Late last night, I received word that the race for Virginia’s 2012 Republican Senate primary was getting a little more crowded. In order of announcement we now have: Jamie Radtke, George Allen, David McCormick, Bishop Jackson, and the newest contender, Tim Donner. At this point I’m sure you’re wondering, who is Tim Donner and what makes him so great? Well, here’s the email that his campaign sent me:
CONSERVATIVE VIRGINIA BUSINESSMAN TIM DONNER
ANNOUNCES FOR THE U.S. SENATE
Says Washington is a mess and needs new leadership
Great Falls, VA – Northern Virginia businessman and small government advocate, Tim Donner, announced today that he is entering the Virginia Republican primary as a candidate for the open U.S. Senate being vacated by Senator Jim Webb. Donner made his announcement on his website www.donnerforsenate.com.
“I’ve watched this great country of ours sink deeply into the quicksand of overwhelming debt and dependency. And like many of you, I have grave concerns about our future,” Donner says.
Donner is an entrepreneur who started his own media production company, Horizons Television, and also founded One Generation Away, a free market education, research, and public policy organization. He works with two family foundations that help fund conservative and faith-based causes and has served on the boards of small government, free market and values-based organizations such as the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, Radio America and Cal Thomas’ Values Through Media. His family helped William F. Buckley start National Review. (further bio information is available on the website www.donnerforsenate.com)
Donner emphasized that he wants to be a citizen legislator, not a career politician. “As a citizen, I am frustrated enough to leave my business and go to Washington to help the freshmen senators we elected last November build a majority and return us to the principles that made this country the greatest on earth. I am tired of watching our hard-earned money spent on political favors, failed stimulus and bailouts programs, and policies that push people deeper into government dependency, such as Obamacare, a failed and flawed socialist experiment.”
“The time for complaining about America’s problems is over. The time for solving them is now,” he concluded.
Tim Donner will be available for phone interviews Tuesday morning, April 26 starting at 10:00 am and television interviews in Northern Virginia that afternoon. He will be touring the remainder of the state over the next few weeks and will available for in-person interviews at that time.
Like so many of the other contenders, Mr. Donner will have to overcome the difficult hurdle that he is generally unknown in statewide politics. You’ll note that his comment against a “career politician” is an obvious dig against the two front frontrunners, George Allen and Tim Kaine. Digging deeper, his website promotes many conservative ideals, but the real test is, will he be able to distinguish himself in this expanding field?
This latest entry begs the question, who else will make a play for the brass ring of our U.S. Senate Seat? Will there be any other surprise candidates? And how about Marshall or Stewart? Only time will tell.
I wish Mr. Donner well and look forward to learning more about him and the rest of the hopefuls. Like many Virginians, I have not made up my mind for U.S. Senate. Whomever we select, I hope he or she will be a principled conservative who is never afraid to stand up for our values. After all, a good leader is not one who caves in to the slightest peer pressure, but one who remains strong. I want a Senator who has the courage to say what is sometimes the hardest word in the English language, no.