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I read in two places that the National Republican Senate Committee has indicated that they will not contract with Jamestown Associates because they work with groups that fund challengers to GOP incumbents.  From Breitbart:

NRSC communications staffer Brad Dayspring, a former spokesman for House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), told The New York Times on Friday, “We’re not going to do business with people who profit off of attacking Republicans. Purity for profit is a disease that threatens the Republican Party.”

Now of course the NRSC can contract with whoever they choose to but some see it as a shot across the bow to the Tea Party.  It would be a foolish move to split the party.  That would ensure Democrats will win.  (Some will accuse me of doing it here with Sarvis!)

Maybe Tea Party voters ought to show what can happen if the GOP establishment tries to purge them from the party:  You can vote Sarvis Tuesday.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Mike Wilburt says:

    AWR Hawkins spells it out on Breitbart.

    A vote for Sarvis is a vote for McAuliffe

  2. Matt Sponaugle says:

    I’ve sat back and watched in dismay as first you (not unexpectedly), then Tom (that one WAS unexpected) endorsed Sarvis. You’re definitely right when you suspect that some of us are blaming you for splitting the republican vote. There’s absolutely no doubt about that.

    I’m a deeply conservative Christian voter, who has likewise watched in dismay – and anger – as the GOP time after time has dissed the tea party and the more conservative among us. Cantor, and others in the establishment, has been the recipient of many calls and emails from this conservative voter. I was among the many who were very angered at McDonnel’s huge tax increase and ethical shortcomings. That all having been said, I don’t believe you can find a much more conservative candidate than Cuccinnelli. He has done much good for the Commonwealth up to this point. I don’t buy your arguments about Star Scientific. What am I missing? I can’t figure out what in the world VA Right has to gain by a Sarvis endorsement.

    I believe Cantor and the GOP establishment could care less whether Cuccinelli wins or loses. If anything, they will be the first to claim he was “too conservative” if he loses. Likewise, albeit maybe for different reasons, I’m placing you in the same camp. I can’t figure out the mindset of someone who would intentionally split the party as you seem to be doing. McCauliffe must be defeated. Virginia cannot afford his policies, especially in the political environment we’re in now. I firmly believe the results of his policies, along with those of Obama’s, will be irreversible in many cases. We cannot afford the kind of apathy you seem to be displaying!

    • Sandy Sanders

      Matt, thanks for coming by. I appreciate how well you defend your positions. I feel the GOP has taken the Tea Party and the liberty voters for granted; I do think Star Scientific is crucial although there is no comparison in ethics between McAuliffe and Cuccinelli.

      Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I would not call it apathy; I certainly did not apathetically support Sarvis.

      Our motive is clear: What we said in our endorsement.

      I do not speak for Tom White.


  3. Gene Lefty says:

    No offense Matt, but the numbers simply do not support your position. You admit this regarding McDonnell, and his largest tax increase in the history of Virginia.

    Would you also admit that President Clinton left George Bush a budget surplus? What did Bush leave Obama? Would you also admit that the Tim Kaine budgets were far more conservative than the McDonnell run away spending budget increases, 2-3 times the cost of living index increases?

    The Republicans could have elected Bill Bolling Governor tomorrow, instead we, the Democrats, will elect Terry McAuliffe. You changed the rules, did an honorable man dirty. Just like your Party does the poor and middle class dirty. The Republicans deserve exactly what they asked for , and, what they get tomorrow, NOTHING!

    I guess we should thank somebody for the rule change!
    But funny thing is, nobody wants to stand up and take responsibility for it?


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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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