Virginia House of Delegates 2005 Elections

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Thursday, June 09, 2005

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As Not Paul Goldman pointed out last week- most voters have already decided what they are doing. Most campaigns have a winner assuming their voters show up. But that won't stop anyone from the last minute attacks... scheduled to start today! Keep us up to date on what you are getting.

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At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Ricky Joe Hansen said...

this is ricky joe hansen. i would like to be covered in plaster and sit in a big dish with water over my head.

 
At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Byrne's a witch! Byrne her!

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

Bitch too!

 
At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

INFO ON PARISH/CHAPMAN RACE

There was a full page ad in today's (June 9) Manassas Journal featuring just about everybody of importance in Manassas, and even PWC, endorsing Harry Parish. None of this is suprising, since Harry is the obvious and overwhelming choice of the "establishment." There were a number of well known Democrats, Chuck Colgan, Toddy Puller -- though her name was signed as Linda T. Puller, John Jenkins, and Dave Brickley, urging support for Harry. This type of broad support will help with middle of the road voters and is an open invitation to Democats to vote in the Republican primary for Harry.

Perhaps more helpful for Harry is the endorsement of Pat Linehan, who is on the Manssas School Board and a well known member of the All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas. That shows that Harry has some support in a stronglgy pro-life constituency, that Chapman is counting on to vote for him.

The biggest name missing from the list of elected officials supporting Parish is that of Bob Marshall. In one sense, this is not surprising since, at least in terms of issues, Chapman is closer to Marshall than Harry. In 2003, Marshall was willing to endorse a moderate Republican, Jack Rollinson, over a more conservative primary opponent, Jeff Frederick. Perhaps last year's budget battle has left Marshall feeling that open support on his part of moderates is not a good idea. Does anybody know if Marshall is giving Chapman behind the scenes support, or if he has decided to sit this one out.

There were also Parsih supporters at the VRE station handing out letters from Speaker Howell saying how key Harry has been in establishing and maintaining VRE.

It would seem like a pretty good day for Harry, though all the "establishment" support for Harry could feed into Chapman's argument that he has been the victim of an "establishment plot." Also, the prominent support of Democrats for Parish could help to motivate Chapman's base by making Parish appear to be a "RINO."

 
At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anybody read Virginia Voter's Guide today in the Post. Candidates for Lt. Gov. were asked what the most important problem in the state is. It went like this:

Viola Baskerville: Education
Leslie Byrne: Education
Phil Puckett: Transportation
Chap Petersen: Demise of the 2 party system in Virginia

What the hell is Chap talking about?

 
At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's running for November, not June. . .

Smart. If I were a pro-life, moderate on taxes Republican, I could see myself voting for that independent Chap! Petersen.

That's what he's doing.

 
At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, now what the hell are you talking about?

 
At 12:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Post also endorsed Sean Connaughton for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor. I am praying that does not hurt him in the primary.

 
At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Not Mark Rozell said...

Chap has his bow-tie tied too tight again. It screws up the circulation in his head and causes him to say philosophical things that only nutty university professors can get away with (wait a minute...).

On the subject of the Post endorsement, you'd think it would not help Connaughton, but I'm starting to hear about a strange phenomenon. Seems some NoVa Democrats are so underwhelmed by their own LG choices that they are considering crossing over to vote for Connaughton (and George Fitch, while they are at it). I'm not sure I totally buy this, but it is an interesting theory.

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

NMR:

The Dem crossovers for Sean may indeed be a reality, especially if some of them come out to support Reese, May, Parrish, Orrock, and Scott. We'll see.......

 
At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not Mark Rozell and Definitely A Tom Davis Goony:

Nice theory. Yeah right. Why would Democrats vote for Connaughton? He's the strongest candidate of the two in the general.

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

Anti-NMR and Anti Tom Davis Goony:

Who do the Dems favor in the GOP primary for AG?

Do you quibble with the fact that Dems may come out in support of Reese, May, Parrish, Scott, and Orrock?

If they are as strategic as you argue (in that they are too smart to vote for Sean C), the why would the Dems not stay out of these Delegate races, allow the Rs to nominate nuts, and then have a better chance of Ds taking the seats in November? (You have a realistic shot at the 67th with Craddock.)

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger not paul goldman said...

