*Cellco Partnership D/b/a Verizon Wireless
*American Manufacturing Company, Inc.
*Center for Responsible Lending
*Consol Energy Inc.
*General Motors Company
*Cisco Systems, Inc.
*Waste Management of Virginia, Inc.
*Community Education Centers
*Smithfield Foods, Inc.
*Crown Holdings, Inc.
*Verizon Services Corporation
*American Petroleum Institute
Obviously things are looking pretty good for Creigh Deeds right now as the Democratic nominee for Governor, but what about those other guys? Is this the end of the world for Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe? Both were once frontrunners. Both had more money and staff than Sen. Deeds. And they blew it! It's over for them! Right? Well, as Lee Corso would say: "Not so fast my friend."
For one thing, Democratic unity means not only good things for Deeds in November, but good things for Brian & Terry in 2010 and beyond. Sen. Deeds earned the admiration of many Moran & McAuliffe voters, and the feeling is mutual. You don't have to hope that these two guys will work their butts off for Creigh, JodyWagner, & Steve Shannon this year, you know they will.
(The issue of the statements by Pollard's opponent should extend far beyond the race in the 99th. Not only should Wittman be asked on the record if he agrees, methinks we should demand answers of McDonnell, Bolling, the eventual AG nominee (probably Cuccinelli), and every candidate in a competitive delegate race. Thanks to Chris for postingt this. - promoted by teacherken)
On Saturday, blogger Timothy Watson was on hand as the 99th House District Republicans held a convention to officially nominate someone to oppose Del. Albert Pollard (D-99) this November. Watson tweeted the following:
It's offical: An OKC Truther is the nominee in the 99th.
For those that don't know: Catherine Crabill, GOP nominee in the 99th House District, believes that the federal government murdered 168 people at Oklahoma City in 1995, and not Timothy McVeigh. She stands by her position, and will tell that to anyone who asks...
This year, the budget passed in the House of Delegates by a vote of 90-8. Del. Albert Pollard was one of the few who opposed it (the only Democrat), and he did so because of concerns over revenue projections:
Virginia's state tax collections fell sharply in April from worsening unemployment, weak retail sales and a heavy load of refunds.
April revenues were one-fifth lower than they were for the same month a year ago. That's low enough to drive year-to-date collections well below even the meager reduced estimate on which the state budget is based.
Meanwhile, in Montross, the 99th District Republican Committee will hold a Legislative District Convention to decide who, or what, will be on the ballot this November to oppose Pollard. Rumor has it.... the Northern Neck Republicans are going to decide between A) presumptive nominee Catherine Crabill, a woman who believes that the government murdered hundreds of Americans at the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995, or B) nobody (despite the fact that 99th District GOP Chair Allen Webb, who already lost once to Pollard, promised that he would run again this year if no one else was available).
Any of these scenarios will likely result in Del. Pollard easily winning re-election. The question for Republicans in the 99th is: Do they want their image tarnished, possibly beyond repair, and make this into a national story? Or do they acknowledge the fact that this isn't their year and focus on other races?
What is there to decide?!
Democracy can't survive unless there's a loyal opposition. But that opposition has to be credible. Conspiracy theorists and terrorist sympathizers have no place in a major American political party.
(It is important, per Sun Tzu, to know your enemy. While not quite as bad as the Lousiana Republicans nominating David Duke for statewide office, someone like this exposes the wingnut side of the Republican party.
- promoted by teacherken)
Following the withdrawl of Lee Ann Washington, Republican 99th District Chairman Allen Webb just told the Northern Neck News, "I see no scenario where Catherine would not be our nominee."
We know that Catherine Crabill was a member of a militia and blamed the government, not Timothy McVeigh, for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. But looking at her "campaign website" (which is really just a blog with a single post), it now appears that she makes no attempt to hide her extremism.
One of the two Republicans seeking the Republican nomination in the 99th HD, Catherine Crabill, admitted she thinks that the government was responsible for the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, and not fellow militia member Timothy McVeigh.
Citizen militia groups in Montana, Florida and New Mexico say they condemn the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City and charge that the federal government, not anyone in their movement, was likely responsible.
"If any militia group is truly responsible for the murderous bombing in Oklahoma City, then I say, 'Hangin's too good for 'em,' " said Catherine Crabill of Aragon, N.M., who belongs to a group called New Mexico Citizens Action Association.
But Mrs. Crabill said it's her belief "this heinous act of violence was the work of our government," which will "use it as an excuse to aggressively attack the growing militia movement across the country."
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