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Election Day Open Thread

By Greg L | 8 November 2011 | Uncategorized | 71 Comments

Looks like a largely typical turnout this year at various precincts around Prince William County so far today.  Republicans seem to have a solid ground game going, Democrats have some paid “volunteers” at the polls boosting their precinct operations but are unusually light on signage.

Feel free to add your observations in the comments thread.



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71 Comments

  1. Robert L. Duecaster said on 8 Nov 2011 at 10:06 am:
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    Ham Sandwich was funny four years ago, but the fact that he (or she) was the only viable option to Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert again today is sad testimony to the state of the Republican Party in this county. Isn’t there a Republican lawyer in private practice in the County willing to take this dude on?

  2. Badger said on 8 Nov 2011 at 10:19 am:
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    Voted for Ham Sandwich again this year.

  3. Classic Rock said on 8 Nov 2011 at 10:59 am:
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    Voted at Washington Reid Elementary School, Prince William County, Washington-Reid Precinct # 306, at 10:15 AM. There was a 15 minute wait because only 3 of the 5 voting machines worked and they only had 25 voting cards.

  4. Reasonable and Rational said on 8 Nov 2011 at 11:40 am:
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    Just voted and was expecting to see the Loudoun County Republican Committee Halloween message that included an image of President Obama with a bullet hole in his head.

  5. Unhinged and Delusional said on 8 Nov 2011 at 11:54 am:
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    Another dumb ass who wants to see violent imagery were there is none.

  6. Joe Doc said on 8 Nov 2011 at 1:02 pm:
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    @Reasonable and Rational: Thanks for confirming you are neither.

  7. GMan said on 8 Nov 2011 at 1:06 pm:
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    Bennett Precinct was light at lunch time. Steady flow but no waiting. Since I was hungry I voted for Ham. The precinct worker indicated about a 10% turnout so far. As lunchtime was about the 1/2 way point the precinct worker was predicting about a 20% turnout.

  8. Oscar said on 8 Nov 2011 at 1:06 pm:
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    Voted in the City of Manassas at the Metz Middle School and staffers handed each voter one of those coffee stirring straws to touch the buttons on the voting machines in lieu of using your finger.

    WTF?

    Were the myriad of Democraps voting Republican fearful of having their fingerprints recorded?

  9. GOP Chic said on 8 Nov 2011 at 1:10 pm:
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    Working at PACE West since 8:00 and it has been slow but steady. Still going to be only about 20-25% turnout I think.

  10. Dale City Ceputy said on 8 Nov 2011 at 1:13 pm:
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    Resistance is futile. Vote Gordy. Just win Baby!

  11. JOE said on 8 Nov 2011 at 1:41 pm:
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    ELECTION FRAUD ALERT

    Besides the flood tide of lies about me and my family in the mail, including an attack on my orange hat, there is now -today–a new disruption being carried out.

    Be alert to the union-hired intimidation being ochestrated on my supporters. Call the police on any suspcious activity and report any acts of verbal abuse to the election officials at the polling place to remove any disruptive person attempting to stop you from voting today.

    A man was cautioned and warned at Park View High School to restrain himself from this awful behavior but this tactic may be continuing throughout the day.

    I have done what I can to prevent the verbal assault on all voters but the “free speech” and “political expression” crosses the line when protests like “Occupy Sterling” is in full swing.

    TURN OUT IS THE HEAVIEST IN THE COUNTY IN STERLING. CALL YOUR NEIGHBORS TO VOTE.

    This is from Eugene Delgaudio

  12. Reasonable and Rational said on 8 Nov 2011 at 2:54 pm:
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    more GOP Voter fraud hysteria..the biggest fraud is the suppression of Democratic voters

  13. Cromagnum said on 8 Nov 2011 at 3:18 pm:
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    @ Reasonable and Rational
    “the biggest fraud is the suppression of Democratic voters”

    I had to check that out today …..
    I drove by a dozen area cemetaries and three morgues, and didn’t see any democrat poll workers.
    You must be calling that voter suppression.

    ~~~~

    I did get myself a ham sandwich, the salted pork was better than the Ebert Baloney.

  14. Reasonable and Rational said on 8 Nov 2011 at 3:24 pm:
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    …the Republicans, particularly this year, have a very good reason to say that voter fraud is rampant. It is a simple three-step process. Fraud allegations lead to restrictive voter laws, which lead to a class-skewed electorate. As the Democrats try to get out the vote, Republicans will try to stop it.

