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Ed Gillespie's Tea Party Conundrum Receives Widespread Coverage

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Just a few days ago, Ed Gillespie tried to dodge the press, changing his town hall discussion with the Northern Shenandoah Tea Party first to a closed door, private meeting and then (when word got out) to a phone call, in order to keep out "the liberal press," according to organizers. 
In response, the Gillespie camp first told the Washington Post that the switch was because “tele-town-halls are easier for people to participate in who couldn’t otherwise make it out to a meeting.”  But then, Ed Gillespie seems to have changed his tune opting to tell the Northern Virginian Daily that the move was a calculated effort. The tea party organization even stated that their meeting became a private, closed event in order "to have a serious discussion without this being twisted by the press."

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What Does Ed Gillespie Not Want You To Hear?

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Last week, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Patriots Tea Party invited community members to an event billed as a town hall and forum with Ed Gillespie and Barbara Comstock. Oddly enough, just recently, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Patriots felt compelled to make the speaking engagement "more private" due to the possibility of "liberal press" and "supporters of the opponents" who could be in attendance.

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More Questions than Answers

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A full 48 hours have passed since news broke that while Ed Gillespie was chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee, the organization conducted an internal investigation into a "risky campaign finance scheme." It appeared that the RSLC was involved in a plan to move hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Poarch Creek Indian Tribe through the RSLC to the Alabama Republican Party from January 2009 to March 2011.  Gillespie, who chaired the organization from January 2010 - January 2014 and received $654,000 in payments from the group, declined to answer reporter questions for the story. Two days later, Gillespie is still silent and has yet to tell Virginians what he knew about the scandal.

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