I'm hearing from ground that at the upcoming Advance, the John Brownlee campaign is using campaign funds to pay to bus and register supporters to the event so they can vote in the AG straw poll. Like much of Brownlee's campaign, this is another example of smoke and mirrors used to make him look stronger than he is. Not to mention it is inherently dishonest and against the spirit of the Advance. Its suppose to be about the chance for candidates and activists to get together and work together to move the party forward. Of course there are disagreements and rivalries, but in doing this Brownlee is trying to make it look like the activists and committed grassroots Republicans support him over Senator Cuccinelli by packing the court, so to speak. He is trying to use ringers to stake claim to the support of the grassroots activists. Now he might have some, for sure. But what I want to know is why Brownlee feels like he needs to do this, if its true? Does he not think the activists support him? Is he trying to silence their voice within the party by cherry picking scabs at the Advance? If Brownlee wants to prove to the grassroots that he has deep support, why doesn't he take on Cuccinelli on an even field at the straw poll? It an inherent sign of weakness that concerns me if Brownlee feels like he has to reduce his campaign to this just to win a straw poll. If he needs to do this, how will he stand a chance against Steve Shannon?