Jim Rich’s Farewell Letter

By Loudoun Insider

Just received a copy of this:

 

Dear Fellow 10th District Republican:

 

I wanted to let you know directly from me about my political plans for the future. After 20 years of service as congressional district chairman (I believe that I may be one of the longest serving district chairs in the history of the Commonwealth), I will not seek reelection to that position.

 

Prior to the district chairmanship I served 3 terms as Fauquier County Chairman. For over 30 years I have been a precinct chairman.  Beginning in 1984 and every 4 years thereafter, I have served as a delegate or alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention and in 1988, I served on the Platform Committee. One of the most memorable times was in 1976 when I was a press aide and advance man for Governor Reagan who was making a run for the presidency. I have lost track of all of the races and candidates I have supported over the years.

 

It has been an honor and privilege for me to have held leadership positions in our great party.  I believe that our principles of limited, Jeffersonian government, freedom and opportunity as set forth by our Founders are the best hope for America. Ever since I was old enough to read serious publications and literature, I read biographies of all of the greats: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Patrick Henry, Robert E. Lee, Churchill, Reagan, John Adams, among others.  They inspired me to believe that if I could do just a small part to promote freedom and limited government, it would be a worthwhile endeavor.  All of the hours on the phone banks, at the polls, going door to door, attending meetings and chicken dinners have all been worth it.  Additionally I have had the opportunity to work with many great people who love their country.  It has been a very special opportunity to work closely with one of the most dedicated, principled and honorable Member of Congress—Frank Wolf.

 

This is a great time to be a Republican.  We have reason to be proud of the big victories in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts.  The American people are rediscovering concepts of federalism, limited government, the importance of our free enterprise system and sensible frugal spending policies. We have many hard working volunteers in the 10th District and we have played our part in these recent victories.  The 10th District provided landslide victories for Bob McDonnell and the statewide ticket with many of our units at the top of statewide lists for highest McDonnell percentage, winning margin and Republican shift. Statewide, we increased our margin in the House of Delegates by 6 seats.  3 or half of those winning seats came from the 10th District with the election of Tag Greason, Jim LeMunyon and Barbara Comstock.  The 10th District pumped thousands of dollars into key 2009 races. 10th District Loudoun County GOP Chair Glen Caroline was named outstanding unit chair in the Commonwealth and Fairfax County was named the best unit statewide.  Our units are well organized and headed by effective and hardworking chairs.

 

The Wall Street Journal recently reported in a January 19 article written by Gerald F. Seib that Wall Street Journal/NBC polls clearly show America is a conservative or center right country: 34% are conservative, 38% are center and only 21% label themselves as liberal.  In Virginia about 30% of the people are Republicans, 30% Democrats and 30% Independents.  When we nominate conservatives like Ronald Reagan, Bob McDonnell and Frank Wolf who can communicate our philosophy along with concern for kitchen table quality of life issues such as jobs, education, transportation, we win big. As we stay true to our core principles, we must work with center right Independents.  The latter don’t vote for party label.  They look beyond the label to look at the contents.  Wasting time with circular firing squads trying to force an artificial 100% unanimity within our base will lead to certain defeat at the polls. Remember President Reagan’s 80/20 rule. Let us understand that our role as party officials is to elect candidates to office.  Only they can cast the votes necessary to ensure freedom and opportunity.  Let’s reach out to Independents with the confidence that our message of freedom and opportunity will be well received if articulated well.  The politics of addition will lead us to retake the Congress in 2010 and the White House in 2012.

 

Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to serve and for all of the hard work that so many have given freely.  A chairman is nothing without wonderful allies and volunteers who care about America and our Commonwealth.

 

I am optimistic about our future and will continue working for our great cause of liberty. My optimism for the future of the 10th District is also founded on the knowledge that we have a very well qualified, thoughtful conservative ready and willing to  lead in the 10th District and the Commonwealth—Dave Schmidt.  I strongly endorse Dave as the next 10th District chair.  He is a limited government Jeffersonian, a successful businessman, a hardworking Republican who has put in years of service for our cause including strong support for 10th District activities and events. He knows how elections are won as he himself has won a seat on the Leesburg Council. Dave has always supported Congressman Wolf and Republican stalwarts like Ronald Reagan and Bob McDonnell.  Most important, he is a man of character. Please give Dave your favorable consideration.  See you on the campaign trail.

