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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