Saturday, October 15, 2005

Gary Reese

To expand on neocon's analysis...yes tonight was most disturbing. I have been a supporter of Gary Reese since after his first primary. I knew him and his wife Carol well for the past few years, the campaign I worked with during the primary worked with him(although I helped Craddock), and I had even spoken to him after the primary. Seeing him tonight, standing beneath an enormous Caputo banner was simply appalling. Chuck and about 20 supporters introduced Delegate Reese, who began with an "apology". He said he wrote the apology to Chuck right after the primary. He said " I have worked for the past 12 years to make sure the extreme wing of our party does not take control, and I apologize, for I have failed, and made it possible for an extremist take over in a low turnout primary" He then said "Chris is no supporter of education" and when asked about Kaine, he said "I am good friends with Russ Potts, and Very good friends with Jerry Kilgore". I approached him after, and expressed my sorrow that he felt he had to betray the party, he simply responded that "It's the right thing to do". Moment of the Night:Gary Reese walked up to Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, Eric Lundberg, with his hand outstretched, and Eric refused to shake it. It was simply eerie hearing Gary's message of Virginia with Chuck, and oddly he said Chris was "100% pro-life" which was bad, making Chris' primary accusations correct. Gary contradicts himself, saying tax caps were wrong, but has proven in the past that he supports leaders who have taken this approach. Gary was a huge supporter of Chairman Sean Connaughton, who is also 100% pro-life, and capped property tax increases, leading me to believe that Gary's motives are completley vicious. The debate itself was intense. Chris without a doubt did the best, as Chuck and his supporters were so out of touch with Virginia voters, they scoured away at the partial-birth abortion question. I am still in awe that a man such as Gary would feel the need to attack Chris, just to get revenge for a primary, and feel ashamed to have supported him in the past. Democrat Reese for Delegate? UPDATE: Thanks to Chuck Caputo's website.


At 10/14/2005 12:23:00 AM, Anonymous Kevin Allen said...

What did Chuck say about abortion?

At 10/14/2005 12:28:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...

Chuck refused to fully answer the question, saying he was against partial birth personally..BUT it wasn't his decision to take away "rights"

At 10/14/2005 09:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see the last embers dying of the final vestiges of the Caputo campaign.

If Chucky can't win at this event which is usually a puff piece of a meeting with turnout from all the teachers union types, he is in real trouble. How was the turn-out for each candidate? I wasn't there. Four years ago though when they did one of these for the statewide candidates there sponsored by the same PTSA crowd it was a Mark Warner love fest.

At 10/14/2005 10:00:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From how it looked, it was mostly teachers there supporting him.. Forutnately for Craddock, even with the organization of the teachers behind chuck, craddock supporters still out numbered the teachers.

At 10/16/2005 12:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just pulled the following quote of Gary Reese from the Caputo press release announcing Reese's endorsment: "said Reese. “Chris Craddock is too extreme for our families and is only
interested in pursuing the agenda of his radical supporters. I urge the voters to reject Chris
Craddock and vote for Chuck Caputo on November 8th.”". Interesting... apparently Mr. Reese believes nearly 2/3 of Republicans in his district are "radical" and "too extreme for our families", since that's how many voted against him and for Craddock in the primary. It makes you wonder just who Reese thinks voted for him in the past. Were they radicals then? Just what is it that makes Craddock a radical? He doesn't say. Could it be his concern for innocent human life and support for school choice? Of course Caputo won't tell us his position on these issues so we don't know if he supports or opposes them. We do know that Caputo is in support of nearly $9.5 billion in new spending, but of course in Gary's view there's nothing "radical" about that (after all he himself supported the 2004 tax increase). This is great when Caputo's own press releases work against him.


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