Bruce Roemmelt is working hard to invigorate his voting base, and gets a little love from the Washington Blade today in an article entitled “Virginia Democrat wins bipartisan gay support”. It’s pretty telling that all of Roemmelt’s campaign activities to date appear to be held in conjunction with gay activist groups such as the Virginia Partisans Gay & Lesbian Democratic Club, the Log Cabin “Republicans”, and various chapters of “Equality Virginia.” In so diligently pandering to the homosexual lobby, one has to wonder what proportion of the 13th House District Bruce Roemmelt could possibly be gay and be moved by a candidacy that seems so singularly focused on opposition to legislation to the Marriage Amendment.
In case Roemmelt hadn’t noticed, the Marriage Amendment which he so bitterly opposes was favored by 64% of the voters in the 13th District. Instead of trying to moderate his wildly unpopular stance on this issue he continues to focus his campaign on it and remind voters at every opportunity that Delegate Bob Marshall was the author of this popular initiative. Every time Roemmelt or his radical supporters call Marshall “an anti-gay bigot”, they end up applying that slur to about two thirds of the electorate, and with every statement such as “[Roemmelt] would probably vote the opposite way of Bob Marshall on just about every bill that comes through the legislature”, they fail to realize that two thirds of the electorate actually agrees with Delegate Marshall.
It’s bad enough that Bruce Roemmelt is the leader of that group of far-left “social justice” advocates from the Unitarian Church that seems to have taken over a significant portion of the local Democratic Party units. It’s really unfortunate for his candidacy that his most fought-for policy positions have consistently proven unpopular with the electorate. But it’s stunningly bone-headed to actually spearhead a political campaign with a set of issues that the voters overwhelmingly rejected only months ago. I can’t imagine this getting any worse, unless he starts advocating for amnesty for criminal illegal aliens after their release from jail instead of deporting them under the Section 287(g) program.
Candidates like Bruce Roemmelt seem to come from a different planet than the rest of us. While that makes their candidacy a terrifically uphill struggle, I’m pretty sure there are a fair number of other incumbent Republicans wishing they had a unitarian to run against this election cycle.
UPDATE: Josh Cernilla’s comments at RazingKaine seem to indicate that one way Bruce Roemmelt can win is if “the campaign will be able to engage volunteers from all over Virginia”. If Roemmelt manages to distract the hard-core left from other parts of Virginia, where they might otherwise be somewhat productive, in a ridiculous attempt to convince 13th District residents that their political convictions are wrong, this could end up being a very good year for Republicans. It’s at least reasonable for him to admit however that the campaign can’t gain much traction by relying on local volunteers, especially when the PWCDC is in such disarray. The district’s contingent of “Team Roemmelt” volunteers could probably hold it’s meetings in a phone booth, and be mistaken for trick-or-treaters when they go door-knocking.
H/T: Skeptical Observer.
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