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Henrico GOP reveals details of heated meeting that ousted Geary

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By: Ryan Nobles – bio | email

Twelve members of the Henrico County GOP Executive Committee have endorsed an account of what happened behind closed doors when the group unanimously decided to withdraw their support of Matt Geary. According to the account, Geary, the embattled republican nominee for Commonwealth’s Attorney is described as angry and volatile.

Despite this latest setback, Geary is continuing to resist the pressure for him to drop out of the race. In fact in many respects it appears to be motivating him to push on.

We’ve posted the entire account by the executive committee and our interview with Geary in response, below.

But first, here is my story on the details of the meeting from NBC12:

The members of Henrico County’s Republican Committee are speaking out, defending their decision to withdraw their support of Matt Geary, their original pick for the job.

The meeting that led to Geary losing their support was supposed to be private, but GOP Executive Committee leaders have decided to break their silence, in part because of Geary’s decision to continue his campaign.

Geary calls their version of the meeting “fiction”.

Anne Kellum claims that at one time she was an early and enthusiastic supporter of Matt Geary.

“I thought that he was going to be a real rock star in our party,” she said.

But Kellum’s impression of Geary changed last Monday night, when party leaders called their candidate in to ask question about an extra-marital affair that had gone public.

“His interaction with us during the time he was with us was alarming,” Kellum said.

Kellum took notes in the meeting and authored a four page, blow by blow account of the event, which they now refer to as the “explosion and implosion of Matt Geary.”

….read and see the full story on NBC12.com

Geary had much more to say about the accusations and about the Henrico GOP machine. His full comments can be seen below:

The entire account from the Henrico County GOP Executive Committee can be found after the jump:

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Written by Ryan Nobles

August 15, 2011 at 10:57 pm

McDonnell tapped to lead the Republican Governor’s Assocciation

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As expected, the Republican Governor’s Association moved Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell into their high profile Chair position.

The well funded organization plays an active role in the national debate and as Chair, McDonnell’s national profile will get a tremendous boost. It could also help his chances of becoming the party’s nominee for Vice President. A possibility McDonnell gave even more credence to, when he told Politico that he would be “very interested” in the VP slot.  He also didn’t close the door to a run for president in 2016.

McDonnell ascends to the role in the wake of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s official entry into the race for president.

The full release on McDonnell’s new job can be found below:


Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Named RGA Chairman

The Republican Governors Association announced today that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will serve as RGA Chairman following Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to enter the race for president. McDonnell had been serving as Vice Chairman of the RGA.

“It is a tremendous honor to lead the RGA,” McDonnell said. “Thanks to the strong leadership of Governor Perry and the nation’s twenty-nine Republican governors, the RGA is in position to have an unprecedented impact this election cycle.”

“I look forward to working with my fellow Republican governors to expand our majority and ensure the RGA remains the most effective political committee in the nation,” McDonnell added. “Republican governors are leading the way in helping the private sector create new jobs, reforming government and getting our economy back on track.”

Written by Ryan Nobles

August 15, 2011 at 9:05 am