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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