As divisions within the GOP deepen during a primary season that has been more contentious than most, Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) Executive Director Shaun Kenney recently suggested some within the party need to shape up or ship out:
Speaking with The Fluvanna Review, Kenney said there are two ways to fix the problem when Republicans don’t get along:
… one is to act as adults and the other is to grow the pie. And if we can’t behave as adults we are damn sure going to make a bigger Republican party that can actually work together.
At first read, a cynic might be tempted to interpret the statement as inviting the Republicans who disagree with Shaun Kenney to be replaced by a better class of Republicans. In all fairness, however, the interview was likely given before the worst of the recent brouhaha erupted – and had he known what was to transpire, he might have taken a more humble tack.
Kenney also observed that “some of our own internal bickering gets in the way of the vision at times” which is a sentiment many in the GOP will likely be reflecting upon in the current environment.
Virginia Republicans interested in Kenney’s thoughts in light of the latest revelations regarding possible conflicts of interest and whether he really thinks a large segment of his party are bigots, are still waiting for that statement.