Tea party delegates came in by the busload Saturday morning to vote at the 7th Congressional District Convention in Richmond, Congressman Eric Cantor’s district. They were there to vote for Fred Gruber, someone put up for the position after no one else would run. They rallied around him and made him the poster boy of defeating “establishment” Republicans. Fred Gruber is head of the Louisa Tea Party.
On Saturday Gruber beat long-time chairman Linwood Cobb, the most successful Republican chairman in the state who has raised almost $1 million for candidates, and runs two of the largest Republican events in the state behind only the Republican State Convention.
When the vote was announced, they cheered. They screamed. They high-fived. They danced around wearing their t-shirts and lapel stickers. They were overheard saying, “They said it couldn’t be done!” They gathered in groupings for photos holding signs.
Hope they are ready to work as hard as Linwood and his 7th Congressional District Committee.
Today, the Democrats’ grins got wider as they watched the continuing implosion of the Republican Party of Virginia. One young black man wearing Cantor stickers, after the vote was announced, turned toward the door and said, “I’m done.”
Wonder how much damage has just been done….
Thank you, Linwood, one of the hardest working men I know. Thank you, Congressman Cantor, for your leadership in Washington. You both are appreciated by Republicans who know what all you’ve done.
UPDATE: Democratic sites Daily Kos and Blue Virginia have compiled comments from Republican bloggers covering the convention.