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Notes From The Campaign Trail

By Greg L | 30 July 2011 | Prince William County | 8 Comments

It’s been a busy week on the campaign trail in Prince William County.  Here are some of my notes…

Jeff Frederick Campaign Kickoff

Although his campaign has been rolling for quite some time, Jeff picked this morning as the day for his official campaign kickoff.  About 100 people showed up for an event that netted Jeff over $20,000 in campaign contributions.  That’s twice the amount his opponent raised in the entire second quarter, and Frederick it in just one day.  The crowd was excited, Jeff and Amy were pumped, and there was plenty of sugar-laden snacks to get the kids all riled up.  This is definitely a campaign on a roll.

In attendance was the awesome Kristen Forrester who did not rule out running for Congress, although she’d have to get a job where she wasn’t subject to the Hatch Act first.

Heritage Hunt Candidate Forum

Heritage Hunt had a forum this week for candidates for County Chairman and Gainesville Supervisor.  Highlight of the evening was Babur Lateef getting booed at one point when he tried to explain how enacting the Rule of Law Resolution was an act of racism - he’s definitely not in tune with the electorate.  I knew he was liberal, but I didn’t know he went to the extreme of being a “Coffee Party” liberal.  Corey Stewart had one of his best nights, marshaling a seemingly endless list of facts and statistics, being upbeat, and correcting Dems when they occasionally invented their own facts in their presentations.

Martha Hendley, Pete Candland and Ann Wheeler (the Dem in the race) all showed they were competent and serious candidates.  Good presentations, professional demeanors, and brought the right gravitas.  Michael High was highly entertaining describing how he narrowly avoided ever knocking on doors this campaign, but aside from offering comic relief it’s hard to understand why he’s there.  Suzanne Miller was better than I’ve ever seen her, but as she’s done little more than embarrass herself in the past that bar is awfully darned low.  She still has a long way to go to be able to present herself as someone actually worthy of consideration.  Steve Botello was off his game quite badly that evening, even at one point in his closing remarks repeating a paragraph or two from his opening statement.  That was hard to watch.

It was the first opportunity for these folks to square off against each other.  Some showed they were ready for this, and others didn’t, about as I expected.

Paul Ebert Under Fire

Riley over at Virtucon has been on Paul Ebert like stink on a skunk about his secret investigation of Babur Lateef for fraud.  He even managed to get the mainstream media to pick up the story, getting them to acknowledge that Ebert has been quick to publicly announce investigations against Republican candidates while he won’t say anything about the investigation of Babur Lateef, a Democrat.  Great job keeping the heat on Riley, and don’t let up!

Jeanine Lawson Back On Task

Jeanine had a family emergency this past week that kept her away from the campaign trail for a bit, but she’s back at it.  Folks might want to remember to say a prayer for her father and to visit her campaign website and make a contribution.  Let’s help her make up some lost ground here.

Looking for Intel

If anyone notices Bob Pugh actually knocking on doors in the Coles District, please contact me immediately.  I don’t know what I can offer as a reward, but I’ll figure something out.

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  1. Tom said on 31 Jul 2011 at 12:01 am:
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    Allow me to add to your campaign notes.

    No sign of Jacks Miller. Is he even running for Delegate again? If so, AWOL again campaigning in this area.

    And please, don’t get your panties in a wad and tell me he has been at this public meeting or that church meeting. If he wants to say he is representing the 50th District voters (as he did during the his tearful tirade after the shooting in Georgetown South) , he damn well better get out and hear what people have to say and think about his votes and his positions. Or maybe he can’t stand the critique.

    When he is going to put some leather to the sidewalk and listen to what his constituents are thinking in the area? Or is he going to continue to campaign as he told me a couple of years of ago, “I only campaign where I know I will get votes.” If so, guess he can’t take any criticism. Thin skinned RWTS, I suppose.

    Yawn. And some people think he ought to run for State Senate? Yikes. How low a standard they must have for that position.

  2. Mom said on 31 Jul 2011 at 10:09 am:
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    On his facebook page, Botello is also complaining about the County road crews attempting to remove his campaign signs. There is an easy solution that Steve, DON’T put them in the R.O.W. Just because you’re a candidate doesn’t mean you’re above the law or did you miss that lesson at the Academy.

  3. Gainesville District Resident said on 31 Jul 2011 at 11:27 am:
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    Same problem with Candland signs along Sudley Manor Dr.. Really? Seems like that should be in Campaigning 101.

  4. Bob Pugh said on 31 Jul 2011 at 2:28 pm:
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    Hi Greg - can I collect the reward myself? Some cash would be great right about now. Marty collects more individually from some Fairfax developers than I’ve raised in total. Over three-quarters of his campaign money has come from Fairfax County in 2011. I want to represent the people of the Coles District and Prince William County rather than Fairfax developers.

    Tomorrow is my debate with Marty sponsored by Midco at the Buckhall Fire Department:


    It’s open to everyone.

    Thursday at 2:00 is the Rural Crescent press conference at McCoart (I’m fairly sure that’s confirmed)

    August 9 the Chamber is holding a candidates forum at the Manassas campus of NVCC. Marty and I debate from 10:30 to 11:00.

    Also, I have a new page on my campaign website about the growth of government, taxes and the rating agencies in PWC. Tax bills have grown at almost three times the rate of population growth in PWC, and have nearly doubled over the past decade while inflation rose only about 30% in that period. If I win this election, I want to serve taxpayers and citizens rather than raise taxes to subsidize developers.

  5. Bob Pugh said on 31 Jul 2011 at 2:29 pm:
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  6. Maureen said on 31 Jul 2011 at 4:12 pm:
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    Jackson doesn’t have a challenger right now. I bet he kicks into gear when the other primarys are over. Although I could be wrong.

  7. Riley said on 1 Aug 2011 at 11:33 am:
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    Dems aren’t nominating anyone to run against Jackson. Unless someone files as an indie, he’s in.

  8. Anonymous said on 1 Aug 2011 at 6:46 pm:
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    Havn’t heard squat from brentsville district candidates since I was gerrymandered out of the gainesville district. Irongate sudivision.

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