October 31, 2014

Draft Dave Albo for Congress (VA-8)

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I urge Delegate Dave Albo to run for the open U.S. House of Representatives seat in Virginia’s 8th District. Dave Albo, a West Springfield High School alumnus, has a Delegate seat in the 42nd District that covers a significant amount of territory in the 8th Congressional District. He starts with a base that no other Republican challenger can claim.

While Dave Albo is a rock star with a legion of groupies who melt at his every croon and bass lick, his thoughtful centrism and his easy-going, unpretentious, next-door neighbor demeanor has created a safe Delegate seat for himself in the 42nd District as long as he wants it. That coupled with odd-year elections for the General Assembly allows Albo to take a no-risk shot at higher office.

Most importantly, if you are tired and weary of safe, scripted, stale, by-the-book campaigns as I am, a Dave Albo for Congress campaign would be the equivalent of a freewheeling, invigorating, live-for-the-moment, concert tour.

Albopalooza every week. Albopalooza on the Capitol steps. That is a unifying message.

Draft Dave Albo for Congress.

Because Dave Albo is a badass.

“Hey, hey. My, my. Rock and roll can never die.” – Neil Young

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All photos courtesy of Phil Tran.

Fairfax County Republican Committee shows its amateurism in fighting War on Women attacks.

One of the goals of last December’s Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) Advance was to train candidates and activists to react to and overcome Democrat War on Women attack strategies, and that’s why Susan Allen, Barbara Comstock, and Kate Obenshain were given prime speaking slots to address this political messaging issue and offer winning counterstrategies.

Well, it seems the Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) leadership was sleeping in class. Jennifer Wexton, the Democrat nominee running in the 33rd Senate District special election ran a typical War on Women attack add against her GOP opponent. This is how the FCRC reacted?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2014

Fairfax GOP Chairman Calls for Wexton to Withdraw

Despicable Video Proves She Is Unfit to Serve Constituents of 33rd Senate District

FAIRFAX – Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) Chairman Jay McConville today called for an immediate apology by 33rd District Senate Candidate Jennifer Wexton and a withdrawal from the race after she released a video comparing political opponents to rapists and violent criminals.

“To say that I am shocked by the recent video released by Jennifer Wexton in which she compares her political opponents to rapists and violent criminals is a gross understatement. This ridiculous demagoguery has no place in American politics. Not only is this an insult to the good citizens and Patriots who oppose her brand of big-government policies, it is also an affront to all the victims of rape and violent crime who have suffered through these terrible traumas.

Ms. Wexton has proven, undoubtedly, that she is unfit to serve the people of Virginia. She must believe that she has a formula for electoral success – demonize your opponent. But by casting a very significant portion of her potential constituents in the worst possible light, she has shown herself unfit for office. Clearly she does not know that she is running to serve all the people, not just her favored special interest groups. After this affront, there is really no imaginable way that she could serve the 33rd District. She has so far even refused to take down the offending video from her campaign website. This is unacceptable, not to mention strange, behavior.

I am calling on Ms. Wexton to issue an immediate apology to the people of Virginia and to withdraw from the race. If she refuses to do that, then I ask all good citizens to send her a very clear message that this type of political sleaze is not welcome in Virginia and on January 21st, they should cast their vote for John Whitbeck for Senate.”

The Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) provides the grassroots support across Fairfax County to our Republican Party, Republican elected officials, and our candidates. For more information or to get involved with the FCRC, please contact FairfaxCountyGOP@gmail.com or call 703.766.4467.

In the First Responder community, the Golden Hour is that critical time period a critically wounded patient has to get to a hospital and receive lifesaving treatment. I guess the political equivalent would be that critical time period you have to prevent an opponent’s targeted message from sinking in with a key voting block. Instead of offering factual counterpoints on the GOP-led bipartisan effort to prevent a Gosnell-style abortion clinic in Virginia or any of the other GOP efforts to improve the health system and criminal justice for women patients and crime victims (ie, strategies discussed at the RPV Advance), the FCRC chose to use its Golden Hour to claim Wexton was demonizing her opponent and needs to withdraw from the race.

