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Gainesville Times Picks Up PWC Races

By Greg L | 31 May 2007 | 51st HOD District, Blogs, Prince William County | 5 Comments

The press is starting to weigh in on some of the unusual goings-on within the Prince William County Republicans today, noting the controversies in the Clerk’s race, the Sherrif’s race and the 51st District. Now that the conventions and primaries that will decide these races are fast approaching, it seems that the local media is trying to catch up with the flurry of activity readers have been seeing for the past several weeks. Dan Roem with The Gainesville Times is first out of the gate, and gives a good overview of the contentious debates raging in Prince William.

From today’s edition of the Gainesville Times:

Julie Lucas, the Neabsco District representative on the school board, accused her Republican convention opponent Faisal Gill via mailer of being “reckless when he chose to go into business with a partner that lobbies for organizations identified by the U.S. government as supporting terrorist organizations,” referring to his time spent as spokesman of the American Muslim Council in 2001.

The AMC’s founder, Abdurahman Alamoudi, is in the third year of a 23-year jail sentence for “his activities in the United States and abroad with nations and organizations that have ties to terrorism,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Most of the controversy surrounding Gill, a local lawyer, businessman and former official in the Bush administration, has come to light via politically conservative blogs, such as Virginia Virtucon and Black Velvet Bruce Li, though national right-leaning blogs such as Red State have also picked up stories about him.

One might conclude from this that the local political blogosphere has come of age. When the mainstream media is consistently reporting that the place to find information on candidates for local office are the various political blogs, the shift from traditional to new media would seem to be well on it’s way.

UPDATE: Not to be outdone, the Washington Post goes into depth about the demolition of Jeff Dion’s candidacy in a story today.  You’d think that if they were going to research that episode, they would have thought to contact me, but they probably are a lot more comfortable speaking with Ben Tribbet, after all.

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  1. Matt said on 31 May 2007 at 11:20 am:
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    You know, lost in all of this is the fact that Jeff doesn’t know how to campaign and he consistently listens to the wrong people (Jenkins, Barg, Pandak, etc.). He refused to work with Party leadership during his Supervisor race debacle, and from what I hear, was ignoring PWCDC chairman Pete Frisbie during this abbreviated run.

    Listening to the DINOs, posting a gay.com profile, getting obliterated last Fall in his Sup race, and pure strategic and tactical campaign faults, disqualified him as a viable candidate. Unfortunately, we are now left with the media inferring that this is a gay issue when in reality it was a lack of competence.

  2. Youngie said on 31 May 2007 at 12:40 pm:
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    Several years ago I and other 8th District residents discussed whether we could get someone to run against U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) in an 8th District primary. (Andy Rosenberg did, but independently of us.)

    We discussed someone who had lost in a run for the state legislature. Someone answered wisely that a candidate has lost in a campaign for a lesser office he is not likely to do well in a compaign for a higher office.

    Brian Moran states in the Post that he discussed Dion’s candidacy. Brian said that he did not ask Dion not to run. However, he did express concern that Dion had lost in a campaign for county supervisor, which to me at least is a lesser office than Delegate.

    Dion could have overcome the gay stuff in most Northern Virginia districts. Del. Adam Ebbin is openly gay, as is Arlington Council member Jay Fisette and I believe some guy on the Alexandria City Council.

    But Dion had other flaws that, when combined with gayness, together were likely to prevent him from winning, even if he ran against Faisal Gill.

  3. Riley, Not O'Reilly said on 31 May 2007 at 11:08 pm:
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    That’s weird that Virtucon was mentioned because we’ve purposely shied away from any controversy involving either GOP candidate. The only thing we’ve reported on were the delegate filings.

  4. Riley, Not O'Reilly said on 31 May 2007 at 11:27 pm:
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    Heck, all they would have to have done was enter Faisal’s name in the Virtucon search function and they would have seen we weren’t players in it.


  5. John Light said on 1 Jun 2007 at 12:46 pm:
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    Interesting, I went to Virginia Virtucon via the hyperlink you, “Riley, Not O’Reilly” provided, and at the VERY bottom of the page, I found something that will stifle a lot of debate.

    It has been said that no one knew if Julie was going to be running or not for the 51st, yet, at the VERY bottom of your link provided (http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/?s=faisal+gill) it states “Word is that Neabsco School Board Member Julie Lucas and attorney Faisal Gill are both considering jumping in the race for McQuigg’s HOD seat.”

    Mind you, that quote was posted on December 1, 2006!!! While I may not AGREE with some portions of those articles, I felt that it was overall balanced and very well written.

    Good job.

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