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Downticket Fundraising: Obenshain Obliterates and Jackson Keeps Pace

July 16th, 2013

Today at 5:00 PM political nerds in Virginia started looking through campaign filing reports.  Candidates for office in 2013 filed reports for the period from May 30th to June 30th.

Mark Obenshain obliterated Mark Herring in fundraising.  Obenshain more than doubled Herring $479,914 to $206,360.  His Cash on Hand is almost four times as much as Herring’s: $487,044 to $127,680.

This is also a historic record for the same time frame.

Obenshain’s June Fundraising in Context

Jerry Kilgore (2001): $255,318
Don McEachin (2001): $140,415
Bob McDonnell (2005): $178,475
Creigh Deeds (2005): $151,035
Ken Cuccinelli (2009): $291,704 (previous record)
Steve Shannon (2009): $284,733
Mark Obenshain (2013): $479,916

Obenshain is running a steady on message and aggressive campaign.  He is working hard and getting the job done.  While the left is busy tying Cuccinelli to a falling governor, and trying to call a refreshingly honest African American extreme, they have largely left Obenshain to steadily become the best bet of the three to win.

While we need all three to win, recent court decisions make the Attorney General office a crucial office for defending conservative laws.  In light of the Supreme Court’s Prop 8 ruling, an Attorney General who refuses to defend a law in court almost insures the law will be struck down.

Obenshain is a principled conservative who unites the party and is working hard to win in November.  This historic fundraising is yet another encouraging sign from a very well run campaign.

Almost equally amazing is the LG race.  As the “extreme” candidate, and a political neophyte running against a veteran state senator, Jackson was supposed to be the one blown out of the water.  Instead Jackson is neck and neck with Northam.

Northam has $106,184 COH while Jackson has $90,025.  While many have worried that Jackson would crater in the general election, running neck and neck with Northam should be an encouraging sign of what could be a November surprise.

Jackson and Martin are Right: Planned Parenthood’s African American Genocide Makes the KKK Look Insignificant

May 31st, 2013

In the effort to paint Jackson as the most extreme candidate in history, the Democrats and their media allies have latched onto the following statement:

“The Democrat Party has created an unholy alliance between certain so-called  civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood, which has killed unborn black  babies by the tens of millions. Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to  black lives than the KKK ever was.”

Senator Steve Martin took to facebook to defend the Lieutenant Governor Nominee’s statement.

A critical analysis on the truth of EW’s condemned statement, would have to conclude its accuracy… There is in fact an alliance that the democrat party oversees and assures, between people who refer to themselves as civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood was in fact established by Margaret Sanger for the primary purpose of killing black babies (she said so herself in recorded statements). And, it has been successful in carrying out its original mission, killing tens of millions of black babies. And as such, it has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK (another original creation of the democrat party in the south) ever was. click here for full statement

This brought him under fire from the media for daring to compare the liberals most sacred organization to one of the most racist organizations in U.S. history.

Since some are rather intent on vilifying the messenger, let’s take a look at the truth of the statements made.

The Klu Klux Klan is a racist organization that lynched many people for being black or sympathizing with blacks.  That is detestable.

That said, let’s look at the numbers…

Walter Hoye, founder and president of the Issues4Life Foundation, shared those statistics at a press conference on Tuesday where Black clergy and other leaders gathered in response to the guilty verdict in the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of murdering three newborn babies.

“Right now to give some of us just a perspective of the impact of abortion on demand in the Black community, according to the archives of the Tuskegee Institute, from 1882 to 1968 — 86 years — the Ku Klux Klan lynched 3,446 Negroes,” Hoye said. “While it took the Klan 86 years to accomplish this, abortion on demand in America accomplishes that in less than four days.”  full analysis of the numbers can be found at this site.

Another report looked at the annual number of African-Americans aborted and found the following comparable statistics based off of CDC numbers and the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute.

Abortion is the number one killer of black lives in the United States. More than HIV. More than diabetes. More than heart disease. More than cancer. Abortion snuffs out more black lives than all other causes of death, combined (according to the CDC). Using statistics from 2008 (because that is the most recent year available which provides nationwide abortion stats), there were 363,705 abortions in the black community. According to pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, this number represents 30% (the percentage of black abortions) of the nation’s 1,212,350 abortions in 2008. All other causes of death amounted to 285,522.  full details can be found here.

