State GOP Smears Leslie Cockburn

Moments after Leslie was named the 5th District nominee, the Virginia Republican Party started  in on some GOP name-calling.

Based on a review (!) of Dangerous Liaison, her 1991 book investigating the Israeli lobby’s outsized influence on American foreign policy, they’ve tagged her “a virulent anti-Semite.”

Not so, say two experts, Lowell Feld and David T.S. Jonas. They write, “… we can say in full confidence—having been the apparently rare people in Virginia politics to have actually read the whole book—that not a single passage attributable to Andrew or Leslie Cockburn in “Dangerous Liaison” is even remotely anti-Semitic.

Read their comments here.



On May 5, the Rappahannock delegation traveled to Farmville to attend the Nominating Convention. Delegation chair Ron Goodman and delegates Kit Goldfarb, Steph Ridder, Betsy Dietel, with alternates Heidi Lesinski and Cliff Miller, were joined by RCDC committee members to vote local candidate LESLIE COCKBURN the nominee! It was inspiring!

In her acceptance speech, Cockburn remembered what civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis had said to her about running for office: “You are a leader. Now go home and lead!”

“You are all leaders,” she said to the crowd. “Now go home and lead!”

And so, off we go to defeat Tom Garrett in November!





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An exciting week of caucuses with record-breaking participation resulted last Saturday in 140 pledged delegates and a win for Leslie Cockburn’s campaign!

Congratulations to all!

The caucus process took the concerted effort of local committees in the 23 towns and counties in the 5th District, including Rappahannock. The turnout was unprecedented. We now have a network of over 4,000 caucus participants throughout the district to build on in a campaign to unseat Republican Tom Garrett. Let’s pull together and make it happen!

Hope to see you at the Convention on May 5 in Farmville!


Day One of the 5th District Caucuses

Rappahannock’s caucus on Saturday April 14 at the Washington Schoolhouse was among the first of 23 happening from April 14 to 21. Our results: 3 delegates and two alternates for Leslie Cockburn, and one delegate for RD Huffstetler. The Rappahannock delegation goes to the Convention in Farmville on May 5th. Seven down, and 16 to go!

Read about it here!