Shaun Kenney new RPV Executive Director

The speculation that our own Shaun Kenney is heading off to become the new executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia is true.

He takes over the day-to-day operations at the Obenshain Center today.

As I have told Shaun, I do not envy him the task ahead. Republicans now find themselves on the ropes in statewide races, the party is riven with internal conflict over which wing gets to call the shots and the fundraising environment is tough.

In short, it’s the sort of situation that cries out for an Irishman’s touch — particularly one with Shaun’s wide experience as a campaigner, an elected official and even a pundit.

All of us wish Shaun the best with his new responsibilities. And yes, he will still have his perch here at Bearing Drift.

You can catch our extended and exclusive interview with the new E.D. this weekend on “The Score” radio show.

  • Samuel E Morrison

    RPV actually hired someone who is incredibly competent and understands the intricacies of public policy. Did I just wake up in an alternate universe or something?

  • Independence1

    Congrats Shaun!

  • James Young

    Shaun is a good choice, but I’d like to be a fly on the wall in the first meeting which includes him and Bob FitzSimmonds….

    • Liz Maloney McCoy


    • David McKissack

      Oh, I can guess how that will go. I’d be more interested in the conversation with Mike Thomas.

  • Wally Erb

    Congratulations Shaun. You possess the experience and tool set to make you successful in this endeavor.

  • Congrats Shaun. And to everyone else, hold on to your wallets. 🙂

  • Arlingtonvirginia
  • I hope the first thing that Pat makes you do is shave that beard.

    Congrats, bro!

    • Paul Prados

      I stand in support of Shaun’s beard. (no that’s not a euphemism)

      • Liz Maloney McCoy

        The beard needs to stay! 😀

    • MD Russ

      Beard or no beard, he needs to get a shirt with a collar.

  • Brittney

    Absolute best news – very excited for Shaun and the future of RPV with this development.

    • Marta D. Saltus

      Couldn’t agree more! This is fantastic news… Congratulations, Shaun!

  • Congratulations, homie! Can we please strip the wallpaper throughout the office and make it look a little bit classier? 🙂

  • Best of luck! You’ll need it . . .

  • Bill Steinbach

    Congrats to Shaun. Good luck.

  • Independence1

    Ok, please allow me to stir the pot on this a bit. In light of today’s Supreme Court ruling and Mr. Kenney’s new
    appointment, what do you think about the comments I made last week? I already know we (Republicans) are in favor of this ruling “money equals free speech”. Maybe I am looking for someone to produce a better argument to change my mind?

    *The most interesting part about this podcast was the final segment. The fact that college students cannot name a single Senator is always a funny bit, but how funny is it really. This is the essence of the problem that is threatening our Republic. Many blame politicians for not making their constituents the number one priority after becoming elected. Why would constituents be the priority? Everyone who follows politics has said to me “Well [insert name here] would have won if they had raised more money”. Money equals votes. Why?

    A Republic should be run by the citizens. That is not true when big business and wealthy contributors “donate” way more money to campaigns then citizens. Indirectly, the elected official is beholden to whoever gave them the money because money equals votes. Many citizens rely on party affiliation, flyers, commercials, phone calls, etc. to make a decision in an election. All of which cost money.

    The citizens of this nation are not informed. Whoever can figure out how to get average citizens involved or at least willing to research candidates on their own without [donations for] commercials, phone calls, and flyers will be able to win elections without money and truly serve their constituents. *I think the internet may be the ultimate equalizer. Until then I refuse to believe ANY elected official will [totally] have my best interest at heart. They may have received money from entities which have similar goals and beliefs as my own, but ultimately those entities will have the control. Some go into politics believing they can serve the people. The money will never allow that to happen. We have only ourselves to blame.

    The importance of money injected into political campaigns, has replaced the importance of one citizen one vote.

    • Bravo. Yes.
      Meanwhile candidates for ’16 are making the trek to Las Vegas to pay homage to fat fingered Sheldon Adelson in hope he gives them his blessing ($$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$). Disgusting perverted way to do things.

      And, on the other side, the Dems are direct dialing Soros. Which side are you on? The fat fingered Adelson or the fat fingered Soros?

      • Independence1

        Thanks for your response. I am on the Adelson side or maybe the Koch brothers depending on how it all shakes out. Capitalism is great, but not in an election.

        • Doug Brown

          I wouldn’t want to stereotype the gambling industry, but Adelson’s oversized role in Republican fund raising does not reflect well on the Republican Party.

          • Independence1

            Agreed. I have been to a Casino before, but it is not a good look for the party.

      • NormLeahy

        As usual, I’m on my own side. Which can be darned lonely.

        • Independence1

          You would be surprised. When you add everyone up who is on their own side; it is actually a lot of people.

        • Independence1

          So what do you think? Has the importance of money injected into political campaigns replaced the importance of one citizen one vote? Just curious because I would think the Conservatives, Tea Party, and Libertarians in here should probably resist such favoritism.

