Virginia House of Delegates 2005 Elections

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Thursday, May 05, 2005

50th District- Rating Change

Old Rating: Safe Republican
New Rating: Safe Republican

Old Rating: Safe Parrish
New Rating: Likely Parrish

We're pulling back our call of this race for Harry Parrish. After his opponent Steve Chapman was indicted yesterday, it was revealed in this morning's Washington Post that Parrish's aide/friend Kenny Klinge was the one who turned Chapman in. This could backfire, so we are still listing Parrish as a heavy favorite, but we are no longer positive on his re-election. This race will go on the competitive board.


At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way no how. This all HELPS Chapman tremendously. Think of all the name rec he's getting. And now Parrish looks like the big bad incumbent trying to cling to power and raise taxes once again.

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Nasuna said...


The boy had no REFRIGERATOR!

He did not LIVE THERE!! He still lives in Dale City! Go to that house and check it out. (Except that at this point, he may finally feel compelled to actually move to Manassas.)

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not "saved a child from a burning building" name recognition. This is "gave a tour of his apartment that didn't even have a proper bed to a reporter" recognition. Today in the Potomac News Chapman's attorney, Gil Davis, was quoted as saying, "He took all the steps he needed to take; he changed his address, he registered his car, he changed his voter registration. What more could he have done?" How about live in the 50th District? Davis then went on to say that a state senator candidate from Fairfax did the same thing but was never prosicuted. Guess what, in Prince William we follow the rules. Ever hear of Debra Wilson? We take this seriously here.

It is a stronger comment perhaps that Chapman had no answer for the charges OTHER than to attack Del. Parrish. Bring a neighbor to verify that you live there (it was also reported that when asked Chapman's neighbors didn't know who he was), bring a friend to say he loaned you his truck so you could move, anything. But no. Instead of proving his innocence, he tried to deflect guilt on to Harry Parrish.

What is really comical is Champan's comment, "You thought I was working hard before. You ain't seen nothing yet." First, was he referring to his renovations or his campaign? How about working to keep your self out of jail? Or better yet, buy some sheets.

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

I agree this could help Chapman. I'm downgrading it, because voters will not like the fact Parrish's staff was involved.

That having been said... I see winning elections like eating pudding....

And Chapman can't make any meat for dinner because his stove doesn't work, and he doesn't have a fridge.....

So as Pink Floyd Once Said:

How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

Sorry... just having fun :)

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Roanoker said...

I can't wait to tell my friends about this. All those hooty-tooty Northern Virginians and they can't keep their candidates out of jail!

At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice the $250 rent that Chapman paid? Isn't that VERY low??!?

At 5:32 PM, Anonymous RD said...

Ok, please re-read the articles ... Chapman isn't being indicted for having old furniture and non-existent appliances. The charges stem from his move in 2004 to a Manassas Park residence and whether that occurred before he registered to vote. The second charge is predicated on the first change- illegal voting because he should not have registered. Whether he was in fact not living in Manassas Park at the time he registered, I don't know - hopefully the trial will bear that out. But let's get the facts straight.

And yes, having an unlivable apartment does look terrible if you're running in the district-but he's not being charged for that.

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Thanks RD

At 1:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out a blog and an upcoming Potomac News letter to the editor by Hirons - a lot of insight into Mr. Chapman's character. Mr. Hirons, and several other named, on-record individuals, tell the story of Mr. Chapman, as district chair and head of YRs, using his influence to essentially EXTORT money from republican candidates. If they wanted volunteers, addresses, etc. - he demanded payment before any assistance would be given. He was elected to help get Republicans elected and instead he tries to get cash out of them. Yeah, he's a really top-notch straight-shooter. I'd vote for someone with his ethics in a New York minute. Not!

At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Mitch Cumstein said...

Everything Scott said in the letters and on the blog is 100% accurate. Kris adds some additional insight that is right on target. We all knew Steve would try to run at some point and were glad to see him leave our district. I just wished he'd gone a little further west, like say, California?

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Hirons said...

I just want to make sure the record stays straight. I want people to live up to their actions, but don't want to credit action where there was none.

If they wanted volunteers, addresses, etc. - he demanded payment before any assistance would be given . . .

is incorrect. He did not control any voting list, district address information, etc. Nor did he hold any information of such hostage for payment. He did however seek payment for expected volunteer services and GOTV activity. All of which were expected to be provided on a volunteer basis as a requirement of the jobs he was elected to within the party.

At 12:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand the comment from Mr. Hirons:

How are these two things different:

A: Person X demanded payment before providing the services of volunteers.

B: Person X sought payment for expected volunteer services and GOTV activity.

How are these not essentially the same thing?

Okay, one uses stronger language, but other than that don't they mean that Person X wanted money and would in return provide volunteer services. And those volunteer services were ones that by virtue of his election he was required to provide free of charge.

So, did he ask for money, get a big NO for an answer and then willingly provide the services? That's not how the blog reads.

Is there some parsing of words here?

A second question:
Many district chairs have addresses - of voters and of voters leaning republican and of potential volunteers. (While campaigns often have voter lists, the PARTY & thus the chair, have access to much more detailed info.) You have said he didn't withhold addresses. Okay then, what specifically DID he withhold? When you say only that he withheld the services that he was supposed to provide without giving specifics, you leave it wide open for misinterpretation or for one to presume that Person X withheld much more than he really did withhold. So, I guess my question is, what EXACTLY were you denied by Chapman?

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Hirons said...

Providing volunteers, assistance, precinct captains, poll coverage etc. yes he did seek payment for. And without payment (although he was district chair and YR chair) no soup for you!

I just wanted to make sure it wasn't implied that he controlled and held hostage any sort of electronic database or other sort of list nor did he offer any sort of voter identification data. I'm pretty certain he had none. Since 2003 was only his 1st (maybe 2nd) year dabbling in politics I'm fairly certain he hadn't collected any resources that would be of value to any candidate.

His offered services were only to provide bodies although when questioned he could not identify where he would find these bodies from or what they would actually do outside of typical volunteer services.

Now if he wanted to go into the business of providing temporary help to campaigns for GOTV - fine. But every other business I talked to about providing this type of service showed me employment and recruitment information and guaranteed X number of bodies.

He could only claim to "organize" volunteers that came from either the campaign or from the party. Call me crazy, but that's what I was expecting when I voted for him as both District Chair and YR Chair.

At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aha! Thank you for the clarification. I hope you find a way to get this info out to the voting public. I know you've got a letter going in the paper. I, personally, don't believe that Chapman has a snowball's chance against Parrish in the first place. And "Republican of the Year"? Especially after what you describe (and several others have described). Gag.

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