Shame on the Shad Planking! Let Potts, Fitch speak!

Regardless of your political stripe, I call on all Virginia bloggers to appeal to Robert Bain, chairman of the Wakefield Ruritan Club’s Shad Planking Committee to make room for declared gubernatorial candidates Russ Potts and George Fitch on the speakers’ rostrum when the Shad Planking commences in Wakefield on April 20. Further, Kilgore and Kaine should insist on it. Potts and Fitch are declared candidates for the highest elective office in this Commonwealth. They deserve to be heard. Do we fear the views of these two men to such an extent that we will be a party to denying them the opportunity to speak? This is Virginia! I think not. If they’re not invited to speak, I’m not going. And I ask you to join me in this expression of indignation. If they’re not invited to speak, please, sit this one out. Don’t be a party to this muzzling. Stay away from Wakefield on April 20.

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  1. Well it has come to this. The Shad Planking deciding who will and will not speak at their event. The world has gone mad.

    I have been going there for years and have listened to more speakers than I care to remember. Even listened to Hager and Early in 03 and Mills Godwin a hundred times.

    Some people sure must be afraid of Fitch and Potts. Thinking about it, this is the best thing that could happen to them. They will get far more press than Gilgore. The press will have a field day with this one.

    I can see the reporters around them now.

    If they can pick and choose their speakers, I can pick and choose my festivals. I’m staying home and trying Long John Silver’s. At least the fish will be good

    The Plank is shrinking just like the tent.

  2. E M Risse Avatar
    E M Risse


    On this one we agree. Without an open mike, they will not get our participation at Wakefield.


  3. Will Vehrs Avatar
    Will Vehrs

    Well, with Barnie, Laszlo, and E.M. boycotting, maybe they’ll shut down this overrated relic of a not particularly exemplary style of politics.

  4. Barnie Day Avatar
    Barnie Day

    Thank you, gentlemen, for your sentiments. Governor Jim Gilmore informs me today that he was never allowed to speak at this event, though Don Beyer was invited. I never knew this and find it personally offensive. The darkest day in North Carolina’s political history, to my way of thinking, was the day the legislature passed the infamous ‘Speaker Ban’ law. When we reach a point in this country where we are afraid of words, of views, of opinions, where we don’t feel competent to let them compete in the unfettered market place of public expression, we are done for as a people. Let this be out cry between now and April 20: Lift the Wakefield Speaker Ban!

  5. Anonymous Avatar

    Barnie! Barnie!

  6. Adeline Avatar

    It doesn’t matter who speaks. No one listens unless you can’t figure out access to the liquor stash. And that’s usually only the city boys with their loafers and no socks.

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