Scott Russell won the chairmanship of the Fauquier County GOP today, defeating Cam Jones in a large turnout.
Scott touted his Reagan Republican approach, and coming from the vaunted conservative publication American Spectator, many were eager for a real conservative-to-conservative duel in which the principles touted by Ronald Reagan would be on full display.
American Spectator is the home to Angelo Codevilla’s immortal “America’s Ruling Class – and the Perils of Revolution.” ‘Am Spec’ has done world-class work exposing “The Banality of RINOs.” And, it was American Spectator that correctly published how Tea Partiers are Ronald Reagan’s heirs.
Yes, we were expecting a clash of conservative titans, a Jefferson-Madison-style duel where the winner was the one who best articulated the benefits of freedom, government limited by the rule of law, how the Fauquier County GOP would be a model for other counties, and how our rural county could be prosperous and peaceful for all people, not just those with connections, while retaining its rural character.
Scott has challenges facing him, including mending a Republican Party in the county that has come under fire for its supervisors’ very un-Reagan-like behavior.
The supervisors’ incurring debt, threatening tax increases, cobbling up private land for government ownership, trespassing on private property rights, and making life uncomfortable and even unbearable for small-business people through over-regulation is, well, the antithesis of Reagan.
In this race, Cam Jones was unfairly — falsely — criticized by sources to drive voters, including Democrats, to the polls to defeat the Tea Party-backed candidate. Politics is rough and tumble, of course, and in Cam’s service to his country he has experienced much, much tougher things than dishonesty.
Cam’s political future is bright. He displayed principled leadership and a love for the county. We’re sure he’ll work with the new leadership to improve the lot of everyone.
Fauquier County government is in many ways what American Spectator criticizes. Here at FFC we’ve done our share to expose flaws, dishonesty, corruption and lawbreaking in the county government in the hope that improvements will result. We hope the Fauquier GOP under Mr. Russell’s chairmanship will be part of the solution.
We wish Scott well in navigating between Reagan’s principles and county politics.