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Miller And Rishell, Colgan and Fitzsimmonds Face Off Thursday

By Greg L | 30 September 2007 | 29th VA Senate, 50th HOD District | 7 Comments

The Prince William Committee of 100 debates on Thursday, October 4th should be REALLY interesting.  First up will be a brawl between 50th District Delegate Jackson Miller and Jeanette “Moonfruit” Rishell, who have been exchanging mailers and robo-calls in a campaign that Rishell turned into a negative campaign fight complete with blatant and outrageous lies.  This will be the first, and only time these candidates will square off as far as I know.  As Rishell is casting off her “I’m a nice grandma” schtick, I expect her to try to tear into Miller right off the bat, and Miller will pull out the political baseball bat in return and break it over her head.  I can’t imagine any debate in the area being as contentious as this one.

Rishell really has little choice but to get mean, as Jackson Miller has done a great job in his first year in the General Assembly, getting a lot more of his bills through the House than you’d expect for a freshman.  He said he would work to help get control over the illegal alien problem, and he’s definitely done that.  It’s hard to make a case that he should be replaced, so going negative like this is about the only option she has.  You’d think Rishell would go negative with information that is actually factual, however.  Now that she’s stuck with her statements about Miller that have been proven false though, this is going to be a lot tougher to do.

The second debate between Senator Chuck Colgan and Bob Fitzsimmonds is the first of what will be several debates for these two, but Fitzsimmonds needs to continue to build his momentum here.   Colgan is vulnerable on a lot of issues that really matter in this election, and a genteel delivery of these criticisms will help his campaign continue to gain momentum in what remains somewhat of an uphill battle to defeat the most senior member of the Virginia Senate.  Colgan is a likeable guy — much more personable than that the strident throwback to the Gloria Steinham era Jeanette Rishell — and it’s not necessary or useful for Fitzsimmonds to get personal here.  Convincing long-time residents that have always seen Colgan’s name on the ballot and have supported him that it’s time to make a change will be a delicate but very doable task.

If the press were to cover any of the Prince William Committee of 100 debates, this would be the one for them to devote some resources.  I’m sure that the Miller/Rishell debate will make for plenty of good television soundbites, and the Colgan/Fitzsimmonds debate will be an interesting juxtaposition of an 81 year old senior Democrat viewed as a moderate against a younger and strong conservative challenger.

The debate will be held at the Four Points Sheraton (formerly the Holiday Inn) at 10800 Vandor Lane in Manassas.  The debate starts at 7:45.  For more information on the debates, visit the Prince William Committee of 100 website.

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  1. Mike said on 30 Sep 2007 at 11:10 pm:
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    “Gloria Steinham era Jeanette Rishell”

    What a sexist remark.

  2. The Patriot said on 1 Oct 2007 at 9:01 am:
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    CAFTA! Just an extension of NAFTA? This is a nightmare!

  3. The Patriot said on 1 Oct 2007 at 9:18 am:
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    You gotta love the quote below (particularly the last sentence).

    “We feel we Latinos have been bushwhacked, charred and ICE’d by our government,” said Gilbert Cortez, president of Casa Latina Centro de Informacion, one of the groups that organized the meeting. “This land belongs to God and not to the United States.”

  4. The Patriot said on 1 Oct 2007 at 9:19 am:
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    One comment…the whole earth/universe/everything belongs to God, however, we are the stewards of the United States by HIM allowing us to be.

  5. dolph said on 1 Oct 2007 at 9:50 am:
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    “Gloria Steinham era Jeanette Rishell”

    Arrrggghhhhh! This is 2007. Please tell me this issue isn’t going to rear its ugly head. Being old and a feminist is perfectly ok by me. Let’s stick to the issues rather than sliding in not-so-subtle age and gender barbs.

  6. Rishell Lies Like A Rug said on 1 Oct 2007 at 2:19 pm:
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    Rishell will get creamed in this debate, but I imagine she will try to pack the room, as she’s done in previous debates, and have her supporters hissing and murmuring under their breaths whenever Delegate Miller speaks. The thing about these debates is we get to hear Rishell in her own words. I look forward to watching her squirm when/if the issue of her false claims comes up. The problem with these debates is they try to cover too many issues, instead of the top 3-4, like immigration, taxes, transportation, education. Also, in previous debates, like the one at the AME Church last year, the moderators always seem to give her the last word.

    One thing though, Miller has a full legislative cycle under his belt. He knows how things work. I think he will dominate the debate. Rishell will be on the defensive regarding her mailers, her positions on immigration, her past advocacy for pro-illegal alien groups, taxes, and her desire for universal pre-K. About the only thing Miller will have to defend is his vote on the transportation Bill, and it was Governor Kaine who pushed for the abusive driver fee’s to apply only to Virginians.

    I am predicting that Rishell will be handed the first of many debate defeats. When you are proven to be a LIAR, it’s hard to establish any credibility on any issue.

  7. Michael said on 2 Oct 2007 at 11:12 pm:
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    Please tell me or others if Gloria Steinhan was a sexist or not, before you go ARGH!!!
    By my accounting, she never represented rights of an individual other than the rights of her own gender. Does that not make her a sexist? If she had done it correctly she would have argued that all “individuals” deserve equal treatment, on both sides of the gender issues. Many of those issues on the other side of the gender fence have never been fought by the groups she represented (like who gets to raise children, who pays child support, who has a rights act and who does not, who is a protect class and who it not, who gets screwed in a divorce and who does not, who should pay for who for what, who is responsible for what, and defined by who, who should do what role based on size, strength, money, social bias and social name calling (jerk, cheapskate, bad parent, non-provider, deadbeat _, etc), who should get out of combat, who should have to die to save the other gender first, etc, etc) Gloria was a very lopsided activist, “a sexist” thus giving the modern rise to what was wrong with her approach and what is still debated as unfair advantage of one sex over another, defending the very reason why some think Jeanette is also a lopsided activist cut from the same mold.

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