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Warner Retires, Colgan Runs

By Greg L | 31 August 2007 | 29th VA Senate, Virginia Politics | 9 Comments

Senator John Warner announced his retirement from the Senate today.  The 80 year old incumbent who was first elected in 1978 said age was a factor in his decision.  “You got to face that I”m now 80 . . . I want to be fair to this wonderful state,” said Warner.  I’ll dispense with the habitual laudatory eulogy of his political career here, since no one who has been watching this site would take it seriously anyways — especially readers of the BVBL Intelligence Report who were tipped off to this likelihood months ago.Here in Prince William and the Manassas area, Chuck Colgan, who will turn 81 this September is running for a ninth term to the State Senate.  Earlier this year, Colgan said he considered retirement but felt compelled to run because Democrats could not find another candidate.

Since announcing his re-election, Colgan has remained silent on the illegal aliens crisis despite call outs by his opponent, but has spent considerable effort trying to defend voting against excessive driver fines for all motorists, but voting for them when they only applied to Virginians.

I’d say John Warner made the right decision here, and Chuck Colgan should have followed his lead.  They have a lot in common, except they made different decisions about what to do this year in pretty similar circumstances.  Warner at least gets a kudos for knowing when it’s time to hang it up.  Colgan, not so much.

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  1. Anonymous said on 31 Aug 2007 at 10:44 pm:
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    But if Colgan isn’t there who will tell us we already get our fair share of transportation dollars?

  2. NoVA Scout said on 31 Aug 2007 at 11:12 pm:
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    I suspect that Colgan would be just as happy to quit and join John Warner in more leisurely pursuits. But he doesn’t have that luxury. John Warner would not have resigned if a possible alternative was that Bob FitzSimmonds would have succeeded him. Fortunately we have an interesting possibility of a sound issues-oriented U.S. Senate race between two intelligent, articulate and capable opponents that will bring credit to Virginia. Then again, there’s always the possibility that Jim Gilmore will be looking for work at about that time.

  3. Harry said on 1 Sep 2007 at 8:21 am:
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    Great news for VA Dems: Mark Warner trounces either Jm Gilmore or Tom Davis and Jerry Connolly crushes Corey Stewart.

  4. NoVA Scout said on 1 Sep 2007 at 8:45 am:
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    Think about it, Harry. Why would Republicans run someone a relatively untested newcomer like Corey Stewart against Connolly or Byrne? Why would Stewart, who hasn’t yet run in even a regular county-wide election even want to throw himself against a tough opponent in a fast-blue-ing district when he hasn’t even had a chance to have an impact in Prince William? I don’t think we’d accommodate you Dems by doing something like that. And Mark Warner will be formidable, no doubt, but Davis would be a strong opponent. Of course, you’re right that Gilmore would get crushed, but I don’t think that’s in the cards. We have problems in the Party, but we’re not abject defeatists. So hold your gloating.

  5. John Light said on 1 Sep 2007 at 4:44 pm:
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    NoVA Scout - ok, I am ready for the flame wars on THIS comment, lol, but, Corey’s predecessor ran for Lt. Gov - what made him think he had a chance??? People run because of civic duty (rare these days) or ego (all too common). Yes, I agree and applaud him on the illegal alien issue - good for him, but, that being said, just because I know how to fix Microsoft Windows problems doesn’t mean I am ready to run Microsoft. But, as long as he doesn’t fall asleep during meetings and his constituents are happy, maybe he just needs to separate himself from certain people and concentrate on those issues that really matter, and once he proves himself, then go for higher office. Right now, too many people feel that Corey is just in it for himself.

    Harry is wrong on his wish, but I do understand his logic. But, IF there is a trounce by Warner, it will be because of the voting bloc called “Northern Virginia.” NOVA is to the rest of the state as NYC is to the rest of NY…just ask Hillary.

  6. T-Bone Hound said on 1 Sep 2007 at 11:53 pm:
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    Intersting thoughts.

    With that rationale, Reagan should not have been President.

    But then, he is the exception, aint he?

    Fair and Balanced commentary from BVBL

  7. Anonymous said on 2 Sep 2007 at 12:19 am:
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    Umm, about that…
    Reagan was 73 when he ran for re-election in 1984. Warner is 80 now. Colgan is about to turn 81.

  8. 1219 said on 2 Sep 2007 at 12:21 am:
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    Although both Reagan and Colgan ran on taxes… Reagan on cutting, Colgan on increasing.

  9. T-Bone Hound said on 2 Sep 2007 at 12:27 am:
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    Anon 12″19pm

    Thanks for the correction. I was wrong

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