Friday, May 20, 2011

Republicans shuffling the deck hoping for a winning hand – video

Senators Ralph Smith and Bill Stanley

Call it shuffling the deck or an afternoon shell game it was a winning strategy said the Republicans Thursday at the Roanoke County Administration building. The back patting, hugs and smiles took Sen. Smith’s announcement way past the scheduled 5:30 p.m. start time.

Senator Bill Stanley had announced his intention to run for senate in Democrat Roscoe Reynolds 20th district a short while earlier in Danville. First Stanley has to win a primary against two other Republicans vying for the nomination. According to Stanley they are not stepping aside at least yet. “A nomination process has to be selected,” said Stanley.

Governor McDonnell released a statement endorsing Stanley. A strong hint of big money support.

McDonnell said, “Since being elected to the State Senate, Bill demonstrated real leadership focusing on job-creation, eliminating government waste, reforming education, and improving our roads. I know he will provide great leadership to the citizens of the 20th District as he continues to work to bring more jobs and opportunities to Southern Virginia. Virginia needs Bill Stanley in the State Senate.”

Sen. Smith is renting a house on Bent Mountain until he can sell his Botetourt home.

There was a who’s who of elected officials. There was Congressman Morgan Griffith, and Bob Goodlatte, Delegate Charles Poindexter of Glade Hill, outgoing Delegate Bill Cleaveland and his possible replacement Chris Head, Sheriff Octavia Johnson, Supervisor Ed Elswick, and Republican Chairs Mike Bailey and Chris Walters.

Delegate Cleaveland introduced Congressman Griffith who introduced Stanley who introduced Goodlatte who introduced the incumbent/candidate Sen. Ralph Smith. The guest of honor Senator Ralph Smith greeted them all and was overwhelmed with the crowd and support he received.

Smith though admitted his surprise leaked out looking my way. He said and I believe it to be true that I was the first to catch the drift of this plan as fact. His little surprise came as an emotional moment when he unveiled the 19th district map.

He pointed to a farm where his mother lived in Bedford County that is now in the redrawn 19th district. He went over to the other end of the district to Wythe County to a church on Smith Hollow Road and the graveyard where his mother, father, grandparents, great-grandparents and his great-great grandfather are buried dating all the way back to 1803.

He said, “what you see [is] my emotion with the idea that a guy who went to National Auto Diesel College and came back home to open a service station on Williamson Road that someday he would be able to represent these people in the Virginia Senate … it is real special.”

“I guess the opposition knows I have my reasons to go out and win the election,” said Smith.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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