Seriously? Outside of the shocking claim a politician is trying to demonize an opponent (sarcasm alert), the FCRC might want to consider their amateur stance comes at a time when the dominant political news story involves a GOP governor’s staff demonizing and harassing the mayor and residents of Fort Lee, NJ. I guess timing was never the FCRC’s strength… nor was paying attention in class.

Why won’t Ron Meyer get a job?

Last last week, I gave Ron Meyer this delicious post-Thanksgiving feast.

Yesterday, Virginia Virtucon weighed in on this narcissistic douche and tool with this LOL.

The above article referenced these greatest hits.

“The Pointlessness of Ron Meyer”
published in the American Conservative

“Letter to a young conservative (Ron Meyer, Jr.)” published in the Daily Caller

This music video is dedicated to self-suspended Congressional candidate turned Virginia State Senate candidate Ron Meyer, Jr.

Dumb and Dumber run for Virginia’s 33rd Senate District Republican Primary

Ron Meyer, of the “caring” yet “me-first” self-esteem focused millenial generation, is a politically ambitious, opportunistic, attention-starved, celebrity-seeking politician. They say the most dangerous area on Capitol Hill is the path between Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a television camera. Well, the most dangerous path in Northern Virginia and the Fox News DC studio is the path between Ron Meyer and a roomful of high-dollar donors and a camera, respectively.

Ron Meyer is suspending his quixotic Congressional campaign against Gerry Connolly (D-VA) to run for the State Senate in the event that Senator Mark Herring (D – Loudoun, Fairfax) prevails in the recount in the race for Attorney General and has to vacate his Senate seat in District 33. Meyer will follow in the footsteps of political icons in recent history who have suspended their campaigns supposedly for the greater good.

Ross Perot, among other things, did not want to throw the 1992 Presidential election into chaos in the House of Representatives and wanted to protect his daughter from dirty campaign tricks by Republicans so he suspended his campaign, only to reenter late and lose. He was also a lazy campaigner and hired rank amateurs to run his operation.

John McCain suspended his 2008 Presidential campaign to go back to Washington and “save the economy.” He voted for TARP and his poll numbers would drop across the board after he was leading Barack Obama in early September after his nomination of Sarah Palin for Vice President breathed life and energy into a dead campaign.

Ron Meyer suspended his Congressional campaign to run for State Senate. Let us not beat around the bush. Ron Meyer will lose both races.

What is more pathetic is that Ron Meyer will lose to another joker who is just as politically ambitious, opportunistic, attention-starved, and celebrity-seeking as he is. John Whitbeck running for Mark Herring’s State Senate seat when it vacates was an open and notorious secret in Loudoun political circles. He really should have been Delegate by now. In his 2011 House of Delegates primary, the kid Whitbeck had the support of far-right grassroots conservatives who dominate politics in the 10th Congressional District, of which Whitbeck now leads the RPV unit as 10th District Chair. The elder Randy Minchew had the support of the business community and normal people. Whitbeck would have cruised, were it not for the fact that unknown upstart Cara Townsend ran an unexpectedly professional campaign with meager resources and garnered a shocking 22%. She siphoned voters away from Whitbeck and allowed Minchew to win by a hair in a primary that is tantamount to election.

Whitbeck was not bitter about his dashed dream of fame and stardom, just like Mitt Romney and his “silver medals” from 2008. He carefully scripted his next two years, rubbed the right elbows, endorsed the right people, stayed in the periphery of the limelight he so craves, said the “right things”, and kept his campaign team intact (just like another loser Mitt Romney).

Except Whitbeck made a serious snafu stumping for right-wing nutjob Ken Cuccinelli in which he made a tasteless, offensive joke targeting Jewish people and his audience full of 10th District right wing extremists laughed at the joke. “47%” sounds tame compared to “it is a bill for the Last Supper”, but the former was a campaign killer (among other things…that Romney campaign was a disaster from the flip-flopping elitist candidate himself to the bottom) and the latter will prove to be a campaign killer.

