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, February 21, 2006

CR In Hot Water Again

Our friend Libertas over at Perseverando has a post up regarding a comment made to the Roanoke Times by the Virginia CR 1st Vice-Chairman/VT CR Chairman regarding diversity at Virginia Tech. As many of you know this is not the first incident she has been involved in that has gotten attention in the blogosphere. At any rate, this is the current issue at hand.

I largely agree with the point she was trying to make with her comment, but she shouldn't have used the same wording. Diversity should not be based solely on the color of skin, but that seems to be the only diversity our Universities worry about these days. I have surely made comments I wish I could word differently, and perhaps she was even misquoted (the Roanoke Times isn't the most favorable publication toward conservatives). Even so, most people will come away from this statement that she believes diversity of ethnicity isn't important. These type of comments are a huge liability for the Republican Party because the liberals tell everyone we think like this to start with. When one of our own says it, it makes people think we agree with it. This conservative, as well as many others believe ethnic diversity is only a part of the overall diversity a University should strive to achieve. Diversity of ideas is just as important.
What this young lady needs to remember is that her comments and actions reflect upon not only her, but her organization as well. If she cannot remember she is representing something larger than herself with her actions, she needs to resign from her positions.

I would also like to commend the Virginia State CR Chairman Andrew Lamar for this open letter asking that petty behavior not take place among CRs.
I want to reiterate that I believe CRs do alot of work and don't get alot of the credit for getting Republicans elected all across this state and this nation. Their work should be commended and they should be proud of what they have done for our party. These types of actions and comments only deflect attention from the good things the CRs do and give them a bad name. It is unfortunate that the Virginia CRs are getting good some bad press right now, but I am confident they will continue to be a strong and integral part of getting Republicans elected in 2006 and beyond.


  • At 2/21/2006 10:03 PM, Blogger CR UVa said…

    This is very disappointing. Ms. O'Neill obviously is lacking in tact, and if she remains in her current position, her best option would be to avoid commenting in situations that could revisited. She now has a huge bullseye on her, regardless of how she meant that comment.

  • At 2/22/2006 12:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    She should hire a communications staff...not only to talk to the press...but to make prank calls without leaving her actual contact information.

  • At 2/23/2006 11:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    she's simply acting like a good republican, leave her alone! She has a real future in our party!

    Dirty tricks, racist...what else could you ask for?

  • At 2/25/2006 12:57 PM, Blogger Ryan said…

    this is way i love the CRFV

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