Gainesville Times reporter Dan Roem came up with an interesting interview with PWCDC Chairman Peter Frisbee regarding the upcoming local races for seats in the House of Delegates, focusing predictably on the candidates that the local Democrats are ponying up. The list is as fascinating for who isn’t on it as well as who is. There are the perennial crash test dummies as Bill Day, and some new faces, but for the most part it’s a pretty underwhelming collection.
It seems that the establishment has pretty much had their fill of Jeanette Rishell, stressing that she will have an opponent yet refusing to disclose who the challenger to her nomination might be. It’s pretty strange for the Chairman of the local Democratic Party to be keeping their candidates a secret, as stealth campaigns typically aren’t associated with electoral success. My take is that Frisbee’s preferred candidate still needs some “encouragement”, which is hardly surprising. Waging a pointless campaign against Delegate Jackson Miller after Miller won his last election by twenty one points isn’t something a lot of folks are leaping to take on..
One of my personal favorite liberal nuts Bill Day looks like he’s up for a rematch against Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, and Liar Chris Brown is joined by a practicing minister (evidently putting the question of simultaneously serving God and Mammon to the test) seeking to win a nomination to compete in the 52nd District. An absolute unknown is offered up as a sacrifice against Delegate Bob Marshall to fill out the card.
Democrats evidently think that their efforts from the Obama campaign will make all the difference in the upcoming House elections. No doubt the voter identification and volunteer recruitment will help, but that only helps when you have a good candidate and a favorable election cycle. None of these candidates look particularly strong, and I doubt Democrats will again benefit from a favorable election cycle this year. Now that Democrats run the federal Executive and Legislative branches, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to fabricate favorable election cycles as they have in the past few years. Now that they have all the control, they’re responsible for fulfilling all their promises, and those promises just can’t be met.
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