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Did Pete Greenwald Seriously Just Call Me Out? Here’s My Response: ‘Pete, Drop Out’

Update: It appears that the post I referenced here is NOT on the official Peter Greenwald website. Speculation is running between belief that this is a Greenwald surrogate / supporter with / without Peter’s blessing to a Cantor plant. Who knows?

But I have had several friends and readers remind me that the question asked at the Mechanicsville TEA Party as to if Peter Greenwald would drop out if a better, more viable candidate emerged, to which Greenwald responded “This isn’t about me.” And he indicated he would stand aside for a candidate with a better shot at removing Cantor. Dave Brat is that better candidate.

Original Post:

All I can say is Wow.

I just read a post on Peter Greenwald’s website that called me a liar.

I have met Pete Greenwald on two occasions. The first was last November, 2013. And that prompted me to write a post on his candidacy and his challenge to Eric Cantor. He did a good job in a scripted announcement meeting and some of his answers were fairly good, others were of the “I don’t know” variety. Those I did not emphasize. But I think it is fair to say I characterized Pete Greenwald in a very favorable light.

The second time was when he came to Mechanicsville to speak at the Mechanicsville TEA Party. And I did not do a writeup, for good reason.

Several of the members of the MTP group shredded Greenwald and he had no answer to tough questions – the kind he would get from the Cantor people should the occasion arise. And it was my opinion that Pete Greenwald cracked under the pressure of what can only be described as friendly fire.

And I had nothing good to report from that meeting. Greenwald showed me and the members of the MTP that he was, indeed, green. so I wrote nothing at all.

And while I am a Christian and often feel direction from God in things I do, Greenwald seems obsessed with “God told me to run”. And while that may be true, I can’t say nor do I judge, in discussions with his friends and family, that Divine inspiration may be appropriate. But in the political world, you simply come off making a lot of people uncomfortable and giving your opponent – especially Democrats – a huge opening to define you as a bit crazy. And very green

It was after that Mechanicsville meeting that I decided Greenwald was not a viable candidate. And not only that, I have not had an email from Greenwald4Congress since January 10, the day after Dr. Brat announced his candidacy.. So Pete disappeared completely from my radar. I thought he lost interest and quietly went away. And the fact that he published the post in question on his site is even more troubling. If those that signed up to receive emails and notifications are not being notified, how can one take him seriously? (And I search my spam folder before deleting it.)

Pete Greenwald is a very nice guy and as a fellow Veteran, I have nothing but respect and admiration for his service and for him as a person. But as a political candidate for a US Congressional seat, he is far out of his league. There is simply no path to a Congressional seat for Greenwald.

There is a small window of opportunity for a challenger in a primary to make the case for the seat. You have to come out of the gate like gangbusters. Dave Brat has been in numerous major publications and continues to make noise at the national level. The same can’t be said of Greenwald. We have a short period of time to look at the candidates and make a decision. The best challenger must then raise a lot of money quickly.  There is no time for on the job training. You go in either knowing how you will win, or not.

Dave Brat made the best case for a challenge to Cantor and earned this blog’s endorsement on February 5th. Greenwald’s post claims that “Virginia Right has been cheerleading Dave Brat for months“. That is simply not true. We made our decision after Brat announced and we had an opportunity to look at both candidates. And since February 5th, we have been supportive of Brat’s campaign and will continue to do so.

And to be honest, I had not planned on calling for Peter Greenwald to drop out of the race until his post calling me a liar was published today. But I believe that this is the time to call on him to get out of the way. It will take every vote we can possibly muster to get King Eric I off of his throne. Greenwald has zero chance of winning or even coming in second. And his anemic campaign is not going to get the job done. Brutal, but honest.

And I call on Peter Greenwald to do the right thing and pull out and endorse Dave Brat.

DisclaimerThis post is my opinion and my opinion alone and does not reflect the position of any candidate in the race. Tom White

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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