Virginia House of Delegates 2005 Elections

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Friday, June 10, 2005

4 Days Away, GOP

Congratulations to everyone involved in this years primary. It's almost over!

Here's a review card of the action on Tuesday


Twelve Republican primaries for the House of Delegates on Tuesday fall into 3 categories. "Anti-Tax challenger" vs. "Pro-Tax incumbent" are 6 of the 12. "Pro-Tax challenger" vs. "Anti-Tax incumbent" are 3 of the 12. Picking nominees in competitive central Fairfax County are the other 3 of 12.

"Anti Tax challenger vs. Pro-Tax incumbent"

In order of chance of incumbent defeat:

#1- 67th, incumbent Gary Reese, challenger Chris Craddock.
Rating: Toss Up.

#2- 54th, incumbent Bobby Orrock, challenger Shaun Kenney.
Rating: Toss Up.

#3- 30th, incumbent Ed Scott, challenger Mark Jarvis.
Rating: Toss Up.

#4- 33rd, incumbent Joe May, challenger Chris Oprison.
Rating: Leans May.

#5- 24th, incumbent Preston Bryant, challenger Robert Garber.
Rating: Safe Bryant.

#6- 50th, incumbent Harry Parrish, challenger Steve Chapman.
Rating: Safe Parrish.

Key Notes: We have projected Bryant and Parrish as winners June 14th and in November. The winners in 54th and 30th will be projected winners in November on primary night. If May wins in the 33rd, he will also be projected a winner. Only the 67th, and possibly the 33rd (with Oprison) will be on the competitive board after Tuesday.

"Anti Tax incumbent vs. Pro-Tax challenger"

In order of chance of incumbent defeat:

#1 82nd, incumbent Bob Purkey, challenger Peter Schmidt.
Rating: Leans Purkey.

#2 83rd, incumbent Leo Wardrup, challenger Delceno Miles.
Rating: Safe Wardrup.

#3 55th, incumbent Frank Hargrove, challenger Rod Clemmons.
Rating: Safe Hargrove.

Key Notes: All 3 primary winners in this group will win in November. We have already projected Wardrup and Hargrove as winners.

"Competitive Fairfax"

In order of importance to the General Election

#1 37th, John Mason, Jim Kaplan. Outlook: Leans Mason.
General Election: Toss Up.

#2 41st, Michael Golden, Bill Finnerfrock. Outlook: Likely Golden.
General Election: Toss Up.

#3 35th, Ed Robinson, Jim Hyland, Arthur Purves. Outlook: Toss Up. General Election: Leans Democratic.

Key Notes: The most at stake is in the 37th where a Kaplan upset makes the Republicans an underdog in November to the winner of the Democratic primary. Golden or Finnerfrock are both about even vs. Democratic nominee David Marsden and the winner in the 35th will begin as an underdog to incumbent Steve Shannon after their messy primary.


At 2:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So any news on the court case(s) against "Pimp My Ride" Chapman?

At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I have been saying, get ready for a surprise in the 37th. Jim Kaplan will win that primary. John Mason has been expecting and hoping for a coronation as the R nominee--he should have spent his time working harder door to door.

There is no reason that voters will turn out to vote for a man they voted AGAINST just 3 years ago.

At 8:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. Kaplan will be a stronger candidate against the Dem in November, not a weaker one. He has shown in this primary that he is willing to work hard and aggressively campaign for the seat.

Mason has done little work for the seat.

Kaplan 5000+ Mason 0

Give the young man a chance.

At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Not Mark Rozell said...

Kaplan still has a shot at the primary, although I'm hearing Mason's chances have greatly improved because Chap! has largely ignored his Fairfax City base to campaign statewide in his Rolling HQ. That has given Mason the opportunity to lean hard on his traditional supporters. Remember that a margin of victory in any of these local delegate races could be a hundred votes or so, if even that.

You guys really are smoking dope if you think Kaplan will take that seat in November. There is simply no way upstart Kaplan can beat Oleszek or Bulova in November, even if Bulova gets photographed wearing his $100 khakis on his morning jog.

