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Breaking: Colgan To Step Aside

By Greg L | 25 June 2014 | 29th VA Senate | 7 Comments

We’ve been waiting, and waiting, and finally the time has come.  The Gainesville Times is reporting that Senator Chuck Colgan is not going to seek re-election in 2015.

There are a lot of potential candidates on all sides with a political pedigree, and of course a lot that don’t have one, all of whom are going to start building their campaigns in earnest right now.  This is going to be an expensive, difficult, and extremely high-profile race that neither side can really afford to lose.

With the Senate currently 20-19 in favor of the Republicans, and Republicans favored to win in the special election, Colgan lost his cushy sixth-floor suite as President Pro-Tem of the Senate.  Since his seat no longer determines which side is in the majority, it’s not terribly surprising that this would be the time when Colgan finally decided to pack it in.  Colgan wasn’t going to face a challenge from any high-profile elected Republicans who had any chance of beating him but now that there won’t be a popular incumbent in the race, I expect we’re going to see quite a few at least consider the opportunity for a promotion.  On the Democrat side, there aren’t a whole lot of viable options beyond Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta, well, nobody, unless Porta moves into the district.

Hold on to your hats, folks.

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  1. John S Gray CPA said on 25 Jun 2014 at 5:59 pm:
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    Corey Stewart is not a viable Republican candidate to succeed Chuck Colgan. He’s toxic on both ends of the political spectrum. He just pushed through a 4.5% real estate tax increase. That simply is not going to draw legions of Republicans to support him for any thing, let alone Senate. He supports the BCP. Anyone think that will draw western end Republicans to support him? His fiscal record in PWC as Chair is a disaster. Recall during the last Budget process Frank Principi D-Woodbridge, stated “Thank You Mr. Chairman. You’re looking more and more like a Democrat every week. I appreciate that”. Anyone think any Republican opponent won’t use any of those in a campaign against him? From the Democrats perspective they could only hope we’d nominate Corey. Its nearing election time and he no longer has any credible claim to the Conservative mantle. His actions lost his base. So, he reverted to the 2007 Corey and went on WMAL a few weeks ago for his annual rant on immigration. He also wants to again sue DHS about releasing illegals. The Dem’s will use those issues as a magnet to GOTV against Corey, no matter who they nominate. If he is the nominee, he emboldens the Dem’s simply because Corey is Corey and Corey will be Corey.

  2. Anonymous said on 25 Jun 2014 at 7:48 pm:
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    Mark Wolfe and Hal Parrish are interested but they just pushed for and barely got approved an even bigger tax increase of 8 plus percent in the City,maybe Jackson Miller but he is making conservatives nervous these days

  3. Brian said on 26 Jun 2014 at 6:38 am:
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    Hasn’t he said the same thing the last two election cycles about not running only to be convinced to stay around? I’ll believe it when I see it. Mcaulliffe/Warner/Kaine will beg him to stay around and I won’t be surprised when he does.

    Jackson Miller is the best bet. I believe the numbers will show that this is a toss-up seat at best.

  4. Scout said on 29 Jun 2014 at 4:15 pm:
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    I don’t understand the part of the post that says Colgan wouldn’t have been opposed by “high profile” Rs who had a chance of beating him. Perhaps what that sentence is attempting to say is that no one had a chance of beating Colgan if he ran, so no one would try.

  5. Pontiac said on 2 Jul 2014 at 8:02 pm:
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    When you have turnout in the 25% range (like it was in 2011 when less than 25,000 people voted) it should be easy for Rs to win this seat, Colgan or no Colgan — it’s just that too many people are oblivious to the power they’d have if only they’d vote every year.

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