Are Fitch and Kilgore Making Up?

OK, ye readers of tea leaves, ponder this: The Kilgore campaign has issued a press release noting that Jerry Kilgore will take “a Warrenton Main Street tour” today. He will be joined by three town councilmen and Patricia Fitch, wife of Mayor George Fitch, whom Kilgore vanquished in the contest for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. There is no mention of Fitch himself participating in the tour.

Surely, this event must have some significance; the Kilgore campaign would not have issued a press release about a routine campaign stop. But the Kilgore crew offers no explanation. What could it mean?

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  1. Will Vehrs Avatar
    Will Vehrs

    Maybe it means the Kilgore campaign is on the verge of taking the Leahy/Vehrs advice of embracing Fitch and his message of budget cutting.

  2. Jim Bacon Avatar
    Jim Bacon

    I’m wondering if Kilgore realizes that he’s failing to energize the Republican Party base. One could argue that he beat Fitch because he had the nomination all but locked up when Fitch entered the race; Fitch never gained traction because the party establishment had already committed to Kilgore. At the same time, Fitch preached a robust budget-cutting message that appealed to many Republicans. Does this visit to Warrenton represent a rapprochement with the budget-cutting wing of the GOP? I have no idea — I’m only speculating.

  3. Just a desperate effort by Kilgore to get something going.

    After VACO, he turns to Fitch.

    Reminds me of an old Patsy Cline song…I Go Out Walking After Midnight, Just Searching for You.

  4. subpatre Avatar

    The weakness of Party nominations is that its ‘voters’ are party faithful; partisans with different opinions than the public. There’s also a tendency for elected officials, spending all their time with appointees and administrators, to view their associates as the electorate.

    This system benefits higher offices seeking nomination, then becomes a liability when a candidate’s message convinces the party but not the voters. The limitation can be balanced by open debate, allowing ideas and positions to compete; but as Jim notes it didn’t happen in this race.

    Kilgore’s nomination advantage is now Kilgore’s election problem. Every diehard partisan will vote the line, but that tiny minority won’t win the election.

    Warrenton wasn’t really a miracle, the reduction was hundreds of small savings, simple good business practice. Fitch’s message was a lot more though. The water budget and reserve, PDR trading for developers, and ‘green zones’ are examples: conservative finance makes clean environmental policy.

    Fitch’s ideas aren’t the status quo, and would take decades to implement statewide. With George on his side, Kilgore will have the ideas needed to make a difference in the campaign…. and leave the door open for Fitch in the next election.

  5. Anonymous Avatar

    What does it mean? Slow news day.

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