 

Best wishes.

 

Jim Rich


Comments

  • “He (Schmidt) knows how elections are won as he himself has won a seat on the Leesburg Council”
    TWICE. Once in 2000-2004, and once in 2008.

    Mr. Rich, as anyone who can read can see, your efforts in the post will be missed. I am glad you’ll still be working among us. Thank you for your years of service and knowledge. I solidly endorse Dave.

  • BlackOut says:

    Seems like the dude gets it. I agree with the 34/38-21 split reference.
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    “As we stay true to our core principles, we must work with center right Independents. The latter don’t vote for party label. They look beyond the label to look at the contents”
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    That’s me! Take note Stoner, and LL squared.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    LL Squared – wahoo!
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    If I hadn’t read so much incredible bull crap from you over the years I might be inclined to let your self description of “Center Right Inpendent” taunt go unnoticed.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Inpendent = Independent

  • BlackOut says:

    Well LL, from your view point a CRI looks like a radical liberal. That’s my point!

  • Dorothy says:

    Jim,thank you for all your hard work for Republicans in the 10th District.
    You have had a strong calming affect in a rather stormy area of Virginia. I look forward to working with you again.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Nah, I know plenty of CRI’s and you Sir, are no CRI.

  • G. Stone says:

    That’s me! Take note Stoner, and LL squared.

    Will someone please educate this Dipshit ? Please.

  • BlackOut says:

    LL, I am not doubting your interpretation of a CRI. I am sure a lot of Republicans appear to you as a CRI. In fact, there are a lot of them in the LCRC, according to your scale. Either you look further or you stay in the 30% range and loss elections. Stay classy thou. You’ll feel better.

  • BlackOut says:

    Stoner, here’s little education, I am your target audience! You need votes like me to win the McDonnell(etal) and TAG type races. When can we sit down for tea so I can tell you how CRIs vote. Then you can go out and find me a candidate that I want to support and vote for. It’s a bitch ain’t it.:)

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    I couldn’t agree more with the following: “Wasting time with circular firing squads trying to force an artificial 100% unanimity within our base will lead to certain defeat at the polls.”

    Gee, I wonder if those who claim to be saving us from “purifiers” ever stop and think before shooting?

    Closing with an endorsement of somebody who wasn’t filed until after Mr. Rich said he was leaving? Please.

    We don’t crown kings here, do we?

    Nice letter, though.

    Except for the “I’m retiring and here’s who I want to replace me” part.

    It would have been a lovely farewell without the campaigning.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    Look further? I only have to look to recent history and help the trend continue – what are you talking about? While I’ve been working with conservatives to get other conservatives elected – where have you been?
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    Our formula is good right now, no advise necessary from CRI wannabes.
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    Your little “classy” remark sounds a bit Spectorish. I feel pretty good, it’s Friday.

  • BlackOut says:

    Barbara, by definition circular fire means it comes from all sides. I will say a few years ago it was worse as the “puritans” did their firing via a firing squad with blind folds over the victims.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Barbara, he has every right to campaign for the person he believes is best qualified to lead the 10th CD. In my opinion, and that of many others, including Jim Rich obviously, that person is surely not a diehard Jeff Frederick loyalist like Howie Lind.

  • Blackout, I’m pretty sure you’ve never tripped into a “right of center” anything.

  • BlackOut says:

    Interesting thought there Monk. You made me pause and reflect.
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    Actually, I am pretty sure I vote about 85% of the time for the Republican candidate, the other 15% has been for Dems or Independents. It was 95% back in the days when I worked for Reagan’s campaigns. Jeez, how times change.
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    I’d say my percentage took a big dip when the likes of Dick Black slithered into office. (Man I am proud to say that guy is gone!). Then of course, I joined a bunch of other free thinkers to take on the corrupt Snow. (That’s a difficult one to gauge as it was a vote against Snow, not a vote for the D guy) After that there was that painful Palin incident. Definitely went Dem after that came up. Obama was the first Dem I voted for as Pres. So in retrospect, I’d say I am definitely a swing vote right of center. Obviously some of you have a lot of your own retrospective work to do to define were the CRI line is.
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    It’s hard to sell to your target market if you don’t know where they are. Haha

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Dave Schmidt better get his ass moving and campaigning if he wants to win this race.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    LI, I agree he can support whomever he likes.

