Voters in the 37th District are being bombarded with robocalls and mailers — as many as five a day this past Saturday – from the Marianne Horinko campaign as she tries to win the Republican nomination to run for Ken Cuccinelli’s Senate seat. Before her run for the Senate I’d never heard of Horinko as she’s never run for office before and hasn’t been active in the FCRC or local political campaigns, and neither had a lot of voters in the 37th. Some friends had asked me what I thought of her, which started a little research project I can share that has become quite interesting.
Horinko wasn’t at the 2009 Republican Convention in Richmond, nor was she at the 10th District Convention in 2008. She only became a member of the FCRC sometime this fall, about the same time she joined the Western Fairfax Women’s Republican Club. What she did do instead was earn a lot of love from various candidates by donating over $24,000 to state-wide and local candidates this election cycle, up from about $250 in 2008 and zero before that. She might not have been out there knocking doors or helping with phone banks over the years, but handing nearly $10,000 to Ken Cuccinelli for his Attorney General’s race is a pretty big deal.
She did volunteer with the LeMunyon campaign a bit this cycle and discussed her plans with the other volunteers while doing so. Apparently this new candidate envisions quite a long and successful political career for herself, saying her goal is to become the first female Governor of Virginia. At least she’s got some ambition. After that experience helping Jim knock off Chuck Caputo in the 67th House District, she’s implied that LeMunyon has endorsed her, which I found out wasn’t actually the case. Horinko did a fundraiser for LeMunyon, and of course candidates say nice things about the folks hosting an event like this, but now a quote from that is showing up on Horinko’s mailers as if it’s an endorsement. To make things worse, she didn’t even capitalize Jim LeMunyon’s name correctly when doing so. I suppose volunteering on a few more campaigns to learn the ropes a little better might be a good idea for Horinko.
Horinko runs a consulting company, and since that’s the most visible resource that pre-dates her sudden interest in politics, the firm’s website is certainly a lot more informative about Horinko as a candidate than any of her mail pieces. The first thing you notice is the prominent display of a logo indicating that the Horinko Group is buying carbon offsets from an organization called CarbonFund.org.
Buying carbon offsets strikes me as a modern day purchase of indulgences from the Church of AlGore, so this doesn’t impress me very much. CarbonFund.org is certainly playing off the cult of Obama and his nutty collection of “anthropogenic global warming” adherents, given the design of their logo and the breathless tripe on their website about “saving the planet”. Someone professionally promoting this philosophy might well deserve a few questions about their position on the job-killing “Cap & Tax” legislation moving through Congress.
Couple this with Horinko’s prominent support of the multi-billion dollar boondoggle of Rail to Dulles, and there are some significant questions about what Horinko actualy stands for. Is revitalizing the economy important to her? If it is, will she favor proposals such as requiring businesses purchase “carbon offsets” that will harm businesses? Would she divert transportation dollars for road construction towards mass-transit projects that serve few, and impose huge long-term costs? We don’t know.
Someone like this would well benefit from running for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors well before considering a run for the Senate of Virginia, where a track record would lay to rest any concerns like these, as well as give her the experience needed to run a solid campaign. Right now, all we really know is that she can spend a lot of money and make some rookie mistakes. How she might serve as an elected official is a bit murky, given the disconnect between her campaign mailers featuring typical conservative positions and some of her behavior.
There are other candidates out there with a record, so it’s not like we must run a political neophyte for this office.
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