Watch the following video, and tell me based on numbers that Jackson and Martin are wrong.  If they aren’t, you should be just as outraged as they are.

 

Michael Futrell Equates Campaigning with Sacrificing One’s Life in the Military

May 28th, 2013

Yesterday America celebrated Memorial Day.  We remembered the incredible sacrifice our armed services and their families have made of time, hardship, and their own lives to preserve the freedoms we enjoy.  We partied, we rested, and we remembered.

Well, everyone except Michael Futrell.  You would think that someone running to represent a district that includes Quantico Marine Base would take a moment to remember the profound sacrifices made by the U.S. Marine Corps as they won many crucial battles while preserving our freedom.

Instead, many in Eastern Prince William County were astonished to see the following message posted all day long on Michael Futrell’s campaign fb page.

Who is up for knocking some doors today?!!! With your help, we will win the election one neighborhood at a time!
#2makeAdifferenceTakesSacrifice
#ILikeMike
#Futrell4Delegate
www.michaelfutrell.org

Really?  On the day when we are thanking people for sacrificing for our freedoms, you ask people to “sacrifice” to knock doors for you, and never think to thank those who sacrificed by giving their lives so you had the freedom to campaign?  How can Michael Futrell cheapen the real sacrifice of life, limb, and family members that we are remembering today?

Memorial Day is when most Americans talked or listened to people talk about the incredible sacrifices our military has made to protect our freedom.  Michael Futrell wants to represent Quantico, the crossroads of the Marine Corps.  He can’t find the time to say anything about the military, and on the day America uses the word “sacrifice” to refer to the heroism of our military, he uses it to ask people to volunteer for his campaign.

I guess Futrell is so busy “Moving Virginia’s Future Forward” he can’t take a moment to remember the past.

I wonder how people responded when Futrell and his friends “sacrificed” today and bothered people when they were having picnics with their friends…

As a parting thought, here is Mark Dudenhefer’s Memorial Day Greeting.

Dear Neighbor,

Blessed. That is the first work that comes to my mind when I reflect on Memorial Day and all that it means.

In the Bible, Jesus shares with us one of many profound messages in John 15:13 – “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” How blessed are we to have had countless men and women display what Christ describes as the greatest display of love for another defending our freedom?

As you relax, visit with loved ones, and enjoy the sunshine, I hope you will join me in reflecting on how blessed we are in America and in the Commonwealth. Especially, those that laid down their lives for us. Freedom is a gift that we all enjoy every day. We must not forget that it comes at a great cost. I also hope that you will join me in praying for the future of our Nation and for those that are defending our freedom and our livelihood today.

May you and your loved ones have a safe and memorable Memorial Day.

Mark Dudenhefer
Delegate, 2nd District

Update: At 5am the day after Memorial Day, Futrell posted something about our armed forces.  Looks like I’ve gotten him to delete issue pages off his website, and update his fb page.

Mark Obenshain and the Truth About SB 962: Extremist or Gotcha Politics?

May 24th, 2013

Democrats are excited that they have found their chance to paint Mark Obenshain as an “extreme” “uncaring” right winger.  If you listen to his detractors, Mark believes in throwing women in jail for not reporting their miscarriage to the police within 24 hours.

Upon further review, this is actually a situation of seeing a problem, trying to fix it, but then withdrawing the legislation when no solution was available.

So what was the problem?  In May of 2008, a woman in Rockingham Co. entered a plea agreement of counseling, one year probation, and a 30 day suspended sentence for having thrown her newborn baby in the trash.  Because the body was never found, and no evidence was found to counteract the woman’s claim that the baby was stillborn, this was the maximum sentence possible.  In light of this incident, the Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst stated, “I entered that plea deal with great reluctance, but because of the current status of the laws in the United States and the Commonwealth, as well as the lack of evidence in this case, and that we never recovered a body, it was necessary in order to preserve a conviction.”