At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a bit of a farce to imagine a Kaplan victory in June leading to a GOP victory in November. Kaplan stands no chance in the general. If his campaign keeps singing the weepy old tune of, "Look how many doors that I knocked on! I deserve to win!" it is a bit sad. Nobody gives a damn about how many doors have been knocked on except for the candidate and his mother. It is all in the stats, what do you suppose the name saliency of a former mayor is opposed to the new kid on the block? It is just my suggestion, but I would suggest that Kaplan better focus on his issues than his pavement pounding.

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has John Mason really knocked on zero doors? I find it hard to believe that a seasoned politician wouldn't spend time shaking hands and kissing babies in the door-to-door fashion.

At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Mason's name ID is as great as you guys seem to think it is. Remember that he represented only 1/3rd of the district and lost re-election in 2002 by almost 2-1. I cannot imagine why people are going to come out and vote for him when they likely voted AGAINST him when his name was last on the ballot.

You folks underestimate Kaplan at your own peril.

At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Not Mark Rozell said...

Mason lost that race on one issue. Now the guy that beat him is his strongest supporter (strange bedfellows, I know).

Whatever happens next Tuesday I can guarantee you there will not be a Delegate Kaplan next January. The guy may work hard and may be a future star, but now is not his time.

At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true that Chap Peterson is going on the "Don and Mike" show today?

At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Mark. This Kaplan guy might be really a hard working man, but I cannot fathom a Del. Kaplan come this November. Lets say he wins the Primary and blows the general, that will destroy his prospects for future office.

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those who think Mason is so strong, what will happen if it's Mason vs. Bulova in the general election? Is John M. going to be able to run an aggressive campaign against a family friend?

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Bulova win is almost as likely as a Kaplan win in November: slim-to-none.

At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that the Don and Mike show is from 4-7, is that true? Is Chap! really going to be on?

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robinson will win in the 35th. They have just run a much better campaign and talked to so many more people.

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Wahoo Dan said...

Door knocking is what it's all about. I looked at some of the turnout numbers for 2001...and most of these precincts had between 40 and 90 votes. Per precinct. You can bet that knocking on some doors wins this thing...

That being said...I doubt Mason that hasn't knocked on any doors.

At 10:00 AM, Anonymous Wahoo Dan said...

Anonymous 9:55: If you don't count "people on this blog" then the number is much lower.

At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mason has been knocking on doors since he got in the race. I know...he came to mine two weeks ago and we talked about it. Caught me in the middle of eating.

Nice guy though. Not sure who I will vote for.

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Wahoo- That's a different election. Every precinct will have 200+ on both sides now.

At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Not Mark Rozell said...

The primary is on a Jewish holiday of some importance. This will suppress some votes for Kaplan, but mostly for Oleszek, who could otherwise count very heavily on the Jewish vote to pull her through. According to all the data I've seen, Jewish people are usually very well educated and they vote for Democrats at almost every opportunity. If the holiday conflict chases Jewish voters away, it could push this squarely into the Bulova column, where I suspect it will land anyway. It could also mean a cliffhanger on Tuesday that isn't resolved until after the absentee ballots are counted.

At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Bruce said...

For those who say door kncocking doesn't mean a thing - ask Del Peterson and FORMER Del Rust.

Kaplan will be the underdog in November. But in an off-year election, nothing is impossible. If Kaplan drives out his base (Bush got 49%+ here), wins some crossover vote from the Jewish community (if against Bulova) and Kilgore is doing well, you could see a Del Kaplan in November.

Mason is knocking doors. But at a guess, he may reach 200-300 while Kaplan is in the 5000-6000 range at this point.

And Chap is getting out his base. I got 6 mail pieces from him in the City in the last two days.

It'll be interesting to see who votes in which primary on Tuesday.

At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Wahoo Dan said...