    But we now have county and district retirements coming with endorsements, and those same endorsements unfortunately have come with a lot of ugly attack toward the “other guy” along with the support statements for the chosen.

    BlackOut, two things:

    First, agreed–circular means from all sides. Maybe including your own? “Friendly” fire isn’t supposed to be deliberate, is it?

    Second–still waiting for proof that Snow and the others were “corrupt”. Those indictments that were supposed to come before the election still haven’t materialized, bloodcurdling foreboding certainty by the same “friendly” snipers to the contrary.

    As I’ve said before, he isn’t perfect, and he rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, but dishonest and “corrupt” are strong accustaions that require proof, none of which is forthcoming, most particularly from the likes of Miller, McGimsey, Chaloux et al who made such hay on it.

    (As for “target market”, well, lots of MEMBERS of the LCRC apparently wear big targets front and back just by existing, don’t they? lol)

  • [...] will have many wonderful memories and some battle scars when he retires at the end of this term. Thank you, Jim Rich, for your [...]

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    BO, A 28 year slide from Reagan to Obama – it was slow – but the end result is the same. You now supports leftists. Congratulations!

  • BlackOut says:

    Barbara, a voter’s definition of corrupt and a criminal definition of corrupt (indictments) can and most of the time are two different things. I observed far too much of Snow’s antics to consider him worthy of representing his constituency. What I saw was he was representing other interests. Call it what you will but I cast my opinion via advocacy and a vote. Others did the same. Luckily more people saw it the way I saw it.
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    I am glad I was in a position to vote my convictions and not toe the party line just because he had a (R) by his name.

  • BlackOut says:

    Whatever LL. I have made my point and so have you. We’re not going to agree.
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    BTW, what type of kool-aid do you usually serve within your cabal.

  • BlackOut says:

    Barbara, true true about circular fire. As for mine, my sniper rifle is pretty accurate.

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    I hate kool-aid. My drinks preferences are well known by my friends and associates.

  • local gop says:

    BO:

    “BTW, what type of kool-aid do you usually serve within your cabal.”

    That would be Koochinelli Koolaid…vintage 2009…:)

    Too bad Kooch lost Fairfax County and Fairfax City…guess McDonnell’s coat tails arent THAT strong….:(

  • local gop says:

    OR…better yet….maybe it was him saying that Social Security is a secret government spy program…or that there is no such thing as climate change…hmmm guess Virginia isnt THAT far right…. thankfully…

    http://www.kencuccinelli.com/

  • Loudoun Lady says:

    You’re SO last election cycle Local. Get on the ball and find the next rightwing nut to taunt conservatives with.
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    I forgot about the questions I asked you – I’ll go look for them now.

  • CEJudd says:

    When giving leadership, Jim Rich was selfless in his service to the Republican Party…even tempered…straight-forward…with a desire to win so that Republican principles would prevail…evidenced by recent elections. Big shoes to fill. Thanks for giving of yourself, Jim! CEJ

  • Blackout, you backed Obama, despite numerous pleas to realize that he was a far left liberal. There ain’t no gettin back to right of center from that choice.

  • G. Stone says:

    my sniper rifle is pretty accurate.

    BlackOut
    on January 29th, 2010

    The only thing you have ever shot is the top of your foot.

  • Brian S. says:

    This was a great letter. I don’t see why some people dislike him.

  • BlackOut says:

    Check the record Stoner. I am guessing you have no idea.
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    Brian, I agree!
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    Monk, I wouldn’t call it backing Obama, as much as it was total disappointment in McCain and his selection of the goofball Palin. What it does prove is that my “type of vote” wins elections. Haha, that’s why I am Stoner’s worst nightmare. He will never admit it but he needs me and I can play hard to get.

  • Rtwng Extrmst says:

    Brian,

    It was a nice letter. Unfortunately it doesn’t reflect the history of Jim Rich’s “Rule”. Barbara had it right wrt “circular firing squads” and “purity”. I personally have no trouble with the 80/20 rule myself, nor working with conservative independents. As always though if I have the opportunity to support a candidate I agree with 95% over one I agree with 20%, I will always support the one I agree with more. However, Jim Rich and those like him are so blinded by their own search for “purity” that their sanctimony doesn’t allow them to see that they themselves are at least half the problem. Perhaps Jim finally realized this and maybe that’s why he’s leaving. Perhaps not. I think his endorsement without mentioning the fact that there’s another candidate who might be qualified as well shows he’s still “keeping his powder dry” to use a phrase Jim himself is known to like.

