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Bob Shannon, Tea Party Leader, Endorses Hyra for Governor

This is an astounding but not entirety surprising development:

Bob Shannon, Founder of the Mechanicsville & King William TEA Party groups and long time local activist makes this personal endorsement that is his and his alone. This endorsement is not an endorsement of either of the two groups he founded.

The late Jerry Lund who had a local radio talk show on WRVA was a mentor of sorts when it came to my forming of political thought. Jerry had an often repeated line where he would challenge listeners to be “intellectually honest”. I can today smile thinking back to the nights when I would be listening to his program, knowing at almost the precise moment when Jerry was going to unload that challenge to a particular caller who was inclined to make excuses for one political party or the other, or sometimes a specific politician. You simply were not going to get away with it on Jerry’s show. Jerry had the intellectual chops, but more importantly he had integrity that was his hallmark personality trait.

The contest for Virginia’s next Governor moved me to drill down and consider precisely why I think Cliff Hyra is a superior candidate. In the course of doing so I find myself thinking a great deal about the common phrase I use to describe the two major political parties,…… “ two heads of the same snake”. Frequently I observe people shaking their heads up & down in agreement. A quiet slow recognition is building across the nation that neither of the two major parties are willing to address the major problems confronting our localities ,state or nation. Kicking the can down the road —ought to be both of the parties motto.

On a recent occasion I quietly contemplated two local elected officials, one a local Supervisor, and proud democrat progressive, the other, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates who touts his conservative credentials every election cycle. I made a list of about 8-10 issues and went back through their votes and public claims only to find on each one of these issues they were almost identical in their support for expansion of these programs, more funding and support of tax dollars for a variety of economic development projects . Both support higher spending on Education, K-12 and College. Political slogans and campaign promises aside, both of these men govern and advocate for bigger government and more spending, regardless of what they say around election time. The very same dynamic is occurring in the Governor’s race.

The test I use for whether or not I’ll support a candidate today comes down to the 3 I’s, Intellect—Integrity—Independence. Hyra attended and spoke at one of the King William TEA Party meetings back in late April. Anyone who has attended the Candidate Debates we hold here, anyone who has attended one of our meetings when we have had elected officials and candidates speak to our group know how thoroughly we vet these folks. It isn’t the typical campaign stump speeches or allowing them to come in and run out the clock that they are infamous for doing, often times never answering a single question with any degree of depth. We grill them and get to the heart of the issues with a high degree at determining just what this guy or gal really believe on the issues. Hyra passed in my view with flying colors. It might also explain yet again this cycle why the two major party candidates didn’t want Hyra on the same stage with them.

You can change the mind of an honest man, but you can’t persuade or change the heart of a man who has sold his soul to the money changers or the political bosses in the parties establishment that are quietly running the show behind the scenes. They can spout campaign slogans and platitudes verbatim, they roll off their silver tongues like butter. Yet when elected as we have seen the last 10 years they immediately fall in line with their masters and do their bidding, no matter what they said on the campaign trail.

So my challenge to each of you who read this and know me is this. Examine as you walk into a voting booth in a few weeks your own conscience and just ask yourself the question Jerry use to ask his listeners……are you being intellectually honest in your vote ? Do you like so many continue to see elections as some sort of athletic contest, we gotta win, or has your political reasoning matured to a point where truth matters ?

For conservatives who in their heart know the difference and want to send the two headed snake a clear and unambiguous message, cast a ballot for Cliff Hyra on November 7th. Somewhere on a golf course in Heaven , Jerry will smile down on you.

Bob Shannon Founder Mechanicsville & King William T.E.A Party groups

I respect and admire Bob very much.  We are colleagues and fellow activists.  He raises significant issues and questions.

So, what’s the next shoe to drop?  Where will Sanders or Virginia Right go in the top election?  Head or heart?  How will the tarantula attention span play out for blogger Sanders?  And how about House of Delegates races?

 

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

5 Responses to “Bob Shannon, Tea Party Leader, Endorses Hyra for Governor”

  1. Gene the Populist says:

    I am not going to endorse any candidate. However, I do feel that it is not in anybody’s best interests to have all three branches of government controlled by either political party. Maybe in the future.

    • Fed UP Conservative Republican Voter says:

      To Gene the Populist:

      The Dems have nominated a Liberal who pledged to illegally take down all the civil war monuments and take away Gun Rights of Virginians and the RAT Party ( Republicans Against Trump) has nominated a Lobbyist who has never been elected to public office who has held two jobs in his life taking checks as RNC Chairman and passing out checks as a lobbyist. THE SWAMP candidate.

      Mr. Shannon has brilliantly shown those of us who can’t stomach those two options The Third Way which is Cliff Hyra. (Tertium Quids in honor of the late great Libertarian John Taylor).

      If Hyra can garner 10% of the vote in November it would crush the Republican Party leaders who continue to thwart the efforts of grassroots conservative and libertarian candidates in Virginia with their incumbant protection candidates and PAC Money ie: The ChamberCrat Republican Party of Virginia.

      When the Republicans have to debate on stage with true Libertarian candidates in future statewide elections, The REPUBLICANS will suddenly find their Republican Creed and their fiscally conservative roots.

      Vote Cliff Hyra and kick the current Republican leadership OUT of office.

      We can survive four more years of Democratic Rule as long as the current leadership in the Republican Party of Virginia is destroyed in the process.

      Vote Cliff Hyra.

  2. David Zodun says:

    I am afraid Chris Hyra is a spoiler to draw votes away from the Republican candidate, just like the Libertarian candidate did in the last race for Virginia governor in 2013, helping to elect the Democrat.

  3. Robert Shannon says:

    I have listened to this argument and always go back to the last republican administration when republicans controlled all 3 top offices, the house and had a 20-20 split in the state senate. What did they get done of substance, besides raising taxes by some 6 billion ? No one ever seems to be able to answer that question .

    I wonder is we had a crystal ball we could look at how a Northam admin. would govern Virginia different from say a Gulesspie admin ? Would spending be cut, taxes reduced, Medicaid reformed ?

    To suggest Sarvis tipped the race to McAliffe ignores the lingering effects of the taint left over from McDonnell, and the research that shown after the race was over that Sarvis pulled equally from both major party voters.

    Intellectual honesty matters more to some conservatives than outcome, or simply winning for winnings sake.
    Bob Shannon

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