Whoops, those were Dem primary numbers I was looking at. But won't they pretty much hold for each side? 40-80 people? Or will the fact that both primaries are on the same day (and therefore get more publicity) drive up turnout? The (virtually) uncontested Governor's races shouldn't help things much...

At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Bruce said...


The Jewish holiday only really impacts the ORTHODOX Jews. And they vote 75-90% Republican. It is the Reform and Conservative Jews who vote Democratic, and most of them will vote on Shavuot.

Thus, it hurts Kaplan more. See the Washington Jewish Week story on this from last week.

At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone think the Bolling-Connaughton or Baril-McDonnel races impact the local House races?

Will all the ultra-right guys show up for Bolling? Will indies show for Connaughton?

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

Wahoo- It was a stand alone primary with people that no one in that area had ever heard of. Chap and Leslie will be bringing people out like crazy there, it's the heart of the area that both have represented while in public office. Also, the GOP primary for Gov, as well as Sean, and the Delegate primary will also attract people. Look at the 03 GOP primary, that would be the absolute low number voting per precinct on that side.

At 11:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kaplan is not going to win. No way that district elects someone who looks like a Star Trek convention attendee. Did he hang out in line in his Darth Vader costume waiting for Star Wars tickets a few weeks ago too?

There is JUST NO WAY....

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Star Trek convention?

I don't get it. Do you mean because he looks young.

How is that better then the "skeletor" picture of Mason in the Fairfax Section of the Post?


At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kaplan does look like a Trekie!!! HAHA! Its true! He looks to be of the dungeons and dragons/Star Trek sort!

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many districts are going to face crossover issues?

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Bruce said...

I know a few Dems who are actually going to crossover to vote for Fitch and Connaughton (some of these folk also showed up in the past to vote for McCain).

But I doubt this will be a big # as up here we have locals Chap and Leslie pick between.

At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you guys really think door knocking is all that matters at the delegate level then the 35th Race will be a slam dunk for Robinson.

Their campaign has knocked on 90% of all the doors not just Republicans in every precinct in the 35th district.

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robinson's run an interesting race.

But has HE knocked those doors or his paid staff? It makes a difference. People came to know and like Chap. When Rust's wife and volunteers knocked, it didn't have the same impact.

At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enough talk about the 35th and 37th. What about the 67th, Reese vs. Craddock?

Is Reese toast? Does he have any grassroots support like Craddock seems to?

At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robinson has knocked on 8,000 doors himself the campaign has done the rest.

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous bruce said...

I know Reese is spending a TON of bucks. We'll see if that helps him overcome momentum.

Early on his signs were everywhere, but not so much anymore.

The Post piece showed a picture Craddock knocking doors and Reese laughing in Richmond. That can't help.

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reese has been winning elections in that part of Fairfax for 14 years. Craddock looks like he a 14 year old delinquent. Maybe the wingnuts think he is credible, but I cannot imagine that the people in that district...most of whom are educated and wealthy...want to be represented by a 26 year old substitute teacher. Of course, Craddock is not pimping his ride either so who knows?

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


How much do you figure Reese has spent? On what? Mail? Phones?

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous bruce said...

I hear Reese is spending over $125k - more like $150k or more. He still had close to $80k in the bank at the last filing on vapap.

But I don't know how it's beeing spent. I don't live in the district (I'm in the 37th) so don't get mail or phones from the race.

What are others getting? Anyone live there?

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that one "Early on his signs were everywhere, but not so much anymore."

Would you know anything about that?

At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Sheila said...

12:40 Anonymous asked:
"How many districts are going to face crossover issues?"

The $64,000 question...

Here in the 54th it is my understanding (and reported here by others too) that Del. Orrock has been pushing for Dems to crossover for him. I know that my neighbor (who drives a school bus) received an automated message this morning urging support ALL school employees to vote for Orrock on Tuesday. It stated something along the lines of, "No matter what your political association, if you care about our schools or kids education, you will vote in the Republican primary to support Del. Orrock".

