Could it be that once again a RPV/GOP “Campaign Strategist” has insulted the candidates that don’t fit the establishment stamp of approval?
What do you mean Chris?
In a recent LA TIMES article Chris Lacivita said:
Among the most tested will be the winner of the Republican primary in Virginia’s 5th District, a conservative-leaning region where six candidates are running for the chance to face freshman Democratic Rep. Tom Perriello, who narrowly won in 2008.
State Sen. Robert Hurt, the onetime favorite, has failed to lock up support from the conservative “tea party” groups who take issue with his vote for a major tax increase. But even the tea party followers haven’t aligned behind a single candidate.
Chris LaCivita, Hurt’s campaign strategist, expressed his own frustration with the crop of newcomers. With this group, “if you can walk and chew gum at the same time, you think you can be a member of Congress,” he said.
I think Blueridgeguy says it best:
Let’s take a look at the people who this man is disparaging. We have Michael McPadden a gentleman who earned a degree in electrical engineering and became a navy pilot and is now a commercial airline pilot. Next there is Jim McKelvey who grew up in a difficult environment and was able to become a successful real estate developer with a net worth of millions of dollars. From Albemarle County we have Ken Boyd who has been involved in the financial industry for decades and was Executive Vice President and senior operating officer for the computer subsidiary of Jefferson National Bank. Also from Albemarle County we have Laurence Verga a real estate investor who also started out from meager beginnings and built a successful business. From Fluvanna County we have Feda Kidd Morton, Feda graduated” Cum Laude “from Longwood College with a degree in biology and teaches regular, honors and advancement placement biology at the Fluvanna County school system.
Here is a group of challengers to what LaCivita seems to think is Hurt’s birthright, a group of very successful people that do not deserve to be denigrated by a sleaze like LaCivita. It is time that Senator Hurt get rid of this man who is bringing politics in the 5th district to a new low.
If the GOP and RPV wants to pull the plug on Obama’s blue state influence in Virginia then they are going to need to answer the tough questions we and other tea party activist are asking.
Mark Lloyd, Lynchburg Tea Party Chairman recently wrote a good response to the information above. We’d still like to hear from Chris about this directly.
A Deeper Look, and a Matter of Fairness
by Mark Lloyd
Chairman Lychburg TEA Party
Today, on the Watch Dog, an LA Times article was linked that quoted Chris LaCivita, Robert Hurt’s campaign strategist. This article appeared Sunday in the LA Times, certainly a left leaning publication if one ever was. The article went on the wire and the AP picked it up, and it appeared this morning in the Lynchburg News and Advance, and probably others as well. The quotes attributed to LaCivita have cause my phone to ring quite often today, and my inbox is getting full. Some TEA Party Patriots in the VA5th are finding offense to the remarks. I understand the reaction, but I must, as a matter of fairness, come forward with some information that should be considered.
Chris LaCivita and I have had our share of disagreements over the last several weeks. I’m quite sure that we will have many more. Stay tuned. But, I have to disclose to everyone interested that he contacted me on Sunday morning as soon as he noticed that the article had been published. He insisted that I understand that he was not making an attack specifically on the other candidates in the VA5th GOP nomination race. He said his comments where taken out of context. I understand that some will not consider that LaCivita could possibly be telling the truth, but I will leave that up to the reader to decide. He told me he had been misquoted and that his remarks were meant in the context of what is going on in congressional districts across the country. The following is what he told me was his exact quote:
“With as many people running (not just in VA 5 but nationally) is an
indication that the “Party” (GOP) is alive and thriving, when just a year
ago it was written off as dead -
That having this many people running was a good thing – not a bad thing -and
everyone who is running believes they can make a difference – but that you
do get some folks who if you can walk and chew gum at same time, think they
can be member of congress.”
Chris LaCivita has been in the business of politics for a long time. His claim to fame is that he was the man behind the media campaign that allowed the Swiftboat Veterans to reveal the truth about John Kerry. Not a bad claim, and he was involved with the election of Ken Cuccinelli. Although, he may not be too popular among the TEA Party crowd since he is working for Robert Hurt, he certainly has some bona fides as a conservative politico. This leads me to my next point of looking deeper.
My personal political experience, including dealing with the media, has come at me like a tsunami over the last few months as I took on the role as the Lynchburg Area TEA Party Chairman, and being the organizer of the VA5th District TEA Party debates. This little bit of national attention has been an education as to what really goes on in our media. I have had a couple of interviews with the Washington Post, and some local papers, as well as some local TV stations, and I can attest to the fact that my comments were not taken in context. My comments were taken and used to fit what they wanted to say. It is quite apparent to me that the media is already working to do several things in our local race, and we should all be aware of them.
First, I believe that the national media is making great efforts to have VA5 turn into the next NY23. Need to sell some papers. Secondly, and much more sinister, I believe that the national media is invested in supporting the leftist socialist agenda, and will twist whatever words they need to twist, or confuse context, to achieve this goal. As I see it, the goal of many in the media is to drive a wedge between the conservative factions. The GOP has grassroots conservatives, many opposed to the RINO’s in leadership positions, some are TEA Party folk, and some are not. However, for the socialist democrats to win in districts like VA5 they must drive the wedges deep into the body of conservative voters. This is basic to winning any political contest. Divide and conquer. For little Tommy-boy Pelosi-ello to have a chance of re-election this year the shattering of conservative unity is a must. We have a long time to go before November, and we need to be aware that this is going to happen. This nomination process is a fight that needs to take place to determine who best represents the conservative values of this district, and then defeat lil’Tommy, the puppet of Pelosi, Obama and Soros.