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The Comstock Coronation Derailed?

By Greg L | 9 February 2014 | 13th HOD District, US Congress | 3 Comments

A credible source has tipped me off that in the next few days Delegate Bob Marshall will announce a run for the 10th Congressional District, having obtained the level of grassroots support he feels he needs to run a strong and credible campaign for Congress.  Barbara Comstock may well have a real race on her hands, instead of the coronation it seems that some have tried to engineer in this race.

There’s a host of other candidates and potential candidates who have jumped at this opportunity, from former 10th District Chairman Howie Lind and policy wonk¬†Stephen Hollingshead, all the way down to the narcissist gadfly Tareq Salahi and the miserable Rob Wasinger who has since announced he will not run. Among this list of candidates, only Comstock and Marshall have experience as elected officials and between those two Marshall’s record is much broader, highly distinguished, and far more reliably conservative, although either would probably acquit of themselves well in the office. As for the political newbies, they range from quite interesting to downright ridiculous, but probably don’t stand much of a chance running against a Democrat nominee who almost certainly will have a record of elected experience.

This race is getting a lot more interesting, and that almost certainly is a good thing.

UPDATE: It’s official now, Bob is in.

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  1. Stephen Spiker said on 12 Feb 2014 at 8:43 pm:
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    I take umbrage at the implication here that anyone tried to “arrange” anything for Comstock. She is a formidable candidate because she combines broad support across the conservative spectrum, from pro-life to fiscal issues, with a proven ability to win competitive, expensive, and highly-targeted campaigns. This is due to her background, her savvy political skills, and her rock-solid conservative credentials, which is why prominent conservatives of all stripes are backing her campaign.

    The fact that she’s the front-runner isn’t something anybody had to “arrange” for her; it’s something she earned and continues to earn.

    Bob Marshall thought he had grassroots support in 2012 as well; he ended up with 6% of the primary vote. He’s run a campaign for some office or another 7 times in the past 8 years. Most importantly, his obsession with homosexuality and abortion represent the worst of what the Republican Party has to offer, and his weak tea and desperate smears of his own colleague (and likely nominee) show the type of man he really is.

  2. Observer said on 13 Feb 2014 at 7:17 am:
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    I like Bob Marshall. Should Conservative forces decide he is the Republican candidate, that pretty much insures a Democrat will win.

    The republican Party has to stop pandering to its extreme right element in selections such as this and think about winning. Face it, Bob Marshall makes EW Jackson look like a liberal. We saw how EW Jackson worked out.

    Comstock can win, all Marhalll and others wishing their fifteen minutes of fame to add “Candidate” to their resume will do is cost Comstock campaign money she needs for the general election.

    Keep Bob in Richmond. He’s doing great work there.

  3. James Young said on 2 Mar 2014 at 4:50 pm:
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    While I consider Bob a friend — for more than two decades — and categorically reject “Observer’s” first two paragraphs (I question anyone who uses the generalization “extreme right element”), nearly 70 is just too darn old to get on the Capitol Hill seniority merry-go-round.

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