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More Confusion In Stafford

By Greg L | 14 March 2007 | 28th VA Senate | 5 Comments

While I’ve been trying to sort out the bizarre story that seems to have descended on the 28th District over the past several days, I’ve learned that instead of Dan Chichester being the candidate who gets handed the baton from retiring Senator John Chichester, it’s likely going to be Stafford Vice Chairman Coyd Sterling. To add further bizarrity to this story is that Sterling is apparently serving on the rules committee for the 28 District convention, and after finalizing rules for the convention that he might be comfortable with he will then file to run as a candidate himself. What a way to run a railroad.

I hope some folks with better understanding of how things should be done start weighing in on this process rather quickly. This is ridiculous.

UPDATE: After some more digging around on this, it’s becoming clear that there was an attempt by a few Chichester supporters to rescue themselves from the conditions that Chichester’s late retirement announcement imposed on them. After trying to call an emergency meeting of the 28th District Committee too late, and without any real chance of having a quorum, they got stuck with the original call that specified that a convention would be held. Now these folks are loudly complaining to all that will listen that they’re in a difficult position. Jim Riley sums it up pretty well in a comment over at NLS where he says:

The bottom line is, the Chichester crew screwed up. Chichester himself waited too long to announce his retirement. His supporters waited too long to call for a meeting to request a primary. His supporters requested a primary after the state deadline for doing so had passed. They have no one but themselves to blame, but they will contine to whine nonetheless about how unfair it is that their own incompetence did them in.

Although there’s a lot of noise here, any substance of a scandal seems to be somewhat lacking.

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  1. Riley, Not O'Reilly said on 15 Mar 2007 at 8:47 am:
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    Van Hoy has a solid record of success in winning convention votes in this district — in 2004 he was elected both to RPV State Central and as a delegate to the GOP Nat’l Convo over candidates supported by the Chichester-wing. He didn’t just defeat them, he crushed them.

  2. Robert Molleur said on 15 Mar 2007 at 6:12 pm:
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    I contend the appliance man is vulnerable and that his “local boy” - Barney Fife image certainly provides great copy for the Washington Post as they cast Prince William as the backwater flush valve for the rest of Northern Virginia. However, his voting record joining Barg and Jenkins says it all for me. Kopko should challenge the appliance man and even if he doesn’t win, at least the appliance man’s fondness of liberalism would be fully exposed for what it is worth. RINO moderates like the appliance man only believe in conservatism when they cite Ronald Reagan as a former democrat after they vote with Barg and Jenkins to expand intrusive government and spending even more. The appliance man is indeed vulnerable. He’s only as strong as the myth of his record. The Washington Post wants so-called Republicans like the appliance man on the BOCS so they can give credence to the liberal positions of Jenkins and Barg. The appliance man is their guy. That says it all for me.

  3. Graziano for the 28th said on 17 Mar 2007 at 12:06 am:
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    Graziano is the only viable candidate in this race. He set up an exploratory committee to take out Chichester a few years back and the Senator was worried. Since Chichester announced his retirement, Graziano is getting calls to re-enter. He has complied and will be on the ticket. For those who don’t know him, he is a pragmatic conservative who is an Iraq veteran, former congressional staffer and a small businessman in Stafford.

  4. Graziano for the 28th said on 26 Mar 2007 at 2:03 pm:
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    Joe Graziano has officially announced his candidacy for the 28th. BVBL will see how incorrect his Election Watch prediction is. Check out the blog for the official announcement.

  5. Peter said on 29 Apr 2007 at 1:12 am:
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    I’ll take Jon Myers by a nose for a $3.00 ticket please. But also a Stafford County trifecta for second and third. People have to be idiots to vote for John Chichsters’ lawyer!!!! Oh sure he’ll be honest and represent us just like he did when he pushed for democrats to win!!!!

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