Note: I received this letter from 5th District voter Clay Ramsay and think it is a great letter concerning the upcoming primary to purge Tom Perriello, a disgrace to all Virginians. Please note that Virginia Right! has not endorsed in this race as of yet, but any of those who have filed to run are far more qualified than the Progressive/Socialist we now have in office. Clay has started a new Conservative Blog, and it looks very good. Please check out OurFreedomRising.
I live near Charlottesville. I am of a conservative, libertarian, Constitutional frame of mind. I am concerned that our country is being led and pushed headlong off a cliff into what Reagan called “the dustbin of history”, aka the failed, dictatorial system of socialism. I am writing this evening because I am concerned that we have an excellent opportunity to stop and reverse that trend, just as the people in Massachusetts just did, but we are in danger of blowing it.
In 2008, liberal Tom Perriello defeated six term congressman Virgil Goode by a few hundred votes. It was a case of fortunate timing for Periello, as he slipped in on Obama’s coattails and dissatisfaction with Bush and Republicans in Washington. However, a year later, this is a very vulnerable seat for the Democrats. Buyer’s remorse has set in. Citizens of the 5th district still want Hope and Change, but now, rather than an empty, feel good slogan, it has became a rallying cry of Tea Party anger.
So, given such a promising situation, how is it that we are in danger of blowing it in the 5th District? We have 7 candidates seeking the Republican nomination, six of whom are very much in the conservative, limited government camp. The remaining candidate, State Senator Robert Hurt takes generally conservative positions, except that he cannot explain away his votes for the two largest tax increases in Virginia history, votes on which he abandoned his party. In spite of that, it appears he has been chosen by the national party as the nominee apparent. Republican Whip Eric Cantor has given Hurt’s campaign over $7,000. In addition, he is the beneficiary of the 5th District Party decision to select the nominee by taxpayer paid primary than by the convention that was requested by all the other candidates and by the local Tea Parties. Unless the field is narrowed prior to the primary, the conservative vote will be split six ways, meaning that we could have a nominee whose position is supported by less than 20% of the voters.
This really is a shame, because we do have six good candidates who have stepped forward out of desire to serve their district, state and nation. They have each done so at great personal cost in time, wealth and in sacrifice for their families. They did so in expectation of a level electoral playing field. It appears that will not be the case, but they are persisting. All six are participating in a series of candidate forums sponsored by the Tea Parties. Senator Hurt refuses to participate in these forums.
It is more than a shame, it is a potential disaster, because Senator Hurt is the one Republican candidate who probably cannot defeat Periello, in spite of the backing of the national party. From what I have seen and heard, he cannot motivate the base throughout the 5th district. The votes for Democratic tax increases are deal killers. He says he was misled. The voters are in no mood to accept representatives who can be duped into voting for big government. The tide has turned. It is a question of character and absolute commitment to principle.
I attended the recent Tea Party sponsored Candidates Forum in Charlottesville. In front of a packed crowd of about 400 citizens, six candidates explained their positions on a wide variety of issues. One candidate stood mute. It was a cardboard cut-out of Senator Hurt, who chose not to appear at Tea Party sponsored Forums. I have also studied the websites of all the candidates. They are all very strong on stopping and reversing the outrageous spending and abuse of power in Washington. I would give my full support and vote to whichever of these candidates wins the nomination. I could not vote for Senator Hurt. My feeling is that if the choice is between two candidates who both support big government, I would rather that responsibility rest with Democrats.
I hope that conservatives all around the state will look closely at the candidates in this race. It is going to be one of the closely watched races around the country, as it was a conservative seat that went Democratic. Will it swing back, or will it continue to be a guaranteed vote for socialism?
I think the candidate best suited to win this race is Michael McPadden. He was a Navy pilot for 22 years, and is now a commercial pilot for Delta. His goal is to be a very active member of the new wave of conservatives who will be elected in 2010. He is strongly motivated to return our Federal government to the constitutional principles on which it was founded. His website contains a great deal of policy information and about 20 video clips of position statements. Please check him out at www.mcpaddenforcongress.com