So Shaun Kenney, who already had an uphill fight, now has to battle:

1) multi-term incumbent
2) huge financial edge
3) crossover voters
4) major liberal leaning orgs
5) signs being destoyed
6) false endorsement claims*

*Orrock mailing that arrived yesterday states Orrock is endorsed by Sen George Allen - FALSE! I spoke with Allens campaign manager today, he confirmed that the Senator has made NO endorsements in this primary!

In spite of all of this, I believe that on Tuesday evening the 54th will nominate Shaun Kenney!

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous bruce said...

in response to "not so much"

I don't know if it is angry right wingers or that they were up so early that the lawn mowers got all of them.

But Reese should have gotten them back up.

Personally, I could care less which wins (probably would vote for Reese if I lived there).

At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Not Mark Rozell said...

Reese is in pretty deep trouble. I think you shall see a Delegate Caputo next January, unless Gary can turn the tide here at the last minute. Both the anti-tax and pro-tax forces are mad at him. As Phil Rodokanakis says, he voted for the tax increase before he voted against it. It is generally not good to have both sides of the debate mad at you. It makes for very dicey re-election chances.

By the way, this is one of the few times I will quote Phil without skewering him.

At 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

35th it is a whole new race against Steve Shannon when the primary is over. Ed Robinson has tried to hit Jim Hyland for running hard against him, which makes Robinson less likely to agressively challenge Shannon. After the primary, if Hyland is the nominee, money and help will pour his way and he has shown that he has the stamina and ability to take on an opponent agressively.

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Not Mark Rozell said...

Are you talking about the same Jim Hyland we are?

At 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"1) multi-term incumbent
2) huge financial edge
3) crossover voters
4) major liberal leaning orgs
5) signs being destoyed
6) false endorsement claims*"

Hah. Kenney's campaign has been seriously misrepresenting Orrock's record, has received beaucoup bucks in the past few days from VCAP, has posted signs illegally all over the highway rights of way (two letters in the paper yesterday complaining about it), and has otherwise generally been taking the low road.

Sure those missing campaign signs weren't taken down by VDOT?

Allen attended the Orrock fundraiser - I have't seen Orrock campaign material claiming an Allen endorsement, but can't make a definitive statement there.

Kenney has really made a horrible impression in this primary. I have never seen so many voters so angry about gross misrepresentations of an opponent's voting record. No matter what happens Tuesday, this mudbath is going to be remembered, and not to his credit. Conservatism is not about doing or saying anything, no matter how untrue, just to get elected. His campaign has made me ashamed to call myself a conservative.

At 11:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How has Hyland shown he can take on on an opponent agressively? He can not even compete with Robinson who is not attacking him at all. As far as money I think that if Hyland was able to raise it he would have tried that in his fight with Robinson. Robinson out raised him 5 to 1.

So no I don't think we were talking about the same Jim Hyland. We were talking about the 2 time losing Jim that is about to recieve his third loss.

The 35th race is a lock for Robinson.

At 12:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three loosers on Election day -


and a surprise in one of the "open" seats.

At 1:11 AM, Anonymous Informed Patriot said...

Reese has done everything to lose this race and Craddock has turned out to be a very solid campaigner. I think he will be a welcomed addition to the caucus when he wins in November. That is the only Republican incumbent that will go down in the primaries. VCAP comes out dented but hopefully not without hope for the Senate races in '07.

At 7:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Did you have a particular open race in mind? (If so, which one?) Or do you just think there will be a surprise in one of the races?

At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Informed patriot:

Who will welcome Craddock in the Caucus? There is no child care in that building.

I have never seen a less qualified candidate for office in a competitive race than Craddock. He does not even have a full time job. He has done nothing, knows nothing other than "taxes BAD! abortion BAD!" and has not one idea that is his own.

He does not even support telling women to seek medical attention if they have been raped. What kind of nutball is this guy? And you think he would be welcomed in Richmond? Are you out of your mind?

At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Kevin Allen said...

You are flat out distorting
Chris Craddock's record.

