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Rich Anderson running for State Chair of the Republican Party
Posted by: NoVA News Live ()
Date: January 12, 2020 12:36AM

Former state Del. Rich Anderson is running this spring to serve as chair of the Republican Party of Virginia. Anderson is a Woodbridge resident who served as an Air Force officer for three decades and as a member of the House of Delegates representing the 51st District from 2010-18. He announced his candidacy Thursday.

Republicans are slated to elect a state party chairman for a four-year term at the party’s convention tentatively scheduled for May 1-2 at Liberty University in Lynchburg. “Public service is all I’ve known for 30 years as an Air Force officer and eight years as a Virginia state legislator," Anderson said. "I will continue the fight for making life better in Prince William County and across Virginia for working families." Anderson served as a delegate for four terms before losing the seat in 2017 to Democrat Hala Ayala, 53% to 47%. Anderson challenged Ayala in November and lost a second time, 55% to 45%

He referenced the Democratic momentum evident in recent state and local elections in his announcement. “For 250 years, political life in our country has been a cyclical business that is marked by a political pendulum that swings back and forth between the two major parties," he said. "If elected to lead the Republican Party of Virginia, I will focus 16-18 hours every day, seven days a week, on swinging the pendulum as heavily and swiftly as possible back to the party of Lincoln. We will have but one goal: The sure election of Republican candidates and the swift defeat of Democrat candidates.”

Anderson is a member of the Stratford University board of trustees. As a private citizen, Anderson has focused his attention on community service in Prince William County, according to his release. He continues to work on veteran issues as chair of the Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC), which advocates for 200,000 veterans in the Northern Virginia region. He is also a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1503, American Legion Post 364, and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 48, all in Woodbridge. He also sits on the Freedom Museum Board of Directors, the Prince William Salvation Army Advisory Council, and the Youth for Tomorrow Board of Advisors.

For more, visit https://www.richanderson.com//
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Re: Rich Anderson running for State Chair of the Republican Party
Posted by: SOS LOL ()
Date: January 13, 2020 07:42PM

> "If elected to lead the Republican Party of Virginia, I will
> focus 16-18 hours every day, seven days a week, on swinging
> the pendulum as heavily and swiftly as possible back to the
> party of Lincoln. We will have but one goal: The sure
> election of Republican candidates and the swift defeat of
> Democrat candidates.”

The guy doesn't see the contradiction between the two ideas. Republicans controlled the Virginia House for 20 years. They controlled the Virginia U.S. House delegation for 8. The elections of 2018 and 2019 were a clear rejection of the Vintage Republican Brand. So rather than admit its time to update the guy goes to the Heart of the Land of Denial and screams "I will lead us to victory by offering the same thing that got us beaten." Is there a Cuccinelli run for governor in our future?

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Re: Rich Anderson running for State Chair of the Republican Party
Posted by: Big Sally ()
Date: January 16, 2020 10:17AM

I think he should go for it. We can always use new blood in our Republican Committee.

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Re: Rich Anderson running for State Chair of the Republican Party
Posted by: Employment status? ()
Date: January 16, 2020 11:35AM

He does not seem to have had a real job since getting out of the military. Career politician.

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Re: Rich Anderson running for State Chair of the Republican Party
Posted by: get your act together ()
Date: January 19, 2020 01:38AM

I'm not sure this guy is the best candidate to lead the state GOP; he seems to be just another career government guy. However, the party clearly needs to get its act together. Whoever discovered Gov. Northam's racist yearbook photos last year handed the GOP a winning issue on a silver platter. Nonetheless they blew it, just like they've blown nearly every other political opportunity in Virginia since last winning a statewide election in 2009. You don't win elections by leaving weak and wounded candidates like Joe Morrissey and Dick Saslaw unopposed in November.

Virginia's demographics have changed, though not to the point where we yet resemble California's demographics. The Republicans have to stop rolling over, playing dead, and letting the Democrats and their allies in the so-called "mainstream media" get their way every election. It's time for the state GOP to stop playing defense and start playing offense.

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Re: Rich Anderson running for State Chair of the Republican Party
Posted by: organizational disaster ()
Date: January 21, 2020 12:15AM

get your act together Wrote:
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However, the party clearly
> needs to get its act together.

That became obvious at the RPV convention I went to where it seemed like the whole operation was planned and run by a bunch of retarded preschoolers.

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