Jim Rich Confuses Convention Delegates to Boost his Own Campaign
Incumbent Jim Rich clearly has the edge in the upcoming race for 10th District GOP Chairman, in large part due to his own arrogant maneuvering. It was reported a few weeks back that Rich had been fighting (successfully) to keep the convention at a more exclusive and expensive venue that would restrict attendance and participation in order to better his chances of maintaining his hold on the chairmanship. Then there was the Fairfax GOP convention where Heidi Stirrup appeared well organized compared to Rich, who seemed blame candidates for any past failures while burying his head in the sand and refusing to accept the need for improvement within the 10th District Committee.
Well now Jim Rich has mailed a confusing â€œsave the dateâ€ card to all registered Fairfax delegates (and possibly all delegates throughout the 10th). This card (pictured above) clearly says â€œThank you for filing to be a Delegate to the 10th District Republican Convention for JIM RICHâ€ in big bold letters across the top. Of course many, if not all, of the recipients of this mailer did no such thing since delegates were not registered in support of any specific candidate. This arrogant presumption of support is a deliberate attempt to confuse delegates into believing they have somehow already committed to support Jim Rich, thus boosting his support due to confusion.
When this race began we all head the rumors and allegations that Jim Rich was the reason there was not a transparent and vibrant 10th District Committeeâ€¦ well this campaign has certainly cast aside any doubt that Jim Rich is what Vince would call a â€œGroup Bâ€ Republican- bent on gaining and maintaining personal power whatever the cost. We can only hope he is Chairman-Emeritus come May 20th.
UPDATED: In seeing this post (thanks for the link!) I see that I forgot to mention Jim Rich's interesting "support" of the Marriage Amendment at State Central, despite the fact he wasn't even there. Shaun Kenney has the details.
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