Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

CR Elections

Over at SST, one of the new contributors Wyatt Coleman has a post up about the CR Elections this past weekend as well as a general discussion about CR behavior, etc. It is an interesting read (even though it is very long).
He (or she) apparently supported T.J. Maloney of Shenandoah University for chairman of the CRFV. Andrew Lamar of Mark Washington won the election in a close race.
Perhaps folks who know more about this whole thing than me can weigh on what they think of this post.

12 Comments:

  • At 12/06/2005 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What did Wyatt mean when he said that the Young Republican guy that won was "less than clear" on the McDonnell endorsment?

     
  • At 12/06/2005 9:10 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Lamar apparently claimed that he had the endorsement of Bob McDonnell but in reality he did not and McDonnell made up a letter that said he had made no endorsement.
    Thats what I gather anyway.

     
  • At 12/06/2005 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That's big.

     
  • At 12/06/2005 9:48 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Well, the election is over a Lamar won, so it isnt really that big now.
    Apparently the Maloney folks got the letter before the election and so Lamar didnt use that endorsement in the last day or so, but he still won.
    I dunno how much difference those things make in CR elections, but my guess is alot of people base their votes on that type of stuff (what else is there to vote on?)

     
  • At 12/07/2005 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't think endorsements really do much at all. What happens is that both candidates visit the various chapter chairs and make their bid for support. How much endorsements really matter at that stage is debatable. Most chairs are much more interested in being promised that federation money will be spent to help individual chapters. Then, the chapter chairman rides herd on all his delegates. Very rarely do delegations split; if they do, it's ususally because the persons in question have a pre-existing friendship with the opposition candidate.

     
  • At 12/07/2005 9:16 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Thanks for the insight anon.
    I take it schools like VT, UVA, JMU and GMU have control over the whole system then.
    I would imagine their enrollment outpaces the rest of the state combined.

     
  • At 12/07/2005 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Voting strength is based on club membership rosters, not total student enrollment. The influence of individual clubs then waxes and wanes over the years as dynamic chapter chairmen come and go (such is the nature of the leadership of college organizations), though there are a few perennial powerhouses, such as UVA and Tech. Even these schools, however, have their occaisonal off years.

     
  • At 12/07/2005 9:55 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Gotcha.
    Kinda sounds like real politics (promise people enough stuff and you win).
    I am glad to see our young leaders are learning early how politics works.

     
  • At 12/07/2005 9:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's like real politics without the maturity, wisdom, and decorum. Oh, what am I saying, it's exactly like real politics!

     
  • At 12/08/2005 10:04 PM, Blogger COLLEGE TRUTH said…

    The average college student today seems to be apolitical at best, apathetic or anarchistic at worst, and needs to learn about politics within the context of publications that discuss other things as well.

    Your opinion?

     
  • At 12/09/2005 3:18 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    I think you are correct. College students (at VT anyway) are very apathetic about politics.
    I am not sure that Rock the Vote and celebrities talking about voting will change things.
    Retirees vote to keep their social security checks coming. Young people don't usually see the vested interest they have in government. So when they vote, they do it based on what a friend tells them to do.

     
  • At 12/09/2005 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just saw your College Truth blog, very classy second post. I will be sure to never visit it again.

     

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