One candidate wrongly claimed an endorsement, only to have VCDL-PAC rapidly issue a request they retract the statement. Instead not only does VCDL-PAC endorse her opponent David Ramadan, but they show up at one of his fundraisers to personally announce their endorsement. I’ve never seen this happen before.
It shouldn’t surprise us too much. If Jo-Ann Chase has a gift, it is one of converting friends into opponents because of her consistent antics that needlessly complicate their lives. After Chase made the mind-boggling decision to lie and say that she had gotten the VCDL-PAC endorsement when she had not, I’m sure the folks at VCDL were awfully frustrated with her quite beyond the rather restrained statements they issued denying Chase’s claims. I’d seen her pull the same stunt before and make outrageous claims about the actions of the Manassas Republican Committee, and my conversations with them were, well, along the lines of what they term in diplomatic circles as “frank exchanges.” Roughly translated, that means nothing actually violent happened.
So instead of just issuing an announcement on VA-ALERT to members announcing this decision as usually happens, the chairman of VCDL-PAC and one of the executive members come to a fundraiser for David Ramadan and not only deliver the endorsement, but read a letter announcing it aloud to the audience. I had no idea this was going to happen, and it was stunning. In my view, for state and local races there is no other Second Amendment-focused organization that means anything other than VCDL-PAC — no other organization even comes close — and here they’re not just making a general announcement as usual, but delivering that endorsement personally along with a letter.
As far as I can tell, this is unprecedented.
Part of that might have something to do with Jo-Ann Chase throwing down the gauntlet to VCDL-PAC by claiming an endorsement she didn’t have, and couldn’t possibly have had at that point. Most of this I suspect is that David Ramadan clearly deserves that endorsement regardless of whether Jo-Ann Chase managed to enrage the VCDL folks with her over-the-top antics. In addition to responding to their survey in a strongly favorable way, it’s clear that David Ramadan’s actions belie his convictions about our constitutional rights much more eloquently than simply checking a box on a survey. The contrast between David and his opponent in this regard couldn’t be more clear.
Congrats to David Ramadan for this very important endorsement. As for Jo-Ann Chase, here’s something she might want to consider: You can only reap what you sow.
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