Monday, November 28, 2011

Official Call: November 29 GOP meeting


I, Steven Thomas, do hereby issue a call for a meeting of the County Committee of the Republican Party of Spotsylvania, Virginia to be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at Salem Church Library on Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia at 7:00 pm. The time between 7 and 7:30 will be available for public announcements, candidate announcements and fellowship.

The agenda shall be:

1. Call to Order (7:30)
2. Invocation
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Republican Creed
5. Roll Call of Membership
6. Treasurer's Report
7. New Business:

A. Election 2011 Recap
-Lessons learned
-Financial items
-Reinstatement of Committee members
-Support for new officials

B. 2012 Election plans

8. Old Business
9. Adjournment (9:00 pm)


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spotsy GOP calls on Hap Connors to call off recount

Contact: Steven Thomas, 703-819-0127
Spotsy GOP calls on Hap Connors to call off recount
All votes have already been counted twice


Spotsylvania, VA. The Spotsylvania County Republican Committee today called on Chancellor Supervisor Hap Connors to call off his planned recount of this year’s election results.

“It is always difficult for a professional politician to lose an election”, stated Spotsylvania GOP Chairman Steve Thomas. “But Supervisor Connors lost by more than 0.5%. It was close, but outside the margin for error- meaning the candidate himself will have to foot the bill for the recount.”

Thomas continued, “Hap Connors has been telling people he wants to make sure every vote is counted. If he really cared about that, he would have showed up at the canvass of votes the day after the election, where more than 50 pair of eyes- including lawyers for both Democrats and Republicans- closely examined every single vote from every single machine from every single precinct. While we found two errors in the county, neither was in this race. The fact that Connors did not even bother to show up for that recount makes his Al Gore impression ring hollow.”

Thomas concluded, “Connors should follow the classy example of Edd Houck and Kirk Twigg, both of whom lost by a smaller percentage margin than Connors did, and both of whom gave up their demand for a recount. They did this even though the county would have had to pay for the recounts in their races because they were so close. The Chancellor Supervisor race is not as close- it is settled. There is no chance- ZERO- that the numbers will change even a little. We call on Hap Connors to graciously concede to Supervisor-elect McLaughlin and let the county get on with its business.”

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Spotsylvania GOP condemns Board spending

Friday, Spotsylvania GOP Chair Steve Thomas condemned the spending action by the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors, taken just a few short days after it became clear that four new supervisors would take their seats in six weeks.

The Supervisors voted against staff recommendation to spend over $5.5 million on new hires, spending most of the county’s $9 million surplus.

Spotsylvania Republican Committee Chairman Steve Thomas said, “The voters just voted for change not three days earlier, and this lame duck Board just couldn’t wait to get back to spending. We ask they cease any and all of these unethical expenditures until the new Board is sworn in December 20.

“For those who are leaving the Board, their political careers are over. But the three Supervisors up for re-election in two years will be held fully accountable for this outrage. In addition, they are setting a terrible precedent in establishing relationships with their new colleagues- choosing bitter partisan sour grapes over a possible fresh start.”

“By Virginia law, no Board of Supervisors may bind the hands of a future Board. That rule goes back centuries to a time when local governments were looked at as being corrupt and incompetent. We ask the current Board of Supervisors not to take us back to those times and set a good example to the community by delaying these types of decisions, especially expenditures, until the new Board is seated.”

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Conservatives gain in Spotsylvania

Press Release
Conservatives gain in Spotsylvania

Tuesday, Spotsylvania voters voted for change to a more conservative direction by electing Ann Heidig as Livingston Supervisor and Paul Trampe as Salem Supervisor.
As of now, Conservative Independent Tim McLaughlin leads Hap Connors by 26 votes for Chancellor Supervisor, and Conservative Independent Dave Ross leads Republican Jerry Logan by 60 votes for Courtland Supervisor.

“Clearly, even with recounts pending, the people of Spotsylvania wanted a change from the same old tax-and-spend Board we’ve had lately”, remarked Spotsylvania GOP Chairman Steve Thomas. “The conversation of ‘how much will we raise taxes by this year’ is over. The conversation of ‘how much will we cut taxes’ has begun.”
Bryce Reeves also leads Democrat Edd Houck by 86 votes in the 17th District Senate race, pending another recount.

“We said all along that defeating Edd Houck was a top priority for us, and it appears we have done so,” Thomas continued. “We are confident that as we go through the recount process that Bryce Reeves will be the next Senator from the 17th District.”

In addition, Republican endorsee Roger Harris won the Sheriff’s race, while Chancellor School Board endorsee Dawn Shelley won her race. Livingston School Board endorsee Kirk Twigg trails in his race by 20 votes out of more than 4500 cast, while Al King was defeated by Debbie Williams for Commissioner of the Revenue.

“We congratulate Roger Harris and Dawn Shelley on their impressive wins and look forward to working with them into the future. We also congratulate Al King and Kirk Twigg on well-run races, with a recount pending for Twigg.” Both Twigg and King lost to previous Republican endorsees, Ray Lora and Debbie Williams.

“We will work within the system to sort out all recounts, but the Free Lance Star Editorial Board and the Committee of 500 should note the extent of their losses. People do not have the time nor patience for their partisan leftism, and Spotsylvania has chosen a new direction.”

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