Here is a bit of news that will require further investigation. At this evening’s meeting of the Prince William County Republican Committee (PWCGOP), we got the announcement that an official of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) revoked Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli membership in the Republican Party. Why? Well, here is the reason.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling are the two latest high-profile Republicans to publicly back independent Henrico County commonwealth’s attorney candidate Bill Janis over GOP nominee Matthew P. Geary.
Janis, a defense attorney and retiring Republican state delegate from Henrico, opted to run as an independent after Geary lost favor with the county’s Republican Party as details of an extramarital affair surfaced.
Bolling and Cuccinelli on Friday held a joint news conference with Janis, the House majority whip, at the General Assembly Building to voice their support. (continued here)
When Cuccinelli endorsed Janis, he violated a precondition for party membership. Membership requires the willingness to support the party’s nominee. Since Cuccinelli endorsed Janis, he violated that rule. Apparently, however, Cuccinelli and other Republican officials regarded Geary’s extramarital affair as too difficult to tolerate. Unfortunately, by the time Matthew P. Geary’s extramarital affair came to light, he already had the Republican Party’s nomination. Here are the details.
Here is a list of the other Republicans who have endorsed Bill Janis. Have these other Republican officials had their membership in the Republican Party revoked? I don’t know. Apparently, our chairman, Lyle Beefelt, had only been told about Cuccinelli. Nonetheless, Geary is making an issue of it.
Geary charged today that Cantor’s involvement in the race and the support of other Republican leaders for non-party candidate Janis violates party rules and means that they no longer formally have voting rights in local party matters. (from here)
Technically, Geary is right. Hence the decision about Cuccinelli. So it is going to be interesting to see what RPV does about this.
Since the PWCGOP is chartered under RPV, the PWCGOP could not overrule RPV and make Cuccinelli a full voting member. Nonetheless, the committee indicated their support by making him an honorary member. Note that Cuccinelli’s picture also remains on the RPV website.
Rules are difficult things. No matter how well written, rules sometimes demand we do the wrong thing or accept the consequences. It seems this is one of those times.