Richmond to get “Hannitized” for McDonnell
Outgoing Attorney General Bob McDonnell will be formally nominated as the Republican candidate for Governor at the party’s state convention, set to be held at the Richmond Convention Center on May 29th. Today McDonnell’s new General Chairman Ed Gillespie announced that popular radio/tv host Sean Hannity will be the featured speaker at the event. Hannity is a beloved mouthpiece for the Republican right and a frequent target for many on the left. (Including the President of the United States himself.)
The GOP, which lacks major star power in its elected ranks, was forced to compete with the Democratic Jefferson-Jackson dinner which featured former President Bill Clinton and raised $700,000.
It is hard to argue with Hannity’s popularity. His program on Fox News Channel regularly ranks among the top 5 shows on cable news and his radio show is heard by 13.25 million listeners over 500 stations nationwide. (WRVA in Richmond is among them.) He also has written two best selling books.
While Hannity will bring in the Republican faithful, his appeal won’t extend to moderate voters that McDonnell will need come November.