Congressman Rob Hurt’s Pyrrhic Victory

Dear Fauquier Free Citizen:

I was privileged, along with eleven other 5th District Republicans, to attend our 5th District Republican Convention this past Saturday [17 May] in Farmville, VA.

The purpose of this convention was to elect a new Republican chairman for our congressional district in which Fauquier County is included.

The race pitted conservative leader, Mark Lloyd, against a moderate, Bill Bolling-style Republican, Jon Berkley – Congressman Hurt’s handpicked candidate.

The highlight of our raucous convention was Robert Hurt’s attempt, through Jon Berkley, to disenfranchise Campbell County’s entire delegation.  This effort had already been ruled illegal by our 5th District Committee, but Hurt and Berkley had the votes on Saturday and denied anyone from Campbell County from voting at the convention, thereby ensuring Berkley’s narrow victory.  A great resource for the shenanigans leading up to the convention is former GOP Senate candidate Jamie Radtke at the web site

Mr. Berkley, throughout his campaign, had parroted the notion of “party unity.”  So, within minutes of his victory, he and Hurt took the unprecedented action to immediately purge five elected conservative members of our 5th District Committee who had supported his defeated opponent.

This is unity?

Almost half of the 440 delegates left Saturday’s 5th District Convention feeling abused, betrayed and disillusioned.

Yes, Congressman Hurt, you won on Saturday.

But here is what you lost:  you compromised your integrity, you damaged your conservative credentials, you lost the trust of a significant portion of your constituency, but most of all Congressman Hurt, you destroyed party unity here in our Republican 5th Congressional District.

Some victory!


Jeffrey E. Knight                                                                                                                                                 Washington, VA



2 Responses to Congressman Rob Hurt’s Pyrrhic Victory

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  2. Anton Afterwit Reply

    May 28, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I share in your disgust and see your sentiments everywhere in the RPV. I think Mr. Hurt and others are going to find it hard to get anyone involved after these shenanigans. From what I hear the Fauquier Republican Committee also suffered from shenanigans of their own (bringing Democrats in to vote) and are already suffering from it. I hear they cannot get enough people to volunteer for the Fair and will either have only a couple of people who will volunteer. They should have thought about this before they embraced the Democrats and brought them into the Committee. So sad to see they tried this all over the state and the same disastrous effects are being seen everywhere. Mr. Hurt is not the only one and sadly it is going to take turning VA over to the Dems for them to see the light and for the Party Leadership to get things under control and back to what is right instead of just pursuing the win.

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