    As for LI… Any “center-right independent” who voted for BO in 2008 and admits it, and maybe is even still proud of it, is either an idiot or a truth challenged lib (regressive).

    Local gop: The outcome for Ken in FFX had much more to do with this being the only place where Shannon had a real base and not so much because of who Ken is. Ken was clearly competitive here. As evidence there were places that Ken won, but Bob lost because they were more strongholds for Deeds.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Are you tring to say that I voted for Obama??? Are you ignorant or just trying to stir up trouble?

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    I think he’s talking about BlackOut’s comments, but may be wrong.

  • Rtwng Extrmst says:

    Apologies LI. Barbara is correct. I was referring to BlackOut. While we’ve had our significant differences, I believe you to be part of the GOP. BlackOut on the other hand is not even close to those “center-right independents”. For that matter I recognize the many years of work Jim Rich has also given to the Party and the GOP cause. I just think he’s also done alot to stur up trouble within the Party as well.

  • And in his stepping aside to deal with family issues, as I’ve had to deal with in past years….let the rhetoric go, and investigate Schmidt as a viable contendor.

  • BlackOut says:

    Rtwng Ext. No one… independently concerned about our country would have voted for the GOP ticket after McCain became senile, aged, or forced to pick a horrible neophyte choice like Palin would have voted for that ticket. One of the worst in history. To protect the country Obama was the only choice. It was absolutely necessary to avoid a train wreck. So, Obama was it. Best candidate wins, and Obama was absolutely the best candidate amongst the choices.
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    And I’ve been a big McCain supporter in the past, but he lost it. Disappointing to say the least.

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  • Dorothy says:

    “To protect the country Obama was the only choice”…and do you think he is doing his job?

  • Did we avoid that trainwreck? I think we punched thru one of many train stations(first one was the quadruple deficit) and obliterated it on the way to the next inconvienances (we call them unemployment, unnecessary taxes for non-existant warming and special lobbyist compensation packets for everything from ACORN vote-tampering to hands-off treatment of the trial lawyers and the money they give dems, during the healthcare fiasco.)

  • local gop says:

    “The outcome for Ken in FFX had much more to do with this being the only place where Shannon had a real base and not so much because of who Ken is. Ken was clearly competitive here.”

    Thus the only conclusion that can be reached is when faced with a choice, Fairfax Voters would take first, a home town candidate (McDonnell), and second a democrat when there is no home field advantage. Great….just what I always wanted…..they’d rather have a Fairfax Democrat than a Fairfax Republican….tell me something I dont already know.

  • Rtwng Extrmst says:

    Local GOP, My point is the Dems in inner FFX county where the Dems dominate saw no advantage to Deeds over McDonnell. Shannon was from that part of the county and drew from his base. Had the Dems nominated a lib from inside the beltway as their candidate, I doubt McDonnell would have carried in FFX. He would have been competitive like Ken, but probably would have lost there. Deeds was too moderate for those types. For proof, just look at the numbers. In FFX County McDonnell beat Deeds 138.7K votes to 134.2K votes. Wagner beat Bolling 139.6K votes to 131.2K votes. Shannon beat Cuccinelli 141.5K votes to 129.3K votes. Ken won in his strongholds in FFX County, but Shannon was the overwhelming victor closer in in the county(he had a very strong home advantage in his part of the County). Bottom line, libs in NOVA found Deeds to be unacceptable to their cosmopolitan tastes.

    Similary, Bob lost in Bath County (Deeds’ home), while Ken beat Shannon there.

    I think there’s a good lesson in these numbers. In western parts of FFX county strong conservatives can still win elections. However (despite what some of our more “moderate” friends in the Party might accuse me of promoting), it would be very difficult for a strong conservative to win in the closer in parts of FFX county against a more lib candidate. There can be exceptions depending on who the Dems run, but I would say we as a Party would have a very hard time winning closer in to the city with more conservative candidates unless they are running against a damaged Dem for some reason. In general, that part of the county is so Dem dominant, I’m not sure any GOP candidate can really win there under normal circumstances.

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