August 23, 2008
Barack Obama's campaign opened an office building in Charlottesville on the Downtown Mall last month. The question arose--where is McCain in Virginia?
McCain's campaign still hasn't opened an office in the area, but the Albemarle County Republican Committee hoped to kickstart the GOP's efforts in Virginia Saturday.
The Albemarle Republican Committee has had an office in Albemarle County for years but Friday the GOP party is kickstarting their campaign efforts by reopening their headquarters in Albemarle Square, next to the Outback Steakhouse. The party committee was joined by some familiar faces.
Dozens of people came out to hear Congressman Virgil Goode give a short speech just after three Saturday afternoon.
During Congressman Goode's speech, Goode spoke about his commitment to representing the fifth district, as he is running against Democrat Tom Perriello in what is expected to be a close race.
The Republican representative talked about his expectations that voter turnout will be higher than ever in November, comparing the presidential election to the historic 1968 election when Richard Nixon won the presidency.
The Albemarle County GOP headquarters serves Charlottesville as well as the surrounding counties. Albemarle GOP Chair Christian Schoenwald hopes the re-opening will spark interest in the Party.
Shoenwald also said that McCain will most likely make a campaign stop in Albemarle County, but he's not sure when it will be.
"It's really an opportunity for Virgil Goode to come and rally the troops and spread his message more," said Shoenwald. "It's a chance for us to unite our volunteers and get them engaged in activities."
Rep. Goode said that he's not sure if Senator McCain will open up his own office in Albemarle County or Charlottesville, but he did say that Republican Party will campaign for McCain out of its County headquarters.
Congressman Goode campaigned throughout the district Saturday. He held fundraisers and events in Greene County and Free Union.
The Albemarle GOP Headquarters invites people to stop by for more information and ways to get involved in the upcoming elections.
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