Naturally since Mark Obenshain’s district includes Rockingham Co., she went to him to try to get the law changed.  Mark received this request almost right before session and worked with the Commowealth’s Attorney and others on the original draft.  The bill he introduced was flawed and he understood that which is why he had absolutely no intention of letting it pass in the form it was introduced.  Mark introduced the bill with the plan of using it as a vehicle to address the problem.  He then met with every women’s group he could including NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and the Family Foundation to try to amend the legislation to address the problem.  The conclusion of these meetings was a realization that any language that would address the problem would have unacceptable unintended consequences.

What was Mark’s response?  He did what every responsible legislator who unsuccessfully tries to address a problem does.  Before any vote was taken on the bill, the bill was “stricken at the request of the patron.

So what was so wrong with what Mark did here?  Is there anything wrong with introducing a flawed piece of legislation in order to amend it to fix a problem?  Of course not.  That happens all the time in politics.  Mark Obenshain was not going to allow legislation to throw women in prison for not reporting a miscarriage to move forward.  The only reason that after four years, this legislation is being discussed again is that a certain party is trying to twist Mark’s record to paint him as extreme.  If the best they can come up with is a bill that he asked be killed, then they are clearly more interested in gotcha politics than pursuing the truth.

For a full statement from Obenshain’s office on the legislation, see below.

“At the request of one of his local Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Senator Obenshain carried legislation (SB 962 of 2009) dealing with a specific law enforcement issue. As sometimes happens, the legislation that emerged was far too broad, and would have had ramifications that neither he nor the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office ever intended. Senator Obenshain is strongly against imposing any added burden for women who suffer a miscarriage, and that was never the intent of the legislation. He explored possible amendments to address the bill’s unintended consequences, and met with representatives of both Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice in an attempt to identify a solution. Ultimately, however, he was not satisfied that any amendment could sufficiently narrow the scope of the bill to eliminate these unintended consequences, so he had the bill stricken at his own request.”

Corey Stewart Continues to Skirt the Law in Upcoming Jackson Attacks

May 14th, 2013

In March we had two waves of anonymous attacks on Scott Lingamfelter followed by some anonymous attacks on Snyder which Jim Riley rather convincingly tied to Stewart.  The beginning of this month two sets of mailers went out under the name of a defunct group named Virginians for Limited Government, attacking many of the candidates and promoting Stewart.  In this situation it was obvious who the mailers were from, and the anonymous attacks continued.  Breitbart ran an article highlighting the highly questionable legality of the Virginians for Limited Government attack pieces.

Now, this is something important to remember, the only people with original access to the addresses, phone numbers, and emails of convention delegates are the campaigns.  So any third party groups contacting convention delegates got their list from a campaign.

Over the weekend, Stewart’s newest line of attack was revealed.  He sees E.W. Jackson as a threat, and has been trying to get people to attack E.W. based on his past bankruptcies.

On Saturday morning I was contacted by a reporter about a document of opposition research he had received about E.W. Jackson’s financial history.  From the email and the properties document on the file, it was clear that this document was created Friday morning, May 10, and forwarded to the reporter.  When I talked to the reporter, I immediately asked if he got the research from Corey, he admitted that he did when I pressed him.

That afternoon, I received an anonymous email from a vatruthsquad2000@gmail.com which released another document of information about tax information on Jackson.  Besides the content, the email also caught my eye because, while it is a different address, it has the same moniker as the vile anti-Stimpson email sent out at the beginning of the month.

As I started researching the Stewart campaigns effort to discredit Jackson based on his financial history, I discovered something even more disturbing. Multiple sources confirmed to me that over the weekend Corey Stewart personally contacted third party groups offering to pay the $12,000.00 if they would send out a $10,000.00 mailer to the convention delegates attacking E.W. for his financial history.  While I am told, that Stewart was turned down by some, I am also told he eventually found someone who agreed.  If you find an anonymous mailer in your mailbox right before the convention, or even after the convention, if the mailer gets stuck in the mail, you will know who it is from.

While I both trust my sources, and generally hate anonymous blog commenters,  I find it interesting that while I was working on verifying sources for this article, an anonymous commenter named, TheGipper, started posting essentially the same story on multiple blogs.