  15. Leisure Suit Larry said on 8 Nov 2011 at 4:16 pm:
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    R&R is coo coo for Cocoa Puffs.

  16. Reasonable and Rational said on 8 Nov 2011 at 4:38 pm:
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    Any reason why there is be a police car at one of the highest minority precincts in Prince William County? The precinct is Swans Creek, in the Woodbridge area, along Rt 1 (overlaps with Puller, Garces, and Lateef). I hear it’s a plain clothes officer who parked and then walked away.

  17. JM said on 8 Nov 2011 at 5:36 pm:
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    Ham Sandwich got a nice write-up in today’s Journal Messenger. Let’s hope this gets out the deli vote!

  18. WThell? said on 8 Nov 2011 at 5:41 pm:
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    I had a faulty machine when I voted today (Dean). I think I jammed it up when I tried to write in Ham Sandwich….oh well. They moved me to another machine where I voted again without the write-in…… Sorry Ham.

  19. James Young said on 8 Nov 2011 at 5:42 pm:
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    “Fraud allegations lead to restrictive voter laws, which lead to a class-skewed electorate.”

    Good. Only tax producers should be allowed to vote. Tax consumers should be barred.

  20. Anonymous said on 8 Nov 2011 at 5:57 pm:
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    Heavy voting in Mohican district according to workers.

  21. GMan said on 8 Nov 2011 at 7:06 pm:
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    The polls have closed. Let the counting begin!

  22. Anonymous said on 8 Nov 2011 at 7:31 pm:
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    Would someone please post the link to watch the votes come in? TIA

  23. Maureen said on 8 Nov 2011 at 7:43 pm:
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    EMember Senate of Virginia
    (029)

    Last Reported: Nov 8 2011 7:39PM EST

    Charles J. Colgan, Sr. 273 50.27% Precincts Reporting:
        1 of 47 (2.127%)

    Voter Turnout:
        543 of 97,858 active voters (0.554%)
        543 of 105,689 total voters (0.513%) Votes by County/City

    Tom T. Gordy 270 49.72%

    Write In 0 0%

  24. Maureen said on 8 Nov 2011 at 7:44 pm:
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    https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2011/EB178FD6-875D-4B0D-A295-900A0482F523/Unofficial/7_s.shtml

    Here’s the link

  25. Maureen said on 8 Nov 2011 at 7:46 pm:
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    Nothing in for PWC yet.

  26. Anonymous said on 8 Nov 2011 at 7:55 pm:
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    I sure hope the Colgan has to wave goodbye.

  27. Maureen said on 8 Nov 2011 at 8:14 pm:
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    Looks like ham is coming up in the Polls

    Last Reported: Nov 8 2011 7:59PM EST

    Paul B. Ebert 3,752 97.75%

    Write In 86 2.24%

  28. Maureen said on 8 Nov 2011 at 8:17 pm:
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    Chairman - Board of Supervisors
    (PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY)

    Last Reported: Nov 8 2011 8:00PM EST

    Corey A. Stewart 188 44.13%

    Babur B. Lateef 178 41.78%

    John S. Gray 60 14.08%

  29. Prester John said on 8 Nov 2011 at 8:19 pm:
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    In Manassas and MP Colgan is running 5-6% points behind what he got in 2007.

  30. Joe Doc said on 8 Nov 2011 at 8:20 pm:
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    Bob Marshall won Manassas Park. Was that expected?

  31. madmom said on 8 Nov 2011 at 8:56 pm:
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    Voted for Ham at Weems Elementary. Slow but steady there.

  32. Lugnut said on 8 Nov 2011 at 9:49 pm:
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    Colgan Won Manassas Park and Manassas… Gordy is done!!!

  33. Anonymous said on 8 Nov 2011 at 10:02 pm:
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    Sad, SAD, news.

  34. Joe Doc said on 8 Nov 2011 at 10:22 pm:
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    If Gordon loses this race, is he poised to run again when Colgan retires?

  35. Lugnut said on 8 Nov 2011 at 10:36 pm:
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    and Down goes Gordy, Down goes Gordy.. bbpppaappaabbappp didy ba..

    Chuck Colgan BEAT Bob McDonald, The AG and LT Gov…. and the ENTIRE
    Republican Party of Virginia..

