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Chuck Colgan: One More Time

By Greg L | 31 May 2011 | 29th VA Senate | 16 Comments

The on-again-off-again candidacy of Chuck Colgan continues today with an announcement that Colgan will run for re-election in the 29th Senate District.  The behind-the-scenes buzz suggests that Colgan’s re-election is little more than a ploy to allow his grandson enough time to move into the district from Colorado so he would be eligible to run if Colgan decides to retire mid-term.

Unfortunately it is unlikely that there will be a strong Republican challenge that would prevent Colgan from turning this Senate seat into his family’s property this election cycle.

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  1. Isophorone said on 31 May 2011 at 1:43 pm:
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    Why would Colgan even think of retiring? I mean, he’s so young!

  2. Yin Yang said on 31 May 2011 at 1:54 pm:
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    Well… Family succession worked in North Korea… Why not here? I think I would use the NK grandfather/father/son (and other examples) in my campaign if I were running against him.

  3. Timmy said on 31 May 2011 at 3:46 pm:
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    If this were the case, don’t ya think they would have had the grandson move back already? I mean, they knew this day was coming.

    I do not believe it, until I hear it from Chuck himself.

  4. Greg L said on 31 May 2011 at 4:10 pm:
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    As far as I can tell, it was Dick Saslaw’s idea and he only had about a week to see if he could put the grandson in the spot but he wasn’t eligible to run. Now Saslaw can beg Colgan to stay in place until his grandson establishes legal residency and have Colgan announce in late July of 2012 that he is stepping down. The Dems think that running downballot from Obama will help them and having the Colgan name on the ballot — even if it’s Charlie instead of Chuck — will get voters whether they know what’s going on or not to pull the “D” lever.

    What a silly game. If the guy doesn’t want to be there they should just let him retire and let voters pick a replacement without all these games.

  5. Former Officer said on 31 May 2011 at 4:49 pm:
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    Good for Chuck


  6. Anonymous said on 31 May 2011 at 5:47 pm:
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    The seat belongs to the people of the 29th district; it is not something which can be inherited. Charlie is a youth pastor at a Christian Church in Colorado. He has expressed no interest in moving back to Virginia or re-entering politics.

    I’m suprised your following the lead of Not Larry Sabato

  7. Greg L said on 31 May 2011 at 8:13 pm:
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    NLS has sources within DPVA that I could never access and the background info on this has been strong and solid. Could he have made a mistake here? Sure. Is betting that he did a smart move? I don’t think so.

  8. Logical Thinker said on 31 May 2011 at 9:46 pm:
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    He is in, I am told. What makes me a bid unhappy is it is clear that Colgan wants to retire. Politics aside, he has served a long time, and like him or dislike him, he is admired for his ability to work with people.

    Saslaw should be ashamed of himself for pressing Colgan to stay in. He has some health issues, and tons of grand children that love him a bunch. He should retire and enjoy them. But the D’s are so obsessed with maintaining their majority that they would press on a very nice gentlemen to stay beyond the time he should. Low class in my book. But they are D’s, after all.

  9. Harry said on 1 Jun 2011 at 7:17 am:
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    Charlie is not moving back to run for the seat. A better choice is Obama, Kaine, X in 2012.

    Logical, if the Rs were in the same spot what do you think, since you’re so “logical” would happen?

    Also, keep in mind his wife wants him to run again.

  10. Allison said on 1 Jun 2011 at 10:45 am:
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    We should not allow this Senate seat to go unopposed for fear of hurting Chuck Colgan’s feelings. The only way to get anything substantive done in the Virginia General Assembly is to obtain a conservative Republican majority (RINO’s don’t count). This means someone needs to have the spine/fortitude to run against Chuck Colgan.

    Chuck is a very nice man - but that doesn’t mean that he should remain our senator.

    We need and deserve more in our District.

  11. Mr. Anon said on 1 Jun 2011 at 12:33 pm:
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    I heard he wanted one more term to try and push through harsher laws on illegal immigration. He’s tried so hard over the past years, I think he would consider it a personal failure if he didn’t succeed.

  12. Greg L said on 1 Jun 2011 at 1:00 pm:
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    What? Are you kidding? He introduced one bill three years ago on the issue and did absolutely nothing to help it get passed. It got killed in a senate subcommittee and he never even bothered to talk to the Senators on the committee about it. Since then he’s not lifted a finger to get anything passed, and voted to gut every piece of legislation that got to the floor.

    Colgan is even the one who incredulously told us there are no illegal aliens in Prince William County. After one of those supposedly non-existent illegal aliens killed a Catholic nun, he didn’t even offer a statement on the issue.

    If you disregard the rhetoric and look at action, it’s clear that Colgan SUPPORTS and PROTECTS illegal aliens.

  13. ddpdrinker said on 1 Jun 2011 at 1:10 pm:
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    Correct, Greg, as Colgan’s new wife is a Latina, he is not going to vote in favor of any illegal immigration issues.

  14. working together even when it's not fun said on 2 Jun 2011 at 9:10 am:
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    You are clearly correct that Colgan does not share the overall views of many on BVBL, and I fully understand why many on BVBL will work against his election.

    Assuming Colgan is reelected, there are clearly some directions that he will not go. Where you want him to go on illegal immigration is undoubtedly one of them.

    However, there are presumably at least several shared views on issues that are important to Manassas. Both he and Jackson (who I am strongly trusting will also be reelected) need find those shared views and work to make things happen for the benefit of Manassas.

    We will not have a person of significant seniority in the Senate when Colgan does retire and we need to leverage that power for Manassas as much as possible while we can. Jackson is enough of a practical politiician (I absolutely mean that in a good way) to know this and be able to work with Colgan for the benefit of Manassas despite their differences on certain core issues.

    Bottom line: Find common ground on an issue of importance and make it happen. You can do this even when running against someone on other issues.

  15. Mr. Anon said on 2 Jun 2011 at 1:01 pm:
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    Of course I was kidding! Colgan’s attempts at getting any immigration bill passed were as weak as President Clinton’s attempt to get tax cuts during his first term in office.

  16. Wineplz said on 14 Jun 2011 at 3:43 pm:
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    Argh!!! I cannot believe we don’t have anyone running against an old guy whose heart doesn’t seem to be in it.

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