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Volunteer Where It’s Smart

By Greg L | 1 November 2014 | Gerry Connolly, Manassas Park, Manassas City, US Congress, Prince William County | 5 Comments

So you’re moderately active in politics and wouldn’t mind lending a few hours to volunteer for a campaign where your contribution might make a difference?  Yes, there are opportunities where your time won’t be wasted.

Best Bets

Suzanne Scholte for Congress: Conventional wisdom suggests that no matter how good a candidate Republicans field in the badly-gerrymandered 11th Congressional District, the awful Gerry Connolly will be returned to Congress every time.  That “wisdom” is wrong.  The dynamics in this race are quite unusual, with Scholte pulling in rather stunning levels of support from ethnic minorities in the district that usually are reliable Democrat votes and with Obama’s agenda on the ballot (as Obama himself put it) there’s a strong and quite difficult to measure impact on turnout developing.  This is one of the best opportunities one could hope for to rid Congress of one of it’s most hyper-partisan leftists and replace him with a truly inspiring alternative, while sending an unequivocal message that the Obama message of “hope and change” has failed America and we need a new direction.

Marc Aveni for Manassas City Council:  Manassas has been on a tax-and-spend binge of late that threatens to seriously undermine a lot of good things happening in the city of late.  This fiscal irresponsibility can be laid directly at the feet of a group of brazenly corrupt so-called “Republicans” who are about to join with one or more Democrats to dig this hole a lot deeper.  Sending a strong message by making sure Marc Aveni is at the top of the ballot results is about the only way to encourage those persuadable votes on the Manassas City Council to take a step back from the spending ledge and stop pandering to Muslims and abortionists on land use decisions in the city.  If Marc barely hangs on, or is unimaginably defeated on Tuesday there’s not a whole lot left that can possibly put some brakes on the worst of the Council’s decision-making for the next two years.

Preston Banks for Manassas Park City Governing Board: The usual ridiculous shenanigans in Manassas Park have calmed down one heck of a lot since Preston got on the board as he’s been a voice for fiscal responsibility and good governance, and it’s paid off.  If you want to play some “long ball” for the next few days, making sure Banks has an opportunity to build on his record and build his resume for possible opportunities for higher office, this is a young, smart, appealing elected official who could make a difference in the future.  Investing some time “building the bench” is what smart ball clubs do to get themselves towards championships, and what smart activists do to consistently win top-of-the-ballot elections year after year.

Time Wasters

Barbara Comstock for Congress:  Were it not for her ridiculously inept competition, Comstock would be in quite a bit trouble after making it perfectly clear that she doesn’t want help from conservatives in this election.  As it is, that John Foust has handed Comstock this election on a silver platter with his miscues just to help cement in Barbara Comstock’s mind that conservatives don’t matter.  The wider Comstock’s margin of victory is, the more establishment moderates will crow that crapping all over conservatives is the proven method for winning elections.  Ah, if only the conservatives I know in the 10th were aware of the unfathomable disdain this campaign has had for conservative activists instead of cheerleading for a candidate who not only hasn’t earned their trust, but finds them repugnant.

Rob Wittman for Congress: Wittman is running against a ridiculous rabid Marxist with no hope of winning.  Your help is needed elsewhere, but make sure you do vote for Wittman on Tuesday if you’re in his district.

Ed Gillespie for Senate: This one looks closer than it did just a few weeks ago, and it’s even possible (albeit unlikely) that Gillespie can pull it out on Tuesday.  Still, electing an amnesty for illegal aliens supporter, establishment lobbyist who incongruously seems to believe that big government intrusion into state and local issues is a good idea if your intents are right makes no sense at all.  Republicans will take the US Senate without Gillespie’s help, but if he does pull it off don’t expect to see it improve at all.  As for your vote on Tuesday about the only good pulling the lever for Ed will do is hopefully send a message to Washington that Obama’s policies are wrong.  The shelf life of that kind of benefit is distressingly short, though.

Sheryl Bass For Manassas City Council: If you like having your taxes raised so your money can be handed over to the wife of another Council member and Bass can attend another private wine and cheese soiree with her ballet friends, here’s where you can help.  There’s a reason (well, plenty of them) this person was voted off the City Council a few years back.  She’s indistinguishable in every way from the Democrats running alongside her (with her quiet endorsement) and brings nothing other than the marginal argument that she is demonstrably more qualified than Patricia Ritchie-Folks - an awfully low bar to hurdle.

