Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Media on The 33rd

What continues to amaze me, is how even after a Herring victory..all the papers can talk about is Dick Black with Mick Staton. From the Post:Delegate Dick Black (Staton's father in law) last November From the Loudoun Times:Staton, who is the son-in-law of former eastern-Loudoun Del. Dick Black, based his campaign on a pledge to continue Black's pro-life and anti-tax agenda in Richmond From The Times:Delegate David E. Poisson defeated Mr. Black by painting him as an extremist who was out of touch with issues facing voters such as traffic and congestion. Mr. Herring used similar tactics during this quick race, campaigning against Mr. Staton with a "Like father-in-law, like son-in-law" message. Yesterday, Mr. Black was seen at the polls stumping for Mr. Staton. Wouldn't you think people would talk about his father being a popular Congressman from West Virginia? Larry Sabato had this to say"This is devastating to the Republican right". You can always count on him for indepth analysis!


At 2/02/2006 07:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What would we ever do without Larry Sabato??

At 2/02/2006 08:34:00 AM, Blogger valleyconservative05 said...

Unfortunately I think Sabato's analysis is right on for NOVA. Simple, yet so profound.
I also thought it was odd that the media kept harping on the fact that Staton was related to Black without hardly mentioning the fact that Staton Sr. is a former Congressman.

I don't think reasonable person has criticized Staton's personal beliefs or his faith. They have criticized both him and Black's campaign platform for thier given areas.

Yes you can be a conservative and profamily while still beating the drum on the regions transportation and education problems.

At 2/02/2006 08:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Staton's Father served ONE TERM!!!

At 2/02/2006 09:23:00 AM, Blogger said...


What do you expect? Staton's own campaign manager positioned this race as revenge for Black's November melt down.

You could look at it this way. The media supported the direction Staton's campaign took.

I don't think you can now say Staton didn't want a connection to Black, and it was the media's fault.

You'll be hard pressed to position this as a media subversive attempt to discredit Staton. Don't blame the media for a tactical error by Staton's campaign.

We can different on our views of what type of individual Staton is. What we need to agree on is, there is no way Staton is going to distance himself from the Black Brigade. Especially when his own campaign promotes the tie.

At 2/02/2006 10:42:00 AM, Anonymous Potomac Falls Resident said...

Staton's father was a Congressman from West Virginia IN THE 80's. That's old news; Black is still very much in the news today. And yes, he is an extremist with a hot-button religious agenda and has done little to stay in touch with his constituents. During his past term, I sent three e-mails to Black asking about local issues that concern us all--I didn't receive ONE response, either from Black or his staffers. This Republican voted for Herring.

At 2/02/2006 10:51:00 AM, Anonymous Jackie said...

The Republicans, Kilgore, Black, and Staton all ran negative campaigns--trashing their opponents rather than addressing the issues that concern us all in the Commonwealth and Loudoun County. They were brutal in their personal attacks and they LOST their respective elections. Surprised? The message is loud and clear--we don't want personal attacks in the campaigns, we want a list of political accomplishments and what the candidates will do to improve our lives.

At 2/02/2006 11:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


David Michael Staton Sr. was a ONE-TERM Congressman from WV, elected with Reagan in 1980 and defeated in his re-election attempt. Hardly qualifies as a "popular Congressman from West Virginia."

Using that standard, Leslie Byrne was a "Popular Congresswoman from Virgnia" :)


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