As a preview of the campaign he intends to run, Dave Marsden has pulled what Riley is describing as “A Steve Chapman” by renting a room in the 37th Senate District so he could qualify as a candidate. Some Democrats are aghast, as Marsden manages to establish for himself even less of a plausible qualification for residency as Chapman did back in 2005. It was possible, albeit rather unlikely given the evidence, for Chapman to have moved to the 50th District then to challenge Harry Parrish back then, but to think that Dave Marsden has left his wife and moved to a rented room in the 37th District so he could run for the Senate is so beyond the plausible it has everyone watching this doubled over with laughter.
The Washington Post’s report that Marsden “has slept [in his rented room] for several nights” will undoubtably result in a nightly stakeout as folks interested in documenting whether Marsden is violating Virginia’s election laws by establishing a fake residence. Instead of focusing on his campaign, Marsden is going to be primarily concerned with making sure he doesn’t get tagged with felony election fraud by making a big show of how he’s living apart from his family in a rented room, lest he end up watching the WashPo report on his criminal indictment during the campaign. What a start. I can’t wait for the encore here.
Thus are the results of the DPVA trying to poll for who the best candidate would be and then threatening, browbeating, or otherwise elbowing anyone other than their annointed sacrificial lamb out of the way. They could have just let the normal process run the course, where candidates are recruited, they face off in a primary, and the strongest candidate wins. Instead the party big-wigs have dictated a nominee because of what they thought a poll told them, and no surprise, that nominee isn’t much of a candidate at all, who has to resort to all sorts of ridiculous machinations just in order to qualify. That the word “democratic” appears in the phrase “Democratic Party of Virginia” is once again shown as a mere coincidence, if not a sad joke.
Marsden is actually making Steve Chapman look good pretty here, and Chapman’s past faults seem to wane quite a bit in comparison to Dave Marsden who has managed to set the new standard in ridiculous political campaigns. No one is going to buy this garbage.
UPDATE: NLS tries to go and see Marsden along with Janet Oleszek and Marsden has his wife lie to them and say Dave Marsden wasn’t home, even though they saw him in the window and his car was in the driveway. Disgusted with the whole ordeal, NLS concludes: “But one thing is for sure (besides Marsden’s huge missed opportunity tonight); his entire “move” into the 37th Senate District is a complete load of crap.”
Yeah, this is going to be an interesting special election, to say the least.
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