I live in a majority African American District. the only statewide piece of mail that I have recieved is from Baskerville. Could it be that the other Statewide candidates are concedeing the AA vote in the Greater Richmond area ot Baskerville? If so thats a mistake

 
At 3:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barnie Day and Raising Kaine are openly encouraging Dems to vote for Bolling in GOP primary. Both acknowledge that Connaughton is the much stronger candidate and that a Bolling nomination probably dooms Kilgore in November. I hope this doesn't get any real traction and that Republicans realize how important this primary is to the general election.

 
At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read in the Post today that Bolling is a Freemason.

Bill, you just lost the Catholic vote.

 
At 3:59 PM, Anonymous not John Winston said...

Re: my take on what Chap said in the Post profile (to anonymous @12:16)

Democrats are outnumbered 60 to 38 in the House of Delegates. If any of the other candidates want to do something substantive with education or transportation in 4 years as Lt. Gov (or even after that if you run for Governor), then you better start by winning back some seats in the State House. Otherwise you're going to have to be a master of negotiation (AKA Mark Warner) just to balance the budget.

 
At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing could doom Kilgore in the fall, and Bill Bolling would still be really tough to beat in the General. This is Virginia. The bar is a lot higher for a Democrat than a Republican. Bolling hurts the ticket, but only a little bit.

 
At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the last anon (4:03 PM). The Dems need to worry about their own primary for Lite Gov. Enough moderate to conservative Dems need to come out in support of Chap! to prevent Leslie from taking the #2 slot. What would Leslie do to the Dem ticket? Yuck!

 
At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed on Leslie Byrne, although what a great message that would send to Hillary Clinton if we could beat her and Kaine. . .

 
At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Getting some ugly mail from Bolling.

Blasts Connaughton for the $200K salary of the PWC economic development guy. #1 - it's not like $200K is big bucks in NOVA. #2 The guy was one of the leaders in making PWC the #1 job growth in the nation (where previously the only job growth was in the fast food sector of the economy).

Also blasts Connaughton for supporting a pay raise for the county executive. The guy has done a good job running a damn big county. A search for a new exec would cost a heck of a lot more than the pay raise did.

If Sean wins on Tuesday, Bill Bolling can give himself a great big pat on the back for having helped to further destroy the republican party.

It is unfortunate that "self" so often trumps "greater good."

 
At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: comment about Bolling being a freemason.

Didn't know that - interesting. I'll have to look for the article.

I don't know that it will cost him the vote of the rabid anti-Connaughton Catholics, though. The rest, maybe.

I do know that Connaughton has lost some votes from the religious bigot segment of the bible belt - because Connaughton is Catholic. Hear quite a few rumblings about it. Some of these folks think Catholics are the devil-incarnate.

 
At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Not Quintin Kidd said...

Dems should stick to their own primary and vote for Chap. Voting for Leslie Byrne is like taking your vote, flushing it down the toilet, but then retrieving it in the toilet (with a load of fecal matter that's down in the pipes), cleaning your vote off, then flushing it down again just for the heck of it then digging your vote out at the local sewage treatment plant, taking it back home, ingesting it, then plopping it back down the toilet.

 
At 4:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received some ugly email from Byrne. It had her picture on it.

 
At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Not Mark Rozell said...

I agree with the tidbit about Bolling being a Freemason. You would think someone courting the Catholic vote would be smart enough to keep his Freemason membership on the down-low. The only thing that would have been worse would be touting his endorsement by a Mormon.

I doubt it will make a big difference at this point, but it sure did give me a good chuckle. Especially when I considered which university used to be my home.

 
At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Byrne reminds me of Sally Jesse Raphael, only uglier

 
At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody got any idea WHERE this Bolling is a mason thing can be found in the Post. My only access is online - the search feature is down. And I scanned the articles and don't see it.

Is it legit or just a con post?

 
At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/08/AR2005060800056.html

 
At 5:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's NMR shilling for his cabal of Tom Davis friends (Connaughton/Albo).

What does he have to hide? Did he sleep with Devolties like the rest of the Richmond population?

 
At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Not Tom Davis said...

Have you seen whose come to town?

The Republican Main Street Partnership has started airing ads for Sean Connaughton & Bobby Orrock. As well,t hey are giving some support to Ed Scott and Gary Reese.

