Much is being made of the upcoming vote this weekend by State Central to move to a convention to nominate the Republican statewide candidates for 2013. Bill Bolling is campaigning aggressively for a primary even though most primary polls have him losing overwhelmingly to Ken Cuccinelli in a primary. Cuccinelli on the other hand is not campaigning publicly for a convention, though he campaigned aggressively for many of the state central candidates who are now pushing for a convention.
There are two main reasons I have to support a convention. The first is cost. As fiscal conservatives, we should not force localities to foot huge bills for our party’s nominating process. This fact is compounded when you realize that we will probably only have a low double digit voter turnout if we have a primary. It is also forces the campaigns to spend much less money on the nominating process and allows them to save more for the general election. Secondly the convention enables us to both insure only Republicans vote, and it helps the campaigns identify and recruit activists.
More importantly than my thoughts, I would encourage you to read articles written by two current State Central Committee members: Eve Gleason VA-10 and David Ray VA-11. Both these articles lay out very thorough cases from people who have been dealing with the issue for quite a while, and who will be voting on it. You can also see how people voted on the method of nomination for the 2012 Senate race, and compare that list to the current list of state central members.