I won’t attempt to be a state campaign law expert, but it sure seems like what Corey has been doing with the anonymous videos/calls, the VLG mailer, and the Jackson attack line is skirting the law.  Virginia’s campaign finance system is built on unlimited money but absolute transparency in disclosing expenditures and donors.  When organizations and campaigns are working hard to conceal donors and expenditures, it sure seems like they are undermining the purpose and premise of the state’s campaign finance system.

Scott Lingamfelter is a Man of Character and Conviction

May 12th, 2013

A couple weeks ago, I attended a Democrat candidate forum.  Astonishingly in Northern Virginia, Scott Lingamfelter is more despised by Liberals than Ken Cuccinelli is.  While every candidate made it clear that they disliked the Attorney General, the hisses and cat calls at the mention of the name “Scott Lingamfelter” were shocking.  They know him as someone who fights aggressively for conservative principles.

Scott Lingamfelter is a man of conviction, and his unapologetic fight for conservative principles is what makes liberals hate him, independent support him, and conservative like myself excited to vote for him this coming Saturday.

I grew up tracking legislation in the VA General Assembly, and noticed early on that Scott regularly sponsored or cosponsored legislation I supported.  In 2011, I had the opportunity to work with Scott when I worked on Jeff Frederick’s campaign.  Scott is a man of incredible loyalty.  When he told Jeff he supported him, he didn’t just offer an endorsement quote, he did everything he could to help Jeff win a crucial race.  I also had the opportunity to view him up close and was impressed by his view of the role of government, his understanding of state issues, and his strategic and aggressive approach to campaigning.

His loyalty and record is why almost every conservative leader in Prince William County is supporting Scott.  They know he is a man of integrity, and a conservative with strong convictions.

It is impossible for anyone to have a record of public service that everyone will agree with 100%, but when viewed as a whole, Scott’s record is that of a conservative warrior.  Scott is the leader in the House of Delegates on the 2nd Amendment.  He is unashamedly pro-life and believes in the importance of traditional marriage.  He is one of the House leaders on school choice.  He is constantly looking for ways to make government more efficient, this is why he introduced the bill to audit VDOT.

Did I mention that when Republicans wanted to restrict a farmers right to use their own land, he fought hard this last session against the establishment for private property owners?  Scott’s committed fight for conservative principles is why conservative leaders like Brenda Pogge, and Dick Black are standing with Scott.

Scott Lingamfelter is a natural born leader, having served in the General Assembly for 12 years he has been the go to guy when it comes to protecting out 2nd Amendment rights. Scott spent considerable time protecting all of our God-given rights during a career in the Army that spanned 28 years! As a matter of fact, former Congressmen Colonel Allen West said, “I would have followed that man to theends of the earth.” Allen West served under Scott’s command and has personally endorsed him! I’ve known Scott for 10 years and have served in the House of Delegates with him for 6 years. He sits behind me and I know that he always “has my back.” In the “Amen Corner” of the chamber where he and I sit we call him “The Colonel.” He is a bulldog and I literally can see Scott Lingamfelter presiding over the Senate more than any other candidate for Lieutenant Governor. ~Brenda Pogge

You should listen to other people who have worked with Scott over the years.

While he has had to respond to some of the underhanded negative attacks leveled at him, as a man of character, Scott has run a clean issues driven race.

He is a campaigner who gets Democrats and independents to vote for him.  He sticks unwaveringly to his convictions, and understands how to lead.  I look forward to supporting Scott Lingamfelter as LG and I hope you will join me on Saturday.

Corey Stewart: “I’m Not A Witch” ..or Drunk or…

May 4th, 2013

Today was Corey Stewart’s day of denials.  Instead of being effective, it put him in the company of Christine O’Donnell.  Today I received an email from Corey Stewart in which he wanted everyone to know he isn’t a drunkard.

“I’ve had ridiculous claims made against me before. False accusations are what some political operatives rely on when they lack a positive agenda and real ideas. But even I was a little surprised at being called a drunk Catholic. Yes, I am a Catholic. No, I’m not a drunk Catholic.

