In a classic example of insider elites deciding whose turn it is to be our elected officials, failed US Senate candidate Ed Gillespie is running now to be the governor of Virginia. He will fail at that too, but that’s a different issue.
This begs the question, why is a DC insider with little to no ties to Virginia running for Governor instead of Mark Obenshain. Mark has more ties to this state than anyone. His father was the governor and died in office is a tragic accident. Mark is a well respected member of Virginia’s General Assembly. Mark ran for Attorney General in 2013 and only lost by couple hundred votes (many maintain he won, but NOVA voter fraud stole that election). Why isnt Mark running?
The answer lies in the typical party boss backroom deal struck between Bob Goodlatte, Ed Gillespie, and Mark Obenshain.
Goodlatte just won another primary challenge but after 20+ years, his time is near. (not everyone hangs on to power until they are dead like Robert Byrd from W.VA.) Ed Gillespie is hungry for power of his own after spending his life as an advisor and lobbyist to powerful people. And then there is Mark Obenshain who like Bill Bolling probably believed it was “his turn.” So, how does Gillespie convince Obenshain to give up his turn? Goodlatte agrees to retire early and give up his seat in congress to Mark.
It’s just that simple people. And remember, next year when Goodlatte announces retirement, you heard it first right here.