Obenshain gets endorsements; Cuccinelli, a campaign managerPolitics

Over the holiday weekend, while we were all balancing on the edge of a cliff waiting for the Mayans to push us off, there was a bit of chair-shuffling with the statewide races.

First, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced that former RPV Executive Director and Virginia Victory strategist, Dave Rexrode, will now be his campaign manager. Rexrode was also the deputy campaign manager for Gov. Bob McDonnell’s successful gubernatorial campaign.

“I am honored to be working for a man of principle, someone who you never have to guess where he stands on an issue, and who understands our Commonwealth and our challenges,” said Rexrode in a statement. “That is exactly what we need in our next Governor and why I am happy to be part of the team working to make that happen.”

Second, State Senator Mark Obenshain has some early support from Virginia conservatives in his quest to achieve the Republican nomination for attorney general. The campaign released the following list of endorsements:

* Kay Coles James, President, Gloucester Institute; former Dean, Regent School of Government; Board of Trustees, Heritage Foundation
* Mike Farris, Chancellor, Patrick Henry College; Founding President, Home School Legal Defense Association
* Morton Blackwell, Republican National Committeeman
* Donna Holt, property rights activist
* Melvin Adams, President, Renewanation
* Chris Stearns, Third District Chairman; Former Ron Paul State Director
* Steve Newman, State Senator
* Dick Black, State Senator
* Ralph Smith, State Senator
* Bruce Eberle, national conservative activist
* Kevin Gentry, RPV Eastern Vice Chairman
* Kirby Burch, Commonwealth Sportsmen’s Alliance
* Chip Muir, 3rd Congressional District SCC Representative; Former Assistant AG
* Russ Moulton, Former First District Chairman
* Peyton Knight, 5th Congressional District SCC Representative
* Tito Muñoz (“Tito the Builder”), conservative activist; former state senate candidate
* Steve Hunt, former state senate candidate
* Kate Obenshain, political commentator and author**
* Matt Ames, Northern Virginia grassroots organizer
* Steve Albertson, conservative blogger
* Ron Robinson, President, Young America’s Foundation
* Michelle Easton, President, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute

  • Jack

    Those are excellent folks that have endorsed Obenshain. The following State Central Executive Committee members have as well:

    Mike Thomas, First Vice Chairman

    Morton Blackwell, National Committeeman

    Diana Bannister, Secretary

    Bob FitzSimmonds, Treasurer

    Kevin Gentry, Eastern Vice Chairman

    Don Huffman, Western Vice Chairman

    Gary Byler, 2nd Congressional District Chairman

    Chris Stearns, 3rd Congressional District Chairman

    Jack Wilson, 4th Congressional District Chairman

    Bill Stanley, 5th Congressional District Chairman

    Wendell Walker, 6th Congressional District Chairman

    Mike Ginsberg, 8th Congressional District Chairman

    Jack Morgan, 9th Congressional District Chairman

    John Whitbeck, 10th Congressional District Chairman

    Terry Wear, 11th Congressional District Chairman

    Emmett Hanger, Senate Caucus Representative

    John Scott, YRFV President

  • Jack

    Great list of endorsements for Obenshain. Don’t forget these too:

    Mike Thomas, First Vice Chairman

    Morton Blackwell, National Committeeman

    Diana Bannister, Secretary

    Bob FitzSimmonds, Treasurer

    Kevin Gentry, Eastern Vice Chairman

    Don Huffman, Western Vice Chairman

    Gary Byler, 2nd Congressional District Chairman

    Chris Stearns, 3rd Congressional District Chairman

    Jack Wilson, 4th Congressional District Chairman

    Bill Stanley, 5th Congressional District Chairman

    Wendell Walker, 6th Congressional District Chairman

    Mike Ginsberg, 8th Congressional District Chairman

    Jack Morgan, 9th Congressional District Chairman

    John Whitbeck, 10th Congressional District Chairman

    Terry Wear, 11th Congressional District Chairman

    Emmett Hanger, Senate Caucus Representative

    John Scott, YRFV President

  • Chris

    Ames is a good get in Fairfax County, he is widely respected across the board.

  • http://twitter.com/BullElephant Steve Albertson

    The version I saw had me correctly listed as 1st District State Central Rep. I do not blog enough to be called a blogger!

    That said, I am definitely delighted to support Senator Obenshain, who will make a fantastic AG.

  • Iraqandback03

    Kirby Burch is a polarizing individual in the hunting community and not a very good endorsement. He certainly doesn’t fight for or represent the Virginia’s hunting community.