Friday, November 30, 2012

Radtke Letter To State GOP Asks Bill Bolling To Repudiate His Comments On Ken Cuccinelli

As a follow up to the story yesterday of sour grapes Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, GOP primary candidate for US Senate Jamie Radtke wrote the following letter (sent to supporters via e-mail) asking the central committee of the Republican Party of Virginia to issue a resolution asking Bill Bolling to repudiate his attack on Attorney General (and gubernatorial candidate) Ken Cuccinelli. 
I humbly request your consideration to adopt a resolution calling on Lt. Governor Bill Bolling to repudiate his unfortunate statements made earlier this week about the character and electability of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as Governor. The Committee should resolve further that Governor Bob McDonnell should withdraw his delegation of responsibility to Mr. Bolling for economic development (Chief Jobs Creator) if Mr. Bolling fails to repudiate his statements.
Mr. Bolling's voting record and public positions vary little from those of Mr. Cuccinelli. Mr. Bolling's personal criticisms of Mr. Cuccinelli are groundless and would be just as offensive and outrageous if directed at a Democrat. Mr. Bolling has further stated to the media that he will refuse to support Mr. Cuccinelli as the Republican nominee for Governor at the conclusion of our Republican Convention in May, which is in direct violation of our Republican Party Plan. Conservatives have consistently demonstrated a willingness to abide by the process outlined in the Party Plan. The expectation should be no different with our elected officials.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this important proposal that will reaffirm our support and dedication to represent the Republican grassroots of Virginia. Family obligations will prevent me from being at your business meeting Friday afternoon, but I will be in attendance at the Republican Advance later in the day and Saturday.
...The only real “independent” in the race for Governor of Virginia is the man Bolling gratuitously attacked on his way out the door: Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Cuccinelli has built his political reputation on actually producing the kind of conservative government that establishment Republicans -- like Bolling -- always campaign on, but never even attempt to produce once they get elected.
As he left the race, Bolling publicly questioned the ability of Cuccinelli -- a tea party star -- to win the general election, even as he claimed that, “I love the Republican party …”
Bolling also refused to endorse Cuccinelli, saying, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch, “I have serious reservations about his ability to effectively and responsibly lead the state… And given those reservations, I could not in good conscience endorse his candidacy for governor.”
Bolling’s most revealing comment about the end of his candidacy also pretty well summed up why the Republican activists who were likely to be delegates to the state convention weren’t warming to his candidacy, “The party has to decide whether we’re more interested in engaging in great ideological debates, or winning elections and earning the right to lead,” said Bolling.
Yet, as Virginia Republican Party Chair Pat Mullins observed, “Nowhere in his [Bolling’s] statements does he mention a policy disagreement with the Attorney General.”
As rumors swirl about whether or not Bolling will leave the Party, many are now wondering whether his “love” for the GOP was disingenuous to begin with, applying only so long as the Party served as a vehicle to advance his personal ambitions.
Bolling was about to be passed over for the nomination for Governor because today’s Republican activists have no interest in establishment-type insider candidates, like Bolling, who are all about biography and “my turn” and are not willing to campaign on, fight for and govern according to conservative principles.
If Bill Bolling leaves the GOP and runs as an independent, it won’t be because Ken Cuccinelli and today’s Republican Party of Virginia are “too conservative” or solely interested in “engaging in great ideological debates.” It will be because today’s Republican activists want candidates, like Ken Cuccinelli, who will actually produce on their campaign promises to govern as conservatives, and that got in the way of Bolling’s personal ambition.
As I wrote last night, Bill Bolling is an example of what ails the Republican Party today--the "good ole boy" country club establishment types who have nothing contempt for the conservative and Tea Party grassroots.

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