    • Independence1

      Here is a good answer. I am surprised no one pointed this out?

      “The proper answer to large expenditures for speech is either more speech or, if the existing system proves unworkable, a constitutional amendment. As for money, it’s just a symptom. We have a big money problem because we have a big government problem. By restraining the regulatory and redistributive powers of the state, we can minimize the influence of big money. Restoring the Framers’ notion of enumerated, delegated, and limited federal powers will get government out of our lives and out of our wallets. That’s the best way to end the campaign-finance racket, and root out corruption without jeopardizing political speech.”—Robert Levy (Cato Institute)

    • Who gives a flying fark in an article about Shaun Kenney’s new job?

      • Independence1

        I gave my congratulations, but this is a political website not a Hallmark card. Here is the connection…..(Executive Director of Political Party + Raises funds for party = My comments on political donations).

        I am not naive; money has always been in politics and probably always will. Why don’t you want to talk about it? Hmmmmm?

  • Turbocohen

    For the first time in my adult life.. I am making a donation to RPV. Good choice Pat.

  • Craig Scott

    I see the RPV is in good hands now, with that great strategic brain of Shaun’s in the Executive Director position. Nicely done!

  • You lose 24 points for linking to an article on the idiotic Bull Elephant site.

  • Turtles Run

    Good luck and I wish you well in your endeavors

  • jory12

    Shaun Kenney is a highly rewarded lackey of the open borders, cheap labor cabal. His allegiance is to the National Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber wants amnesty. Shaun Kenney will provide the smokescreen of phony moralism and high minded sanctimonious cant to protect Amnesty pushers like Eric Cantor and Ed Gillespie. No true patriot will pay any attention to this over paid buffoon.

    “Let’s do it because it’s the right thing to do. Let’s do it because it is moral and just and because it builds a better America, ” proclaims the oh so sincere, self-righteous Kenney.

    Like we’ve never heard this before from La Raza, Lulac, ACLU, and every Left wing ethnocentric radical amnesty pushing organization and every elected Liberal Democrat.

    Shuan Kenney has shown, not only that he’s a tool of the Establishment, but that he does not understand fundamental concepts of sovereignty, the rule of law, the value of citizenship or fundamental fairness. He as also shown his brazen contempt for patriots and regular working Americans whose jobs have been displaced and whose wages have been lowered by tens of millions of foreign nationals who entered our country illegally, undermined American citizens and who in any case have countries of their own to return to. There are illegal aliens here from Russia, Ireland, Nigeria, Taiwan, Mexico, Syria, Somalia, Kosovo – indeed from every country on earth. No other country puts up with this. None.

    Shuan Kenney thinks its his job, as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia, not to protect US citizens or to serve their interests, but to speak up on behalf of these foreign nationals who have entered our country illegally and committed serial illegal acts since, including identity theft, voter fraud and a host of other misdemeanors and in many cases felonies. As if the Republican Party was organized for Kosovars, Bulgarians and Afghans.

    Shuan Kenney will benefit from his cushy job and a handsome expense account paid for by the multi-national post-patriotic corporatists who don’t give a damn about America or its citizens. Kenney has made his preening “moral” choice and we have taken note.

    • Independence1

      Sounds like someone is jealous. I bet Ronald Reagan wasn’t even conservative enough for you.

      • jory12

        Here’s a suggestion for you Mr Inde1. There are many many qualified foreign nationals in Virginia right now who would be willing to do Mr Kenney’s job for one third of the wages he’s being paid by RPV. In fact, the entire staff of sycophants and hangers on at the executive offices could be replaced by eminently qualified foreign nationals, saving oodles of money for donors to the RPV. We wouldn’t want to give anyone the impression that the RPV is prejudiced against “the other” would we? What better way to accomplish this most worthy PR goal than to fire Kenney? Cheap labor advocates should start by making good examples of themselves!

        • Independence1

          Ok, let’s say that happens. I’m for saving money, and reducing the power money brings to politics. But what about Reagan or someone like him? Would they be a good representative of the Republican Party? I admire his brand of Conservatism.

        • Independence1

          Maybe this is why you will not answer the question….

          “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally,” Ronald Reagan said in 1984.

          You all have a selective memory when it comes to Pres. Reagan. Plus, I do not know of any Republican who has agreed to blanket amnesty. Oh yeah, how are we going to pay for everyone to return as you suggest?

          “tens of millions of foreign nationals who entered our country illegally, undermined American citizens and who in any case have countries of their own to return to”–You

    • Turbocohen

      Jory12.. the new unwiped asshole of BD.. Keep it classy.. and stop humping Shaun Kenneys leg.

      • Independence1

        Sweet. Has he replaced me, or was I never quite bad enough to earn the title?

      • Independence1

        So sorry, I guess we are not on speaking terms.

