It’s How You Play the Game

If I become Chairman, I will welcome all Republicans into the FCRC and Republican volunteer and voter rolls. We have too few Republicans to be holding grudges and driving people away from the GOP.

That invitation certainly includes all of the hard-working volunteers who are currently filling FCRC, magisterial district, and precinct positions now and have done so in the past. They’ve earned the opportunity to play key roles in a reorganized, reinvigorated Republican Party in Fairfax County.

Rumors of one-way rides on the Siberian Express for incumbent office-holders are unfounded and would be foolish.

Most of us learned a long time ago that competition causes us to extend beyond our comfort zones in quest of success.

It’s competition that drives athletes to achieve seemingly inhuman levels of skill, strength, speed, and endurance.

It’s internal and external competition among military organizations that causes them to strengthen their lethality, efficiency, personnel quality, order, and discipline.

It’s competition that propels business to innovate, streamline, and enhance customer service.

It’s competition that stimulates politicians to sharpen their solutions to public policy issues and constituent service and to pursue both vigorously and faithfully.

Competition can be a healthy, productive force in our lives.

Sadly, as is the case with any human endeavor, competition sometimes brings out the worst in some people. In political campaigns, efforts to seek partisan advantage can devolve to levels of negativity that sow division.

As the recipient of some “negativity” during the current campaign for FCRC Chairman, I bucket such commentary under the category of “That’s Politics.” I don’t take it personally and encourage others to regard it that way also.

My favorite sportswriter, Grantland Rice, once said about sports competition:

For when the One Great Scorer comes
To mark against your name,
He writes – not that you won or lost –
But how you played the Game.

Indeed, our Republican Party of Virginia creed calls for Republicans to rally around a common set of values and work together in unity for a common goal.