John Whitbeck, the newly elected head of the RPV, has made an unprecedented move “endorsing” and that’s what it is regardless of the language used in his recent statement of support for John Guevara for Supervisor of the Sully District in Fairfax County.
In this, the first genuine move by Whitbeck towards outreach to the minority community for conservatives, he states, “Growing the Republican Party is essential to our winning elections in Northern Virginia. John Guevara is exactly the kind of Republican we need to accomplish just that. His military and private sector experience in project management makes him uniquely qualified to serve on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.”
Whitbeck’s support of Guevara, a manager for a large telecommunications provider and 15-year Army veteran, is indicative of who indeed would be best to demonstrate badly needed outreach for the Republican Party in Northern Virginia that eludes conservatives in major races.
Guevara in many respects is a genuine positive community activist. He is vice president of the Board for the Western Fairfax Christian Ministries, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to providing emergency food and financial assistance. He’s been a youth sports coach, a Cub Scout Den Leader and a Sunday school teacher. As a homeowner’s association president and political committee member, he is in the grass roots of what concerns citizens.
While repeated queries have gone in to the Schoeneman campaign regarding his verifiable charitable involvements, his campaign has refused to validate contributions other than stating he would donate $20 thousand to various charities if elected. So what he’s saying is the only way he will be verifiably charitable to those in need is to get elected. Sounds like typical lawyer-like media spin to me. Wouldn’t the honorable thing to do is donate the money now if Schoeneman is genuine about his generosity to the underprivileged?
Well-versed independent voters know Schoeneman as a loyal back bench Northern Virginia Republican attack dog. He’s overly opinionated, trying to get the last word in on anyone who disagrees with his conservative take. He’s not as hard-hearted as, say, Speaker Bill Howell when it comes to outreach and immigration but he can’t be viewed as championing change.
He lawyers up being the co-owner of Virginia Line Media LLC, a new media company that owns and operates BearingDrift.com. Inexplicably, the minority or independent article rarely sees the light of day there, and Schoeneman could help change that unwelcome perception. It’s the eager forced smile and talking just enough talk to attempt to get elected that makes me want to watch my wallet around him. He is clearly a loving father and husband but does he truly try to have a frequent sincere open dialogue with the minority community to increase outreach? I’d love to say yes at some point.
Guevara may be correct when he states, “We need a new face, a person who has management, business, and people skills to tackle these local issues that affect our families.”
Difficult for die-hard operatives to forget Schoeneman’s involvement in the “missing vote” dilemma during the last AG’s race and how he was sheepish and embarrassed on the Rachel Maddow show attempting to validate the “perfect storm” of events that happened on his watch as senior member of the Fairfax electoral board. It was not the kind of press any candidate, operative, or region needed. For an allegedly accomplished Merchant Marine lawyer and ambitious future candidate to seek visibility on one of media’s worst-rated liberal programs spoke volumes about his ego.
Anthony Bedell, former Chairman of Fairfax County Republican Committee, has endorsed Guevara, correctly acknowledging the changing racial dynamics of that area. He stated, “Republicans more than ever need to nominate candidates who can reach a wide array and diverse group of voters if we have any chance to win. Nominating John Guevara in Sully meets this standard.”
The fire house primary is scheduled for April 25th, 10-3 p.m., at Westfield High School located at 4700 Stonecroft Blvd. Chantilly, VA.
Yes, clearly Schoeneman does have some similar accomplishments as Guevara, but as an independent observer it’s clear who can do Republicans most good. That’s Guevara.
Sadly, racial politics still do come into play in conservative circles and the question remains whether Whitbeck can change the homogenous nature of the Virginia Republican Party when it comes to racial inclusion and attraction. Only time will tell.
Daniel Cortez, a distinguished Vietnam veteran and award winning writer/broadcaster, is active in veterans and political affairs with an independent voter perspective. He can be reached at email@example.com