It's a national group of "moderate Republicans." Tom Davis is on the board and is the one who, probably, brought them to Virginia.

This is great news. Now we have the Club for Growth versus RMSP and Virginia Conservative Action PAC versus Leadership for Virginia. National & Statewide story.

I wonder where some members of the Republican party are - Bill Bolling? George Allen? Kirk Cox? What about other delegates...do they all support the "moderate incumbent pro-tax candidates.

What's leadership for Virginia been doing.

 
At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear that Jeff Frederick has been helping Steve Chapman, Chris Oprison and Chris Craddock in their challenges to Harry Parrish, Joe May and Gary Reese.

Wow.

 
At 6:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon5:14 - Today's Post. It's real allright.

Link to article

Connaughton's folks should take that to every Catholic church in Arlington and Richmond. When you're a member of an organization whos explicit goal is to destroy Catholicism, that hurts.

Especially in Northern Virginia where they care about such things.

 
At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Practicing Catholic, recovering Bolling supporter here. . .

I will *not* be voting for Bolling, and will encourage my friends on Sunday to vote for Sean Connaughton -- specifically because of Bolling being a Freemason.

Mr. Connaughton, count this as one more Catholic pro-life vote. I will work very hard to get every Catholic vote out for Sean now. VERY HARD.

 
At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave Albo has been running some sort of covert op that rivals CIA/FBI/NCIS/CSI/Law and Order SVU put together.

Rumor has it that Jeremy Greenfield (Albo's manager) received the Werkheiser email blast through Bobby Rust today. For some reason he hit "reply to all" on the email and sent Werkheiser AND Rust the following message:

"Thanks dude."

Real smooth. With this sort of undercover operation, Albo could take down the Cuban government. And for the low low price of $800 a month.

 
At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Not Mark Rozell said...

I see the Connaughton folks have found the site too. :)

 
At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 6:50 you're so full of it...

Ladies and gentlemen - we call that "astroturf". Look for 230 comments of it over on the 35th district thread.

 
At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Not Mark Rozell said...

Am I the only one who thinks the various campaigns aren't giving their shills enough to do? Guys, here's a clue: Get off the Internet and hit the streets. Leave the talking to us hack writers.

 
At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NMR: Maybe candidates' supporters (volunteers, not paid staff) are just bored at work and posting on here. That's what I always figured.

 
At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No guys. . . the Freemason stuff is a big deal.

Practicing Catholics are the ones that vote pro-life and vote consistently. They are also the ones who will care about Bolling's affiliation with Masonry.

It's a big deal.

 
At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where, praytell, does the Masonic lodge explicitly state that it wants to destroy Catholicism. Sounds like Protestant-bashing to me....

 
At 12:55 AM, Anonymous Jewish Freemason said...

The Rumor that Freemason's have some anti-Catholic or other anti-religeous bigotry is old and WRONG. My lodge has a large Hispanic-Catholic and a large Jewish membership. We joking refer to it as B'Nai Jesus.

The rumor started in the early 1900s when the Pope had concerns with Freemasonry - not the other way around. Freemasons accept people of any faith, so long as they believe in a "divine power."

 
At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah seriously...Pastor John was anti-freemason, but there isn't much of that in the real world.

 
At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Not Mark Rozell said...

Don't underestimate the continuing mistrust of Freemasonry by the Catholic Church. There are several videos I am aware of that push the idea that Freemasons are a cult and should be destroyed. They are all put out by the Catholic Church or lay ministries associated with the church. Many Catholics believe this stuff. I am not making this up.

This IS an issue when you are relying on a very conservative Catholic base and you are running against a guy who is himself a Catholic. The real question is whether anyone actually caught it, buried as it was in a weekly supplement to the Washington Post that me and about four other people bothered to read.

 
At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah that's the point. Nobody read this! Unless Connaughton is doing anti-mason phone calls then I think this is a non issue...

 
At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Faithful, practicing Catholics are NOT allowed to be freemasons. By order of the pope. Any that are freemasons are in a state of sin and can not receive communion.

 
At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Practicing catholics are not allowed to use birth control. Any that do are in a state of sin and cannot receive communion.

 
At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Faithful, practicing Catholics are NOT allowed to be freemasons. By order of the pope. Any that are freemasons are in a state of sin and can not receive communion."

This is NOT true, check the USCCB or Vatican website.

 

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