Saturday, July 30, 2005

CAFTA Part II- Davis Forget About the Vote?

Apparently our very own Quasi-NoVa Congresswoman was the ONLY Member of Congress that did not vote on CAFTA yesterday morning. Below is an a summary of the 'why' for Congressional Daily and The Hotline.

A spokesperson for Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-VA 01), "the only other nonvoting" member, "said she would have voted" no, but was on her way to a Boy Scout Jamboree event, "which was ultimately canceled because of weather." Davis and Taylor's votes would've created a tie, "which would have meant defeat for the treaty unless GOP leaders found an additional" GOPer to "switch a vote." Davis "was traveling" to her CD "despite warnings and notices throughout the week from the whip operations on both sides of the aisle that attendance was necessary during the CAFTA vote." A spokesperson: "She just didn't get back on time" (Congressional Daily, 7/28). Calls into Davis' office asking for more details about the timing of the boy scout event (both the original start time and the time the event was cancelled) went unanswered at press time. The last vote Davis cast on 7/27 was at 5:05 pm on H RES 384 (Hotline reporting, 7/29).
Glad to see a member of our caucus did not think one of the largest free trade agreements in the history of our nation was important enough to get back for. The vote was held up until midnight and Ft AP Hill is a mere two hours from the capitol(if you are moving at the pace of a snail). I guess that must of been one big monsoon that no one else truly remembers or an extremely late Boy Scout event... that was canceled. I am suprised not to see more play on this one in the MSM. This bill could have been defeated with a computer glitch fix and Davis feeling the need to show up and vote.


At 7/31/2005 12:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to question her veracity, but isn't it just as likely that she was asked to "disappear" for exactly the reason you site?

IN politics, you just need an excuse, it doesn't have to make sense.

At 8/01/2005 01:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recall JoAnn Davis!!

Maureen Caddigan for Congress!!!

At 8/01/2005 01:18:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

I'm puzzled by this. It seems clearly to have been a strategic absence (I wonder if Dick chaney offered to drive her down to Fort A.P. Hill). However, I don't quite understand why she would have an "anti" position on CAFTA. I would not have thought her district to be one adversely affected by free trade agreements.

At 8/01/2005 02:59:00 PM, Blogger MR JMS said...

Is Caddigan in the 1st?

If we're recalling JoAnn I think we will need to return to what got our blog going... Sean Connaughton!

At 8/01/2005 03:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Connaughton might desirable, but the 1st is a pretty conservative district and would also tend to go for someone further south in the district unless the NOVA candidate is REALLY good. A true conservative like Maureeen would have a much better chance.

At 8/01/2005 03:37:00 PM, Blogger MR JMS said...

How is Maureen more of a 'true conservative' than Connaughton?

I know I am the moderate on this board, but Connaughton seems to be the most conservative guy out of the whole lot of 'Pubs we've seen lately.

At 8/02/2005 01:09:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

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At 8/02/2005 04:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Connaughton is in the 11th. Is Caddigan in the 1st?

At 8/02/2005 04:41:00 PM, Blogger MR JMS said...

Connaughton is the 1st.

Caddigan is the 1st.

Let the rumble begin!

At 8/02/2005 06:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sean Connaughton is in the 1st.

Maureen Caddigan is in the 1st.

Marty Nohe lives across the street from the 1st, and the constitution does not reqiure that congressmen live in the district they represent.

Ultra-conservative (OK, beyond ultra-conservative; he's so far right that he's left) former Dumfries School Board candidate Tim Singstock is in the 1st.

Hilda Barg is in the 1st and is a self described "Republicrat".

It's a five way PWC showdown to get rid of the liberal, anti-trade, pro-union, leftist JoAnn Davis.

At 8/02/2005 10:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stand corrected. Facts are better than surmise. Connaughton is in the 1st. Caddigan and Connaughton seem to be rather supportive of each other. Doubt that they'd tangle. Together (with Mr. Nohe) they get things done in PW.

At 8/02/2005 10:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS: So why is J. Davis a NO vote on CAFTA? I don't get that.

At 8/03/2005 11:54:00 AM, Anonymous marty nohe said...

anon 10:17 - Thank you for that compliment.

anon 6:18 - Thank you also, but for the record, I don't see a 1st district congressional race in my near future. Plus the 1st isn't across the street. It's five doors down and across the street.

Also, I think Tim Singstock moved to the 11th.

At 8/04/2005 12:51:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

While most of Montclair is in the 11th, there are parts in the 1st and Maureen's street is in fact in the 1st. That said, I know that she has developed a very good relationship with Congresswoman Davis through the Marine Corps Heritage Center that is being built in the Dumfries District.

The way I see it playing out, I think Sean will most likely concentrate on a race for State Senate to replace Chuck Colgan when he retires in 2007 and Maureen may consider moving up from Vice Chair to County Chairman.

I don't see a primary challenge from anyone against J. Davis. She's very pro-military in one of the most heavily military districts in the country (Quantico Marine Corps Base, Fort A.P. Hill, Newport News Navy Yards, etc.) In fact, I believe that she has at least one major base from each branch of the service in her district.

I have no idea why she didn't support CAFTA. It would seem that she could take a "gimme" on that issue and vote with the President's position -- not really an issue for her district and she usually doesn't even have a D opponent.


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