8th District Events

Congrats to Mike Ginsberg, for winning another 2 years as GOP Chairman! It was a very good convention, with 119 registered Delegates present, with a total of 131 voting in the straw poll. Below are some pictures and some video-

First, Check out Mike Ginsberg’s election speech-

The results of the straw poll-

During the candidate forum, one of the issues that came up was abortion. As you recall, people have recently been wondering where Murray stands on the issue. While I think both Berry and Murray give both basically the same answers, for some reason, Murray is afraid of flat out saying “I am pro-life.” I know this hurt him at the straw poll, as I overheard some people saying they voted for Berry because of his answer. Check it out-

Patrick Murray and Matthew Berry pictured below-

Patrick Murray

Matthew Berry

Also, the 8th District unveiled new bumper stickers! Request one FOR FREE here.

More pictures and videos avaiable at: http://vagop8cd.org/

Very  interesting times for Col. Patrick Murray. The end of a primary can be divisive and nasty. I’ve gotten quite a few emails about Patrick Murray- about whether or not he’s pro-life, and whether or not he’s married? I decided to investigate both claims and here’s what I found.

Pro Life or Not?

People have been saying that Patrick Murray is telling some people that he is pro life, yet others that he is pro choice. I asked Mr. Murray and he directed me to the words from his website, which says,

Labels can be misleading. For example, Bart Stupak, a “pro-life” congressman, ultimately voted in support of federal funding for abortions. Scott Brown, a “pro-choice” Republican senator, would likely never have voted to fund abortions with taxpayer dollars, and neither would I. Therefore, instead of relying on a two-word label, I am going to tell you exactly how I will vote on those issues that I can impact as your Representative:

  • I will support a ban on public funding for abortions.
  • I will support a ban on the particularly gruesome procedure called partial birth abortion.
  • I will support parental notification in the case of minors.

My personal choice is for life, but according to the law this is now a decision that should ultimately be made by the woman in consultation with her family and her doctor. However, I believe we need to work to reduce the number of abortions in America instead of passing laws that will allow for more abortions. I also believe that we should work to promote adoption as a preferred alternative to abortion. Finally, I support overturning Roe vs Wade, the worst decision ever handed down by the Supreme Court, and returning this issue to the States.

While I can see where the confusion comes from, I would say from this that he is pro-life. I can see where he’s coming from.

Wedding Ring?

This next bit of critcism is a bit odd. I got the following email from some random person who seemed “outraged.” Let’s see what the email said,

Just learned today that GOP contender, Patrick Murray has begun to wear a wedding ring on his ring finger to make voters believe he’s married/been married. In reality, Murray has always been a bachelor. Murray’s deception comes as a stance against his GOP rival Berry’s sexuality. But come on, that’s just pathetic now. Murray claimed it to be something along the lines of commemorating his father or something, but even then — why the ring finger. And this has JUST started in the past 3weeks or so.

I don’t know how voters feel about Berry, but Murray’s lying far too much lately to go unchecked.

This seemed completely crazy to me, but I was curious, and had to ask the campaign about it. I got the following response from Murray’s campaign manager,

The ring on Patrick’s finger is his fathers ring.  It is not a wedding band and in no way has Patrick ever portrayed it that way.  There is a red stone in the ring that should serve as proof that it is not a wedding band.  Secondly in response to the email, Patrick has been wearing that ring for much longer than the three weeks that has been claimed.

Lastly I hope that whoever has heard this erroneous claim understand the ridiculousness of the claim.  Patrick has never been married, never has attempted to act like he was married and will never purposely mislead the citizens of this district.  The person who has been spreading this claim secretly should stop immediately and look into the facts surrounding both candidates and pick who they support based on the truth rather than some here say explanation of a piece of jewelry.

Interesting stuff.

AWESOME job, guys! Between this and the Retire Jim Moran website, it looks like the 8th District GOP is in great shape!

As you know, the 8th District Republican Committee is hosting its Convention on May 22nd to elect a new Chairman. Mike Ginsberg, the incumbent, was the only candidate to file. Red NoVA caught up with him recently.

Mike Ginsberg with Eric Cantor at a Fundraiser

Why run for Chairman again?

I’ve enjoyed the job, I’ve got to meet a lot of great people. We’ve gotten a lot done, especially last year, but there is some unfinished business. I think we’ve been able to do some great things for Republicans.

What are your top priorities for the next two years?

I have a bunch. Always at the top is trying to raise money. We did a very good with that last year, helping with absentee ballots, and the tele-town halls. Other things I liked to do, is the communications effort, maybe spotlighting a little harder the record of Congressman Jim Moran and some of the folks in Washington and see if we can’t take advantage of a favorable climate. That is a key priority, especially considering our location.

What accomplishments are you proud of? What improvements can be made?

We are very proud of how we did last fall. We exceeded expectations for statewide candidates, in some cases in double digits from how we did in 2005. It was a real tribute to the leadership of the local units and was a great accomplishment. Everyone was pulling in the same direction and really earned it.

I think communications is an every in which we can improve. I would like to be a little more visible.We did a good job with Red NoVA, but some things like local and national press, and of course raising more money, especially since this is our year, as a congressional campaign committee. I’d like to do some more ethic outreach, and to try and reach out to communities who have natural affinities to the Republican Party. I think we did some outreach, but I’d like to do more.

How has 2009 prepared us for 2010?

