Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Videoblogging the Fifth District GOP Convention

You've already had a chance to look at the photographs from Saturday's convention of Republicans from Virginia's Fifth Congressional District. Those who follow hyperlinks will have seen Shaun Kenney's summary of the day's events.

Now here is an opportunity to see the speeches that you missed, from the candidates for public office to the candidates for party office.

Up first, Attorney General (and Aspiring Governor) Bob McDonnell, who asked to speak earlier than scheduled so he could drive to Norfolk, where his sister had just had a baby:

Next, in two parts, former Governor Jim Gilmore makes his case for being the next U.S. Senator from Virginia:

Bob McDonnell's 2009 running mate, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, came next:

Another candidate for re-election, U.S. Representative Virgil Goode, promised not to be politically correct -- and he delivered on his promise:

Another 2009 candidate, state Senator Ken Cuccinelli of Fairfax County, laid out the reasons why he should be the Republican choice for the next Attorney General of Virginia:

Two candidates for the chairmanship of the Republican Party of Virginia followed Senator Cuccinelli. First came former Lieutenant Governor John Hager, who is running for re-election:

Delegate Jeff Frederick (R-Prince William County) was next:

After all the VIPs finished up, the real work of the district convention began. The first item of business was the election of a new GOP district chairmen. There were two candidates, Tim Boyer of Campbell County and Tucker Watkins of Halifax County. Boyer spoke first:

Next, Keith Drake of Albemarle County introduced and nominated Tucker Watkins. Following a break for lunch, the results of the election were announced:

Tucker won the election for district chair. After the results were announced, Tim Boyer and most of his supporters left the auditorium, leaving the remaining convention delegates to select a candidate for presidential elector and delegates and alternates to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis.

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