Dumb and Dumber run for Virginia’s 33rd Senate District Republican Primary. Who is Dumb and who is Dumber is a matter of your personal preference. Neither are good so we won’t judge you based on your labeling. Where is Smart and Smarter when you need them?

How to win in Fairfax County @BarbaraComstock

Mona Charen writes what I have been saying all along.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/363441/primer-conservative-winner-mona-charen

Elections are about building coalitions. Do you want to win crossover Democratic support? Be nice. Also, hire talented pro-life Democrats like me to work for you!

Everybody in politics tries to tap into their boss’ networks to “move up” the political ladder and “star gaze.” I never wanted any of that. My PR firm made a few high-dollar contributions to Barbara and never once did I ask to have my name featured on a fundraising event host committee. I would follow Barbara wherever she went even if she was completely unknown in politics and had zero Washington insider connections. That is real loyalty. Barbara could run for dogcatcher and I would still be with her. Heck, I might even have more fun working in a dogcatcher office. The constituents would be uber cute!

Do you love puppies? Virginia Delegate Barbara Comstock loves puppies! Vote for Barbara Comstock!

Do you love puppies?

Virginia Delegate Barbara Comstock loves puppies! They love her back!

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Vote for Delegate Barbara Comstock on Tuesday, November 5th if you love puppies!

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Disclosure: Barbara has been a boss and client since day one and is like a mother to me.

Kathleen Murphy – Tax Raising Tax Delinquent

Kathleen Murphy wants to raise taxes, but can’t even pay her own taxes. Such elitism and hypocrisy does not belong anywhere near an elected office.

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Vote Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, Mark Obenshain, and Barbara Comstock

I have been a Republican since the 1980s. My pseudonym Big Gipper is an homage to Ronald Reagan. Reagan was not a true conservative as the Republican revisionists would have you believe. He was a pragmatic politician who knew how to compromise and get things done. I voted for Bush. I voted for McCain-Palin. I especially liked Sarah Palin. I will also keep an open mind and consider voting for Democrats.

Terry McAuliffe

I say all of that to say that I am a Republican who is not voting for Ken Cuccinelli for Governor. I have followed Ken Cuccinelli’s moves since he became Attorney General and he will be bad for the economy. Cuccinelli will be bad for my business.

I am a mobile professional and a ton of my client work and billable hours are done during a commute on the Metro, Metrobus, and Amtrak. It is kind of hard, actually dangerous, to attempt to e-mail clients while driving. There is now a law in Virginia against texting while driving. Since my clients need me to react rapidly to their needs or they will find somebody else, I cannot afford to be stuck in traffic without the ability to work on my computer or text my clients because they are in a meeting and cannot talk. My clients can understand my limited unavailability due to my meetings with other clients. They cannot deal with extended absence because I am stuck in traffic for hours on end.

Ken Cuccinelli is affiliated with the Loudoun Opt Out movement from 2012 that is anti-Metro, anti-smart growth, and anti-urbanization. Loudoun Opt Out nearly succeeded in convincing the all-Republican Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to go against their constituents and vote to kill Phase 2 of Dulles Rail.

With the new Silver Line, I no longer have to drive some distance to get to the Orange Line. My business and quality of life will improve and the extra income I will earn and money I will save from driving will more than offset the special taxes I have to pay to fund Metro.

A world under Ken Cuccinelli is a world of forced rural-ization, draconian funding cuts for mass transit, and increased inefficiencies in a 21st century information-based mobile economy as more and more people are forced to drive and forced to put their work on hold as a result.

I can’t text my clients and drive. It is against the law. It is also not safe. I can’t work on my computer and help clients while I drive either. These laws are needed, but my work requires me to work during my mass transit commute for an hour. I lose money during that hour if I drive.

Ken Cuccinelli, due to his Loudoun Opt Out participation, hates mass transit and hates mobile businessmen like me. He is dangerous for business in Virginia. He will not get my vote.

