I recently received this email from Bill Card, Chairman of the Prince William County Republican Committee. Card wrote to thank the people who participated in the Republican Firehouse Primary as candidates, volunteers, and voters. He also asked for Republicans patch up their differences and focus on the campaign ahead of us.
A couple of notes from the desk of the Chairman today.
First and foremost, I want to say “Thank You” to everyone that participated in our Canvass (Firehouse Primary).
My most heartfelt thank you goes out to the small army of volunteers that opened and manned the polling stations and stuck with it right through the vote count. You were exceptional.
I also want to thank those that ran for our nomination and their volunteers and staffs. Thank you for your confidence in us.
And thank you to the voters that in several places braved long lines to register their opinion. Without you the exercise would have been meaningless.
When I got up Sunday morning and looked at my email, I knew I was in for a challenge. However, for the most part you expressed your thanks or happiness with a specific result. There were several complaints and I will get to all of those personally. In general, we got the same kinds of complaints that we get on any other election day, but of course any problems in a Firehouse Primary rest with the Party and in particular with me. I knew going in that some wouldn’t like this, but I personally endorsed this method and your local committee (by an overwhelming vote) decided on this method and I would do it again.
We promised a fair, open, and transparent process and that’s what we delivered.
There are some things that we learned and were we to have a do-over we might have done some things differently, but that’s to be applied to a solution on another day.
Secondly, those of you who know me know that I hate “Primary Season” more than any other time of year as Party Chair. I warned our folks that they would see friends and allies become mortal enemies based on the choice that they made on who to support. I personally have had heated and unsatisfying calls with people whom I consider friends and people whom I have known and worked with my entire political life. We must put all that behind us now.
We can’t undo something that was done, we can’t unsay something that was said, but we can forgive. Comments made in the heat of political battle must be put in that context and we simply must move past that. The enemy in front of us is infinitely more dangerous and vicious than the one that we grappled with over the past few months.
We in Virginia have always been able to marvel at the difference that 90 miles makes. That the “Virginia way” has held to more gentile, honest, and productive political engagement. Let’s recapture that spirit.
Let’s all look ahead, line up with a truly inspiring ticket of fantastic candidates and win in November.
PWC GOP News
One reason America is a great nation is because of one word, “forgive.” We recognize we are all human, prone to error and to sin. Hence, when we fight and argue among ourselves we try to forgive the excesses of those who sin in anger and maintain peace. Only those who can forgive can hope to build anything that approaches just society. Those who will not forgive are doomed to suffer endless strife. Without forgiveness, America will unravel.