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By Greg L | 18 November 2009 | Fairfax County, Virginia Senate | 15 Comments

Can you believe this?  Democrats even conducted a poll to try to figure out who to run in the 37th District, and all they could ultimately come up with was Dave Marsden!!!  Apparently mounting a write-in campaign for a week-old dead carp was seen as too much of a challenge, so Marsden got the nod instead.

Boy, how far the Fairfax Democrats have fallen…

UPDATE: Bearing Drift weighs in with this, some interesting evidence that Marsden has already violated Virginia’s campaign finance laws even before his campaign goes into full swing:

Aside from this, there are some ethical concerns stemming from Marsden’s run for the open State Senate seat that need to be examined closely. For starters, the domain to his State Senate site was purchased on November 17, 2009. He has not filed to run for the seat or even moved into the district yet. Wouldn’t Marsden need to file before spending any money on the race? Also, this would technically be breaking the law, wouldn’t it?

According to the Virginia State Board of Elections, a candidate for elected office in Virginia becomes subject to the provisions of the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act once any of the following occurs:

a. the candidate receives ANY money towards his candidacy;
b. the candidate spends ANY money towards his candidacy; and/or
c. the candidate files a Certificate of Candidate Qualification or a Declaration of Candidacy form;

Once a candidate accomplishes any one of the items listed above, that individual must file a Statement of Organization for a Candidate form within 10 days of receiving and/or spending monies toward his candidacy OR filing a qualifying form.

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  1. Ron said on 18 Nov 2009 at 9:51 pm:
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    So the Democrats go from “Hoot” to “Moot.”

  2. NotTimothyGeithner said on 19 Nov 2009 at 8:58 am:
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    A weak old dead carp might create more excitement for the Democrats.

  3. A proud 79th resident! said on 19 Nov 2009 at 9:06 am:
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    Very few people know that Marsden is a son of the 79th Congressional District. We will stick by our “favorite son”!

  4. Riley said on 19 Nov 2009 at 10:04 am:
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    The tool is using WordPress for his website. I just posted this comment in his “Coming Soon” post:


    Coming soon…
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    November 19, 2009 at 7:01 am
    …as soon as you move into the district.

  5. Gnarly said on 19 Nov 2009 at 10:05 am:
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    “Ron,” That comment was too funny!!! And “Proud 79th,” the 79th Congressional? Maybe you meant the 79th House District (as in House of Delegates)? I’m pretty sure no state has 79 Congressional districts.

  6. Beancounter said on 19 Nov 2009 at 1:35 pm:
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    “I’m pretty sure no state has 79 Congressional districts.”
    According to the Obama admin and its crimminal flunkies, yes, VA-79 does exist. It got stimulis money and many jobs were “created or saved” with those taxpayer funds.

  7. Riley said on 19 Nov 2009 at 2:54 pm:
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    Correct, Beancounter. Gnarly, go on Recovery.Gov and you’ll see that VA has at least 12 phantom cong. districts that got stimulus funding. I’m running in the open 12th district.

  8. A proud 79th resident! said on 19 Nov 2009 at 4:06 pm:
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    I don’t know what you guys have against the 79th. Comon down to our fall Mountain Oyster feast and join the fun! Dave Marsden will be the guest of honor. You’ll drive across the new bridge we built with our stimulous money.

  9. Bwana said on 20 Nov 2009 at 11:53 am:
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    I am not a Dave Marsden fan, but if purchasing a domain name prior to announcing is a violation of campaign finance laws, he will have good company.

    A quick whois check of campaign websites for the GOP candidates shows that:

    SteveNance.Org was purchased in 1999
    Horinkoforstatesenate.com was purchased on 11.3.2009
    Willnance.com was purchased on 8.29.2009

    With all the substantive issues-like carpetbagging-to assault Marsden, this seems like small potatoes…

  10. Riley said on 20 Nov 2009 at 12:23 pm:
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    You have 10 days after you expend ANY money on a state campaign to register with SBE.

    Two of the websites you indicate do not include state senate in them and therefore could have been used for other purposes, including personal, in the past. The one that does, Horinko, is fine since she registered her candidacy for state senate with SBE within 10 days of that.

  11. Riley said on 20 Nov 2009 at 12:25 pm:
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    Marsden’s web domain includes state senate in the URL and therefore was purchased specifically for this election.

    He has until a week from today to get a residence in the district, register to vote and file his candidacy papers with the SBE so as to avoid being in violation of Virginia campaign finance laws.

  12. Bwana said on 20 Nov 2009 at 1:25 pm:
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    Then given your explanation aren’t you jumping the gun just a little bit in flinging blame? It would seem that if he is registered by 11.27.2009 there is no violation…and in that case, there is not even the suspicion of an ethical lapse-I reckon I’m not seeing where he has “already” violated any elections laws (as was said above).

    I would be interested in knowing what the regs are regarding websites without the office listed…following your logic, it would be OK for a candidate to spend money on building up a website, testing, and having it all perfect for announcement as long as the name doesn’t have the office listed.

  13. Groveton said on 21 Nov 2009 at 10:59 am:
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    You guys are walking billboards for why the conservative cause has slipped in the United States.

    This guy Mardsen bought a domain name on Nov. 17 and must file papers within 10 days. Today is Nov. 21.

    Mardsen is a “carpetbagger”. He has been a resident of Fairfax County since 1952. 1952!!

    Ten of his fourteen house precincts are in the 37th. Maybe he doesn’t live within the boundaries but a lot of people who voted for him do. Is this really a crisis?

    From his felonious web site:

    “People here are just fed up. They’re tired of the fact that state government can’t get its act together to provide any real traffic relief. Everyone tells us that we are the economic engine of the state, but they won’t do a thing to help us with one of our biggest problems, traffic. It’s unbelievable, disheartening and makes all of us angry. If the folks in Richmond who were responsible for funding roads and providing mass transit had our commutes, this problem would have been addressed long ago. People are tired of lip service, and so am I.”

    I don’t know any of his other views but I sure agree with that one!

    Anybody posting here have any actual issue-based problems with this guy?

  14. Bwana said on 23 Nov 2009 at 8:15 am:
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    You are exactly right about issue based problems-and perhaps the first issue based problem is that Dave Marsden has spent four years in Richmond talking about things that need to be addressed and not doing anything to address them. His four years have coincided with eight years of control of the governor’s mansion by his party.

    The Democrats have offered no solutions, no ideas, and just keep on blaming the GOP for problems because the GOP won’t raise taxes. I can only imagine the Democrats-including David Marsden-haven’t offered plans because either they don’t really think their ideas are good or because they know the voters are not going be approving of the tax increases to make them happen.

    No ideas to offer, no solutions to suggest, no courage in their convictions.

    That is the record Dave Marsden brings to the table.

    “IF the folks in Richmond…”? HE IS the “folks in Richmond”

  15. tdankmyer said on 28 Nov 2009 at 11:29 am:
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    the GOP has voted against anything Dems wanted to pass, like a transportation bill, so it is actually right to blame the GOP in this case. They control the legislature. Republicans want to take funds from education to “fund transportation” (AKA hand out projects to companies who then toll us for 40 years). To me, a tax and a toll are basically the same, so I’ll take a 2 cent tax increase over a $5 toll on a major road in Virginia.

    And I quote from NotLarrySabato.typepad.com:

    “Dave Marsden does NOT represent 10 of 14 precincts in Ken Cuccinelli’s Senate District.

    10 of 14 precincts in Dave’s DELEGATE District are in Cuccinelli’s Senate District.

    So Marsden represents 10 of 41 precincts in Cuccinelli’s District (about 25%).”

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