Ralph Northam

E.W. Jackson is the Virginia Alan Keyes. Sorry, but the clown show is not in the Virginia Capitol. Run along.

Mark Obenshain

Mark Obenshain is the only competent candidate running for the GOP statewide. His record on fighting human trafficking is commendable. He is a real down to earth guy who can communicate his conservative values without offending anybody and being an unsavory individual. Class matters. Character counts. Mark has always been destined for greatness and it would be bittersweet to see him move from the Attorney General’s office to the U.S. Senate.

Barbara Comstock

Not too long ago, I moved up north and got a place in the 34th House District. Barbara Comstock is my Delegate. No one is more passionate about her job than Barbara. No one has been more effective as a Delegate. This ad here gives a good summary.

I should also mention that I have never seen a real Republican garner so much crossover Democratic support. I know Democrats who will cross party lines to vote for Barbara. I even know of Democrats who work for Barbara on her campaign. I know of independents who will vote for Terry McAuliffe, but will vote for Barbara. I know of squishy, so-called “liberal” Republicans who will vote for Terry McAuliffe and Barbara Comstock just like me. Hey, in my defense, I don’t think you can call me a squishy Republican if I like Sarah Palin!

Elections are about coalitions and Barbara has a broad and diverse coalition. She will win in a landslide in the same year the Democratic ticket wins in a landslide in the 34th District. No Democrat will ever want to challenge Barbara again and Barbara will have a well-deserved Delegate seat for life.

Rob Krupicka wins House of Delegates special election

Congratulations to former Alexandria City Council Member Rob Krupicka (D) for winning the 45th House District special election yesterday.  Krupicka, an advocate for mass transit and smart growth, will work to secure much needed support and funds for rail and other transportation projects for Northern Virginia from Richmond in order to help small businesses, create jobs, increase worker productivity, and enhance the quality of life in Northern Virginia.

Packed Gymnasium for Paul Ryan Rally in Springfield

Yesterday, I showed up to the Paul Ryan rally in Springfield, VA. Turnout was high. I was told that this event was a spur of the moment thing and the event organizers and promoters did a good job setting up the event and getting the word out.

Aside from the excitement that Paul Ryan generates, three speakers during the pregame were able to generate generous applause. Braddock Supervisor John Cook, whose district includes a good portion of Springfield, spoke. The other two notable speakers were former Congressman Artur Davis and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Regarding Artur Davis, a Democrat turned Republican, people seem very quick to embrace him. A major part of it is because it gives Republican activists comfort and confidence when prominent Democrats switch sides during this time. However, I get the sense that a good part of it has to do with the fact that Davis is black and let’s face it. The GOP, which consistently loses the black vote 90%-10% for the past few decades, is dying for national black talent.

Count me among the skeptics. I’m concerned about the amount of political opportunism in Davis’ actions. Granted, Davis lost his bid for Alabama Governor in 2010 as a Democrat, but handled properly, this was a man who, despite bucking the Democratic Party on a handful of issues, was on track for Governor or a major Cabinet post had he done what he was supposed to do. Something doesn’t seem right.

Also, I don’t get why so many people are embracing the idea of Artur Davis running for Congress as a Republican somewhere in Northern Virginia. Don’t we have the campaigns of Chris Perkins, Frank Wolf, and Patrick Murray to be concerned about first? Davis lived in Arlington for quite some time since his days on the Hill so one would assume that if he stayed, he could make a run for the 8th Congressional District, but keep in mind that you don’t have to be a resident of the district to run and represent the district in Congress. Davis could plausibly run in the 8th, 10th, or 11th (most likely) but the future is now.

Finally, Ken Cuccinelli made it out. I mentioned previously that he was a no-show at the Manassas rally last week. His absence was conspicuous as his factional opponents Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling, and George Allen were part of the hype team. Well, the Cooch came out yesterday and certainly fired up the crowd with his presence.

Update:

Someone sent me the video of the event. View it here.