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Jay O’Brien Readies A Rematch

By Greg L | 2 February 2010 | 39th VA Senate | 9 Comments

Seeing how Senator George Barker has been voting lately (see here and here), it’s a great comfort to learn that Jay O’Brien is gearing up a campaign to take back the 39th District.  Barker defeated Jay O’Brien in 2007 by less than 800 votes at a time when the Republican nominee in the 51st District which largely overlaps the 39th Senate District was Faisal Gill.  Now with Rich Anderson holding the 51st House District, the shine definitely coming off “hope and change”, an insurgent Tea Party movement, and Barker’s less than stellar record Jay O’Brien is in great shape to win back this seat in 2011.

Of course redistricting will be completed by the time the next elections for the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates roll around, which are bound to impact this and every other district.  There hasn’t been much residential development in either the Prince William or Fairfax County portions of the 39th while the overall population in Virginia has increased, so it is likely that this Senate district will increase in size to some degree.  If that growth happens in Prince William, which is likely, that should only improve Jay O’Brien’s chances in 2011.  If the 36th District currently represented by Toddy Puller shifts more into Fairfax County pushing the 39th more into Prince William County (a reasonable improvement for both counties as these split-county jurisdictions are not ideal by any means), that would strengthen both the chances of Jay O’Brien as a challenger and Toddy Puller as an incumbent.  A reasonable trade off, it would seem.

Jay currently lives in the Fairfax County portion of the district in Clifton, but from what I gather he’d at least be interested in relocating his residence to ensure he would still be in the 39th.  Barker’s victory in 2007 was a bitter thing for many of us, and seeing O’Brien already committing himself to retaking this seat well before the details of what the district will look like in 2011 is very encouraging.  He’s going to need a lot of support from all of us to win this back and help restore sanity in the Senate of Virginia, so start setting aside resources and some blocks on your long-range calendar now so you’ll be ready when you’re needed.

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  1. Freedom said on 2 Feb 2010 at 4:03 pm:
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    Absolutely Greg….and we’re with ya, Jay, all the way!!!!

  2. Chris said on 2 Feb 2010 at 5:11 pm:
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    Jay’s other problem from two years ago was they got started late and switched campaign managers mid-stream. I don’t think Jay thought Barker could beat him and didn’t realize it until it was too late. This year, he should learn from his mistake. He was a great senator and has embraced the tea party movement which is great to see. I just hope he stays focused this time.

  3. Anonymous said on 3 Feb 2010 at 1:35 pm:
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    Re-districting. The 39th will have to grow. South of Old Bridge Road down Ridgefield Road lies the gateway to the heavily Democratic precincts of Dale City.

  4. Marie said on 4 Feb 2010 at 7:27 am:
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    So Marsden is a carpetbagger for moving into the district he recently won, but for considering a move to remain in the 39th, Jay O’Brien is dedicated and loyal? I’m not taking away from the service he provided his constituents while serving as a state senator, but to hold some candidates accountable for their tactics and not others is folly.

  5. Greg L said on 4 Feb 2010 at 10:23 am:
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    If O’Brien had to move, I’m sure he would do it well in advance and actually move rather than fake a thin veneer of having relocated.

    Since O’Brien and Barker live in the same precinct, if it got drawn out of the district BOTH would have to move in order to run.

  6. park'd said on 4 Feb 2010 at 10:40 am:
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    Let’s not go around associating the tea party movement with republicans. Both R’s and D’s are just as guilty for the state of affairs in this country. Just because R’s aren’t in power now does not mean they have reformed their ways and seen the light. Our cities and communities were devastated by illegal immigration and corporate greed and malfeasance under the R’s watch. The D’s just took it to new levels. The tea party needs to rid itself of ALL RINO’s if it wants to be taken seriously by me. In fact as far as I am concerned, until 90% of all incumbents are voted out then there will never be chance for real change. Remember that next time you pull the lever for Wolf…

  7. Doc said on 5 Feb 2010 at 5:49 pm:
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    Anyone who spanks Barker is a friend of mine. O’Brien may be new to the Tea Party, but he ain’t no RINO. He’s a conservative through and through, you can check his voting record.

    As long as he keeps a good distance from the Tom Davis crowd, he’ll be fine.

  8. Greg L said on 5 Feb 2010 at 6:34 pm:
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    Jay isn’t a latecomer to the Tea Party.

    From 7/4/09: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N43dKKY8Xm0

  9. Fuzzy said on 16 Feb 2010 at 9:09 pm:
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    Jay O’Brien has always helped himself, and no one else…
    He voted for HB 3202, retroactive fees, and other unconstitutional disgusting legislation.
    He’s no more a Tea Party person than my liberal uncle in Minn.

    Look out for better Constitutional Candidates lining up!

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