Jack Wilson is set to become the next chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia when leadership of its governing committee meets Sept. 8. With more than 50 secured public endorsements, Wilson has more than enough of a majority of the 70-plus member voting group to secure the position.
Wilson joins us to give us a better idea as to who he is, why he wants to be chairman, and why he thinks it’s still a great time to be a conservative and Republican. We also talk about the role of chairman and when it’s ok to be a cheerleader and when members of the party need to be kept in check.
Wilson is set to take the helm just as Virginia Republicans are reeling from a stunning defeat in 2017 to the Democrats and has Virginia Republicans in the General Assembly handed Governor Northam, a Democrat, a huge policy win by expanding Medicaid.
In this podcast, we discuss:
– His background
– Time in the Army during the Cold War
– What drew him to politics and becoming a conservative
– How he became involved in the GOP, the College Republicans, and campaigns
– What have been highlights of being 4CD chair? Why was that an important post?
– What he’s learned from his experiences within the party that will help him lead the party
– What is the role of the party chairman?
– Does the party have a role in censuring or censoring its candidates?
– How does the party reach out to women, the scientific community, LGBT, educators, union workers, minorities when the general perception is that it is hostile to those groups?
– What does a big tent look like?
– Democratic fundraising – fundraising in general
– What gives him hope
Links of note:
Jack Wilson to be Chairman of Republican Party of Virginia (The Bull Elephant)
Chesterfield lawyer Jack Wilson appears in line to become next chairman of Virginia GOP (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Republican Party of Virginia – Committee (VPAP)
Democratic Party of Virginia – Committee (VPAP)
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