Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The 33rd in '07

Word is already flying around up here regarding who the Republican nominee will be in 2007 to run against just elected Democrat Mark Herring. Here are my top choices for the seat in order: 1)Randy Minchew-A proven Republican leader. He has helped to hold the party together in Loudoun, while also maintaining activity in the community. His sensible conservative record fits the 33rd perfectly. 2)Chris Craddock-Before you all go nuts on me hear me out. Congressman Davis always says that someone who is active in their community is the best type of candidate to run, and I find these to be great words of wisdom. For all of you who don't know Chris, he is is very very active in his community. He continues to mentor troubled teenagers through his church, and outside of church. He is involved at local high schools through a Christian organization called Young Life, and is still an assistant soccer coach at Chantilly High School. Even though our local media spun a lot against him, Chris' tenacity continues to impress me. He is absolutely loved by the base, and just needs to break out into the mainstream by remaining quiet for a few years. 3)Supervisor Steve Snow- Snow has an impressive resume including 25 years with the U.S. Army. He is keen on transportation, and is loved by his constituents. While his record on the BOS is not "far-right" he is tied in the minds of voters to the more "conservative" Republican group in NOVA. Any way you cut it, we are going to have an uphill battle to fight up here in the 33rd. As people begin positioning themselves now, lets remember that we need to all get behind a candidate who can WIN the election.


At 2/08/2006 10:16:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

I'd love to see Chris Craddock get nominated.

At 2/08/2006 10:23:00 PM, Blogger James E. Martin said...

Same as willis! Come on TC, the republicans can do better than that (though sadly for american democracy, not much better).

At 2/09/2006 06:18:00 AM, Blogger Waltzing Matilda said...

TC- I know that Craddock is your friend, but, in my opinion, some of the statements that he made during his last campaign will keep him in the private sector. It's not that he made them once, he repeated them when there was a follow up report. There are many things that you can come back from, but statements like his deliver a camaign DOA from the start. If Chris wants to stay involved, he should work for candidates he believes in, but I think his days of running should be behind him.

At 2/09/2006 10:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure about "keeping him in the private sector". I recommend he get a job between now and the election. (please don't reiterate the part-time soccer coach crap). Voters have a hard time elected the unemployed.

At 2/09/2006 11:05:00 AM, Anonymous Not Jack Herrity said...

TC, I agree with you on Randy but Craddock and Snow are both wingnuts. The party would be crazy to run either of these guys after the drubbing they just took with Staton. Craddock's biggest problem is his youth, lack of real experience, and absence of any known filter between his brain and his lips. Snow is a straight Delgaudio wannabe who's got a screw loose somewhere and will be lucky to win his own seat 2007.

You should also mention Larry Beerman, who I've heard is in discussions with Randy Minchew to be the standard-bearer in 2007. And don't play down Lori Waters, who may not be popular in party circles anymore but is more electable than you'd think.


At 2/09/2006 04:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Steve Snow is loved by his constituents"?!?!

Do you have a clue? This guy is a one trick pony, and is being blasted inside his district for his obsession with development and South Riding.

He'd have a hard time stepping out. His support base is not there, or is not significant enough to take him elsewhere.

At 2/09/2006 04:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have no clue how you came up with Chris or Steve.

They make as much sense as your last suggest...Staton.

Now Minchew (obvious) should have been the candidate last month.

At 2/09/2006 04:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snow is loved by his constituents? You just lost a ton of credit there, pal. He won't make it to a second term--just watch.

At 2/09/2006 06:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


We all know that Chris Craddock is your friend. Hell, we all know that you helped him during his last campaign.

I say last campaign, because Chris Craddock wanted to run for school board and the Republican party refused to let him run. I know two people that would not let him run for that office!

Tell the people the truth Vincent. This is Craddock second attempt to run for public office.

Also, word on the street is Craddock and his mother are still harassing people in their own party that didn't back him!

Vincent, we all know that Chris and Jim are friends of yours!

Is this column only about pushing your friends???? When are you really going to have inside information?

At 2/10/2006 11:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If RPV does not do an extensive voter ID program it will not matter who the GOP nominates.

At 5/03/2006 07:35:00 PM, Anonymous jacquih said...

The GOP had better run moderates from now on. Loudoun County said it loud and clear--the far right is dead meat. The next targets are Delgaudio, Tullock, and Staton. I bet the Dems. are not the only ones salivating over those three seats. If Randy Minchew had won the Rep. primary, the outcome of the election would likely have been different.
Are the right-wingnuts never going to learn???? But Dick Black is still in power, some say.


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