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Ford O’Connell of ProjectVirginia Wins Rising Star Award!

ProjectVirginia's Ford O'Connell - a rising star

ProjectVirginia's Ford O'Connell - a rising star

UPDATE: I received the following email from Ford O’Connell: Thank you for your kind words and the blog post.  It is truly an honor to be named a 2010 Rising Star, but the award does not belong to me.  It belongs to Steve Pearson, the ProjectVirginia Team, and the conservative and Republican activists of Virginia.

I did omit Steve Pearson from this post. Steve is a technical rock star and deserves a reward (or a portion of this one) without a doubt.


Ford O’Connell, co-founder of ProjectVirginia PAC, an organization that was an immeasurable asset to many Virginia Republican Campaigns last year has been named by Campaign & Elections Politics Magazine a “rising star” awards recipient for 2010. The award is reserved for political consultants, campaigners or advocates under age 35 and went to 15 Democrats, 15 Republicans and 11 nonpartisans. (Yes, Ford is one of the Republicans.)

I first spoke with Ford last summer in connection with an inquiry about ProjectVirginia. As a “techie” myself, I was rather unimpressed with the way a lot of Republican campaigns were using some of the new media. Or rather, how they were not using it.

Ford and I spent about an hour on the phone talking about the issues and I decided to write a blog post about their work here. ProjectVirginia became involved with several campaigns that I was following and I was amazed as the transformation took place.

Ford and I communicated back and forth, but did not meet in person until the 2009 Republican Advance in Williamsburg last December. And we even managed an outing in Georgetown during CPAC this year involving the Pelosi Piñata Incident as it’s called.

To those who know Ford O’Connell, the award is simply confirming what they already knew.

Remember the name: Ford O’Connell. He is published in all the important publications, (and some not so important ones like the Washington Post).

You will hear that name again!

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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