So how do Democrats view the chances of Jeanette Rishell this November? The “Swing State Project” which is tracking targeted House of Delegates races has decided to drop the race from their list, saying “Rishell’s campaign is terrible.” What, did they expect something different this year?
50th: Jackson Miller vs. Jeanette Rishell (Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William)
Rishell has run for this seat twice before and lost twice, first 53-47 in a 2006 special election, then by 61-39 in 2007. This is a swing district, and Rishell is good at raising money, but that’s about it. Her campaign has been ineptly run, possibly since her campaign manager has been involved in a scandal and keeps making gaffes.
Perhaps ones like this?
Rishell paid over $41,000 in staff and consulting costs in the two months covered in her last campaign finance report, and all it really got her was a campaign manager with a sordid history, an ownership claim of used condom pictures in a copyright dispute that defies common sense, a dumb press release that ended up trashing the NAACP, and carloads of out-of-state kids who drive through neighborhood flinging campaign literature out the windows in their effort to substantiate their bizarre voter contact statistics. The district has yard signs for her opponent everywhere, hers are nowhere, and to top it off, her fundraising for once as badgering the same people for money over and over again isn’t working like it used to. It used to be that some folks might throw her a donation after the sixth call if she’d just promise to stop calling them, but now that’s not even working like it used to.
There’s no word yet on whether or not she plans on hiring a debt collection agency to phone-bank for campaign contributions in an attempt to pick up the pace.
It sure took Dems a long time to figure out how pointless her candidacy was this time around. The chapter on this was closed two years ago when Rishell made all those bizarre claims about Jackson Miller, prompting the Democrat-friendly editorial board of the local paper to brand her as a liar. Rishell can’t recover from something like that, even if she desperately tries to blame everyone but herself for her stunning lack of judgment last election cycle while she continues to demonstrate exactly the same lack of judgment during this campaign. Voters have no reason to trust her, and plenty of reasons not to.
Now every die-hard Democrat but herself seems to recognize just how pointless the Jeanette Rishell campaign really is. Doubtless Jeanette Rishell will pathetically soldier on to the very end, berift of allies, and irredeemably tarnishing the Democrat brand such that Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli will perform spectacularly in this district in November.
At least there’s something we can thank Jeanette Rishell for.
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