By Lynn R. Mitchell
Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
August 17, 2014
Monday marked the last day of Congressman Eric Cantor’s time in the U.S. House of Representatives. As he moves into the private sector and on to what will surely be a life that will be equally as successful as his time in Congress while representing the citizens of the 7th Congressional District, I wanted to take a moment to express the gratitude of those of us who are appreciative of his leadership in the Commonwealth. He worked his way to the House Majority Leader — the first time a Virginian has held that position — and for his phenomenal success in recruiting Republican candidates and fundraising not only for the 7th but for all of Virginia, we say thank you.
Sadly, Virginians will soon realize what they have lost by losing the Majority Leader whose power has now gone to California. It takes work and time and connections to build up to positions in power. This will be a case of you don’t know what you’ve lost until it’s gone.
But with the classiness reminiscent of the Bush family, Congressman Cantor has left with a dignity that many in today’s politics don’t recognize nor do they practice.
Best wishes to Congressman Cantor and many thanks to one of the hardest working representatives ever for the citizens of Virginia. We will see you down the road….
By Lynn R. Mitchell
Embattled treasurer of the Republican Party of Virginia, Bob FitzSimmonds, was a no-show at today’s State Central Committee meeting in Richmond. In his place was Russ Moulton carrying FitzSimmonds’ proxy. FitzSimmonds has been called upon to resign his position in GOP leadership after making the latest of a series of politically insensitive blunders on Facebook and though he professed to have “resigned” after coming under fire, today’s no-show and declaration to “resign” when a successor is found put it in question (see Brian Schoeneman’s FitzSimmonds’ “resignation” is a farce).
It’s “American Idol” day in Richmond — the first time this iconic television show has held auditions in River City — and it sounds like the place is hopping. Meredith Newman wrote this morning in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (see About 1,000 turn out for ‘American Idol’ auditions:
About 1,000 people lined up in front of the state Capitol this morning in advance of the 9 a.m. start of the “IDOL Bus Tour Auditions” of the “American Idol” show.
The line doubled in size since about 4:15 a.m., snaking east on Bank Street and then wrapping around 14th Street.
The street is blocked off until 7 p.m. The auditions are taking place at Bank and 10th.
Good luck to all!
Richmond’s iconic Martin Agency, the ad agency that has been on the cutting edge for almost 50 years — hard to believe it’s been that long — proved Thursday that they still get it after all these years. When Team USA hit the field at noon in the World Cup tournament against Germany, employees gathered around a giant television set up in the atrium and munched on pizza ordered in by the company.
It was just the latest in this laid-back, go-with-the-flow business that has remained true to downtown Richmond even after opening other locations and consistently remaining as one of the Top 5 advertising agencies nationally with phenomenally successful ad campaigns such as “Virginia Is For Lovers,” UPS “What can Brown do for you?”, and probably one of the best currently known ads — the Geico “Hump Day” camel (“Know what day it is?”).
It’s the stuff that dreams are made of and now it’s heading to Richmond. The popular “American Idol” television talent contest will be sending an audition bus to Richmond for the upcoming season, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Start warming up voices … find those dancing shoes … brush up on your talent. “American Idol” may be looking for someone just like you….
Once again Richmond, Virginia, is receiving accolades for the great city that it is, this time by Movoto.com, in 26 Things You Need to Know About Richmond Before You Move There. We knew growing up that we had a great place — the river alone is worth raving over — but RVA has come of age and is being discovered by a whole new generation. (And that would be the mighty James River.) Great job!
By the way, I like #19: “The mountains are practically right outside our doorstep.” The mountains lured me away from RVA but I can often be found back in my old stomping grounds! And #10 is wrong: RVA runs on Krispy Kreme Donuts, not the ones mentioned. Everyone knows that!