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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