Bolling Get's It

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Below is a general announcement from Lt. Governor Bill Bolling. Truly a forward-looking breath of fresh air following a rough Election Day for the VAGOP. I for one really look forward to learning more about his 100 Ideas For The Future Of Virginia. Good to see that despite the state party's failure to adequately address NOVA, the Lt. Governor is rolling up his sleeves and working hard to reverse the recent Democrat trend up here (without selling out his commonsense conservative principles in the process).

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Where does the GOP go from here? A call to arms.

November 15, 2006

While we all knew that this year’s campaign for the US Senate would be close and hard fought, we were very disappointed on Election Day when the votes did not go our way. This was the most disappointing election outcome I can remember in a very long time.
George Allen is the patriarch of the modern Republican Party in Virginia. I believe he was the greatest Governor in the contemporary political history of Virginia. And for the past six years he has provided us with effective, conservative leadership in the US Senate.

There is no one in Virginia politics that I admire and respect more than George Allen. He has been my mentor and he is my friend. He was clearly the best choice to represent Virginia in the US Senate. However, the voters have spoken and their wishes must be respected.

I have no doubt that George Allen will continue to play an active and important role in the future of our Commonwealth and our Party. I look forward to the day when we can fight beside him once again. In the meantime, we must do what he has always asked us to do – “Stand strong for freedom!”

Even though we were disappointed in the outcome of the US Senate campaign, there was some good news for Republicans on Election Day that we should not lose sight of.

On the national level we re-elected our eight Republican congressmen and women to the US House of Representatives, including Congresswoman Thelma Drake of Norfolk, who withstood a bitter and mean spirited attack from national Democrats.

On the state level we helped pass the Marriage Protection Amendment. Even though the pundits tried to convince us that the Marriage Amendment was in danger, an overwhelming majority of Virginians stood with us in affirming that marriage will remain between one man and one woman.

And on the local level we elected Jackson Miller to the Virginia House of Delegates in the City of Manassas, Corey Stewart as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in Prince William County, and Don Sowder to the Board of Supervisors in Chesterfield County.

I learned long ago that elections are unpredictable things. You always do your best and work as hard as you can, but sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

When you lose a hard fought campaign like the race for the US Senate, and when that loss involves a great leader like George Allen, it is understandable that people start asking “where do we go from here?” I’ve heard that question a lot this week.

I am convinced that most Virginians still share our common sense, conservative values, and I believe they will continue to give us the privilege of leading Virginia if we remain committed to those values and develop a positive vision for the future that focuses on the issues Virginia’s families care about.

When we study our Party’s historic success in Virginia and the nation one thing is clear – when the debate is on issues and ideas we win! We are the Party of issues and idea.

We became the majority party in Congress in 1994 by offering a clear vision for the future of our country. It was called the Contract With America. Somewhere along the road we seemed to lose sight of that vision.

And we became the majority party in Virginia by discussing important issues like the abolition of parole, welfare reform, higher academic standards in the public schools, elimination of the car tax and more.

The people of Virginia want leaders who will offer a positive vision for the future, and that is what we must do if we want to remain the majority party in Virginia. Now is the time to begin the effort.

With your help, I am prepared to lead the effort to make certain that our Republican Party remains the party of issues and ideas. In the weeks to come I will form two important groups to help craft our party’s vision for the future.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Advisory Council will be composed of Republican Party leaders and key activists. More than 135 Party leaders have already agreed to join this Council. If you would like to become a member of this Council please let me know. I would value your participation and input.

The Commonwealth Leadership Forum will be composed of key business and civic leaders who are concerned about the future of our state. These business and civic leaders have much to offer Virginia, and we need to include them in our efforts to prepare for the future.

The primary purpose of these groups will be to help us craft 100 Ideas For The Future Of Virginia. With your help we will develop a positive agenda for addressing important issues like education, public safety, transportation, health care, protection of our natural resources and more.

In addition, we must make a concentrated effort to improve our electoral results in Northern Virginia. To win statewide elections we must reconnect with voters in the Northern Virginia suburbs.

Voters in western Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties used to consistently vote for our candidates, but that has not been the case in the three most recent statewide elections.

By crafting a positive agenda for the future – an agenda that recognizes the unique challenges that families in Northern Virginia face – we can show them that we understand and care about their quality of life.

If we do this, I believe that we can recapture the ground we have lost in this important region of our state. Here’s an interesting statistic, if we had received just one more percent of the vote in Northern Virginia this year George Allen would have won election by more than 55,000 votes!

So my dear friends, please do not let the losses of the recent campaign discourage you. Instead, let them be a call to arms that challenge us to recommit ourselves to our conservative values and do more to develop a positive vision for the future of our state.

As you know, I come from Hanover County. Hanover County’s favorite son was the great revolutionary patriot, Patrick Henry, the first Governor of Virginia. In March of 1775, as he was encouraging his comrades to fight for the things they cherished, Patrick Henry spoke these words:

“I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.” (Second Virginia Convention, Richmond, March 23, 1775)

Mr. Henry was right, and his words should be our battle cry. We worked hard to become the majority Party in Virginia, and now we must work hard to stay there. When I look at what we have accomplished in the past, I am confident of one thing – our best days are yet to come.

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I heard Bill's spiel after SCC meeting in October. It's an excellent way to move forward.

Sophrosyne said:

I've been very impressed with all the issues he has been involved with... his various health initiatives that appeal to all Virginians as well as his rock solid support on behalf of the Marriage Amendment which passed in 92 of the 95 counties in the Commonwealth. He's clearly making the most of his part-time office in getting involved with a broad number of issues. That said, so is McDonnell although that is more expected with the AG role. It’s great to have two engaging conservatives in statewide office!

10th district republican said:

At one point I was a big fan of Lt. Governor Bolling but I am a bit confused over his possible negative comments towards Sen. Allen the weekend before the election. I certainly hope these were only rumors on the blogosphere and nothing more.

I also think Mr. Bolling would do well to sit down with Congressman Wolf and Congressman Davis because these are the Republicans who REALLY know Loudoun and Fairfax. Lt. Gov Bolling may be a bit more conservative than these guys but they could really help him understand the dynamics of the area better. Congressman Wolf is someone who has a conservative record for the most part (Very pro life which is important but not as far right on gun control) and could really be an asset for the state party as a whole. I personally believe the right Republican can win back those who favored Kaine,Warner, and Webb.

At the Henrico Breakfast said:

10th District Republican: I was at the Henrico breakfast where the Lieutenant Governor supoosedly said that Senator Allen was going to lose.

He didn't say it. It was a blogosphere rumor. Bolling left the breakfast to spend the next 4 days barnstorming the commonwealth with Senator Allen.

Dara Leyden said:

Tom Davis may know Northern Virginia, but I sincerely hope he will not be our nominee for Senate in '08. He is a RINO and no friend to the unborn. We need to stick to our conservative principles.

Sophrosyne said:

I think that is one of the things that makes Bolling so appealing... he is a dependable conservative but is working hard to reach out to all voters and make inroads in Northern Virginia. The best of both worlds.

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