Favorite

Grogan Fought the T-D — and Won 

After months of blood, sweat and toil to get his name out there, it seemed to Bill Grogan, independent candidate for the General Assembly's 68th District seat, that he just couldn't get no respect from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Admittedly, Grogan was running a self-described "stealth campaign," but he certainly wasn't that stealthy about it -- he'd registered by the June 12 filing deadline, raised money and been out beating doors and shaking hands.

But in a three-way race against incumbent Katherine Waddell and Manoli Loupassi, Grogan felt like the invisible man in terms of press coverage. Two T-D news articles about the race, published in July, omitted mention of him as a candidate.

"It was the second day in a row that they ran articles, and they mentioned Waddell and Loupassi, but not me," Grogan says. So he decided to find a way to boost his blip on the daily newspaper's political radar.

Because painting himself blue and streaking the paper's newsroom lacked a certain subtlety and dignity, he decided on the tried-and-true tactic of knocking on potential voters' doors.

Grogan launched his plan, calling — for about the 10th time, he says — an editor at the paper. This time, he told them he was holding a press conference July 27 at noon to officially announce his candidacy:

"I said it's going to be at the corner of Fourth and Franklin [streets], and the fellow says, 'Well, that's going to be right near our building!'

"I said, 'Yep.'"

Not only was it right near the newspaper's downtown offices, Grogan made his announcement literally from the front door of 300 E. Franklin St., the headquarters of the T-D's news operation.

"I did it on the steps," he says, adding that he was pleased that 30-plus people turned out for the event — including longtime T-D political reporter Jeff Schapiro — and with the next-day news story that resulted.

"By the way," Grogan says of the T-D's grand granite stairway fronting Franklin Street, "it makes a great public-speaking platform." S



  • Click here for more News and Features
  • Favorite

    Comments

    Subscribe to this thread:

    Add a comment

    Connect with Style Weekly

    Newsletter Sign-Up

    The Flash
    The Bite
    The Scoop

    Most Popular Stories

    • Safe Spaces

      Safe Spaces

      A team of managers and violence prevention advocates wants to address sexual harassment and assault in the service industry.
      • Jun 11, 2019
    • The Summer Guide

      The Summer Guide

      From local arts events and concerts to food festivals, movies and yoga, a guide to help navigate the summer of ’19.
      • Jun 11, 2019
    • A Family’s Loss

      A Family’s Loss

      The violent death of a 21-year-old was his mother’s worst nightmare, and family members believe Richmond needs a new approach to crime.
      • May 28, 2019
    • The Great Outdoors

      The Great Outdoors

      Get some fresh air (hopefully) this summer with healthy outdoor activities.
      • Jun 11, 2019
    • More »

    Copyright © 2019 Style Weekly
    Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
    All rights reserved
    Powered by Foundation