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2014 Election Richard Falknor on 09 Jun 2014 07:54 pm

Ed Gillespie: Virginia’s GOP Senate Pick — By 60 Percent

As most of our readers know, Ed Gillespie won the GOP nomination for US Senator from Virginia last Saturday at the Republican convention in Roanoke. He did so by around 60 percent.

Politico’s James Hohmann provides helpful context here in his “Ed Gillespie, GOP establishment winners in Virginia”–

“Gillespie was a top adviser to George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, both of whom have drawn criticism from some corners of the tea party movement.
His main challenger, insurance agent Shak Hill, drew a mix of cheers and boos when he attacked Gillespie for pushing the TARP bailout in the closing days of the Bush administration.
‘I have the moral authority to challenge Mark Warner,’ Hill said. ‘When you lobby for big bank bailouts, there is no separation between you and Mark Warner.’
Hill supporters handed out literature that showed pictures of Gillespie laughing alongside fellow strategist Karl Rove under the heading: ‘Ed Gillespie: A Washington Insider with a Virginia Address.’ The back of the leaflet attacked Gillespie for being soft on Obamacare, for helping sell the TARP bailout and for supporting comprehensive immigration reform.”

But, as Hohmann points out–

“The coronation [of Gillespie], while expected, is another win for the Republican establishment.”

Weak Establishment Strength in Virginia 5 and Virginia 7;
Strong in Northern Virginia

Here is the voting breakdown by Congressional district at Roanoke for senate nominee.

Readers will note that Mr. Gillespie did not prevail in the Fifth Congressional District (Representative Robert Hurt). And in the battleground Seventh Congressional District (Representative Eric Cantor), he won by only one “raw vote.”

Energizing The Conservative Faithful?

The Gillespie team may well have a different plan, but our view is that the new senate nominee will have to convince grass-roots conservatives that he has become an advocate for smaller government, for reining in the administrative state, and for seriously protecting our sovereignty and our borders.

Ed Gillespie — by virtue of his professional background — may well be seen as just one more GOP “crony capitalist” of which the Party has a surfeit.

Last January, for example, we reviewed here some of Gillespie’s activities with the late Bush Administration and in Virginia.

Nonetheless, he has time to come to a better mind and re-acquaint himself with the conservative base.

But just barely.

Invasion: Does Gillespie Grasp the Crisis On Our Southern Border?

This morning in an interview on WMAL, Mr. Gillespie was asked (here at 4:34) about the enormous and continuing influx of young aliens on our southern border.  

Judge for yourself.  We have to wonder if he was even aware of this crisis. His response did not address this year’s sudden upsurge in unaccompanied minors coming across the border. Rather it was a rote recital of the GOP Establishment’s murky talking points on amnesty.

Via Breitbart, here is a senior Republican senator explaining today — “Exclusive–Sen. Jeff Sessions: Obama ‘Committed to Escalating’ Lawlessness at Border” — what is now a national crisis:

“There is now an unprecedented crisis unfolding at the border. The flow of illegal immigrant youth across the southern border is on track to reach 130,000 next year—a projected increase of more than 2,000% from 2011.” (Highlighting Forum’s)

Perhaps Mr. Gillespie thinks this is not a matter Virginians care about.

But we wouldn’t bet on it.

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