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Goin’ On A RINO Hunt…

By Greg L | 9 April 2012 | Virginia Politics, Prince William County | 11 Comments

The press release that Corey Stewart will announce his campaign for Lieutenant Governor on Wednesday has caused a predictable feeding frenzy among the media and their sudden attention to this race is smoking out a whole bunch of potential challengers.  That list of those who might join this contest is a conservative blogger’s dream, rich with some of the biggest RINOs in Virginia.  This target-rich environment is going to be awfully entertaining.

Bearing Drift is reporting that Keith Fimian has declined a bid, which makes a lot of sense given that he’s never won an election before.  Lieutenant Governor isn’t quite an “entry level” position no matter how much money you can raise, so I applaud him for keeping his powder dry and waiting for a better opportunity.  It’s a smart decision.

In contrast to this good judgment, Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis is considering a political comeback according to Mason Conservative, and eyeing the LG spot.  This is the same former State Senator who tried and utterly failed to rescue her last campaign from disaster by inviting New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to come campaign for her during her last election.  Bloomberg, a gun control advocate of the highest order, has been singularly focused on inserting himself into the politics of what Virginia’s gun laws should be.  Having a Michael Bloomberg candidate run for a state-wide Republican nomination in Virginia is utter lunacy and an open invitation to absolutely ignite every Second-Amendment issue advocacy organization in the Commonwealth.

State Senator Jeff McWaters has been consistently mentioned as a potential candidate, and he’s still potentially running.  Now that McWaters has gone on record to ensure that illegal aliens can be unlawfully employed in Virginia without consequence, it ought to be an interesting race between the tough on illegal aliens Corey Stewart, and the guy that wants businesses to continue to employ them.

Political consultant Pete Snyder is also reported to be considering a bid, apparently missing the memo that Keith Fimian got.  Somebody, quick, post it on facebook so Snyder can figure this out, too.

Here’s the details on Corey Stewart’s campaign announcement.  I encourage readers to be there.

WOODBRIDGE, VA – Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart will be announcing his candidacy to become the next Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

WHAT:Corey Stewart Announcement of Candidacy for Lieutenant Governor

WHEN: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

WHERE: Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center

Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge, VA 22191

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  1. Classic Rock said on 9 Apr 2012 at 4:57 pm:
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    So that leaves the Chairman of the PWCBOS open in the next election. I hope Maureen Caddigan steps up to fill the void. She would be a great replacement.

  2. Colin B. said on 9 Apr 2012 at 5:13 pm:
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    Draft Greg L. for PWC Chairman!

  3. Just the Facts said on 9 Apr 2012 at 5:39 pm:
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    Corey has said he won’t resign as BOCS Chair while running for LG. That means the job won’t come open unless he wins LG. With all due respect to my friend Greg, my choice for PWC Chair if Corey leaves is John Stirrup!

  4. Classic Rock said on 9 Apr 2012 at 5:55 pm:
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    So, I guess Cory has a “lot of confidence” in his ability to win the Lt Gov … oh, I forgot, he won’t resign while running …… “things that make you go hum ….”

  5. Lovettsville Lady said on 9 Apr 2012 at 10:35 pm:
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    John Stirrup would be a good candidate for PWC Chairman.

    Jeannemarie doesn’t stand a chance against Corey. With the current metro debacle, the Devolites-Davis family might want to consider a different political party. Being anti Second Amendment, pro gay marriage, pro MWAA, and pro metro phase II, doesn’t play well in the republican party. They may well have moved beyond the RINO label.

  6. Cherokee said on 10 Apr 2012 at 5:27 am:
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    Jeannemarie? Is she serious? Laughable at best. Her voting record was so bad Republicans voted for Chap Petersen just to shut her up.

  7. Robert L. Duecaster said on 10 Apr 2012 at 9:09 am:
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    Don’t forget pro illegal-alien. The great Illegal Invasion took place during Davis’ watch without a word being uttered by that RINO.

    Greg: Score me some Corey bumper stickers, please. I can’t make it to the rally.

  8. Chris said on 10 Apr 2012 at 8:12 pm:
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    Question for my Prince William brethren . . . did Corey Stewart raise taxes in Prince William County this year?

  9. Greg L said on 10 Apr 2012 at 10:34 pm:
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    The tax rate isn’t fully settled yet, but Corey is pushing for the same rate we had last year and stands a good chance of getting it. Those folks in Augusta and Fluvanna aren’t quite as fortunate.

  10. Riley said on 11 Apr 2012 at 12:02 pm:
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    Agreed, JTF. John Stirrup would make a superb BOCS Chairman and would be the logical choice.

  11. David C.F. Ray said on 12 Apr 2012 at 9:01 am:
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    Just some historical trivia …

    From 1893 to today, 23 men — no women — have been elected Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 32 statewide elections. Twenty were Democrats, and three (John Dalton in 1973, John Hager in 1997, and Bill Bolling in 2005 and 2009) were Republicans. Five Lieutenant Governors have collectively sought re-election nine times (most recently Don Beyer-D in 1993 and Bill Bolling-R in 2009), and in all nine times the incumbent was successful.

    Thirteen Lieutenant Governors came from the State Senate, though two were former State Senators when elected. Five came from the House of Delegates, and all were in the House when elected. Two (Dick Davis-D in 1981 and Tim Kaine-D in 2001) were former Mayors when elected. And three never held or sought any elective office prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor — Chuck Robb-D in 1977 (he actually defeated two Delegates in his primary), Don Beyer-D in 1989 (who outfiled convention delegates enough over State Sen. Dick Saslaw to force Sen. Saslaw out of the race BEFORE the convention), and John Hager-R in 1997).

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