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Friedman To Announce

By Greg L | 29 March 2007 | 29th VA Senate | 7 Comments


Gary Friedman will soon announce that he will challenge Chuck Colgan for the Democratic nomination for the 29th Senate District.

Gary was recently appointed to the Prince William County Planning Commission by County Chairman Corey Stewart, lost a primary against Sharon Pandak for County Chairman in 2006, and was defeated by Gainesville Supervisor John Stirrup in 2003. He is solidly anti-growth, an environmentalist and an advocate of “social justice” — all popular themes within the Democratic Party, but is reviled by a sizable faction of the Prince William County Democratic Committee because of his support of Corey Stewart.

Friedman would have a difficult, although not impossible, fight to wrest the nomination from Chuck Colgan. Friedman’s bid makes far more sense if there’s a belief that Chuck Colgan will not seek re-election, in which entering before a retirement announcement makes Friedman’s entry appear more as a statement of conviction rather than an opportunistic attempt to easily win a nomination. Unless Bruce Roemmelt changes gears to engage in a Senate race rather than battle against Delegate Bob Marshall, there really aren’t any other plausible Democratic candidates for the 29th Senate District. Friedman would likely be heavily favored for the Democratic nomination despite his occasional excursions into bipartisanship, and has a reasonable degree of name recognition in portions of the district which would make his general election campaign somewhat competitive.

Stay tuned for updates.

UPDATE: Colgan’s announcement of his re-election campaign a day after this broke may not be a coincidence.

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  1. Anonymous said on 29 Mar 2007 at 1:30 pm:
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    Don’t forget to mention that he is actually on Corey’s payroll and works in his office. He is just a puppet for Corey.

  2. Matt said on 29 Mar 2007 at 1:47 pm:
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    I think what you are saying at the end is a bit dubious. If I’m reading your post correctly, you believe that Gary would be favored in a nominating contest between himself and Bruce? Not a chance. During the contest for Chair of BOCS against Pandak, he only carried Gainesville by a handful and Woodbridge. To beat Bruce in a convention, Gary would have to make very significant inroads in Dumfries, Brentsville and Coles which is very unlikely. Gary is a pariah in the PWCDC and his behavior last year solidified people’s feelings for him. In the end this is academic. Bruce won’t change gears and Colgan will beat Gary in a nominating contest.

  3. Greg L said on 29 Mar 2007 at 2:10 pm:
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    No, Bruce would probably beat Gary handily in a Democratic nominating contest. This is all assuming Bruce stays fixated on Bob Marshall.

    If no other Democrat with name recognition steps up and Colgan retires, Gary would probably win any nominating contest in the 29th District regardless of how many in the PWCDC might feel about him. Gary at least has name recognition, experience as a candidate, and some support within the Gainesville district.

  4. Robert Molleur said on 29 Mar 2007 at 5:22 pm:
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    Gary Friedman is nothing more than Kim Hosen in boxer shorts. He’s a shill of a lib that Corey Stewart uses to usurp votes from the stupid left that Stewart uses to appear pro-environment. It’s a dire shame that such an otherwise prudent conservative like Stewart has to use such leftist clowns to appear environmentally astute.

  5. Craig said on 29 Mar 2007 at 6:59 pm:
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    Hmmm, that would be an interesting turn of events indeed. So strange…

    As for support in Gainesville, the last I heard the Gainesville District Committee was trying to kick him out. Maybe that has changed. I had heard the reason he was looking at running in Woodbridge is because that is the only part of the PWCDC that still supports him.

    If no one else steps up for the Democratic nod in the 29th he has a chance. Whoever the Republican candidate is in November would clobber him though…

  6. The Skeptic said on 14 Apr 2007 at 5:02 am:
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    What Democrat Party? Gary is a fine candidate, the DC is shooting themselves in the foot. The senile incumbent leadership at the PWCDC actually believed Pandek was the best candidate to run for Chairman over Friedman! Last year GOP’s asked DC members, what were you thinking? This election year the PWCDC has poetic justice when asking GOP Committee members, Faisil Gill, what the hell are you all thinking!!??!!

  7. The Skeptic said on 14 Apr 2007 at 5:07 am:
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    Robert, You must actually like Gary if he is Kim Hosen in boxers. Who was it that you once referred to as Kim Hosen with a pee pee?

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