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Chichester’s Chances Fading

By Greg L | 4 March 2007 | 28th VA Senate | 7 Comments

Now that Russ Potts is has come to the realization that his re-election was a longshot and has retired, the hot-topic Republican primary for this season is in the 28th District where a clearly embattled John Chichester is all but certain to face off against a Republican challenger in a primary. Rumors have been flying about different potential challengers, and one name I’ve heard mentioned really seems to be a credible challenger who really would have a good shot at winning. He hasn’t announced that he’s running, but I hope he will soon.

John Van Hoy, of Fredericksburg, is a former chairman of the Stafford Republican Committee, serves as a member of the Republican State Central Committee for the 1st Congressional District, and is a successful businessman who has served as president of Van’s Construction Co. since 1994. Van Hoy is vice president of Rappahannock Geological Products Inc., vice chairman of the Stafford County Utility Commission, and a member of the State Water Commission. He also has held numerous leadership positions in the community, including chairman of Friends of the Rappahannock, of which he has been a member since 1993, and co-founder of the White Oak Volunteer Rescue Squad.

He has strong ties with conservative presidential candidate Jim Gilmore, which would help to rally those outraged with Chichester’s antics to his cause. He’s commented on Chichester before, and said all the right things. By all accounts he’s well regarded, experienced in local politics, and will have strong support from the Republican establishment. Just about anyone who will run in a primary against Chichester will do well, but it certainly helps if they’d have been a credible candidate absent the Chichester factor.

To add to the mix, there was a meeting last Monday of the 28th District Republican committee which had an opportunity to “disassociate” Chichester from his membership in the local Republican party. Given that we’ve heard nothing on this, I expect that it didn’t happen, although the fact that they’d even be considering this would be powerful ammunition in a primary contest. If it did happen, Chichester is out from consideration as the Republican nominee.

Chichester might as well retire. There’s nothing but bad news for him this election season.

UPDATE: Jim Riley has started a “Draft Van Hoy” effort.  Readers would probably want to head on over and support this if they want to ensure that Chichester is sent into retirement.

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  1. NoVA Scout said on 4 Mar 2007 at 10:38 pm:
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    Chichester seems like a good Republican and a sound fiscal conservative. I would assume the party would be very protective of him. I know there are a lot of borrow and spend libs in the Republican ranks of the House of Delegates, but he has stood up to them quite consistently in recent years. We need to hold onto the few remaining conservatives in Richmond until we can clean house on the HD side. Otherwise the Dems are going to make huge inroads arguing that we’re a bunch of fiscal and policy dunderheads. The correct strategy (obviously) is to close ranks behind our traditional green eye-shade, sharp pencil fiscal grown-ups (like Chichester) and weed out the sloganeers and debt addicts. Sooner or later, if we stay close to our principles, we’ll get rid of the charlatans and build a Republican majority based on competent governance. But we’ve got a long way to go and the Dems aren’t going to let us take forever to get on the stick.

  2. Draft John Van Hoy for State Senate « Virginia Virtucon said on 4 Mar 2007 at 10:50 pm:
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    […] Not O’Reilly in Virginia General Assembly, 2007 Elections, RINOs, Taxes. trackback Greg L. at BVBL has up a post about the future (such as it may be) for Sen. John Chi-ching-e$ter.  In it, he mentions the […]

  3. Riley, Not O'Reilly said on 4 Mar 2007 at 11:29 pm:
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    NoVA Scout, I just lost all respect for you.

  4. Greg L said on 4 Mar 2007 at 11:40 pm:
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    Chichester as a “fiscal conservative”? That can only apply if you include in the definition an irrepressible desire to raise taxes in order to support ever-increasing budget outlays. He is about as far from the philosophy of fiscal restraint as one can get outside of the Democrat’s socialist wing.

    Calling him a conservative just adds icing to this ridiculous cake. I’m stunned.

  5. asmith said on 5 Mar 2007 at 10:58 am:
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    Who are these stealth candidates? They have to come out of Stafford to have a shot. If Chi-Chi doesn’t run, Al Pollard or King George Supervisor Steve Wolfe will.

  6. NoVA Scout said on 6 Mar 2007 at 10:46 pm:
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    “all respect” is a pretty big concept, Jim. Maybe you mean you disagree with me about Chichester.

    I think there is a kind of boogie-man mentality about certain people and things in certain elements of our party. Chichester gets demonized because he is inconvenient for the easy-way-out crowd in the legislature. Chichester’s positions on matching revenue streams to expenditures is an essentially conservative fiscal concept and one which has been AWOL in a lot of contexts. I don’t really have strong feelings about the guy, but I put up comments like that to get people to think. Chichester is an old-fashioned fiscal, bean-counting, conservative. It doesn’t mean he’s right, but it also doesn’t mean he’s some pinko-communist. The appropriate attack on Chichester, if you or anyone else cares to make it, is that Virginia has evolved beyond Byrd-land budgeteering and that modern demands require creative use of debt and taxes to raise revenue. In other words Pay-Go is dead. It’s a little kid argument to say that Chichester is some kind of Dem in disguise. That’s better applied to some of the big-spending Rs in Congress.

  7. Bwana said on 11 Mar 2007 at 7:32 pm:
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    Nova Scout is right and wrong…he is correct in saying it is not correct to suggest the Chich is a democrat in disguise. However, as I noted recently at my joint, Chichester now represents only himself.

    He refuses to work with GOP types who do not want to do exactly what he wants to do, and insults the GOP in the other house who will not follow his lead-he did it this year (when the house agreed to raise revenue) and did it two years ago (then referring to those who would not vote for the tax increase). At the same time, he gives cover to the democrats who do not have to fight for their plan but only have to point to GOP infighting as reason to change horses.

    That is why he must go…because his fight is no longer one of integrity or courage, but one based in his own obstinacy to have things his own way. In doing so, neither party has to stand on its own and by its own words and actions.

    Cromwell’s words to the Long Parliament could now be correctly applied to John Chichester…”You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately… Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”

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