It could be sign that Virginia's leadership is gearing up to make a serious pitch to bring the next stadium for the NFL's Washington Redskins to the Commonwealth.
The newly formed "Redskins Caucus" made up of both Republican and Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly will host a free tailgate party at the team's upcoming home opener at FedEx Field.
The Redskins host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at 1pm. The tailgate will run from 11 am until 12:3o in the green parking section adjacent to the Bus/RV lot.
(The event will be catered by Pete Snyder, the one time GOP candidate for Lt. Governor).
The Caucus was formed to help the Redskins continue to fight the repeated onslaught from forces inclined to encourage the team to drop their nickname, which many Native Americans find offensive.
Team owner Dan Snyder has repeatedly held firm that the name will not change as long as he is the owner.
While political leaders in both Washington, D.C. and Maryland have signaled their desire to have the team change names Virginia leaders have either refused to weigh in directly or as in the case of this Caucus, expressed outright support.
That position could be of great benefit to Virginia as Snyder weighs his options to build a new palace of football for the popular team. As we reported recently, Snyder and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) have met to discuss plans for a possible new stadium in Virginia. Snyder has said publicly he is beginning the planning process for a new stadium,
McAuliffe's role has been key, because while he won't give his personal opinion on the team's nickname, he has repeatedly said the decision should be left to the team and not politicians.