This weekend, the Republican Party of Virginia nominated its slate of candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli ran unopposed for the top spot and State Senator Mark Obenshein took the third spot.
A big surprise was with the nominee for the second highest elected position in Virginia. A minister named E.W. Jackson who has never held office before was selected after several rounds of balloting. The troubling part is that over the past few years, Mr. Jackson has said some very controversial things about hot social issues, and his candid views are all over the Internet and YouTube.
You can search these incendiary statements for yourself to understand why so many Republicans are now wringing their hands about the convention results. I've already heard from numerous Republicans who said they will not vote for Mr. Jackson or anyone associated with him.
But to think that the addition of the controversial Mr. Jackson could doom the Republican chances in November would be a foolish assumption.
Virginia has had a long history of low turnout in state elections that are held in odd years, which means that many voters who turned out to deliver the state for President Obama in 2008 and 2012 may not vote this year.
We have also had a strong tradition since 1977 of electing a Governor from the opposite party of the White House, which means that Republicans have an historic (even if it's not a scientific) advantage this year.
Democrats will select our nominees for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General in a primary election on June 11. Once the slate is set, I plan to campaign vigorously with Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Governor, and the other two men.
I believe that our records of accomplishments and our vision for the future of Virginia will stand in stark and positive contrast to those of the Republicans, including my opponent who has enthusiastically joined the Cuccinelli-Jackson-Obenshein ticket.
To be fully prepared for the fall campaign, we are preparing several events to recruit more volunteers and supporters. We are not taking anything for granted, and we will need all the resources to get our positive message out to voters.
Also, here are three upcoming fundraisers that I would love to have you join us:
To RSVP for any of these, you can click on each event and register online, or make a check payable to "Keam for Delegatecolor>" and mail to: Keam for Delegate, P.O. Box 1134, Vienna, VA 22183-1134color>
You can also contact Julia Kim at 703-350-7377color> or Julia@MarkKeam.com for more information about any of these fundraisers or other campaign events.
Thank you for all you do for me. With your continued support, we will win in November and continue to deliver common sense solutions for you.