Delegate Scott Lingamfelter has a tremendous fundraiser this evening, with about 115 people in attendance to welcome George Allen back to Prince William County. The event was emceed by Delegate Jackson Miller, and the speakers were Senator Jay O’Brien, George Allen, and House Speaker Bill Howell. If you are a “Reagan Conservative”, this was an event that you should have attended. I understand that Lingamfelter added about $20,000 to his campaign account tonight — not a bad evening’s work, even if it is your sixth fiftieth birthday.
It was great to see George Allen back in front of a crowd, speaking so passionately about conservative values, preserving our communities, our liberties and our prosperity. As always, George Allen is an upbeat, inspiring and positive speaker and that hasn’t changed at all since his Senate race. Lingamfelter surprised Allen with a highway sign saying “Ronald Wilson Reagan Memorial Highway” which clearly moved him. After seeing that, I think about half the crowd wanted to find out how they could get one of these themselves.
I had a chance to talk with Speaker Howell and asked him where he thought the focus will be on House of Delegates races this year. He believes that the 34th (the seat being vacated by Vince Callahan) and 51st Districts will receive special attention from the House Caucus this year. I was also surprised to learn that the 46th District, now held by Brian Moran, may get some attention. This doesn’t at all look like a Republican leadership on the defensive.
The tone of the evening could be summed up in Delegate Lingamfelter’s closing line: “if you want a fight, you’ve come to the right place.” Lingamfelter is ready and eager for this campaign, and is predicting that Republicans will pick up seats in both the House and the Senate this year. There’s definitely a commitment to make that happen.
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