Last year, Jeanette Rishell had to bring in a field director from New Hampshire during the last few months of her campaign in order to help out her campaign. This year, Riley is reporting that Senator Chuck Colgan finds the local pickings so meager that he has had to hire folks from Maryland and New York to help in his last-minute push to rescue his campaign from the wreck it has become. I’m sure 29th District voters are really going to appreciate having folks from New York tell them who their elected officials should be in Virginia. That should be only marginally more popular than having voters in Jeannemarie Devolites Davis’ district get a lecture from Michael Bloomberg on what gun laws Virginia should have.
It’s really not too surprising that there’s little in the way of local talent to support Democrats in Prince William County. The Democratic Party of Virginia is a heavy-handed master over their local units and campaigns, dictating to them what companies they may do business with, and not too infrequently demanding which candidates should be allowed to run in local elections. This contributes to dysfunction at the local level, as the energetic and capable are driven out, leaving behind an internally fractured local unit comprised of those who can benefit from a top-down approach, and those too stubborn to give up their endless fight against this decidedly non-democratic structure. This makes the PWCDC not much of a fun place to be.
So non-fun, that apparently at a recent meeting of a PWCDC magisterial unit a sixty year old woman required medical care after her interaction with a candidate.
Hence the need to import campaign workers. You’d think that long-serving elected officials such as Chuck Colgan would, over the course of his political career, build a group of campaign volunteers that would work for him regardless of the confusion that reigns within the PWCDC. Apparently that hasn’t happened, and guided largely by campaign staff that doesn’t understand the political climate in Prince William County, Colgan has had mailers go out to residents that position him as an anti-Second Amendment, pro-abortion candidate that have done little more than raise his negatives in the District, and advised him to say that birth control is the answer to school overcrowding and that there are no illegal aliens in Prince William County at a Committee of 100 candidate’s forum.
I can’t wait to see what these New Yorkers are going to do to his campaign. Is Hillarycare going to be the subject of his next mailer? One can only hope.
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