In fact, let’s clear the air: I’ve never been on the wrong side of the law. I’m happily married with two great sons. My life’s record as an employee and an employer is unblemished. And, while I have compassion for those who struggle with addictions, I’ve never undergone treatment for alcohol or drugs. There’s no place in Virginia politics for the kind of false personal attacks that have been leveled at me in recent days.”

First rule of politics, is not to talk about things you want ignored.  Like Christine O’Donnell, who told us “I’m not a witch,” now we all know Corey Stewart “isn’t” a drunkard.

Honestly Corey’s denial of what everyone in Prince William County already knows rings as true as his denial of the anonymous attacks.  You see, Virginians are seeing through the lies that make up Corey’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor, and it seem like he is becoming unhinged.

Read the full email to see him deny all at once, almost every allegation thrown against him including meeting Monica Lewinsky and traveling to Argentina.

(As an aside it is interesting he doesn’t deny being behind the anonymous attacks.  He probably doesn’t want to lie about that too many times.)

Honestly, Corey’s denials and senseless attacks on others are so bad, it’s almost like he is trying to abort his own campaign.

UPDATE: Some have been saying that I am attacking Corey Stewart for being drunk.  Those people probably didn’t take the time to read this post.  What happened was an anonymous email that I have yet to see was sent out sharing what many in Northern Virginia have seen for years, Corey has a propensity for getting drunk and while intoxicated doing and saying embarrassing things.  In response to this and many other allegations, Corey sent an email entitled “We Saw It Coming” in which he takes paragraphs to tell everyone that he doesn’t get drunk.  I am not in any way arguing that Corey has done anything illegal, but the idea that Corey sent an email to deny getting drunk is worth many a laugh.

Terry McAuliffe’s Values: The Democrat Party not his Wife who Just Gave Birth

May 2nd, 2013

Terry McAuliffe had the audacity to release an ad talking about family values.  As Andrew Kaczynski pointed out, let’s read what Terry McAuliffe wrote just six years ago.

Dorothy was starting to well up in the backseat. She was having trouble understanding how I could be taking my wife and newborn baby to a fund-raiser on our way home from the hospital. We got to the dinner and by then Dorothy was in tears, and I left her with Justin and went inside. Little Peter was sleeping peacefully and Dorothy just sat there and poor Justin didn’t say a word. He was mortified. I was inside maybe fifteen minutes, said a few nice things about Marty, and hurried back out to the car. I felt bad for Dorothy, but it was a million bucks for the Democratic Party and by the time we got home and the kids had their new little brother in their arms, Dorothy was all smiles and we were one big happy family again. Nobody ever said life with me was easy.

Really Terry?  Do you have no sympathy?  Where is the natural love and care a husband has for his wife who just gave birth?  If you can’t even understand and value your wife’s needs, how can you possibly value the needs of Virginia’s citizens over your own personal ambition?  What man stops at a work function on the way home from his wife’s giving birth and live’s with himself?  Imagine his response when the next tragedy happens in Virgina.  “I felt bad for X, but it was a million bucks for the Democrat Party. Nobody ever said life with me as governor would be easy.”

The next time Terry McAuliffe has the audacity to talk about caring for people remember one thing.  Cuccinelli is the man who will stop while driving to a political event to help a man in a burning vehicle, while Terry McAuliffe is too caught up in politics to care more about his wife than politics just minutes after she gives birth.

Prince William Activists Agree: Corey Stewart is Not a Tea Party Candidate

April 30th, 2013

Throughout the summer of 2012 extensive time was spent on Virginia Virtucon, and the Sheriff of Nottingham discussing the corruption and tax hikes of the the Prince William Co. Board of Supervisors.  While Corey Stewart is not directly responsible for the culture of corruption that existed on the Prince William Co. Board, he certainly allowed it to happen, and did nothing about it until Peter Candland forced him to address the issue in 2012.

In many respects, Corey has been a solid Chairman.  He has helped grow the county, and increase public safety.  Because of the fact that he has been a very good chairman, many of the activists in Prince William Co. haven’t felt the need or desire to go after him.  Plenty of information is publicly available, if any activists or campaigns were interested in researching his record.

