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51st District Rumble

By Greg L | 25 May 2007 | PWCDC, 51st HOD District | 8 Comments

I’ve heard that there is quite a bit of excitement within the ranks of Prince William County Democrats these days, although not the kind of excitement I think they’d really want. Half of Jeff Dion’s “kitchen cabinet” is telling Jeff to withdraw his candidacy. Paul Nichols, his opponent for the Democratic nomination in the 51st District, has been patiently waiting for Jeff to withdraw under pressure from Earnestine Jenkins, but Dion is digging in his heels and getting a lot of people upset. The recent discovery of a gay.com personals ad for Dion, which he incredulously dismisses as an outreach effort for “Equality Prince William” (complete with mention of his HIV-negative status and 80+ “buddies”) has prompted some Democrats to start throwing around the word “fag.”

They’re referring to Faisal Gill internally as “the terrorist”, exhibiting remarkable deference to their homosexual membership using pejoratives that would crucify Republicans for uttering, and Paul Nichols hasn’t really even taken off the gloves yet in this inter-party fight. DPVA apparently thinks very little of Jeff Dion, and is trying to pull the levers to engineer Paul Nichol’s nomination, which seems pretty smart on their part. This is going to be an interesting week for Democrats, provided there are any left come June 2nd.

Here’s an interesting scenario some are considering: If Faisal Gill should manage to win, and Corey Stewart made a bid to replace Tom Davis in the 11th Congressional District, would Gill be used as a hammer on which to beat Corey Stewart up in a 2008 race against Leslie Byrne or Gerry Connolly? Hmmm. This race may have implications far beyond just the 51st District.

UPDATE: Not Larry Sabato has more with “Dion Staying In 51st District Race“.

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  1. John Light said on 25 May 2007 at 10:34 am:
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    Ironic that the banner ad on this page reads, “Is Gay Marriage Wrong” - lol

  2. Anonymous said on 25 May 2007 at 10:45 am:
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    I may not know everything that goes on in Prince William County Democratic party politics, but I know a bit. First, I’ve not heard anybody use the word “fag” in refering to Jeff or “terrorist” in talking about Gill. Most of us find that tyep of rhetoric off putting. Now, as I say, I don’t hear everything, so maybe there are some people who talk like that, but that is the exception. When it comes to the use of langauge like that, it comes up in the discussion threads of this site a lot more than amongst Prince William County Democrats.

    Second, whatever may be happening with respect to Jeff staying or leaving the race, I’ve not heard Earnestine Jenkins name thrown about on that score. Ernie is an important person in Prince William County Democratic politics, but she does need to sleep, so don’t assume she is behind everything.

    Third, there are a lot of Democrats, very active in the party, who actually believe in democracy and think the decision on who the candidate is can be made in a convention. If Paul Nichols is, in fact, a better candidate than Jeff, he ought to be able to get enough people to the convention to win. As for taking the gloves off, I’m not naive about how politics works, but it doesn’t make sense for him to do that. Jeff has been upfront about his life. For me, that counts in his favor. I know some would that he live in the closet and be a twisted psychological wreck rather than acknowledge the reality of his sexuality, but that is not the direction he’s gone in. Paul Nichols is not going to become the Democratic nominee or win the election on the basis of the alleged problems of other cndidates. If he wants to win, he needs to make a positive case for Paul NIchols.

    Fourth, as for your comment on there bieing any Democrats left on June 2, there will be if we have a convention race in which the candidates set out a positive agenda for the future. It is how Democrats have won elections in Virginia. If it becomes an exercise in the politics of personal destruction, as the Republican race in the 51st seems to be degenerating into, then you are right, it will hurt the Democratic party.

  3. David said on 25 May 2007 at 11:23 am:
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    You’re a Democrat now?

  4. no name said on 25 May 2007 at 12:16 pm:
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    Do you have a copy of the personal ad? I never got to see it and now it seems to have been taken down.

  5. CONVA said on 25 May 2007 at 12:30 pm:
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    If Corey Stewart is stupid enough to take on Gerry Connally, even in race for dog catcher, Connally will clean his clock. The difference between the two was quite evendent in a recent Committee of 100 panel on the difference in scholl budgets and funding. Connally did his homework and was well prepared, while Steward had to rely an the PWC school board rep to comstistantly bail him out. Stewart did get a small laugh when he re-told the story about his father in the hospital, which we hear everytime he speaks. Maybe he can get Faisal to write him new script.

  6. Jonathan Mark said on 25 May 2007 at 12:43 pm:
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    I say hammer Faisal repeatedly, and when Faisal is gone hammer Faisal’s enablers Bolling, Cuccinelli and, if he is vulnerable, Stewart.

    Make sure that the whole world knows that they endorsed the former chief lobbyist for the imprisoned Abdurahman Alamoudi’s American Muslim Council.

  7. Con Vallian said on 25 May 2007 at 10:39 pm:
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    I love how almost every posting ends up into a Fasil bashing. Which is why Dion would be foolish to withdraw. If the PWCRP is so willing to bash its own (so much for the 11th Commandment), then why should Dion withdraw? You guys have written his campaign brochure.

    He also saw what happened when Matt Harrison expressed interest in the 52nn Distict race two years ago. To punish him for visiting some groups such as Equality Prince William and his lack of electoral experience, the Democratic establishment pressured him to step aside in favor of Hilda Barg. We saw where that got the Party.

    So Dion knows that the Democratic establishment knows very little about winning local races.

    Now, please keeping the intel about Fasil coming. You are giving Lingumfeller and Jacks a great new seat mate. ROTFL.

  8. Bryanna said on 28 May 2007 at 10:53 am:
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    CONVA. Clearly you didn’t personally attend the Committee of 100’s program on the county and schools revenue sharing agreement. The room lit up with laughter at Corey’s joke about his father and the government. People love that joke. He was very prepared, relaxed and interested in hearing the opinion’s of the diverse audience.

    Gerry Connelly came across tough as nails on fiscal responsibility, even described himself as a fiscal conservative. It was a bold and rather impressive move by Gerry and something we would have expected to hear but from Corey!

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