It raised everyones’ spirits. I think everyone feels better now than this time a year ago, and they still feel the wind at their backs.. The victory was a start to doing more. We did a lot on the statewide level and now its time to take it to the Federal level, and we see that with all these candidates. There are so many places in which the competition is fierce. I think people have also learned how to win. There’s been a lot of building, for example absentee ballot programs in Alexandria.

Is victory possible anywhere in the 8th District in Virginia?

I think you can always win depending on the circumstance. You can never write off a race. In a year like this, you can win, with the right candidate and the the right message. We have these opportunities every now and then, especially with special elections, but there’s no question in the 8th district, you have to work hard. If you run the right person, who has the deep community roots, like Dave Foster or Frank Fannon, you can win.

How might you respond to Republicans who say that the 8th District is “worthless” in terms of winning statewide or a federal campaign?

When you look at the races in 2005, and you saw how badly we lost in NOVA, we knew that we’d have to make inroads in order to win in the future. To write the 8th district off, is to jeopardize any chances of winning statewide. If you write off the 8th district, people pick up on it, and they return the favor.

If Jim Moran has to campaign hard, he can’t go help Gerry Connolly or candidates down in Virginia Beach or anywhere else. He has to use his own resources and money to defend himself. The lesson from Fairfax County – they ran candidates in almost every district and won a few, but they made the Democrats go on defense everywhere. Writing off the 8th district, or anybody is bad politics.

A vote in Arlington County is the same as a vote in Chesterfield or Scott. You have to take it all seriously.

What are your future plans in politics?

You never say never, but I love doing the 8th district job, and I love Party politics. Can I name an office I’d run for? No, because there is a lot I’d like to do. I feel like in this position, I feel like I’ve made a difference in the community and in the area. I just want to stay active.

Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

For more info, click here.

A very small group of Republicans have grouped together against one of the congressional candidates in the 8th District. The candidate that they’re protesting? Mark Ellmore. The group states,

Mark Ellmore has announced he is seeking the 2010 Republican nomination in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District.

We are a group of dedicated Republicans in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District who oppose the dishonest Mark Ellmore in his race for the GOP nomination.

In 2008, Mark Ellmore received less than 30% of the vote, with only 29.68%. This was the lowest percentage received by a Republican Congressional Candidate in VA’s 8th district, in more than 12 years.

Mark Ellmore has proven he is not a viable candidate. We invite all Republicans to say “No” to Mark Ellmore.

Interesting group. Let’s look at the types of people in the group-

-Former Amit Singh staffers: Matthew Deleon and Steve Bierfeldt

-Bloggers: Krystal Weeks of Crystal Clear Conservative

-Former candidates: Eric Brescia (2009 HOD)

I have yet to interview Mark Ellmore, but when I do I’ll ask him what he thinks of GOP opposition to him. Until then, you can check out the group here.

I recently interviewed Patrick Murray, a retired U.S. Army Colonel from Alexandria. He’s had tours of duty in places such as Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia and Russia. Now that he’s retired, he recently decided to run for Congress. Let’s see what he had to say.

Why run for Congress?

I’m a retired Army Colonel and I remained committed and passionate about service to the country. I see it as a shift in service. I have a concern about decisions being made in DC. I’ve heard the same thing over and over. The budget deficit, the national debt of 12 trillion.. I want to make sure that our kids inherit the same America that I had growing up.

The District a D+16 on the Cook PVI, and Jim Moran has been there for a while. How do you go against that?

That’s the 64,000 dollar question. I think we’ve witnessed events in out favor. 2010 is going to be a good year. From the elections in NJ and VA, to Scott Brown, voters are sending messages that they want strong leadership.

How long have you lived in the district and what community ties do you have?

I was raised in Oklahoma by a single mother. I joined the Army in college and have lived all over the world. The one place that I’ve lived the longest is in Alexandria. I’ve had three different assignments here and fell in love with the area. I moved back here after my tour of duty.

What would be your first legislative priorities?

We’ve got to reign in spending. This will do great damage to our economy and nation. We got to cut spending. We input 70% of our oil. We could be self sufficient and drill off our coast and on our coast for oil.We got to stop this partisan bickering and set a goal for 2020. That’s the short-term fix. We then work on long-term goals by looking at incentives for private business.

What would attack Jim Moran on? What is he vulnerable on?

I think people are ready for new leadership. He’s very partisan. I think people look at the earmarks and with what happened to healthcare and have become very dissatisfied. We need fresh, new leadership.

Moran is against off shore drilling. In terms of National Security, he is for things that will make us unsafe. He was against the surge in Afghanistan, and wants to treat terrorists like shoplifters, not like enemy combatants. He wants to try them in civil courts and even worse, bring them to Alexandria.

How are you the best Republican candidate?

Republicans are good about learning lessons, but we can’t take it for granted that we’ll have the same successes. I’m putting all of my efforts into this. If you look at Scott Brown, who also had military experience, he talked about common sense solutions. He’s a big tent Republican, and had a good grass-roots campaign.

Voters want proven leadership. I have lots of experience in government affairs, arms control and negotiating agreements. I bring fresh ideas. I believe that I am the best Republican candidate.

How come Republicans haven’t been doing so well in Northern Virginia, [with the biggest example being 2007]?

I’ve talked to lots of people about that. It was a trickle down effect with President Bush and his policies, especially the War in Iraq. It resonated with the voters down to the local level. Of course, that’s on the reverse now with Scott Brown and Bob McDonnell.

There you go! For more information on Murray and his campaign, visit http://murrayforcongress.com

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