Mathews Library director Bette Dillehay introduced Schapiro, saying he has covered Richmond politics for 30 years with a "critical eye, sharp tongue and sharp wit."
Schapiro said the last time he was in Mathews, he spent some time with retired county administrator Steve Whiteway, who was in the audience, during unpleasant weather at Thomas Hunter Middle School, which was being used as a storm shelter.
He spoke of spending time in Mathews years previously with former House Speaker John Warren Cooke. "He was a man who stood in two generations—two important periods of history," Schapiro said. "It was always a remarkable time—the time I spent with Mr. Speaker."
Schapiro then went into discussing the year of the gubernatorial election in Virginia, explaining it as, "the year we choose someone who will walk among us."
He said that since 1851, Virginia’s gubernatorial election has taken place the November after the presidential election in an effort to insulate state politics from the whirlwind of the national political scene. He said gubernatorial elections have changed drastically as far as the electorate is concerned over the past century.