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Dave Marsden Lowers The Bar

By Greg L | 23 November 2009 | Fairfax County, Virginia Senate | 16 Comments

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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  1. Riley said on 23 Nov 2009 at 10:42 pm:
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    Virginia Democrats are like the Jelly of the Month Club — they’re the gift that keeps on giving the whole year long!

  2. James Young said on 23 Nov 2009 at 11:23 pm:
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    It’s hardly unusual. Wise? No. But unusual? No.

  3. Ayn Rand is Right said on 24 Nov 2009 at 8:11 am:
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    I feel bad for Chapman. From what I hear, he’s did some soul-searching after his last run, grew up a bit, got his degree and married. I also hear he’s a proud pappa now. I attribute his past flailings and failings to immaturity and bad counsel. Marsdan has no such excuse to fall back on. This is just another prime example of Dems seeking power for power’s sake. It’s not about service to the community, it’s about power and their ideology. They need to be defeated. They need to be pushed into permanent minority status.

  4. Ayn Rand is Right said on 24 Nov 2009 at 8:12 am:
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    I feel bad for Chapman because he will be the bar by which stupid campaigns are measured for as long as memory serves. Rishell couldn’t unseat him. Perhaps Marsden….

  5. Debra U. Taunte said on 24 Nov 2009 at 9:57 am:
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    I’ll kick out my tenants and let him stay in my townhouse for free if he’d take on ole man Colgan.

  6. Ron said on 24 Nov 2009 at 9:58 am:
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    It’s amazing what other people might compare favorably! ;)

    You all are missing an obvious campaign song (a classic). I’ll have to post my own idea later.

  7. Riley said on 24 Nov 2009 at 12:15 pm:
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    Talking Heads - Burning Down The House?

  8. Sanford Horn said on 24 Nov 2009 at 6:41 pm:
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    Not to say what Marsden is doing is kosher, but I seem to recall George H.W. Bush merely having a Houston hotel room as his “official Texas residence.” This same kind of nonsense was attempted in Herndon as Tom Rust’s Democratic opponent moved into the 86th District just to run for the House of Delegates - and lost. Marsden will go down in flames for so many reasons, housing notwithstanding.

    A Happy Thanksgiving to Greg who runs a darned good site, to those who take the time to post their thoughts and to the readers for their support.

  9. Riley said on 24 Nov 2009 at 8:26 pm:
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    George H.W. Bush was cheesy for doing that, but what Marsden is doing goes beyond cheesy. Bush did not need to be a resident of Texas to run, but Marsden DOES need to be a resident of the 37th Dist. to run. I agree with Greg here. This is something that someone should file a challenge to (if this room is really his residence, did his wife of 40 years move to the room with him or are they now “separated”?) This smacks of election fraud.

  10. Bwana said on 24 Nov 2009 at 9:12 pm:
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    Greg-speaking of Steve Chapman…how goes the lawsuit?

  11. Greg L said on 24 Nov 2009 at 10:10 pm:
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    Still there, after all these years, but nothing has happened to move it forward since 2006. Folks keep telling me that it’ll go away on its own for lack of pursuit by the plaintiff, but it never seems to.

  12. A proud 79th resident! said on 24 Nov 2009 at 10:36 pm:
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    the 79th would be proud to have Dave Marsden represent us. We don’t care if he has a residence here or not. A post office box at Jeke’s barber shop, country store (and post office in the back) is good enough for us! Go Dave!

    …and yea’all come on down for our mountain oyster festival next month. We plan to invite Dave Marsden to be our honorary marshal for the parade.

  13. Ron said on 25 Nov 2009 at 7:37 am:
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    Riley, I thought “King of the Road” might be appropriate.

    Here’s a question: If Marsden committed election fraud, does that mean that his fellow Delegates would be right to remove him from office?

  14. Beancounter said on 25 Nov 2009 at 9:25 am:
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    “Folks keep telling me that it’ll go away on its own for lack of pursuit by the plaintiff, but it never seems to.”

    File a motion. Request a hearing. Have it dismissed.

  15. JTR said on 25 Nov 2009 at 9:50 am:
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    Does this new room lie in both his current house and the 37th Senate districts? I am sure it must or he has quit the house.

  16. Riley said on 25 Nov 2009 at 10:26 am:
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    Yes, it is in both his current House Dist. and the Sen. Dist. he wants to represent.

    And stop using my initials….

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