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DID the RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH declare SARVIS the WINNER of the VBA DEBATE?

It is not often that the candidate who does not debate is touted favorably in a post debate editorial but that is what happened in the Richmond Times-Dispatch today.  Here’s the editorial and here’s the paragraph I found intriguing:

We said at the beginning that the biggest winners were not at the Omni Homestead Resort. Their names were Bill Bolling and Robert Sarvis. Bolling, of course, is the lieutenant governor who (1) dropped out of the campaign for the GOP gubernatorial nomination after the party’s scheming sachems boosted Cuccinelli when they switched the process from a primary to a convention, and (2) declined to run as an independent. If he had joined the debate and had lived up to his potential, he would have run away with the crown. If Bolling were to ascend to the governorship, a write-in campaign could become feasible. Sarvis is the Libertarian nominee. A June 23 Op/Ed column by A. Barton Hinkle described his virtues; a box on the same page listed his stands on various issues. Polls suggest Sarvis attracts more support than usual for third-party candidates in Virginia. He could become a factor in the race and deserves attention from analysts and citizens.

I think the write-in campaign for Bolling is silly even if he became Governor.  But Bolling could build support for a future run.

But it is interesting to see LIbertarian Robert Sarvis get some positive press.  No, the R T-D did not declare Sarvis the winner; but they came awfully close.  They said Sarvis “deserves attention from analysts and citizens”.  Well, this blogger will give fair attention to the Libertarians.  Perhaps the Times-Dispatch should sponsor a debate and include Robert Sarvis.  Get it on state-wide TV or perhaps C-SPAN.  I’d like to see that debate and bring popcorn.

This R T-D comment will certainly gin up questions:  Who’s Sarvis and what does he stand for?  And probably some support.  Here is Sarvis’ website.  I would like to see if Tea Party groups continue to have the Libertarian as a speaker this fall as the Mechanicsville TP and King William TP are doing, August 1 and 8 at 7 pm respectively.  If you have a chance to hear Robert Sarvis, take advantage of that.  Ask tough questions.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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