Gary Reese received the second highest rating for Repbulicans from NARAL on their 2004 score card but he is upset that the Craddock campaign is pointing that out.

NARAL says on of the votes was on medical care for Rape victims. However over 40 Delegates recieved zero ratings from NARAL in 2004 so there must have been something else in that bill that was bad.

Gary is using the NARAL discription of the vote to intentionally distort Chris Craddock's postion because he is desperate.

Clearly Chris Craddock's position is in the mainstream of the Republican party since about 2/3 of the GOP Caucus voted against the legislation in question.

Chris will receive the same welcome into the GOP caucus that Jeff Frederick did 2 years ago.

At 11:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another anonymous basher of Kenney. . .

Folks have seen people pulling up Kenney signs. Not VDOT, but people going into yards. There's one farmer in Caroline who has ruts in his yard from someone who actually drives over the same Kenney sign over and over.

First Orrock lies about his record. Now Orrock is lying about receiving Allen's endorsement. It ain't true - I called Mike Thomas. Allen was never even asked!

Shame on Orrock for running such a dirty campaign! And congratulations to Shaun Kenney for a campaign well run. Orrock's the nastiest campaigner in the area since Edd Houck. I hope Kenney knocks his liberal block off too in 2-6 years.

At 11:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear Kenney and Craddock will beat the homosexuals with their bare hands, if need be.

At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: Jim Hyland losing streak--

What two races has he lost already:
1) Providence Dist Supervisor
2) Congress? When? Against Whom?
3) R primary for Dist. 35--I agree that we can chalk this up!

At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Not Mark Rozell said...

Kevin, if Chris Craddock will receive the same welcome by the GOP caucus that Jeff Frederick did, he'd better duck. From what I hear, the young man still cannot garner any respect from his colleagues.

Also, go take a look at Frederick's legislation and tell me if he has gotten anything important passed. He is the most ineffective legislator I have seen in years.

This is all an academic argument, however, since Chuck Caputo will probably walk all over Craddock. He's got major roots in NoVa from what I hear.

At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Chris Craddock receives the same welcome as Jeff Frederick, then Chris is going to find Richmond a very lonely place to be. Even the arch-conservatives think Frederick is an ass and have little to do with him.

If you think Frederick has been welcomed with open arms, you know nothing about what is real in Richmond. He is universally loathed--a truly bipartisan sentiment. It is the one thing that has brought conservatives and liberals together.

But if Craddock does win, and Frederick survives, at least they will have each other.

You know you are an odious clown when even Dick Black and Bob Marshall want nothing to do with you.

At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Fredrick is ineffective by passing as many bills as any other freshman and bringing more money home than any first-termer (more than $5 mil apparently for a parking lot and Marine center), then I'd hate to see your characterization of the other freshman -- especially the dems who universally get nothing done. He does file more bills than most (and many of them get killed), but you can't fault the guy for trying. More people in Richmond should try creative stuff.

Oh -- and for being an ass, the GOP caucus sure helps Fredrick a lot, and he's also rumored to be close to Steve Shannon and Adam Ebbin (believe that or not). I don't know where you people get your info, but it sure seems more like you just plain don't like him and are making stuff up. I've been around Richmond a bit and while he might not be the most popular guy around, he's worked things pretty good and definetely has his friends. He loves to be underestimated though, so keep it up. Ignorance is bliss.

At 10:54 PM, Anonymous Informed Patriot said...

I think the worry with Craddock and many of the other VCAP candidates was that they were just another Frederick- a newcomer that took out an old guard and wants to march to his own beat. NMR is right in his comments concerning Jeff's assimilation into Richmond. I think Chris has proven during this campaign that he does have substance. Unlike many of his counterparts on the anti-tax ticket, Chris has also focused on the elimination of government waste, the other part of the deal with keeping taxes low. I think that approach will go far in him becoming a productive delegate.

At 11:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a second...

He has focused on government waste? Are you kidding me? His focus is to say "I'm going to eliminate government waste" or some such pablum. What waste will he eliminate? Where are the specifics?

