Some quick updates on campaigns in Northern Virginia as we enter into the last two weeks of the general election cycle, with what may be a few surprises for readers:
I guess the polls sucked: Babur Lateef ran a poll a few weeks ago, promising insider supporters that if he was within striking distance he’d pour a quarter of a million dollars of his own money into the race to put him over the top. Strange, for a guy who couldn’t pay his mortgage not long ago and had to play that game of defaulting and then having his family buy the house for him. Anyways, since Lateef hasn’t opened his wallet I think it’s safe to assume that polling didn’t quite turn out as rosy as Lateef was hoping. No better statement about the worth of donating to this ridiculous campaign could ever be made — even Lateef is showing that campaign donations are a waste of money.
The DNC thinks we’re Wisconsin: The DNC dumped $100k into Virginia Senate races this week trying to prop up what is looking like a host of sinking candidates. The last time the DNC tried this, they shoved millions into recall elections in Wisconsin. To see the DNC funneling federal money into Virginia in a panic is perhaps unprecedented, and as in Wisconsin it’s not going to work. I don’t mind them having to dip into their 2012 campaign stash too much, though.
What modern ‘journalism’ has become: before the Washington Post did their endorsement interview with Jeff Frederick they told him they had already decided to endorse Toddy Puller. Given how all their endorsements seemed to hinge on who was most in favor of increasing taxes, I suppose the interview was a bit unnecessary as Jeff’s position on raising taxes is pretty clear.
And you call yourself a Marine? Toddy Puller, who at every opportunity brags about how she was married to a veteran (that is before she divorced him and he later committed suicide) has, in the finest tradition of the Marine Corps, run away. This Friday, Jeff Frederick will debate an empty chair on News Channel 8. Ooh-rah!
Dems abandon House races: The Ward Armstrong/Charles Poindexter race in South-side has sucked all the cash out of Democrat campaigns for the House of Delegates this cycle, leaving challenger Dems swinging in the wind as Dems try to funnel every last dollar to Senate races. According to SBE, Carl Genthner has on hand $9,700, Roy Coffey $6153 (net of debts), and Esteban Garces about $10k. Dems only have challengers against 19 of the 61 incumbent Republican districts, and very few of those challengers are getting any support at all - none of which are in PWC.
Who’s that guy? Last night RPV Chairman Pat Mullins met Republican Senate candidate Tom Gordy for the first time. Two weeks out from the election.
Races to watch: Pay attention to the (Puller/Frederick) 36th and (Barker/Baker) 39th Senate District races. Best opportunities for Senate pickups in Northern Virginia, and they’re getting plenty of attention from both sides. These are the campaigns to focus your extra time on, and both are probably somewhere within the polling margin of error right now. Running right behind those is the Principi/Royse race for Woodbridge supervisor. No polling has been done on that one, but it feels like a close race, and a pickup opportunity. If you’re in Woodbridge, you can do both senate and magisterial district supervisor at the same time, so get off the couch and do it.
Pulling the Toddy Puller? Chuck Colgan is running a recut commercial on TV from four years ago that was one of the dumbest pieces then, and looks even dumber now. Is anyone out there talking about whether he could wheeze his way up the steps of the Capitol these days in a Rocky reprise? Seems awfully irrelevant to someone who supports giving illegal aliens in-state tuition rates and raising our taxes. Given the pictures in his mailers, it looks to me he’s falling back on the Toddy Puller tactic of running footage and photos from the past so people won’t realize just frail he has become. Frail or not, his record is the issue.
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