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Gillespie campaign seen as snubbing Trump operative, causing uproar

This is a report from the Standard-Examiner. It looks like Ed Gillespie’s campaign is imploding.

RICHMOND, Va. – Ed Gillespie’s perceived snubbing of a former Donald Trump operative he had hired to whip up support for his gubernatorial campaign is causing an uproar among GOP activists already exasperated by Gillespie’s highly cautious stance toward the president.

Jack Morgan had expected to play a key role at a Gillespie rally headlined by Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday in Abingdon, a coal country region that voted overwhelmingly for Trump in November, activists said. But he found himself sidelined.

Gillespie hired Morgan, a colorful evangelical preacher and former 9th Congressional District GOP chairman, as his ambassador to Trump country after nearly losing the June primary to a rival who had run in the president’s bombastic, populist image.

But Gillespie’s campaign did not let Morgan help plan or speak at the rally – over the objections of another GOP candidate who employs Morgan, state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, who is running for lieutenant governor and wanted him to introduce her.

Morgan’s wife was so offended that she refused to drive John Whitbeck, chair of the Republican Party of Virginia, to the airport for his return trip, according to the three Republicans familiar with the matter. And in an area of the state that Gillespie needs to turn out in force to overcome Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, D, on Nov. 7, activists took to social media to vent their outrage.

“I will guarantee you all this,” Republican activist William Totten, the Smyth County director for Vogel, wrote on Facebook, “should Ed ever run for anything in politics again I will work my every waking moment to make sure he loses the primary.”

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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.

7 Responses to “Gillespie campaign seen as snubbing Trump operative, causing uproar”

  1. Nonna from the 9th says:

    When Northam called DJT a “narcissistic maniac” he wasted his insult. He should have saved it for ED GILLESPIE. To treat a grassroots campaigner and former Chairman of the 9th District Republican Committee Jack Morgan like this without any regard for the millions of donated dollars for the GOP effort and the year of sacrifice by John Adams and Jill Vogel and their staffers for the “Ticket” demonstrates what self serving sociopaths Ed and John Whitbeck really are

    I wouldn’t vote for Ed Gillespie if they were paying $100 a vote on election day. Bet the 9th District doesn’t show up for Ed either. Not after the way they treated Jack Morgan and his lovely wife who are loved by many in SW Virginia.

    Ed Gillespie is a RAT ( Republican against Trump)

    Can’t wait for this election to be over, so we can FED EX ENRon Ed back to the NJ swamp where he belongs and John Whitbeck can go join the CAIR operatives at the Adams Center where he is most comfortable.

  2. Lawrence Wood says:

    For those of you that may be as confused as I am regarding how the Gillespie team expects to win a state wide race given a recent Republican Party Virginia gubernatorial primary (Ed Gillespie 159,977 (43.75%) Corey Stewart 155,433 (42.5%)) where Ed just escaped defeat by around 5,000 votes and barely carried the state by 1.25 percentage points by hauling in the Bush family, the day before George W choses to call out administration supporters in a national speech by pretty clearly laying the Clintonesque “bunch of deplorables” label on them. Followed up with actively snubbing Trump supporters at a Gillespie campaign voter event featuring VP Pence, one might fairly ask who is in charge of this mess and do they have any idea what they are doing? How you win by pissing off 40 plus percent of your potential voting base is one of those questions for the ages.

    Who does he believe his voter base is? Wasn’t he the guy that has been constantly repeating he is running to represent all the state’s voters? Does that “all” not include the 42.5% that voted for Stewart in the recent primary? Does he believe he doesn’t need that vote percentage to be successful? Does he believe those Clinton/Bush defined deplorables are so damned stupid that they will cast a vote for him regardless?
    Inquiring minds would like to understand.

    A campaign this incoherent and poorly executed makes me question just how badly would Ed Gillespie actually govern if given a chance? Well the polls say it is a close race so Ed must have some magic rabbits he plans on pulling out of his hat Nov. 7th that he hasn’t shared with the Virginia voters. For me personally I have a hard time buying it – why? Because this looks like mass confusion and in my experience that generally ends in a non successful result. If you are a supporter of the current administration’s policy agenda and the duly elected US President and feel compelled to check that box for Ed on Nov 7th feel free to go right ahead but I believe it’s fairly clear you will be giving your vote to a guy that believes you are in effect an idiot.

    • Big Eddie says:

      Remember when Presidential candidate JEB BUSH brother of “W” told America he didn’t need the “Conservatives” to win the Republican nomination?

      Got 1% of the vote on primary day.

      These people are OBTUSE….. couldn’t lead Wolves to Meat.

  3. Bob Shannon says:

    Mr. Wood makes a very revealing point in that the establishment has and continues to show an utter contempt for the sea change that has slowing been occurring , evidenced by Trumps victory a year ago.

    Americans are beginning to push back against the obvious level of corruption, the lies that have symbolized the republican party with the most recent and glaring example of breaking their promise ( 7 year promise I might add) to repeal the A.C.A In my opinion that was a watershed breaking point in the voters tolerance. The crony capitalism embodied by this failure drove home the point that the party establishment cares much more about guarding their paymasters interests than they do about what the average American thinks. Republicans take as much money from the hospital, drug and insurance companies as the dems do, take one look at Paul Ryan’s donor list and you can be of average intellect but the point becomes crystal clear that Congress isn’t interested in the citizens interest, but those that keep them perched in their power.

    A political waterloo is coming and the establishment types like Big Ed deserve whatever they get. What began with Dave Brat, continued in Alabama two weeks ago with Judge Moore is the first wave of a conservative reclamation.
    People have had enough, Big Ed’s tactics only add to the revulsion of the average citizen who is finally figuring out what I have been saying for 20 years , the major parties are nothing more than two heads of the same snake

    Bob Shannon

    • mr. green jeans
      Twitter:
      says:

      Bob we have used several animal types to describe the opposition. RINO being one.
      In the case of The Gullispie Campaign ,Is it time to look for a MOLE?
      As the police would say, this is looking like an inside job.

  4. Rivahmitch says:

    I’d suggest that Gillespie, who is and always has been an establishment “Republican” RINO won the primary last year ONLY because of the cross-over Democommie votes. I’d also suggest that when RPV made the deal to select thecandidate in this years contest by primary, rather than at a convention, it was done precisely so that Gillespie would be the nominee. Apparently, the DC establishment Repugs (RNC) is still rewarding him for his past activities. Unfortunately, we Virginia conservative Republicans will have to pay the price for that decision after this years election gives the Democommies and the rest of us an anti-gun socialist governor for the next 4 years. While Gillespie and his ilk continue to cry about the need for “unity” in the Republican Party, what they define as unity is establishment RINOs keeping conservatives “in our place” while using our money and efforts to push their mediocrities into office as “the lesser evil” and. while we frequently try to do it, help just can’t effectively sell nothing and it leaves a bad taste behind. Bob Shannon is, as usual, right on!!.

  5. Julie Blogsdale says:

    RedState: With Ed Gillespie, Virginia GOP gets tired of Winning:

    http://www.redstate.com/neil_stevens/2017/10/17/ed-gillespie-virginia-gop-gets-tired-winning/

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