There’s probably no one in the General Assembly more hated by the homosexual lobby than Delegate Bob Marshall, so each election year whichever far-left wingnut in the district despises Marshall the most will mount a campaign to try to unseat him. This wonderfully amusing bi-annual comedy to see if the Washington Blade’s endorsed candidate, backed with money from the Virginia Partisans Gay And Lesbian Club can somehow garner enough votes to not thoroughly embarrass themselves is simply great entertainment. Bob Marshall always trounces them, and two years later, like clockwork, another completely unsuitable candidate is lead to electoral slaughter before they slink back into obscurity and decide that politics in Prince William County is better left to others.
The mechanical regularity of this drama is quite remarkable. Either there isn’t any constituency in the Democratic party other than hard-core homosexual activists or the Democratic Party is utterly incapable of recruiting candidates that are in any way suitable for this District. Democrats will run somebody though, no matter how awful it makes them look.
A few months back a fairly “progressive” political neophyte by the name of Pat Casula announced he was going to run and announced a campaign kickoff. Right about the time that was supposed to happen, Casula’s website was suddenly replaced with the message “website not found please try again later” and I thought perhaps he’d reconsidered the idea of wasting the kind of money and effort it would take to get defeated by a respectable rather than a thoroughly demoralizing margin by Bob Marshall. More likely the Democrat power brokers told him, as they’ve told so many others, that he was not welcome to run and must shutter his campaign.
Today I’ve learned there’s a new candidate by the name of Donna Sellinger picking up the torch. She’s got everything of importance that Casula does not — namely she’s a lesbian. Utterly devoid of any relevant experience to be a delegate she is much closer to the kind of candidates the homosexual lobby really wants to push in their effort to rid Virginia of the author of the Marriage Amendment. This is a candidate that would probably make mainstream democrats in Fairfax a bit squeamish, but the Virginia Partisans apparently think she’s perfect for Prince William County.
Donna has some interesting notions about public service. She apparently thinks that serving her community means going to school to study web development, according to her website. Her tenure as “a successful entrepreneur” was so obviously successful that her LinkedIn profile doesn’t even mention the name of the company, which isn’t that surprising since the “porfolio” of “Expressive Designs” includes websites that have never moved beyond the “in construction phase,” obscure personal blogs, websites that have been moribund since 2005 and the business hasn’t apparently moved from the incubator space in her basement since it was founded in 1997. Her next stab at success was teaching at Northern Virginia Community College, where it appears she teaches a single course. So of course, it’s time to look for the next opportunity to fail, which she hopes might be as a Delegate in the General Assembly.
Holy smokes. I never thought I’d find a candidate for office that could make Bruce Roemmelt actually look good. What a disaster.
She does have military experience, though. After spending all the time and effort to get a master’s Degree in Physical Education she left teaching to join the Army Reserves for some reason. Or should we say that she almost certainly provided false information about her sexual orientation to a recruiter, as at the time homosexuals could not enlist in the armed forces, in order to get a job where she could escape being a teacher. We don’t know how long she served, or what rank she attained, or even whether she retired, which is quite unusual in a bio that talks about military service. Those are actual accomplishments people can understand rather than pablum about being the “successful entrepreneur” whose company is difficult to consider “successful” in any way.
Oh, and she served on the Board of Directors for the Benedictine Sisters Monastery, which I am absolutely certain must have been fully informed about her sexual identity, making a conscious decision that they absolutely needed to have a lesbian on the board of a Catholic nunnery. Maybe it was the gleam in her eye as she was interviewed for the position that made this possible. Oh, enough. I’m going to stop myself from saying anything more about that before I get myself into trouble with my Catholic friends, but this is the funniest thing I’ve heard since learning how Gerry Connolly’s stint as a prospective Catholic priest went.
Any bets on how long it will be before this campaign evaporates as well?
I love being in the 13th District. It never gets boring.
UPDATE: Plenty of people have been wondering where Sellinger came from, as she hasn’t ever been politically active before and nobody knows who she is. The word I got this afternoon is that one evening Delegate Mark Sickles was hanging out in his favorite lesbian karoke bar in Alexandria and struck up a conversation with Sellinger. After Sellinger told him she lived in Prince William County, Sickles suggested she might want to run for the House of Delegates. Well, wouldn’t you know, that’s what she did. And now we know that the way the Democratic Party recruits candidates in Prince William County is to see if anybody frequenting gay bars in Alexandria lives in the county. Perfect!
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