When the Va Tea Party Federation announced that they were endorsing Corey Stewart, conservatives in Prince William County were astonished.  Corey Stewart has been known for a pragmatic governing style, eyeing how he can move up the ladder, and being well funded by developers in the county.  Until yesterday, Tea Party had never been used as a descriptor for Corey Stewart in Republican circles.

The response by conservatives was swift.

Tito Munoz quickly excoriated Corey Stewart in a well researched piece for caring more about helping his developer friends than private property rights:

Corey Stewart used all the power and authority of the local government and led the Board of County Supervisors in violating the rights of the Holly Acres community.

Throughout the ordeal, residents were displaced from their homes and many individuals had their Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights violated. Corey Stewart should have defended their rights, but instead he proved he does not stand in defense of the constitutional rights for all citizens — and therefore Stewart is unfit to serve as our candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

Voters need to inform themselves as to who Corey Stewart really is.  Uninformed voters are a problem for the preservation of true liberty in America.

Greg Leticeq wrote a very balanced post that detailed the corruption of the board and fishy tax and spend policies of Corey Stewart which he finished with:

There are legitimate reasons to support Corey Stewart for Lieutenant Governor — crime has decreased, we made some strong progress in discouraging illegal aliens from unlawfully residing in the county, and the tax and spending problems we have could have been considerably worse under a different chairman.  Stewart brings a proven fund-raiser to the statewide ticket as well, which is a positive for the ticket.  I’d still feel a lot more comfortable about a campaign from him that didn’t depend on twisting the realities we face in the county and ignoring some of the corrupt government practices we still haven’t been able to put an end to.

If we’re talking about core Tea Party concerns like lower taxes, smaller government and adherence to the Constitution I can’t see why in the world anyone would think Corey Stewart is the standard-bearer on those issues.  He might not be the worst in that regard, but he certainly isn’t the best by any objective measure.  Any endorsement by the Virginia Tea Party Patriots going forward has become utterly meaningless, and they have done themselves considerable harm to their reputation in doing this.

Many conservatives were wondering how someone with Stewart’s record could get the Tea Party endorsement.  That answer became clear when Nancy Schiffman, the head of the Tea Party Patriots group in Prince William Co. sent out an email detailing the process used by the organization.

Dear PWCTPP Delegate:

The Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation completed a vetting of the candidates for LT. Governor and Attorney General on Saturday, April 27, 2013. After getting feedback from participants, we believe the process was flawed. It didn’t take into account the candidate’s voting records or public records of those candidates that had not held office. It focused on unlikely scenarios, and asked candidates who were their favorite philosopher and economist. It did not address issues.

Therefore, the Prince William Tea Party Patriots does not support the vetting process. We will not endorse any candidate for Lt. Governor or Attorney General recommended by the Federation. Please feel free to vote your conscious at the Republican Convention on May 18, 2013.

Nancy Schiffman
Chairwoman, PWCTPP for the Board of Directors

Apparently they didn’t press candidates on their records, something the VA Tea Party has confirmed.  Josh Huffman, a longtime Tea Party leader and Ron Paul supporter has a very pointed critique of the process.

Here’s the thing, as Chris Beer points out, conservatives in PWC know Corey and aren’t supporting him for very specific reasons.  That should have made Tea Party leaders pause.

Corey has talked a very conservative game on nearly every issue, and from what I’ve been told, none of the Powers That Be in the statewide Federation were from Prince William County or have a history with Corey past this particular candidacy.  The truth remains that most conservatives in Prince William County are supporting Scott Lingamfelter and the Ron Paulers in the county, from what I understand, are backing Susan Stimpson.

I could go through the list of conservative leaders in the county, most of them are supporting Lingamfelter, the rest are supporting Stimpson, and barely anyone is supporting Corey.  The Tea Party Federation should have listened to them, and examined Corey’s record if they wanted to be taken seriously.

Seemingly, what decided the issue for some Tea Party leaders was the electability issue.  While Corey had an impressive win in 2011, arguing that that will translate statewide is a bit of a misnomer.  While Corey is a great campaigner, he has also been blessed with weak opponents and an incredibly ineffective Prince William Democrat Party.

