This is probably not going to make me any friends, but I think someone has to say this. I don't want to live in a world where the Republican Party of Virginia political apparatus controls the the party in the state. Right now the RPV "crisis" is being used by both sides to talk about how terrible they are, and that is to be expected. But let's be real here, do we really want all the money, donors, lists, and infrastructure coming out of one office in Richmond? I prefer having vigorous unit, county, and congressional committees lead the way in party building, finance, and candidate recruitment. A strong RPV, which is something that too many in the Richmond establishment yearn for, means that the political muscle in the party resides at the top and not at the bottom. When candidates are running for office in Northern Virginia, I want them to raise money and keep it here, and same goes for the rest of the commonwealth. Make the activists closest to the voters do the hard work, not a large party apparatus that we will constantly fight over control of and divide us. What is the point? I'd rather have money raised at home then by a state party apparatus.
This isn't to say there isn't a place for RPV, but I'm not worried about this "crisis." If I were running for office in Northern Virginia, I'd go talk to Barbara Comstock or the local tea party groups before worrying one second about what anyone in Richmond thinks. I imagine that potential candidates, leaders, and activists in other parts of the state feel the same way.