  36. Anonymous said on 8 Nov 2011 at 10:39 pm:
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    Maybe it is time to move elsewhere, with like minded people.

  37. Joe Doc said on 8 Nov 2011 at 10:47 pm:
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    Colgan has strong support from right-leaning people who will not support Colgan’s future replacement. Gordy has demonstrated he can win votes in this district. With another cycle to work on his campaign, his chances next time are good. Unless, of course, Lugnut wheels Colgan out with his oxygen tank in tow.

  38. Brian said on 8 Nov 2011 at 10:49 pm:
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    Don Richardson going to lose tonight. Math Investigations claims another victim!

  39. m said on 8 Nov 2011 at 11:21 pm:
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    Looks like it going to be 20/20.

  40. Gene Masseth said on 8 Nov 2011 at 11:25 pm:
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    @James Young: everyone pays taxes, you tard. Sales tax, property tax (even if you rent, the landlord’s property tax is figured into your rent), Medicare tax, social security tax, fuel tax, car tax…

  41. ..... said on 9 Nov 2011 at 12:19 am:
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    “Chuck Colgan BEAT Bob McDonald, The AG and LT Gov…. and the ENTIRE
    Republican Party of Virginia..”

    You sure about that?

    “A tie of the Senate would likely favor Republicans since any tie-breaking vote would be cast by Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, who is a Republican.”

    I bet Chuckles doesn’t finish out the next year.

  42. ..... said on 9 Nov 2011 at 12:22 am:
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    Also, money that the dems had to spend on keeping Chuckles in power is money that they didn’t have to spend on Carl Genthner, who once again helped demonstrate that Manassas Park is not a liberal stronghold by any means.

  43. Lugnut said on 9 Nov 2011 at 12:32 am:
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    Well, the Money Bobby Mac spent trying to take out Colgan could have been used to bring Miller Baker and Jeff Frederick into the Senate.

    I spent sometime with a few members of Colgan’s family today. If Gordy runs in four years, he will have an opponent named Colgan. Gordy is done in PWC Politics.

  44. Mitch Skins said on 9 Nov 2011 at 12:33 am:
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    I have to say i wonder if Glen Hill and Jackson Miller feel stupid for coming out so strongly against Colgan with that Gordy ad. I had heard the Colgan camp was pulling for Hill and were close with Miller. I guess they thought Gordy would win it.

  45. Jan F said on 9 Nov 2011 at 1:09 am:
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    I am pretty glad the Democrats kept the 29th district. With all the negative campaigning from the Republican party i got in the mail this election and the way the republican representatives were acting at the polls when I went to vote today it seemed like the flew in some members of the Westboro Baptist Church to help out with this campaign.

  46. Lugnut said on 9 Nov 2011 at 1:21 am:
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    Jackson Miller is no Harry Parrish. Miller is all about Miller and puts the Party before the Public. I don’t think they expected any less from Miller.

    The Colgan’s feel extremely betrayed by Glen Hill.

  47. legal2 said on 9 Nov 2011 at 5:00 am:
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    “The Colgan’s feel extremely betrayed by Glen Hill.”

    Well, Catholics who know better are betrayed by Colgan. If he were as pro-life as people *think*, libs would be complaining - they aren’t.

  48. Steve Thomas said on 9 Nov 2011 at 5:07 am:
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    What I want to know is in the case of a tie, which party claims the maajority leader position. Does Dick Saslaw have to give up the gavel? Who decides the makeup of the committees? Saslaw didn’t afford the GOP any consideration on proportional representation on the various committees (where most of the House bills get killed). Will he now expect the GOP to use proportional “fairness” from the GOP, something that he never afforded to the GOP” Lastly, In the case a tied Senate, GOP dominated House, and GOP gov, whose Congressional redistricting bill gets passed? Going to be a very interesting GA session next year.

  49. citizenofmanassas said on 9 Nov 2011 at 5:14 am:
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    Jan F,

    Can you provide specific examples of negative campaigning? Of course not, because you are the typical liberal. There is nothing close to Westboro here, and you know it, but again being the good lib that you are, you can’t help but be so negative. Why don’t you go back to watching MSDNC.

  50. citizenofmanassas said on 9 Nov 2011 at 5:17 am:
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    A first time candidate almost takes out one of the longest serving members of the State Senate, and the libs are making it out to be an upset win for the illegal alien and high tax supporting guy.