There are two things that will make it very challenging for Corey Stewart to win state wide.  The first issue is the Hispanic factor.  There are Hispanics people in Northern Virginia who don’t want to be Republicans because of Corey Stewart.  While we need to be tough on immigration, Corey’s almost anti-Hispanic attitude has driven many Hispanics in Northern Virginia away from the Republican party.  The racial fire that Corey Stewart will come under state wide will make Macaca look like nothing.  Before Stewart has the ability to define himself, the media and the DPVA will be portraying him as an anti-hispanic/immigrant person, and the race will be up hill from there.  While I agree with many of the things Stewart has done, the tone and rhetoric he used to accomplish them, makes it very challenging for him to win a statewide general election.

The other issue that will impact his electability is the situations the Democrats are going to be tracking him in.  I won’t be specific, but most people who know Corey know his propensity to be in situations that are embarrassing at best.  The Democrats know it, and already have a plan to aggressively exploit those situations.

After Bolling correctly sided with the Republicans on organizing the State Senate, the Democrats are determined to take back the Lieutenant Governor’s office.  Nominating someone with glaring flaws for the general election does not help us.  If the Tea Party Federation had strong concerns with all the other candidates, they would have been better off endorsing nobody then endorsing Corey Stewart.

One parting thought… Isn’t the idea that a central group of people can deliver 1,000 unweighted delegate votes to whoever they support antithetical to the tea party?

The tea party says that more than 1,000 delegates from their respective groups will support Stewart and Obenshain at the convention on May 17 and 18 in Richmond.

Why I Support Mark Obenshain

April 30th, 2013

I don’t know if Mark remembers this, but the first time I met him was election day November of 2005.  I was in Harrisonburg for the weekend doing GOTV for the Republican ticket and helping Matt Lohr win his delegate race.  I was passing out literature at a polling location, and what I saw of Mark Obenshain that day impressed me.

This was the state election in between the two votes by the General Assembly on the state marriage amendment.  While a bunch of homeschoolers and Mark Obenshain were manning the poll for the Republicans, a militant lesbian couple was manning the polls for the Democrats.  They were furious with Obenshain for supporting the marriage amendment and got in his face to make sure he knew it.  Obenshain’s response was one of kindness, but conviction.  He defended his vote, took the time to explain why, and never had the slightest hint of responding in kind.  As a highschooler just getting involved in politics, I was impressed.  The qualities he showed that day are exactly why we need to nominate Sen. Mark Obenshain to run for Attorney General on May 18th.

This year, the Republican Attorney General nominee will be attacked viciously on social issues by the Democrats.  With the successful implementation of the TRAP legislation, passage of the ultrasound legislation, and other efforts, the Democrats are up in arms over the “Republican assault on a Women’s right to choose what to do with her body.”  At a time when many Republicans are afraid to stand up for the unborn and traditional marriage, Mark Obenshain will be an effective communicator on these crucial issues.

Over the last eight years, I’ve watched Mark Obenshain lead in the fight for conservative values.  No senator worked more closely with Sen. Ken Cuccinelli than Mark Obenshain.  They would team up for key procedural votes, and carry each others proxies in committees.  After Ken Cuccinelli, no one in the General Assembly did more to get the Property Rights Amendment passed than Mark Obenshain.  Along with being a dedicated conservative, Mark Obenshain is also a bridge builder.  He was elected as the conservative voice on the senate leadership team, and has put together a broad coalition for his bid for Attorney General.

I appreciate Rob Bell’s work in the House of Delegates.  As a homeschooler, I definitely appreciate his hard work to pass the Tebow Bill.  While there is little difference between the two candidates on the issues, there is an important difference in focus.  Rob Bell has been running as the “tough on crime” Attorney General candidate, while Obenshain has been running as the pro-liberty candidate.  Honestly, I think penalties are high enough for a lot of crimes, and we probably need to start thinking about whether penalties are too high.  Obenshain on the other hand talks about the need to “expand the realm of Liberty in our lives.”  At a time when the Federal Government is encroaching on our freedoms, we need an Attorney General dedicated on protecting them.

I look forward to helping Mark Obenshain win the nomination on May 18th, and the election in November.

Willie Deutsch.com

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