I did not intend to write this post. In fact, I’m not even sure that before I got home tonight that I knew I really felt this way.
My message to the 2013 Virginia statewide candidates: Stop calling. Stop emailing. Stop mailing. Get off my Facebook (I do so love the hide feature).
I am campaign weary. We lost.
Many of you, or if not you certainly your highly paid consultants, contributed to that loss.
That’s not an indictment, but a statement that I simply just do not want to hear from you right now.
I understand there’s an election in Virginia next year. I get that.
I understand that the GOP Advance is coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m not going to be there. I have a standing commitment the first week in December that means I’ll never be there. Check the rolls. The last GOP Advance I attended was when I shook Pat Robertson’s hand in 1984.
I understand that I’m a political geek. That I write for political blogs. That I annoy the crap out of friends and family on Facebook.
But what you need to understand is that I don’t do that out of party loyalty, or because I’m being paid to do so…in fact, that’s fodder for another post, perhaps if you had hired me, you might be…but I digress.
I support candidates and campaigns because I believe in them or their cause. Granted, I had to be convinced to believe in Mitt Romney, but I came to believe that he and Paul Ryan were the right men for the time. Sadly, more people thought they weren’t.
I’ve always believed in George Allen. And I always will.
Again, I digress.
I worked hard for this ticket. We lost. I get that. I’ve lost before. I’ll lose again.
But, I want a break and you’re not giving me one.
I want to go enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s with family and friends.
So, until January, don’t call, don’t write, don’t email. I’m not going anywhere.
Unless you drive me away.