  51. Pat said on 9 Nov 2011 at 6:44 am:
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    I guess Gordy will be spending some time at his Small Business that he runs - ie, his vacation home that he rents.

    The last thing we need in Richmond is more DC lobbyists. Colgan won. Colgan did not sent out negative messages that Gordy was using, distorting his record. Colgan started the process of getting rid of the car tax. He IS Pro-Life! The Democratic party may have changed while he has held public office (40 some odd years), but Colgan has not changed. You may not agree with him, but at least respect him - he is a good man.

  52. Prester John said on 9 Nov 2011 at 7:39 am:
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    If you look at the statewide results you have to admit that Dem senate did an excellent job protecting their people in the redistricting scheme they came up with.

  53. Joe Doc said on 9 Nov 2011 at 8:37 am:
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    The left is good at protecting their power (when was the last time a government program was eliminated because it worked?)

    Representing tax-paying constituents? Well, not so much.

  54. Anonymous said on 9 Nov 2011 at 8:54 am:
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    “legal2 said on 9 Nov 2011 at 5:00 am: Flag comment

    “The Colgan’s feel extremely betrayed by Glen Hill.”

    Well, Catholics who know better are betrayed by Colgan. If he were as pro-life as people *think*, libs would be complaining - they aren’t.

    That is just stupid, the pro-abortion side hates Colgan, read below from the last session.

    Puckett joined his Democratic colleague Sen. Chuck Colgan in voting for SB 924, thus giving the Senate Republican caucus the tie it needed to pass the bill (with Lieutenant Governor Bolling’s tie-breaking vote). Sens. Puckett and Colgan’s votes were feted by the Family Foundation, which described these senators as “…brave pro-life senators…[who] resisted pressure from their caucus’ leadership

    The Catholic faith is pro-life cradle to grave

  55. VRC said on 9 Nov 2011 at 9:16 am:
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    If Colgan were a “brave pro-life senator” he would use his seniority and influence to push his party to defending the rights of the unborn, not just sit back and wait for the rare occasion when a decent bill sneaks out of committee. Open your mouth, Chuck, and use your few remaining years on this earth to vigorously and loudly trumpet the cause of protecting all innocent human life. Don’t hide your light under a democratic-controlled bushel basket and all of that…

  56. Brian said on 9 Nov 2011 at 9:46 am:
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    Dems also just lost the ability to influence the Congressional redistricting process which means we will likely end up with the maps that were leaked earlier this year. All that blustering and the state delegation will stay at 8/3.

  57. K.O'toole said on 9 Nov 2011 at 10:05 am:
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    The Catholic faith is pro-life cradle to grave

    unless you support hugh fin’s black widow with our taxes and tax-and-spend dems are not family friendly

  58. Wineplz said on 9 Nov 2011 at 10:30 am:
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    Thanks for the link @Maureen. Not a big fan of Wally Covington, and glad to see so many write ins against him (hopefully all for Jeanine Lawson, like I wrote in). Hope he gets the point (if he didn’t during the primary election).
    Voted at Cedar Point, Brentsville District, right around lunchtime yesterday and there wasn’t a lot of people, but it was steady. It definitely is going to take me a little longer to get used to NOT seeing Bob Marshall on my ballots anymore (was SD 29 and HD 13, but now 28 and 50). Weird thing is that our voting precinct is a split between SD 28 and SD 29 (though we all fall in the same HD), and several people were confused as to which district they fell in (even after being told by the election volunteers). The volunteers told me it made for the most interesting election day in a while since they had to double-check a person’s SD and make sure to put them on the correct machine so that they’d have the correct ballot.

  59. Riley said on 9 Nov 2011 at 11:01 am:
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    Reasonable and Rational - the police car at Swans Creek always parks there because it is an elementary school and nearly every school in the county has police cars parked at them. And it isn’t the highest minority precinct in the county, either. There is a large minority population, but it is a big mixture from all over the world and includes Asians and Arabs as well with a Caucasian plurality.

  60. Jan F said on 9 Nov 2011 at 11:08 am:
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    @citizen of manassas Gordy didn’t almost take out Colgan the republican party did. Gordy did nothing look at his resume. and key word there ALMOST a win is a win. With the negative acting at the poll i was at i met Colgan and one of the republican workers he went up to him to shoot the shit and he wouldn’t even Shake his hand. When i was leaving a group of young girls were chanting and acting rude towards a school board member. NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN? ARE YOU SERIOUS. DID YOU NOT GET ONE FLYER AT YOUR HOUSE? Oh well just a good example of good vs evil.

