My wife was greeted by a visitor to my home yesterday (Tuesday); it was Rollin Reisinger, field director for the Bell for AG campaign. I have gotten to know Rollin and he is dedicated, let me tell you! He brought to me a couple of the forms necessary to become a delegate to the GOP state convention set for May 18; I am pleased to have already sent in my form but I had hoped a neighbor would be in town (They are not) the weekend of the convention (It ought to be a doozy with seven candidates for Lieutenant Governor! That’s right SEVEN!)
So, if you are a registered voter (You DO NOT have to be a member of the Hanover GOP Committee to participate – the only criteria are – legal voter and intent to support the winners in the general election! There is no fee required, either – although a suggested donation of $35 is taken and you get some special treatment if you pay the money!) in Hanover County – you can go to the Convention and vote for Rob Bell.
Now, I have received some issues with Del. Bell. One leading one is the Federal Constitutional Convention that he voted for. I agree, the con-con, as it is called, has the potential to divide the nation and dilute constitutional rights. Del. Bell’s concern (I have spoken with Rollin on this) is the out of control spending in Washington, DC. When the politicians and media cannot even call a cut in the rate of spending (the sequester) what it really is, the issue is out of control. And spending must be brought under control. I think Del. Bell has heard the concerns of the tea party/patriot movement on this issue. His heart is right.
I also was concerned about other things I heard. That Del. Bell is too close to Governor McDonnell or AG Cuccinelli. That he’s a party man. First, Del. Bell voted AGAINST both the Medicaid expansion and the transportation bill. He went against some of the leaders of his party on this. I do still admire and respect Governor McDonnell but I am deeply disappointed that he would link the tax bill to Medicaid expansion. He should veto both bills and call for a special session to solve the transportation issue. It is important to have some loyalty to party and principles; Del. Bell’s not a RINO as it is put sometimes. And AG Cuccinelli is one of our finest leaders we have today. I fully support him for Governor. Even if Sen. Petersen were to run against him. I hear that Del. Bell’s an NRA member, too.
I think Del. Bell’s work on issues like fighting human trafficking and supporting law enforcement (he was a former assistant commonwealth’s attorney) will make him attractive to independent voters. I have proposed an idea that he likes: The capital litigation unit in the AG’s office to help local prosecutors try these difficult cases when the ultimate punishment is warranted. Local prosecutors can be overwhelmed by capital defenders and abolitionist organizations who have a political agenda against the death penalty. I am well aware the AG’s office primarily deals with civil representation not crime fighting but most voters do not realize this.
So, I appeal to my fellow Hanoverians: Call Rollin today! The deadline is Thursday! Must be in the hands of E. L. (Jenny) Mundy at 8198 North Mayfield Lane, Mechanicsville, VA (Whatever party position E. L. Mundy holds, she is dedicated, I have delivered three or four of these forms at this home address for prior conventions and this one too (!) and I don’t ever want to be elected to it – with my address plastered all over everywhere!) by 6:00 PM Thursday, February 28th! Rollin will get it there. Rollin Reisinger is at 804 451-4545 or email Rollin at Rollin@RobBellForAG.com. Let’s get a good turnout for Delegate Rob Bell for AG.
If you are curious – who does Sandy like for Lieutenant Governor, just stay tuned…