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.
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.
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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