It was a quite meeting…..despite a nasty race for state chairman which included paid consultants…..friends against friends…..new versus old…..but it may have been noisy in the backrooms……only the parliamentarian Roger Hanshaw knows.
Mike Stuart who advanced an activist agenda…..soundly removed outgoing Chairman Doug McKinney from office. Wonder if McKinney’s little white house…..opposite the state capitol…..will now be painted red?
New faces were seen at the state committee meeting…..along with those who have long served…..maybe Stuart’s first order of business should be a culture change.
Stuart lead a standing prolonged ovation for Doug and Sue McKinney…..they had worked hard…..contributed time and personal resources…..not everyone agreed with Chairman McKinney all the time….but a well deserved thank you …..shows unity is in the air.
Unless they had come and gone…..none of the GOP candidates for the U. S. House of Representatives were to be seen…..but there were Warners around every corner. At least one is seeking office…..Mac Warner wants to be a United States Senator…..in May he wanted to be a member of the House…..rumor had it Kris Warner wants to be the new ED of the State Party.
Senate candidate John Raese was the winner yesterday…..he backed Stuart hosting a morning breakfast. A Rasmussen poll released Friday shows likely voters with Raese picking up 35% and Governor Manchin 51%.
For a while it looked like Rick Snuffer a GOP worker from Southern WV…..was going to be a unity candidate…..he was nominated for State Chair. Not needed unity seemed the order of the day…..but Republicans are normally quiet and reserved…..in public.
A lot of support for Governor Mitt Romney…..still exists…..the big question was will he run again.
In 2008 Republicans had some attractive statewide candidates…..the only one to show up Saturday was Mike Teets…..he nearly defeated 50 plus year Ag Commissioner Gus Douglass…..Teets is a strong candidate…..he worked the room…..creating talk if he would run again…..maybe even for different state office.
Marty Gearhart from Mercer County…..was impressive in his nomination speech for Stuart…..Republicans need him on a list for the 2012 election…..maybe statewide.
Finally…..the ugly came…..former WV Congressman Mike Staton…..offered a motion to close the meeting to only Republicans…..boy was that soundly defeated…..no one could believe the move…..particularly when it takes Democrat voters for Republicans to win…..in WV.
Underwood Interns continue as bright spot in the party…..prior to the Saturday they offered another GOP Summit…..maybe that set the tone for the day. Shane Wilson deserves applause for this vision.
After the hard fought First Congressional District race in May…..former Senator Sarah Minear and Cindy Hall were visible at the meeting…..don’t ever count Minear out…..she has thought about a statewide race before…..of course Mac Warner who also lost that race was around the corner.
The politically astute wife (Sue) of outgoing Chair Doug McKinney…..moved herself to the podium at the meetings end…..saying they would still be around…..and to remember what this is all about…..it is electing Republicans.
Stuart is off to a good start…..Democrats will find him an aggressive opponent…..Republicans will find him hard working.