Republican Party officials, however, said they weren't optimistic about the chances that a recount would garner enough votes to give him the victory. "We were competitive, but the fact that we didn't get some of our base out, in places like Springfield, is disappointing," said Anthony Bedell, chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee. "We did well, but we didn't do enough."Of course, this is the portion of the district that Herrity currently represents on the Board of Supervisors and if he truly was the best organized candidate he would have been able to call upon his political operation to help with Bolognese’s GOTV efforts. It’s clear that he also didn’t simply blow off this race as he tried activating people on his email list, attended a GOTV event, and was there at Bolognese’s election night party just in case he won (kind of like how he tried to inspire voters with a conference call for Steve Hunt right before he lost to Marsden in the 37th). In other words, even local Republicans are admitting that despite Herrity’s efforts the GOP wasn’t able to activate voters in the heart of Herrity’s district.
As attention begins to shift towards the 2010 elections, this cuts right into one of the key arguments Herrity’s supporters are constantly making. His supporters like to claim his political operation is one of the reasons that he would fair better than Keith Fimian in November. The plain and simple fact that he couldn’t activate his base in a special election that should have favored the Republicans, however, raises some serious questions about the strength of Herrity’s political operation.
His inability to get out the Republican votes in Springfield also can’t have Herrity’s supporters very happy because Herrity’s not going to be able to out raise Fimian, who is extremely wealthy and has already proven he’s willing to self-fund his campaign, and his campaign operations were supposed to compensate for the lack of money. When this really comes down to is that Herrity is on the wrong side of the issues but also can’t live up to some of the other aspects of the campaign that supposedly made him an attractive candidate.