The Freitas Gambit
As it has been reported numerous times across the Virginia political world, Delegate Nick Freitas is going to have to run a write-in campaign to get himself re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.
Apparently someone on the Freitas team never learned how to properly file paperwork, or they were too busy trying to primary every politician from here to hell and half of Georgia. They weren’t focused on what truly mattered, which was keeping Nick’s star power alive to be the hope for the Republican Party of Virginia.
The focus on ideological purity of colleagues in the House of Delegates and the Virginia State Senate over making sure that Delegate Freitas was re-elected is a great source of annoyance to many in the Republican Party of Virginia, myself included.
I want to start by saying that I love Nick and Tina Freitas. I admire Nick’s patriotism and his solemn devotion to his country. More importantly, Nick has the nicest family you could ask for in politics especially his sweet mother, who is just the kindest person on the planet.
However, friends have to be honest with each other. As the book of Proverbs says in Chapter 27, verse 17, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” We have to keep fellow Republicans accountable for their actions.
Let’s face facts. This whole paperwork fiasco is embarrassing. I think if you got Nick to talk on the record, he would admit to being embarrassed. This paperwork fiasco could have been avoided seven ways to Sunday. However, that requires that a legislator’s Legislative District Chairman and campaign staff are working in tireless synchrony to make sure that their elected official gets on the ballot. Which did not happen, at all.
Also, lest we not forget, the Delegate spent too much time worrying about other races besides his own. It has been demonstrated time and time again that Senator Emmett Hanger is a juggernaut in Virginia politics. It was also noted Delegate Freitas decided to also get involved in Delegate Chris Peace’s nomination contest, which was a nightmarish disaster.
Look, don’t get me wrong. Emmett Hanger’s voting record on some issues and my conservative belief system are not similar at all. Sometimes I want nothing more than to mail him a copy of Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson, because some of Senator Hanger’s voting record makes me think he hasn’t read the best of free-market economists reading (and it shows).
I also didn’t agree with Nick’s meddling in Delegate Chris Peace’s nomination contest (which, might I note, was most definitely stolen from Delegate Peace by the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee, but that’s another article for another day). I also don’t agree with everything that Delegate Peace has done.
But for the love of all that is holy, why did we have to primary and meddle in races right now? The Senate of Virginia is 21-19. The House of Delegates is only 51-49 because Delegate Yancey was lucky enough to get his name drawn out of a bowl!
Primarying Senator Hanger and trying to mess in Delegate Peace’s race DOES NOT HELP THE REPUBLICAN CAUSE. I am so frustrated with meddling in races over here and races over there, yet you can’t make sure that your paperwork is done correctly?
However, it was admitted in a recent article in the Richmond Times Dispatch that Delegate Freitas is mad.
All I have to say to that is, GOOD.
Nick needs to be mad. Nick needs to be mad at his staff and his LDC. He needs to be mad at State Board of Elections. Moreover, he needs to be angry at himself for not focusing on his own election.
And let’s make something clear. I expect Delegate Freitas to turn this anger into an electoral blowout. He can win this write-in campaign. A pissed-off special forces soldier and his devoted base of supporters can move electoral mountains.
But something Speaker Kirk Cox and the Republican leadership need to say to the entire Freitas team: play time is over. None of this, “Oh, I’ve got a conference in Richmond,” or, “I need to go speak to the Republican Women’s group somewhere across the state,” to boost the statewide profile for 2021, or, “I have to go speak at a libertarian convention in D.C.” No, that nonsense needs to cease, IMMEDIATELY.
There needs to be a concerted door knocking and phone banking effort to alert every single Freitas supporter about this write-in campaign. No Republican should be within 10 miles of a voting booth in the 30th District without knowing they are going to have to write N-I-C-K … F-R-E-I-T-A-S on their ballot to make sure they aren’t represented by some wacky Democrat.
So with all that being said, if the Freitas team can pull this off without blowing a ton of money and the House of Delegates’ majority, Delegate Freitas can write his own ticket to whatever Republican nomination he wants. He could be Governor, Senator, or Congressman if he makes this work.
If Freitas doesn’t pull through, it will a disaster scenario for the House caucus. We could lose the majority and there is no way in hell you can spin a loss into a run for Governor or Congressman. All hopes of a Freitas run for statewide office will be lost.
However, please don’t misunderstand me. I don’t want that to happen. I want Delegate Freitas to win with 60 percent of the vote. But no more playing around! No more libertarian conventions, no more statewide campaign stops, and for pete’s sake no more getting involved in other people’s races. Let’s win this election.
The reason why I say this is because my fellow Bearing Drift senior contributor Stephen Spiker wrote a post that made it sound like Delegate Freitas could run a normal campaign and still win big. This election has to be different. There needs to be a concerted effort to win.
To be a little blunt, NO MORE TIME TO F**K AROUND. PLAYTIME’S OVER. TIME TO WIN AND KEEP THE MAJORITY.