Run People With Roots
Jim Geraghty notes:
…last night a Republican and a Republican-endorsed independent won two of six seats on the Alexandria, Va., City Council, the first ones elected to the city’s governing board since 2000.
The city-council race was actually the fourth recent contest in which Northern Virginia Republicans overperformed, in a region that went heavily for Barack Obama last fall….I spoke with Michael Ginsberg, chairman of the Eighth Congressional District Republican Committee, which includes Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax, about what lessons can be learned from last night’s results and the recent trend.
“We ran people with good, local roots, and they’ve been very active in this community for a long time,” Ginsberg said. “You don’t come in third (out of 10 candidates, as Republican Frank Fannon did) unless you’ve got strong support from independents, and working the polls yesterday, I saw Democrats who said they were going to vote for Fannon.”
Now, RI ain’t VA, but the idea that political success comes from running local candidates who are truly of their community has always rung true with me.