Dunbar Abruptly Leaves Lynchburg Young Republican Meeting

In the ever-running saga of the 6th District Congressional race and the disaster of a candidacy from Cynthia Dunbar, it seems that she cannot answer questions from Young Republicans. According to multiple sources close to the situation, the Lynchburg Young Republicans met on Saturday night. There were over 11 candidates in attendance, including US Senate candidate Corey Stewart and four of the Sixth District Congressional candidates that were there to speak.

The chairman of the Lynchburg Area Young Republicans (LAYR), Isiah Knight, had emailed the candidates to offer the opportunity to speak at the LAYR meeting. Apparently, the Dunbar campaign asked that a form be submitted by the chairman to give them information about the event. The chairman stated to be very surprised that he had to submit a form to request the appearance of a congressional candidate at a meeting that had 40 Young Republican activists. The only thing asked of the candidates was a Q&A portion of their speeches so that his members could get to know more about the candidates they who would be on the ballot.

Then, there’s what happened at the actual meeting. I’ll let Chairman Knight’s words speak for themselves:

“On February 11, I submitted an email to all of the Congressional Candidates, inviting them to come to the LAYR meeting that occurred yesterday evening. Mrs. Dunbar’s campaign responded saying she’d speak, and that I need to fill out a Scheduling Information Checklist, which I complied with, informing her campaign that there will be other candidates speaking and and we had to keep the time limited. I hadn’t heard from her campaign since I sent that on February 12.

Yesterday, Mrs. Dunbar came to the meeting, approached me (I am Chairman of the Club), and asked that I re-arrange the speaking schedule as she had another commitment. I told her no out of respect to the others in attendance. Now, I’ll add it’s not uncommon that candidates have packed schedules, for example, Mr. Freitas was unavailable that night so he sent a representative to speak on his behalf. Instead, when Mrs. Dunbar was told “no”, something that I don’t believe she hears enough from party leadership, she and her Husband, and someone from her campaign, immediately left.

It’s rumored she was told she wouldn’t be allowed to speak until the end and didn’t know all these other speakers were going to be there. To quash that rumor, none of that is true. We had everyone speak in alphabetical order, and went from Party Office, to Local, to Congressional, to Senate. She would have been heard in the middle.”

According to sources that were also in attendance, Ms. Dunbar immediately left after she was told no.

Now here’s the part where I give my two cents on the situation.

It is becoming apparent that Mrs. Dunbar likes to keep her campaign events scripted. It’s getting to the point that almost every single event has to fit her schedule, the specifics of her speech have to be laid out perfectly, and the events have to be scripted to the last detail. None of the candidates, not even Ben Cline or Corey Stewart, required that a scheduling request be submitted to their campaigns for them to attend. They just showed up if their schedules permitted.

Doesn’t this remind you of another candidate who also had their party nomination process rigged for them and had problems with being too scripted?

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Also, think about this. She walked out on a group of Young Republicans. Not just any group of Republican activists, Young Republicans. She didn’t want to spend time cultivating the future leaders of the Republican Party. Her views are out of step with most of the millennial leaders of the party, but she still could have had the courage to speak to them.

If she were to be the nominee of the Sixth District, the Young Republicans and the College Republicans will be the “boots on the ground” of the campaign. The YRs and CRs will be the kids manning the victory offices, knocking on the doors, planting the lawn signs, handing out literature at the community events, and making the phone calls. Would you do all this work for someone who thumbed their nose at you and left your meeting before you could even ask them a question?

Mrs. Dunbar’s diva attitude is not going to do her any favors with younger voters. Her bizarre views on government and her demeanor are what will be her political downfall.

  • old_redneck

    I have full faith in the VA-06 Republicans — they’ll nominate Dunbar.

  • old_redneck

    No doubt about it — Dunbar WILL be the VA-06 GOP nominee. Her beliefs are exactly in line with the majority of VA Republicans.

    First, check this out from Right Wing Watch:


    Cynthia Dunbar, a longtime Religious Right activist who is now running for Congress in Virginia, spoke at Skyline Baptist Church in her district last month, where she repeated several pieces of misinformation that came directly from right-wing pseudo-historian David Barton.

    “Our nation truly was birthed on Judeo-Christian principles,” she said. “I became convinced that it wasn’t just conceived in the minds of men, but that it was actually birthed in the heart of the Father.”

    “If you actually understand the political philosophy that [the Founding Fathers] were basing it on, they spoke biblical worldview fluently,” Dunbar insisted. “As far as their ideology and their understanding, they understood Judeo-Christian tenets and you could tell that 94 percent of the quotes of the Founding Fathers contemporaneous to our founding came either directly or indirectly from the holy scripture.”


    And why will she be the nominee? First, the committee decided to pick its nominee in a convention, rather than a primary. Conventions almost always benefit the most conservative candidates and certainly benefit the party insiders — fewer people participate, so a handful of devoted activists can rule the day. Right now, the 6th District Republican apparatus is controlled by Tea Party types. Curiously, for as much as they rail about “the establishment,” they now constitute the true party establishment in the district. In his latter years, even Goodlatte faced opposition from his right — and has always opted for a primary, knowing he’d fare better with the wider electorate than a convention hothouse of ideological purists who now run many of the local committees.

    That’s not all, though. The committee also voted through a rule so unusual it might be the first of its kind: The convention will have just one ballot, with only a plurality required for nomination.

    • daverkb

      I just took a look at Right Wing Watch. My impression that Right Wind Watch is totally unaware at how dated they have become in light of the expanded access to real information now available to the general public over the last few years. In fact, putting up the Dunbar video, in my opinion, is a clueless act of self-sabotage.

      That the Bearing Drift cites Right Wing Watch as a credible authority is hilarious. Also, given the dearth of commenting on this article, I have to wonder if anybody is still reading the Bearing Drift?

  • daverkb

    So, let’s see if I get this. You take the target, and draw a thread from the target to Hillary … and the readers are supposed to have an adverse emotional image implanted into their brains?

    This piece of scribbling looks more like the Hit Piece genre common to the now discredited Legacy Media. I really don’t see any factual, informative reporting going on here, just a lot of noise in search of a narritive.

  • Chad Parker

    “I have a tight schedule and another commitment and can’t stay. Do you mind if I speak first?”

    “Sorry, it wouldn’t be fair to everyone else.”

    [seeing no opportunity to speak to the group without breaking her other commitment, leaves to attend her other scheduled commitment]


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