He has far less substance or experience than Frederick who had been a somewhat successful small business owner. Even "Pimp my Ride" has accomplished more in his brief and rather unpleasant stay on the planet.

No...this guy will be a total waste of space in Richmond. He is the conservative second coming of Phil Larrabee.

At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

... yeah, and look at how much money Frederick raises. Someone that unpopular/ineffective doesn't raise money like he does. He is consistently top-ten on vpap.

From what I've heard, Frederick is fine with the House GOP. It's the Senate leadership (R & D) that loath him. But most of them are likely gone in '07 anyway.

At 12:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh sure they a single piece of major legislation that Dick Black has passed and he is the #2 fundraiser in the House. Rob Bell is up there and his only claim to fame is figuring out ways to make even breathing a felony.

Fundraising has a lot to do with committee assignments and your willingness to cultivate a base of small donors. If effectiveness were a measure, Dick Black would not outraise Vince Callahan...and Bill Janis--a universally despised little ass=kisser of a member--would not be neck and neck with the Speaker.

At 6:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"First Orrock lies about his record."

Orrock hasn't lied about his record.

I looked the bills up myself.

The Kenney representations of Orrocks votes are a crock. They are distortions and inaccuracies. This isn't something I got from someone else - this is from ME doing my own leg work and looking.

Orrock didn't lie. The Kenney campaign did.

"Now Orrock is lying about receiving Allen's endorsement. It ain't true - I called Mike Thomas. Allen was never even asked!"

Orrock's campaign (not Orrock) made a mistake, which Orrock immediately corrected in the paper, and immediately took out a full page ad in the paper.

Don't lie about this stuff to people who know better.

Allen was the big draw at the Orrock fundraiser at Lake Anna.

Allen has given quotes and pictures for Orrock to use in his campaign literature.

Someone made an understandable mistake, which was immediately corrected.

"Shame on Orrock for running such a dirty campaign!"

What alternate universe are you living in? Shaun has run the dirtiest campaign I've seen in a local Virginia election - this after a lifetime in a Republican family - and Orrock has run a clean and honorable campaign.

"And congratulations to Shaun Kenney for a campaign well run."

Shaun's campaign has grossly distorted Orrock's record. GROSSLY. I looked the bills up myself. Don't try to sell me a bill of goods. His campaign has been reprehensible and he should be ashamed of himself.

Dishonest push polls and gross misrepresentations of a candidates record are nothing to be proud of. You congratulating him for it shows how far some of these candidates have strayed from Republican values of integrity, decency, and honor.

Quit slandering a good and decent Republican. I don't think you all know how angry this makes many, many voters. I'm a longtime Republican and the ruthless and dishonest campaign waged against Bobby Orrock is shameful and disgusting.

At 6:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Another anonymous basher of Kenney. . . "

This from another anonymous supporter of Kenney. What's your point?

The dirty and dishonest campaing he's run deserves to be bashed. No one minds honest competition, but his behavior has been disgusting and brings shame on the party.

"Folks have seen people pulling up Kenney signs. Not VDOT, but people going into yards. There's one farmer in Caroline who has ruts in his yard from someone who actually drives over the same Kenney sign over and over."

I don't condone that, but after the filthy campaign he's run, I sure understand the impulse. Every time I hear him threatening to govern like he campaigns, I'd love to smack him one. Maybe running over a sign would be cathartic.

THIS GUTTER STYLE OF CAMPAIGNING IS NOT GOOD FOR THE PARTY. IT'S STUPID AND SHORT SIGHTED. I knew nothing about Kenney before the primary, and my impression from his campaign is that he's mean and dishonest. Great image making, guys. Keep it up and in twenty year's we'll be the minority party.

At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now you're saying that it doesn't matter how much a legislator passes, it has to pass your smell test of being "major legislation". What do you define as "major legislation"? By your measure, it seems like no one gets anything done. I'm especially interested in what accomplishments you'd give to democrats with less than 5 years of service.

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