An incident I heard about today reinforces a pattern of behavior I’ve noticed over the past years and voters in the 87th House District would do well to take note. When someone seems to repeatedly experience unusual difficulty in differentiating between fact and fiction, they really aren’t someone you’d consider qualified to exercise any degree of legislative power, no matter what party they belong to. In this case the issue rears itself within the Republican party, and specifically in the candidacy of Jo-Ann Chase.
One of the endorsements highly-coveted by candidates is that of the Virginia Citizen’s Defense League PAC. Every election this outfit sends out a candidate survey and endorses candidates strictly on the basis of how they answer the survey. It’s the gold standard of honest endorsement practices, one entirely free of the usual political horse-trading that fatally infect NRA endorsements, and thousands of gun owners take VCDL-PAC endorsements very seriously. Last Friday Jo-Ann Chase sent out her “news from the campaign trail” email, and says in it that she got the VCDL-PAC nod. Wow. That’s a pretty significant development.
…the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) endorsed Ms. Chase. The VCDL is a grassroots organization, dedicated to advancing the right to keep and bear arms, as enumerated not only in the U.S. Constitution but also as it relates to Article I, Section XIII of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
There’s a problem here, though. VCDL-PAC hasn’t even sent out their candidate survey yet. There’s no way VCDL-PAC would endorse without a survey, so here again we have Chase veering off into “Bizarro World” where fact is fiction and fiction is “fact.” I wouldn’t call this lying, as I really don’t ever believe during one of these episodes Chase is intentionally trying to deceive anyone. If the usual pattern holds true, she just thinks that something patently ridiculous is actually the truth.
That should lead to some rather interesting explanations from her campaign as she tries to explain this email from Philip Van Cleave, President of VCDL:
From: Philip Van Cleave
Date: June 26, 2011 10:04:37 AM EDT
Cc: VCDL PAC, VCDL Board
Subject: Urgent - re: VCDL endorsement
It’s been brought to my attention that you sent out an email on Friday (”News from the campaign trail,” June 24,2011) which says you are endorsed by VCDL.I need you to send another email as soon as possible to the same people that Friday’s email went to retracting that statement.
1. VCDL does not endorse ANY candidate and can’t do so legally. We DO survey candidates and share the results with gun owners immediately before an election or primary, but the survey hasn’t gone out yet
2. The VCDL-PAC **does** endorse candidates, but they have not yet endorsed anyone in your race and won’t until VCDL’s survey has been sent out to all candidates in the race and the survey returned
While the endorsement in your email sounds like a “snafu” (perhaps you have VCDL mixed up with another gun group), the public record does need to be corrected IMMEDIATELY.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Philip Van Cleave
This is going to be an interesting primary to watch.
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