  61. Jan F said on 9 Nov 2011 at 11:10 am:
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    Senator Colgan goes to our church he is a die hard catholic and pro life Bottom line the government will never pass a bill banning abortions. So why would he waste his time?

  62. Reasonable and Rational said on 9 Nov 2011 at 11:11 am:
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    I live next to an elementary school and never see police cars

  63. Glenn Jackson said on 9 Nov 2011 at 11:14 am:
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    Why do Colgan supporters whine so much?

    “They felt betrayed by Glenn Hill and Jackson Miller”, come on people, is this a sleepover for 13 year old girls or a State Senate campaign for goodness sakes!

  64. Faithful said on 9 Nov 2011 at 11:16 am:
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    @ Jan - did you get that thinking from the pulpit there at Todos Santos? Sounds like it.

  65. Doug Brown said on 9 Nov 2011 at 11:53 am:
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    COM said:

    “A first time candidate almost takes out one of the longest serving members of the State Senate,…”

    COM,
    “Almost” doesn’t quite cut it, does it? Colgan wins, Manassas loses.

    The Catholic Church thread that has run thru this thread is testament to how Manassas has lost with Colgan over the last decade.

    Lugnut’s postings provides amusing insights to this Irish Catholic of the local thugocracy that makes Manassas the failed community which it has been over the last decade, especially the Catholic community, led by our own ‘pay to pray’ Bob, a disaster of a pastor if there’s ever been one.

    Brave Sir Lugnut’s subliminal: ‘Gordy, U’ll never beat a Colgan in this life, or the next!’ is childish political taunting at its most juvenile, and typical of a self-designated anonymous ‘insider’ to a local political family which believes its authority is derived from its family name rather than their fellow citizens. I guess next election might alternatively be considered a referendum: Colgan Serf vs. Free Virginian?

    I couldn’t wade thru all of Gordy’s mailings, they may have saved a post office position or two, but if Miller and Fine did openly support Gordy, then I’m glad I voted for both of them.

    Meanwhile, a new city slogan might help to heal the rifts of the Gordy-Colgan match-up, how about: Let’s Chuck It All!

  66. JOE said on 9 Nov 2011 at 12:31 pm:
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    “Lugnut said on 9 Nov 2011 at 1:21 am:
    Jackson Miller is no Harry Parrish. Miller is all about Miller and puts the Party before the Public. I don’t think they expected any less from Miller.
    The Colgan’s feel extremely betrayed by Glen Hill.”

    Hey “Nut” Republicans are not supposed to support Democrats! Period! That is what is wrong with the party now.

    Colgan is a nice guy but doesn’t have the same republican values as Hill or Miller, so they should have supported their fellow republican.

    You must be a Dem.

  67. Anonymous said on 9 Nov 2011 at 1:43 pm:
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    Hey Joe, Hill is Pro-Choice, you must be an idiot.

    Regardless of party they get paid by ALL the people they represent.
    While Policitians run on a platform they need to do what is best for
    Country, the State and then the party. Thats whats wrong with the
    Republican Party. Clowns like you make the tent to small.

  68. Doug Brown said on 9 Nov 2011 at 1:51 pm:
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    @Anonymous,

    Last time I looked the Sheriff office is not a legislative office.

  69. Man of Reason said on 10 Nov 2011 at 1:59 pm:
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    Why are you so anti-immigrant Greg? Arent you and your parents French Canadien. Your a hypocrit

  70. Greg L said on 10 Nov 2011 at 3:39 pm:
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    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dumber comment in all my life. How is noting that someone brought in foreign nationals to help in a Virginia election “anti-immigrant” other than the opportunity for you to take cheap (and wrongful, ignorant) shots at me and my family?

    Another example of how liberals aren’t quite the kinder, more enlightened beings they make themselves out to be.

  71. Henry said on 11 Nov 2011 at 11:16 am:
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    Love how this guy called “Anonymous” has the sack to call anybody an idiot.

    Pro-life / pro-choice is an issue for those who make the law, not those who enforce the law. Your buddy (or maybe it is you) ran on a platform he can’t even stand on , so who is really the idiot?

    You and your ilk just need to go away.

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