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I’m 18 and here’s my take on Brat, Cantor, and Trammel

Dear Editor,

The 2014 election cycle, like most election cycles these days was brutal. The commercials, the mudslinging, the back and forth comments between the people.

Since June I’ve read a lot of things in The Mechanicsville Local and elsewhere that really frustrated me. But, in the end, I realize when your candidate and candidates win, all the frustration goes away because the election results have the final say.

It was said before Dave Brat won the primary because only Tea Partiers and Democrats voted for him. It was said Dave Brat is a Libertarian. It was said Dave Brat was nowhere to be seen and only talked to crowds that agreed with him. It was said Dave Brat dodges debates and etc.

The funny part is the election results from Nov. 4 told a different story. Dave Brat won with 61 percent of the vote to Jack Trammell’s 37 percent.

In 2012, Eric Cantor won re-election in a closer contest 58 percent to Wayne Powell’s 41 percent. And Libertarian James Carr was on the ballot too, receiving 2.2 percent of the vote.

So, did only Tea Partiers and Democrats vote for Dave Brat on Nov. 4? Was his June 10 victory a fluke? Did Dave Brat only speak to crowds that agreed with him? Well, potentially, but I personally highly doubt it.

I think the voters before June 10 felt a real connection with Dr. Brat of what a true representative and felt that same connection after the primary and towards Election Day.

Now I’m not political expert but I’m willing to admit that even though others talk like they are and feel they can label voters for what they are when in theory they have no idea.

Back in June I voted for Dr. Brat on paper as a Republican but actually what I am is an American, so I respectfully ask to those who label people when it comes to politics to let each individual person label themselves for who they are.

I know it was more than just Tea Partiers and Democrats who voted for Dr. Brat back in June because I met the voters out “in the field.” Most people I met were everyday citizens of the 7th District who vote and for the most part aren’t with a political party or outside organization like the Tea Party.

And you know what I found with those voters? Frustration with politics, frustration with Washington, D.C, and frustration with government.

Feel free to call me out if you think it’s inaccurate but that’s what I saw and found both prior to June 10 and after.

I was a part in some way or another with the Dave Brat campaign since he first entered the race back in January. What a journey!

I personally met a lot of wonderful people and had some of the best experiences of my life during the past year. The Strawberry Fair was amazing — lots of high energy of “We can do this — we can restore America to be successfully.” That day was special.

I also can’t thank Dr. Brat enough for going to my Eagle Scout Court of Honor with just nine days before the Primary Election and meeting with those who attended. He took time out of his schedule to do that and not just a five-minute “walk around the block” either.

2014 was a special year and not just with the Dave Brat campaign but elections all across America.

Republicans did just take control of the U.S. Senate but won big gubernatorial races in states like Maryland with Larry Hogan and Massachusetts with Charlie Baker.

Before I close out, I give a thanks to Jack Trammell who ran against Dr. Brat. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Hanover Tomato Festival and I must say Mr. Trammell is a very nice guy and down to earth, I just wasn’t the biggest fan of his ideology and campaign platform but Trammell and Brat ran one of the more positive campaigns in the state and I’d say the country.

I just want to say to those who write also and down on Dr. Brat and Republicans that I do not regret at all being a part of the Republicans, voting for Dave Brat in the June 10 primary and voting for Republicans in the November mid-term.

In fact, I am proud to be conservative or what I like to call myself from time to time a Perot Republican.

My words to the people of Hanover is make your own choices, don’t base your voting off of what others say and write. Do your own research and as Ross Perot once said “Vote your conscience.”

It’s been great to be in Hanover and I look forward to the years to come!

Also with Veterans Day having just been observed, thank you, veterans, for all you’ve done! We have many in my family alone so thank you again and God bless!

Your fellow citizen,

Dalton T. Luffey

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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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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