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Day Campaign Goes Out with a Whimper

By Greg L | 3 November 2007 | 31st HOD District | 11 Comments

Things seem to have have hit rock bottom over at the Day for Delegate campaign. While some campaigns are busy busing supporters and volunteers in from all over Virginia and rallying the troops for a major final push this weekend, the Day campaign has decided to launch his “November Surprise” by putting out a district-wide robo call clarifying his record on hunting. Or should that be his record on poaching?

Day stated in his campaign mail to be “an avid hunter,” only to be confronted by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter at the October 3rd Times Democrat/Farm Bureau debate. According to Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Day has not held a hunting license in the last 18 months.

Day’s Saturday robo call admitted to the charge that he did not have a hunting license, saying that because he “battled cancer” he did not hunt.  Let’s get this straight — Mr. Day was too incapacitated to stand in a field and shoot a shotgun, but not too incapacitated to get on the back of a horse and jump numerous hedgerows to chase unsuspecting foxes?  It is hard to believe that voters will accept this argument since Day has not had a hunting license in the last 18 months, refused to respond to NRA’s candidate survey, and admitted to fox hunting without a license.

During the debate on October 3rd, he mentioned nothing about an illness. Instead, the reason for not having a hunting license was that he had taken up fox hunting. I guess since he was unsuccessful selling that line and has retreated to illness as an excuse for poaching as opposed to stupidity.

Candidate Day was also spotted today door knocking his home precinct in Fauquier. Unlike most focused, efficient candidates, Mr. Day was seen spending valuable time knocking on doors of unregistered voters! This is certainly not surprising for a Democrat Party nominee who voted in the April 2007 Republican Primary, claims to be an environmentalist but lives off of Exxon Mobil royalties, supports illegal immigration, and claims to be a psychotherapist while lacking a license to practice.

Why doesn’t Mr. Day take a lesson from Delegate Lingamfelter who has been through two major surgeries: one for prostate cancer and one for a total hip replacement and doesn’t market his personal illness as a way to garner votes. Its called manhood, Bill, not victim hood.

Count down to decimation for the Day campaign: 48 hours.

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  1. Dolph said on 3 Nov 2007 at 11:43 pm:
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    I have paid no interest in the Day/Lingamfelter campaign. Not my district. However, the fox hunting did interest me. Since when does one need a hunting license for fox hunting? The fox is rarely killed, in this country at least. It is more a game of cat and mouse.

    The riders in the fox hunt are generally not armed and the purpose is more about horsemanship than actual hunting. Perhaps Mr. Day is a poacher. I would have no way to know if he is or isn’t. However, he isn’t one because of fox hunting.

  2. Greg L said on 4 Nov 2007 at 12:25 am:
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    The legal definition of hunting doesn’t require that you take the animal, any more than doing “catch and release” doesn’t remove the obligation of getting a fishing license.

    The VDGIF website has details.

  3. Anonymous said on 4 Nov 2007 at 12:38 am:
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    Foxhunting in Virginia has a season like everything else and yes a license is required. If you don’t have a license you can’t hunt. Its amazing the PWC dems could not find a better candidate than folks like Day, Rishell, or Roemmelt. All these candidates are a joke!

  4. Dolph said on 4 Nov 2007 at 1:03 am:
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    I will admit defeat on this one and stand corrected if someone can hook me up with the resources that state exactly who has to have a license in a fox hunt. I do not believe that some of the riders have to have a license, although the hunt staff who handle the fox probably do. Why would one need a license just to ride a horse?

  5. Greg L said on 4 Nov 2007 at 1:30 am:
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    If you are engaged in the hunt, you need a license.

    Reference is VA Code § 29.1-300. Code § 29.1-301 sets out exceptions to the requirement for having a license, and none of those would cover this instance.

    A license is required to engage in fox hunting. William Day has engaged in behavior that is unlawful.

  6. Dolph said on 4 Nov 2007 at 1:51 am:
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    Maryland has provisions for a group license. Does Virginia allow this? How about the Hilltoppers? Must they have a license? I will check the reference out and respond accordingly. grin.

  7. Dolph said on 4 Nov 2007 at 2:28 am:
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    Unarmed fox hunters do not have to go through certification of competence in hunter education. I agree fox hunters are not listed under the exceptions. In many states, fox hunting is not classifed as hunting. Individual or group trapping permits are required but I am sure that any club sponsoring a fox hunt would have all permits covered.

    I would say the VA law is very vague on this matter. Were it I, in the sense of fairness, I would retract that Mr. Day engaged in illegal activity since you do not know the degree to which he engaged in fox hunting. If he was ill, I expect he participated as a hilltopper.

    On the other hand, I would agree with you that it is a pretty ridiculous statement for him to make in an robo-call. My main interest in the topic is from an ex-horsewoman’s point of view. And no, I have never been a part of the fox hunt set. A few bets on the ponies at Charlestown is more my speed these days.

  8. Krutis said on 4 Nov 2007 at 7:08 am:
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    Gee, it’s nice to learn so much about FOX HUNTING on a a political thread. So, quick, all you hunters, get on your steeds, ride to the proper office, and get your licenses. We do not want any poachers riding around, do we?

  9. peace said on 4 Nov 2007 at 8:44 am:
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    Day has run a great campaign and is expected to win.

  10. Dolph said on 4 Nov 2007 at 1:29 pm:
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    I expect as many political decisions have been made during fox hunts as have been made in dark, smoke filled rooms. Follow the money……..

  11. Batson D. Belfrey said on 5 Nov 2007 at 10:09 am:
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    “Gee, it’s nice to learn so much about FOX HUNTING on a a political thread. So, quick, all you hunters, get on your steeds, ride to the proper office, and get your licenses. We do not want any poachers riding around, do we?”


    This has little to do with hunting, and everything to do with following the rule of law. How can we expect an aofficial to pass laws, if he breaks them. Kinda like the Fox watching the Hen House.

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