Norfolk GOP Proposes Ban on Campaign, Political Staff From Leadership

Norfolk GOP Chair Tom Cherry, in an apparent attempt to ban campaign workers and others connected to politicians from running against him for Chairman, has proposed the following rule regarding the upcoming elections (I’ll include the spelling errors, as the proposed amendment is as poorly written as it is outrageous). The proposed change will be in bold:

Article III, Section B-Election and Terms of Office

1) Chairman. The Chairman shall be elected by Mass Meeting, Party Canvass, or Convention called for electing Delegates to the Biennial District Convention and hereinafter referred to as the Biennial election. The Chairman’s term of office shall be for two (2) years from the date of the election or until a successor is elected, unless sooner removed or resigned. No current or within six months paid members of campaign staffs, consultants, lobbyist, or the paid staff of the Republican Party of Virginia shall be eligible to hold to offices of Chairman or Vice-Chairman.

As a former campaign staffer, I find Mr. Cherry’s proposal to be simply absurd.

To begin with, nobody knows the local political terrain better than someone who actually works on campaigns in a designated area, town, or region. It is quite literally your job when you’re in the line of work that countless other friends of mine are in.

It appears foolish and shortsighted for the Norfolk GOP, whose steadily decreasing membership isn’t exactly getting any younger, to bar knowledgeable individuals, especially the younger generation who work campaigns, from running for Chairman of their unit. Even more repugnant is the fact that the proposal reportedly was drafted in secrecy and presented to the membership out of left field at the most recent Norfolk GOP meeting.

I call on Chairman Cherry to immediately withdraw his proposal and let the race be run cleanly and fairly. Indeed, if he can’t win without stacking the deck so ridiculously in his own favor, he should even go so far as to consider resignation.

Cole Trower, a YR (Young Republican) who plans to run for the chair position, has spent much of his time working on campaigns and would be banned under the proposed change. He will be a guest on the John Fredericks Radio Show Friday morning at 7:00 to discuss the issue.

This kind of nonsense is what turns people off to politics. In a place like Norfolk, where the Republican Party is virtually extinct, the last thing the local unit needs to do is further alienate itself. The ball is in the Chairman’s court.

  • Turbocohen

    Bury the old dead Norfolk GOP. It’s a dead and ineffective unit with failed rotting corrupt leadership holding the crypt shut. Remove Tom Cherry and Make Norfolk GOP Great Again.

  • Jim Portugul

    Now, every republican politician is just trying to be like trump. What a waste.

  • old_redneck

    Here’s the key point from this article: “. . . for the Norfolk GOP, whose steadily decreasing membership isn’t exactly getting any younger,. . . ”

    Got that? The Norfolk Republican committee is dying.

    Out here on the Northern Neck, our Republicans face the same trends — dying. Oh, I know — our Delegate, State Senator, and Congressional rep are all Republicans and likely will be for at least one or two more cycles. Our Boards of Supervisors are dominated by Republicans — all of whom are very long in the tooth and have been in place for centuries (or so it seems). But the future is coming.

    Here are some facts from the Neck.

    First. Our two Tea Parties are dead. As in D E A D.
    — The 99th District Tea Party was once a going concern, attracting members from Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland counties. Their last meeting was July 2016. Now, their abandoned domain and website have been purchased by a decidedly not-a-Tea-Partier — see They died because their leadership was taken over by a raving anti-Muslim who drove away reasonable members, leaving the meetings to degenerate into “Obama is a Muslim” speakers and sessions on how to prepare for martial law.
    — The Montross Tea Party has not met since April 2017; they meet only at the call of the Board, and they can’t find Board members. What happened? Same thing . . . they became just too wacky.
    — An attempt in late 2016 to generate the “First District Freedom Coalition” could not even generate a first meeting.

    Second. Ditto for the county Republican Parties, all of whose meetings resemble meal time at an assisted living facility. Meanwhile, several county Democratic committees are forming Young Democrats clubs in high schools and communities while attracting new, active members.


    First, Trump and Congressional Republicans are revealing the true face of the GOP — it’s ugly and repulsive — especially repulsive to young people who are living in the 21st Century and are not interested in a 19th Century political party.
    Second, ditto for Virginia Republicans. Overwhelmingly Virginians want such common-sense legislation as extended background checks; restoration of rights to former felons; fair redistricting; fair treatment of Dreamers; fair access to health care — all of which are being killed by Republicans.

  • old_redneck

    I’m shocked — shocked I tell you!!

    Rep Barbara Comstock does the right thing . . . she took the money donated to her by pedophile male member of Congress and donated it to charity!!!!!

    Read all about it:

    — quiote Rep. Barbara Comstock on Friday praised Rep. Patrick Meehan’s decision to not seek reelection
    amid allegations of inappropriate behavior toward a longtime female
    aide, and the Virginia Republican promised to donate campaign
    contributions linked to him to charity. — end quote

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