Virginia Senator John Warner issued a sharp criticism of the Republican Party following Tuesday’s elections at the local and state levels. He stated that the GOP seems to have no form of tolerance for any moderation within the Party. According to Warner, “The rigidity of this outfit is going to keep taking it down until they hit bottom. And I don’t know when that will be. And I find it quite distressing.”
Several moderates lost across the state on Tuesday, making Virginia even more “blue”. Senator Warner, who votes moderate to conservative, recently announced that he would not seek re-election. His top replacement, Congressman Tom Davis, said last month that he would not seek the office due to the fact that the State Party would hold a caucus instead of a primary. The caucus will lend itself to the GOP nominating a more conservative candidate over Congressman Davis, and with recent turns in the state, more than likely the seat will be lost to the Democratic Party.
Senator Warner’s insight comes from years and years of experience in public office. Both the Virginia GOP and National GOP would be wise to pay attention to his thoughts. Moderates are needed in the GOP to win critical seats in state, local and federal offices.
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