Last night, the Republican Women of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County hosted the seven campaigns for lieutenant governor. Jeannemarie Davis, Senator Steve Martin, and a rather hoarse sounding Corey Stewart each attended the event while Suzanne Curran spoke on behalf of E. W. Jackson and Scott Lingamfelter and Pete Snyder sent a member of their staff. Although I didn’t see anyone that I knew from the Susan Stimpson campaign, I assumed that one of her staffers or surrogates was in the audience.
For a few additional details about the evening, Corey Stewart explained that he nearly lost his voice after personally calling each of the Rockingham County delegates. And, after the event, I appreciated the opportunity to speak briefly to Jeannemarie Davis about her campaign. She asked about my work and so I spoke of a potentially exciting new development to expand my reach to local radio (hopefully I’ll have more details available soon!)
Getting back to Susan Stimpson, at the Lingamfelter meet and greet in Harrisonburg earlier that day, I had heard that she had to cancel her evening appearance at the last minute. However, I figured that someone would speak for her that night. Unfortunately, I arrived to the Republican Women meeting a few minutes late, during the speech of Jeannemarie Davis. Once all of the candidates gave their presentation and I didn’t hear anyone from the Stimpson campaign, I simply guessed that her representative must have spoken first, before I arrived. Only just this afternoon did I discover that her campaign was a no show.
Although I would recommend attending every event possible, especially the Republican Women, it is understandable that things do come up. Regardless, it is natural that some of the local women would feel slighted by an abrupt cancellation.
Now, taken as an isolated incident, this oversight by the Stimpson campaign would be rather trivial. However, it seems to be indicative of trend for the Stimpson campaign; last night marks their third absence in several months at previously scheduled campaign events in the central Shenandoah Valley.
Let me tell you that I’m not the only one around here who is starting to wonder. Where is Susan Stimpson?