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Republican Convention In Full Swing

Anita Kumar

Almost 5,000 enthuiastic Republicans from all corners of the state decended on downtown Richmond this morning for the state convention.

"We have some work to do but we are up to the challenge,'' said Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who was chosen yesterday to preside over the two-day convention. "The Republican Party is alive and well and will remain the majority party in this Commonwealth of Virginia."

The Greater Richmond Convention Center was full of vendors hawking Republican elephant ties, supporters handing out of stickers for candidates and volunteers hanging thousands of signs around the cavernous ballroom.

The convention kicked off just after 10 a.m. with a welcome from John H. Hager, who is state party chairman, a former lieutenant governor and father-in-law of President Bush's daughter, Jenna.

"We are the party of ideas,'' Bush said in a taped video message to delegates.

In recent years, the Republican party in Virginia has lost the Governor's mansion and one of the two U.S. Senate seats. GOP leaders predicted that losing streak is over.

"We have so much more that unites us than divides us," Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell said. "We are kicking off the resurrgence of the Republican Party of Virginia."

By Anita Kumar  |  May 31, 2008; 10:41 AM ET
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They're looking at the almost certain loss of John Warner's and Tom Davis' seats and they think the losing streak over?

They sabotage the only candidate with a chance of competing against Mark Warner by avoiding a primary that might end up selecting Tom Davis. (Thanks for all the good work in the House, Tom, but you're not fit to be our Senator.) They have screwed the moderates in their own party while doing nothing to attract Democrats.

Brilliant. Go with ideological purity rather than address the needs and concerns of the citizens. Sounds like a winner to me. How about you?

Posted by: Jim W | May 31, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

When I am your president there will be a "resurrgence" in spelling lessons for so-called reporters.

-Your Messiah

Posted by: Barack Hussein | June 3, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

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