Virginia 10th District Convention report, pt 4
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The Convention finally got started a little after 10:05 am, and as a first-timer I have to tell you it was quite exhilarating to be in a room full of cheerful Republicans on this spectacular, sunny day in the mountains.
With the last notes of the Star Spangled Banner still lingering in our ears, however, a lightning-bolt was about to shatter our world and perhaps none of us will ever be the same.
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The Bolling Letter Arrives!!!!
Here's how it all went down. I'm standing in the back of the room when the announcement comes over the speakers: " ... a letter from Lt. Governor Bill Bolling!"
A buzz blasted though the audience like 1,000 12-gauge shotguns fired in unison. Arch-conservative Bill Bolling is endorsing Jim Rich! Cut the anchor line, boys and hoist the sails: This ship is goin' to sea and she ain't coming back!
I happened to look down at a table of literature and sure enough, there it is. Right next to a stack of photocopied endorsement letters from Randy Forbes was a stack of (obviously hastily) reproduced letters from Bill Bolling.
As the letter was read, I couldn't help but notice the crowd's rapt, almost electrified state of shock.
But - wait a minute ... .electrified people don't nod off and drool, do they? I looked a little closer and - can you believe it - these people were falling asleep! What gives?
Staggering around like a zombie, trying to shoot photos, I had not listened to the actual words in the letter at all! So I rushed to the back of the room and picked up a copy and read it ...
Whoops! Unfortunately the Bolling Letter turned out NOT to be an endorsement after all, but rather a note from Bill saying he regretted he would not able to attend, and noting his wife had picked him up a pint of nightcrawlers so he was heading out to the lake.
Now, it was a "letter of support," I will candidly admit ... in the sense that Bill Bolling thanked Jim Rich for Rich's support, and encouraged Rich to support George Allen and Frank Wolf. Bolling also concluded by saying "Thank you for everything you do for our party, our Commonwealth and our country."
I'm positive I could send Bill Bolling a letter tomorrow noting I'm a Virginia Republican semi-activist, and he would reply with a letter containing that exact same concluding sentence.
But don't take my word for it: Read the letter yourself. Yes, here for the first time, NOVA TownHall reveals that we have obtained an actual copy of the letter, stealthily procured from the stack of 500 that was sitting in a big pile adjacent to the doughnuts and coffee - AND WE WILL SHOW IT TO YOU NOW!!
Once you've caught your breath, I hope you will continue reading the subsequent chapters in this amazing, amazing chain of events.
NEXT: WHAT'S SO FUNNY ABOUT PEACE, LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING?
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