My family and I attended the Prince William County Republican Committee’s Labor Day Picnic earlier today. This is the first time that the event has been held in several years and judging by the turnout, there was pent up demand for it. This was a regular event for a number of years before it sputtered out. Even comparing this year’s event against some of the big ones from a decade or so ago, this one stands out among the best and most well-attended. In fact, the event at the Electric Palm restaurant along the Occoquan River has been sold out for several days now and the parking lot was jammed early on with numerous cars sporting Romney and Allen bumper stickers. Special thanks goes to the Republican women’s clubs of PWC for organizing such a great event!
Gainesville Dist. Supervisor Pete Candland led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. Several other elected officials were present and recognized by GOP Cmte. Chairman Bill Card including Congressmen Rob Wittman and Frank Wolf, 11th Dist. congressional candidate Chris Perkins, and Dels. Rich Anderson, David Ramadan, and Jackson Miller. Miller was bringing around Del. Rob Bell, a candidate for Attorney General next year, and introducing him to the PWC party faithful.
Apparently, Supervisor Maureen Caddigan was squirreled away in a corner someplace while Supervisor Marty Nohe and his family showed up after the speakers program had concluded — neither was recognized from the podium. This is at least the second time in recent months that this pair has shown up at a GOP event after they have been notably absent for the past several years from virtually every party function. Speculation is rampant that both are trying to get whatever political cover they can get from the avalanche of bad publicity that is plaguing them and other members of the BOCS. Nohe, Supervisor Wally Covington, and Chairman Corey Stewart were all listed as sponsors of the event, although I did not see Covington (but I did run in to future Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson) and of course Chairman Stewart is currently in China. Apparently, Caddigan didn’t pony up the money for a sponsorship because she is saving her campaign stash to pay her husband’s sizable salary as her campaign treasurer.
It is just as well that Corey is on the other side of the planet as the keynote speaker at the picnic, WMAL’s Chris Plante, repeatedly sang the praises of Del. Scott Lingamfelter during his speech and expounded upon why we need to elect Lingamfelter as our next Lt. Governor. I suppose the only thing more embarrassing for Stewart than that would have to been in the audience listening to Plante do this. Lingamfelter himself was unable to attend as he was at an event being held at his alma mater of VMI, but his campaign staff were quite pleased by the unexpected turn of events.
Candland appeared to be one of the more sought after elected officials at the event as he was stopped by event attendees at nearly every step. The same could not be said for the other BOCS members in attendance, who, if they were Amish, one would think were being shunned.
Overall, the energy level among PWC GOPers was very high and that all portends well for this November. There was an unmistakable feeling in the air that we were going to turn PWC back around at the presidential level, carrying the county for the Romney-Ryan ticket as well as for George Allen in the Senate race. This was a large group of people who are strongly dedicated to making that happen.