“A mixed blessing is when your mother in law drives off a cliff, but does it in your new Cadillac.”
On the good news front, I don’t think there’s any way we’re going to have to deal with Jeanette Rishell as a candidate ever again. On the bad news front, Jackson Miller may not have Jeanette Rishell as an opponent in 2011. This one was such a blowout that Rishell will likely never run again for office, and her campaign manager Ilana Kaplain-Shain is probably looking for a career in retail sales about now. About the only thing better than running against Jeanette Rishell is running unopposed, and the difference isn’t all that great.
Two years ago Jackson demolished Rishell by just under twenty-one points, winning Rishell’s precinct, and taking everything but Sinclair in a rout of a scale that surprised many. We knew he would win, but not by nearly that much. This time Rishell didn’t have the News & Messenger pounding her with editorials about how she was lying in her campaign mailers, and Jackson Miller still increased his margin to nearly twenty-five points at 62-38. Compare that race with the 40th District, where Tim Hugo ran against someone who didn’t campaign and didn’t raise any money, beating the unknown Susan Conrad by 63-37. Excluding in-kind donations, Rishell spent over a quarter of a million dollars according to her latest campaign finance report and had an eight member campaign staff. She performed only one point better than someone who raised less than $4,000, didn’t even have a campaign manager, and did little more than put up a website and have sample ballots handed out on election day.
They could have saved all that time, expense and trouble, and instead simply slapped a “D” label on a bologna sandwich and entered it as a candidate. The results wouldn’t have differed a whole lot.
This year turnout was a little higher than 2007, with about 2,050 more ballots cast in the 50th. Rishell took only about 570 of those votes, with the lion’s share going to Miller. Once again Rishell only won the Sinclair precinct (although by a slightly smaller margin), while in every other precinct Jackson Miller increased his lead over Rishell. The story really is that 2009 was the same as 2007, only more so (pun intended). To the extent that anything shifted this election, it was that Jackson’s biggest percentage gains were in the precincts with the largest minority populations. In Manassas Park 1, Jackson increased his vote total by 57% over 2007 while Rishell only increased hers by 19%. In Metz, Jackson was up over 17% while Rishell added less than 2% to her total. That story plays out in every precinct in this district to varying degrees, but is consistent.
Put a fork in her, Jeanette Rishell is done.
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