  • C. Richard

    Rock on Shaun

  • Harriet Winslow

    Nice going Shuan. Just one week on the job and you’ve already insulted and alienated millions of conservative voters. Just what the Republican Party of Virginia needed going into primaries and a mid-term election. Your political skills are without peer. Right on!

    • Independence1

      Who are these millions of conservatives and how did (it’s spelled Shaun by the way) alienate and insult them?

      • underdog966

        Well, I don’t know about millions, but I for one am a conservative who is alienated and insulted by Mr. Kenney’s wholly mis-informed blog post where he has deemed all of us who are against amnesty for those who have shown that they have no respect for this nation by entering it ILLEGALLY (or undocumented-ly, as he seems to prefer) as “Nativists”, and very plainly suggests that we should be driven out of the party.

        He suggests that all immigration solutions are branded with a scarlet ‘A’. Then he trots out the tired suggestion that “The nativists have a very simple solution: apprehend all 12 million of
        them, boxcar them back to their point of origin, and drive them out as
        so many locusts.”

        Well, Mr. Kenney, I have a solution for you. It’s called E-VERIFY. It completely solves the problem and costs a lot lest than the B-S $5000.00 figure you spout. If we stop overlooking the root cause of the problem, which is employers who are breaking the law by hiring these “good people”, they WILL stop coming, and they WILL self-deport, and no box-cars will be needed.

        Here’s some numbers for you… 31% and 21%. That’s the number of African-Americans in the 18-19 and 20-24 year old age groups who are UNEMPLOYED today!. How about 15% of Asian-Americans aged 20-24 who are also UNEMPLOYED.

        We are supposed to be the party of jobs, people.

        We know that illegal immigration exploded after RR signed the 1986 amnesty. What do you think will happen if we do it again (Hint: It’s already happening…)? Yes, we need to fix our immigration system. Letting 68,000 criminal aliens loose in our country is NOT the way to do it.

        If this guy is the new ‘leadership’ of the Republican Party in my state, God help us!

        S.T. – Virginia Beach

        • Independence1

          E-verify only works if employers use it. Should we create a big agency to monitor the employers? That is a big government liberal solution. Also, why do you think all of the unemployment within these groups is due to illegal immigration? Other factors contribute to that problem

          • underdog966

            No, actually, the big government liberal solution is to ignore the problem, say “there, there, it’s OK”, and give it free health care, free welfare, free food stamps and a damn phone, all the while giving a slap in the face to those who did the right thing and came here legally. We already have a path to citizenship, and they chose it.
            E-verify DOES work where it’s used, and that’s the point. There are too many on our side of the aisle who don’t have the cajones to step up and pass the law mandating E-verify for all employers. And as far as a big agency, in case you didn’t notice, we have plenty of agencies already monitoring businesses. All that is required is additional tasking, and much increased penalties for failure to participate fully.
            I didn’t say that illegal immigration caused those numbers (but they sure aren’t helping them). Our crappy economy and confiscatory corporate taxation practices did that. I am stating that we as the ‘party of jobs’ should be focusing on solving the problem of unemployed CITIZENS, and not giving a pass of any kind to those who have no respect for our law.
            I’d also have to say that it’s a shame that Mr. Kenney feels the need to stoop to name-calling…I would have expected that from the other side of the aisle, but not from within our own ranks, and especially from someone who is supposed to represent us.

          • Independence1

            Well, illegal immigrants do not qualify for government assistants. Eligible non-citizens do and do take full advantage. They are here legally. This is a whole different debate, but those policies need to be reformed as well.

            Good point, we do have existing agencies that could monitor employers. Let’s try to get rid of them. E-verify does work, we agree there. I have used it several times and it is fairly intrusive although easy to use. I am sure the Dems will require everyone to go through the process which I am not at all comfortable. Basically, I don’t want to just give illegals citizenship. They broke the law and should have to be accountable.

            We do need immigration reform. The system is a mess. Have you ever seen the chart that illustrates what you have to do to become a citizen? Securing the boarder must come first. It is a risk to National security.

            Lastly, I don’t think Shaun was calling anyone names. You are a Nativist. That is just stating the obvious. No offense but look it up. You fit the definition.

          • underdog966

            Indy, I really don’t have time to chat this morning, but I’ll say this: I am not a “Nativist”. I have no problem with reasonable levels of LEGAL immigration. We are nearing the point where our birthrate is not replacing our death rate, and we need to maintain our labor levels. Having said that, we as a sovereign nation have the right and the responsibility to review the legal and medical status as well as the suitability of those that we allow into the country.

            As to whether or not illegals qualify for goverment assistance, I could go on all day, but I’ll leave you to peruse these, as a small sampling of why ‘qualifying’ doesn’t matter:




  • scott

    I just read an article on his stand on immigration. He’s out of his mind…it’s a non-starter. #amnestyistreason

    Btw…I was married to a LEGAL Dominican immigrant for over 10 yrs, hard to make the case that I’m a racist.

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