Just a few hours spent in the right places can make a difference, especially the lower you go on the ballot.  You have a few hours to spare between now and when polling places close on Tuesday - make them count as much as you can.

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  1. Mary said on 2 Nov 2014 at 6:58 am:
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    Amazed that a totally unprepared and unqualified candidate like Patricia Ritchie Folks is even being considered by Manassas voters again!

  2. Manassas Voter said on 2 Nov 2014 at 8:52 am:
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    This voter continues to be disgusted by Sheryl Bass. She has been playing games with voters since her failed “write in campaign” two years ago when she lost the REPUBLICAN nomination to Ian Lovejoy fair and square. She TOLD ME TO MY FACE then that she was a FAITHFUL Republican! Now she so obviously gangs up against her Republican running mate Marc Aveni with the two loudest mouth school board bullies ever Pam Sebesky and Tim Demeria, Mark Wolfe the opportunist, AND the loony lefty Democratic Party in Manassas to get rid of him. Everyone in my neighborhood knows its because Aveni asks too many questions about low school performance in Manassas City relative to higher school funding in Manassas than other localites. They all want this good man gone. Shame on you Sheryl, you do not have any votes in this household!

  3. Donna said on 2 Nov 2014 at 12:06 pm:
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    I have to disagree with your assessment of both Comstock and Gillespie. The candidates to the Manassas city council I am not as familiar with.

    I know you are disappointment your candidate Bob Marshall did not win. Folks in Marshall district and across NOVA are still angry how he treated Barbara and his disparaging comments towards her. He has lost support in his own district.

    The facts are Comstock has received the endorsements from many strong conservatives such as Rick Santorum,Mark Levin,Peggy Nance,and Sean Hannity to name just a few. Comstock is a very strong,intelligent candidate who has one of the best grassroots organization and fundraising capabilities I have ever seen in place. Susan Falconer her campaign manager is very organized and capable. The Dems have thrown everything and everyone at her. To dismiss her campaign efforts and her own capability as a strong campaigner is wrong. She has been out and about in her district everyday and everywhere personally asking folks for their support. The Dems would have wiped up Marshall with a mop not only with their own grassroots efforts and fundraising capabilities but with the ammo Bob would have given them with some of his controversial statements.

    I have been helping the Gillespie campaign as well as they have shown a strong grassroots efforts with Ed out working Mark warner. This effort has led to Ed coming within a 4% margin.

    I have also been helping Suzanne Scholte and Micah Edmond. I admire both of these candidates for their willingness to jump into the race in an uphill battle against their opponents. I have been very impressed with Suzanne and her chutzpah against Connolly. Like Comstock she has been a real fighter against their male opponents. Micah is a very impressive candidate as well. I have been attending candidate forums with both candidates.

    Let’s help all of these fine candidates who are our best hope of winning the election.

  4. Anonymous said on 2 Nov 2014 at 1:23 pm:
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    Will Sheryl Bass publicly denounce the Facebook group Bi-partisan Support for Manassas and Manassas Votes and the Manassas Education Foundation PAC since all three have been caught lying about Aveni and his record?

    All three groups have endorsed her and the two democrats against Aveni and have been caught posting old pictures of roads with weeds that have since been paved and saying schools receive less money in Manassas than neighboring jurisdictions all because of Aveni, all false. She claims loudly that the endorsement is without her support, so step up Sheryl and support your fellow Republican and tell the good voters of Mananass where you stand please! Voters want to know who you really are?

  5. Greg L said on 2 Nov 2014 at 3:27 pm:
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    Donna, I appreciate your support for these candidates and wholly agree that their opponents are not worthy of anyone’s support.

    Having seen how both Comstock and Gillespie treated other Tea Party organizers and board members this election cycle - both before and after the primaries, it is very clear to me that neither of these campaigns were interested in our support, speaking with us, or even paying lip service to addressing any concerns we had. I have never seen candidates for office treat conservative activists as poorly as these two campaigns have nor see anyone ever make it utterly clear that they wanted nothing to do with us. I’ve seen both of them exhibit more respect for liberal Democrats than they ever were going to begrudge conservatives.

    The message I personally received from these two campaigns is “we don’t want your help”, so I’m taking them at their word. They can win without me, and most likely one will. More power to them, but they better not expect I’m going to lift a finger for them after this mistreatment no matter the circumstances. I have plenty of other things to do than carry water for people that treat me and my friends like crap.

    Thankfully with at least one of them I won’t be compelled to consider voting for them. As for the other, well, I’m still pondering. I assume “not needing help” would include not needing my vote as well.

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