By Gerald R. Geddes
In the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Virginia I strongly supported Ed Gillespie. At the same time I ran for the GOP nomination for U.S. House in the 11th district. When I realized I would likely not receive the nomination I threw a Hail Mary.
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In a taunting fashion that only Redskins coach George Allen could appreciate I tried to get Ed’s primary opponent Shak Hill to enter my race in the 11th, hoping to give Ed a clear field to start early taking on Mark Warner. Shak didn’t take the bait and Ed ending up barely losing to Warner in the general.
For three seasons in the 1990s, Ed and I were teammates on a men’s flag football team, the Rosslyn Gamblers. Sports show things about people. Ed was a great teammate, always upbeat, never complaining about his role, willing to play hurt and never giving up no matter the score. We had a good team with Dave Bethel (author of Evil Town a political thriller and Blood Moon) at quarterback.
Dave recruited Ed after seeing him play in the Capital Hill League with Congressman Dick Armey’s West Texas Crude Team. I was dubious at first, Ed had even less meat on his bones then and wasn’t particularly quick and we already had good receivers but needed more blockers. Ed turned out to be a surprisingly good blocker and as a receiver was very sure-handed, always careful to secure the catch before running.
The last year Ed played with us, on the last game of the regular season Ed caught a touchdown pass but got hammered and had his nose broken. The next week was the first week of the playoffs, and Ed came to play with two black eyes, a half mile of gauze up his nose, and a tape job that King Tut would be proud of.
Ed’s career in politics was taking off, our teammate Steve Hoffman would always let us know when Ed was going to be on TV in his role as RNC Chairman or President George W. Bush’s spokesman and I would always tune in. It was amazing how this humble guy’s career skyrocketed, a true story of the rags to riches American Dream.
On two occasions I had ideas for ads for George W. Bush. I called Ed and although he was super busy he listened to my ideas. Running for office was quite an experience and I met a lot of great people in Northern Virginia politics. I can assure you that Ed is still the great guy I knew when he played for the Gamblers. Ed is polite, thoughtful, tough, and conscientious.
The next Governor of Virginia is going to have to compete for federal resources with Maryland which now has a Republican Governor. I know that Ed will battle and win for VA most of the time. And I’m pretty sure Mr. Northam would lose more often with Donald Trump in the oval office.
Other Republicans that I can personally positively vouch for:
statewide candidate for Lt. Governor
statewide candidate for Attorney General
Virginia House of Delegate district races:
Rob Bell 58th
Albemarle County, Fluvanna County,
Greene County, Rockingham County
Bob Marshall 13th
Manassas Park City, Prince William County
Jim Lemunyon 67th
Fairfax County, Loudoun County
Rich Anderson 51st
Prince William County
Scott Lingamfelter 31st
Fauquier and Prince William County
Linda Schulz 86th
Fairfax County, Loudoun County
Paul Haring 38th