class. Some of the devisive negatives now splitting the Republican Party into bickering factions come out of the fact that there isn’t anyone defending the Tea Party as a political party. Gilbert didn't stand up there and praise them, did he? No, because they have become a liability. Gilbert has been reduced to a bleeting sheep looking for direction and he will not find it relying on has-beens like George Allen, without a torch of his own making to hold high, always and forever basking in the radiant glory of his fathers football days, trying to play down his 'macaca' racial slander image.

Republicans now have as many incoherent factions as they do members. Speaking behind a cohesive central message is foreign to who they are, not only as a ‘party,’ but what they believe in. Election defeat has now become a foregone conclusion for all the grumpy old white guys, the Good Old Boys -- Cuccinelli, Allen, Goodlatte, Obenshain, Gilbert, and Romney.

Just look at who Republicans consider to be their so-called philosophical leaders, begining with shock-blob Rush Limbaugh and conspiracy theorist Glen Beck. The more that come, the worst they get, Limbaugh and Beck are the last to arrive.

Join up with the Independents to defeat all the incumbents.

BRAVO! Boo Bird you hit it on the head. Excellent entry and well written too. So refreshing compared to the usual comments so often seen here.

And let's face it - as long as MONEY rules the game it will only get worse. That goes for both parties and this endless, drawn out election process.

The only thing I've ever known Goodlatte to vote for is a pay raise (and I've told him so), but they all agree on that one! Unlike we mere mortals out here in the real world, if we can't do a job - out we go! We sure don't get raises for failure, in fact (in our world) you can do your job very well and still get kicked out the door.

REFORM IS NEEDED. " We the People" need to make the decisions not corporate interest and lobbyist. I seriously doubt if an independent party will be able to do much yet, but it might (at least) "threaten" the status quo.

Del. Gilbert's reference to President Obama as the "real enemy" is one reason that I do not think I will ever join a political party (I am 58 years old).
President Obama and President George W. Bush (and every President that I can remember) have done things that I did/do not agree with and all of the Presidents of the United States have done some stupid things. But, I would never consider the President of the United States as my enemy.
Remember Russia, Germany, North Vietnam and terrorist just to name a few of our past enemies. Anybody (especially somebody that is suposed to be a leader) that refers to our leaders, whatever party they are from, as "the enemy" really has a warped sense of patriotism.

Is it just me or does George Allen look always like he just smelled a bad fart? His dad wa an idiot and the apple did not fall far from the tree! His dad was extremely superstitious and son claims to be religeous. Same thing, right?

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