Today, Will Hammer, the Libertarian candidate in the 6th District of Virginia, released a campaign video.
This November, Mr. Hammer is challenging Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte. Representative Goodlatte is seeking his 12th term.
Given the somewhat unusual last names of both of these candidates, the ad plays upon that fact, showing Hammer smashing a multitude of containers of “good latte” bearing labels such as the drug war, NDAA, and the Patriot Act.
So, what do you think?
Is the ad effective?
Does anyone else have the the urge to get a cup of coffee?
A few moments ago, I received an email from the Wasinger campaign regarding Barbara Comstock. For those unfamiliar with these names, Wasinger, Comstock, and a whole host of others are seeking the Republican nomination to the 10th congressional district of Virginia. This email includes the line, “Barbara Comstock voted for President Barack Obama in 2008.” As you might image, I found that idea curious. Why would a Republican openly admit to voting for a Democrat, especially one like Barack Obama.
Therefore, I did a little digging and discovered that Barbara Comstock did say that she voted for Barack Obama. However, it wasn’t in the general election, but rather the 2008 Democratic primary.
To offer you some perspective, Virginia has open primaries and so in any given election a voter can choose to vote in a Republican or a Democratic primary, but not both. I don’t know if you remember, but back in 2008 Rush Limbaugh encouraged his listeners to vote in the Democratic primaries in order to stir up trouble and prolong the process.
Now I am no stranger to voting in Democratic primaries. For example, in 2013 I voted for Ralph Northam. It wasn’t the general election, but rather the Democratic contest. I thought Northam would be better than Chopra in much the same way Comstock preferred Obama to Hillary Clinton.
However, the Republican Party of Virginia recently decided that if a Republican votes in a Democratic primary, he or she would be prohibited from participating in Republican activities. I believe such a move to be anathema to the principles of a free and open democratic republic like ours. In addition, if this rule had been in place in 2008, Barbara Comstock would have probably been expelled from the party, not won as seat in the House of Delegates in 2009 as a Republican, and thus it would be exceedingly unlikely that she would be seeking the Republican nomination in the 10th today.
If I lived in the 10th district, would Barbara Comstock be my choice? No. She and I disagree on a few important issues and the names on her list of endorsers raises more than a few red flags. However, to attack her for exercising what I believe is her civil right to vote for Barack Obama in an open Democratic primary, which her tax dollars helped fund, is absolutely ludicrous. Unfortunately, an increasing number of Republicans in Virginia have been swept up in such partisan madness.
I encourage you to take the time to educate yourself and don’t assume that everything you read is completely accurate or not skewed for political gain.
Thursday was the deadline to submit signatures and to pay the filing fee to run as a Republican candidate for the 6th congressional district in Virginia. In response, Paul Bevington, Bob Goodlatte’s challenger, has announced that he is no longer running under the GOP banner and instead will be on the ballot as an independent in the general election.
In related news, Mr. Bevington has picked up the endorsement of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC. In a statement released also on Thursday, the PAC stated, “Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s efforts to help Barack Obama and John Boehner pass a form of amnesty for illegal immigrants that would rewrite existing American immigration laws to accommodate tens of millions of illegals along with those who employ them has finally caught up with him. Today his GOP Primary opponent Paul Bevington is receiving a national endorsement instead.” They also add, “ALIPAC is endorsing Paul Bevington for Congress because he has pledged in ALIPAC’s federal candidate survey to ‘Support Americans and legal immigrants by supporting the adequate enforcement of America’s existing border and immigration laws as the US Constitution requires for the protection of American lives, jobs, elections, health and taxpayer resources.” However, given that Mr. Bevington is no longer running as a Republican, will the PAC continue to support him or does that group only endorse Republicans?
At this point, there are only two declared candidates in the general election: Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte and independent Paul Bevington. But will they be the only two? Will the Democrats field a candidate? And what about the Libertarians, who are seeking to run a candidate in every congressional district in Virginia for the first time in that party’s history?
Although there won’t be a Republican primary in the 6th district this year, it is possible that the story of this election has just begun.
This Saturday, February 15th, the Republican Women of Shenandoah County will be hosting U.S. Senate candidate Shak Hill and House of Representatives candidate Paul Bevington. Their meeting will be taking place at the Denny’s in Mt. Jackson, just off of Interstate 81.
After their regular business session, Shak Hill will speak at 10 AM. Then, at 10:45, Paul Bevington will take the stage. For residents of the upper and central Shenandoah Valley, this event should provide a great opportunity to meet these two candidates and ask them questions about their principles and campaigns.
Assuming I am neither snowed in nor attending the International Students for Liberty Conference taking place this weekend in Washington D.C., I hope to attend. I encourage you to make the drive to Mt. Jackson to learn about two of your choices for federal legislators.