Resurgent: Shad Planking Solidifies Virginia’s Important Role as Swing State

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On Friday, I had the pleasure of attending my first Shad Planking event at the Wakefield Sportsman Club in Wakefield, Virginia–a town 170 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. This was the 68th Annual Shad Planking event held to benefit the Wakefield Ruritan Club, which has put on the event since its inception. I was invited by the festival organizers to be a featured blogger for the event.

Shad Planking was originally dominated by Democrats and was once exclusive to males. Over the course of its 68th-year existence, the event has grown to include women and expand its reach to right-leaning audiences. Moreover, this year in particular, rebranding efforts were implemented to make the event more amenable to younger audiences by enticing them with wine, beer, and other goodies.

Garden & Gun Magazine profiled the yearly event in their recent April/May 2016 edition describing it as the following:

Continue reading at The Resurgent. 

Catch Me at Shad Planking on April 22nd!

I have very exciting news to share with you, dear readers!

I’ve been tapped as a featured guest/blogger/commentator for the 68th annual Shad Planking event here in real Virginia. The event will take place on April 22,2016, from 12-7pm. Read more about my participation in the event below:

Her passion for politics will bring Gabriella to the 68th Shad Planking and Grapes & Grains Festival, but there are other reasons she will be attending.  “I’m looking forward to my first Shad Planking event this year,” she told us. “As a transplant to Virginia, I know this event is key to the Virginia experience. Every Virginian—native or not—should attend this event.  Virginia has welcomed my family with open arms. What better way to get together with fellow Virginians than at an event centered around politics and fish? I can’t wait to attend!”

What is Shad Planking? It’s a premiere event for Virginians–political and non-political. It’s a great day of fellowship, politicking, good food, and excellent drinks.

The event mixes politics with charity along with being paired with drinks and good food. It’ll largely benefit the Wakefield Ruritan Club, which has hosted the event since 1949. They believe in “fellowship, goodwill, and community service.” Below is more about the organization:

The Wakefield Ruritan Club has hosted the annual Shad Planking since 1949. The United States classifies the club as a non-profit 501(C)(4) organization.

Proceeds from the Shad Planking go directly to the Ruritan Club, which is dedicated to improving communities and building a better Virginia through “fellowship, goodwill, and community service”.  Buying a ticket for the Shad Planking has a direct and powerful effect on the every day lives of the good people of Wakefield and its surrounding rural areas.  While you are trying the best Virginia has to offer, you can feel confident that your entrance to the 68th Shad Planking has made Virginia a better place.

Many people know the Shad Planking for its political influence and the sense of camaraderie. What many people don’t know is that the profits for the event have always gone back into the community.  The Wakefield Ruritan Club has been creating real and meaningful good for Wakefield and the surrounding areas for generations.  Among others beneficiaries, the Wakefield Ruritan Club has directly contributed to the local fire department, 4-H Club, and youth baseball.  The Wakefield Ruritan Club also awards scholarships directly to deserving young people.

Ruritan National has nearly 30,000 members throughout the United States, that work to improve more than 1,100 local communities.  If you would like more information or would like to join a club close to you head over to the Ruritan’s website

Early-bird tickets are $25, but regularly cost $30.

It promises to be a fantastic event. I look forward to attending, and hope you do the same too!



Resurgent Article: Animal-Style Politics Has No Place in Conservatism

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Animal-style french fries have a rightful place in the United States. Animal-style politics courtesy of Donald Trump do not.

As a native Californian taking refuge in Virginia, I always encourage others to sample and try In-N-Out’s animal-style french fries. (For those unfamiliar with animal-style fries, they are french fries topped with a Thousand Island-style dressing made from ketchup, mayonnaise, and sweet pickle relish.) These fries truly live up to their name: they are messy, but oh so delicious. Although animal-style fries are enjoyed by countless Americans, it’s a shame many are endorsing animal-style politics.

Trump’s “strength” is seen in his relentless pursuit to prey on those who pose a threat him or his empire. He had the audacity to mock a disabled man. He had the gall to criticize a woman’s face. He compared one of his recent endorsers to a “child molester” with pathological tendencies. He trashed a respectable female reporter who dared to ask him a tough question. He threatened a prominent family in Chicago for not appeasing him.  (Need I go on?) Despite unleashing these attacks, he proceeds to bark and howl.

A few days ago, Trump tweeted that rival Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) used a suggestive yet publicly available photo of his wife, Melania, in a SuperPAC ad. He proceeded to say he’ll “spill the beans” on Heidi Cruz

Continue reading at The Resurgent. 

Ted Cruz is Not Finished Yet: Quoted in The Blaze

I was recently asked my thoughts about the status of the GOP contest with respect to Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign. I’ve made it publicly known that I’m supporting him and planning to vote for him next Tuesday here in Virginia.

The Blaze recently asked me to opine on the state of Cruz’s campaign, given the firing of his communications director. Below is the excerpt where I’m featured:

But for Gabriella Hoffman, a Cruz supporter and conservative blogger in Virginia, she isn’t sure the constant bickering will be too damaging for Cruz as “he only narrowly lost to Rubio in South Carolina and Iowa officials declared him a winner.”

“Depends on whom you talk to, but perhaps the staff change will prompt Cruz to better stay on message,” Hoffman said of Cruz’s image.

Hoffman, 24, continued to praise Cruz, saying that as he won over youth in South Carolina and Iowa, “he can genuinely appeal to young people — conservatives, libertarians, values voters and those disenchanted with big government or extreme foreign policy views.”

“If he stays on message as a constitutionalist and continues to focus, I think he will continue to perform well,” she said. “I suspect he realizes this with the recent staff change. Those writing his campaign’s obituary too soon aren’t to be trusted. Both he and Rubio are electable and fair well against either of the Democrats.”

“I hope conservatives in other camps — particularly Rubio’s camp — can come together to find a mutually agreeable solution to help defeat [GOP front-runner Donald] Trump since it’ll be a three-way race as predicted,” Hoffman continued.

Read the full article at The Blaze.

Happy 45th Birthday, Ted Cruz!

On this day 45 years ago, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was born. So–being the dedicated conservative and fan girl of Mr. Cruz that I am–I posted this birthday greeting to the senator and presidential candidate.

If you haven’t watched his latest ad, here it is. It currently boasts over a million YouTube views:

ICYMI: 1) Last week former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli endorsed him for president. 2) In September, I wrote a quasi-endorsement of the senator for president at Medium that got linked to Hot Air.

Celebrating Five Years on Twitter

twitterI opened my Inbox last night to discover a notice from Twitter about my 5th “Twitterversary.” (Has it really been five years?) I got an account on January 12, 2010, with little expectation of ever using this social media platform. After attending a political conference that summer, I began to tweet more. Little did I know that within five years I’d have a decent following or that I’d be teaching fellow activists how to effectively tweet about conservatism.

Here are some of my most popular tweets:

Everyone assumes that I only tweet for a living. (Quite the contrary.) Twitter has enabled me to share my perspective on issues, promote friends/like-minded people, promote my organization’s events, and articulate conservatism in 140 characters or less. It’s a powerful platform, so never discount its value.

Because of my tweeting, I’ve been featured in Drudge Report, Twitchy, Politico, National Review, and other outlets. Use Twitter well and you shall be rewarded!

If you’re not already on Twitter, I recommend you sign up. Happy Tweeting!