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Erick Erickson Tweets Jamie Radtke

Senate Candidate Jamie Radtke (center) at Mt. Olivet Church

Senate Candidate Jamie Radtke (center) at Mt. Olivet Church

While this may sound a bit salacious to the Social Media challenged among us, rest assured it is not. But it is big news.

Erick Erickson of RedState issued the following tweet a short time ago:

And with that, the Virginia Senate Republican Primary to be held next year moved from a state race to a national race. A bright spotlight from Georgia just illuminated this primary and will, in all likelihood, draw the entire country (and their money) into play.

But make no mistake about it. The goal is to send Democrat Jim Webb, the current occupant of one of Virginia’s two US Senate seats, into retirement.

Jamie Radtke, who stepped down from the helms of both the Richmond Tea Party and the Virginia Tea Party Patriots to run for the US Senate is presently the only candidate, but more are expected including the former occupant of the seat and former Governor of Virginia George Allen.

As of this writing, Allen has yet to officially announce, but speculation is that he will announce very soon, as Daily Caller points out. Virginia Right! has been speculating about Governor Allen’s future ambitions as far back as September, 2009 when we first asked Allen if he was considering another run (Story here).

In anticipation of a run by Allen, the Radtke campaign released this:

Senate Candidate Jamie Radtke’s Response to Media Inquiries Regarding Reports that Senator Allen will Announce his Candidacy this Week

Proposes Town Halls: “It is important and healthy that the Republican Party has this debate.”

“I am asking Senator Allen to join me in giving Virginia a new kind of Republican primary – rather than the same old politics as usual – with a series of monthly public Town Hall Forums across Virginia from now until the election. In these public Town Hall Forums, we will openly and forthrightly discuss the serious problems facing America.

“For example, during Senator Allen’s six years in office, he voted for budgets adding $3.1 trillion to our national debt – that’s $16,400 for every second Senator Allen was in office. I disagree with his approach, and I believe it is important and healthy that the Republican Party has this debate.”

And those who know George Allen know that he is a formidable opponent, brilliant debater and he has more knowledge on State, Federal and world issues than most. And as Radtke pointed out, Allen also has a voting record that he will be called on to defend.

While the monthly town hall sessions Radtke calls for would be welcomed, we are sure to see some type of debate.

One obstacle for all of the candidates is the statewide elections this year, in 2011. The entire Virginia House and Senate are up for re-election and many local offices and Board of Supervisors positions as well. That may mute the interest and donations in a race that is sure to heat up after November.

While George Allen (when he announces) has a leg up on money, name recognition and experience, the big question is how much have the opinions and leanings of the voters changed?

The TEA Party has had a major impact on voters, there is no doubt about it. And her long association and leadership with the movement will definitely give Jamie Radtke a boost. The added support from a person like Erick Erickson will help bring in contributions nationwide and should make this an exciting and wide open Republican Primary!

Buckle up those seat-belts and put on your helmets.

This is gonna be a heck of a race!

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

6 Responses to “Erick Erickson Tweets Jamie Radtke”

  1. Caliconva says:

    What a crock. You really should check your facts. Jamie has no more “stepped down” from VTPP and RTP than the moon has left the orbit of the planet Earth. These actions and blantant disregard for holding oneself to a standard one preaches and decries from others is simply hypocrisy. If Allen were smart, he’d make a point of that. Town Halls are one thing, but it is clear Ms. Radtke will be just another politician in office–something the tea parties claim they are against.

    • Tom White says:

      So what you are saying is that you believe that Jamie is still in charge of the TEA Party groups in Virginia – which have been a thorn in the side of not only the Democrats, but the do-nothing Republicans – yet will somehow become “just another politician” if elected.

      George Allen (and it is hard to tell if you are a George Allen supporter, or a left wing Progressive with your comments) was one of the most effective Senators Virginia has ever had and an outstanding governor. Jamie Radtke is a young, energetic woman with a proven ability to lead. If the primary is between only these two, the I would say Virginia is lucky to have two wonderful choices, and this will be a great run. But at least two more candidates may enter the race and the dialog between now and the primary is going to be remarkable.

      I, for one, look forward to this one!


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