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US Senate Candidate Tim Donner Responds to Virginia Right! ‘Critical Blunder’ Post


On Friday, May 20, 2011 Virginia Right! posted a article Virginia US Senate Candidate Tim Donner Makes Critical Campaign Blunder.

If you didn’t read the article, you might want to go back and give it a scan now.

The article made two points, one, that we thought the characterizations of fellow Political Blog Bearing Drift were off target and second, that although appearing anxious for coverage, my offer for a video received an automated response.

Yesterday, I received responses from both Tim Donner and his campaign web and email manager Mr. Reynolds. According to Reynolds, the email I received a few minutes after I sent an offer to interview Donner was not an auto-reply, but rather, a second “introduction” email blast sent to a large list. The timing made it appear on my end as if the email was triggered by my interview offer. A complete coincidence.

And I believe that is what happened. The delay in responding was due to the fact that they received a number of replies and bounces from the email blast that had to be sorted through. And even so, I received a response in only 2 days (albeit after my post).

I consider the second point, the email issue, a non-issue and completely understandable. And although Mr. Reynolds apologized, I really don’t see that he had anything to apologize for, and I appreciate his response.

As to the first matter, as I stated Bearing Drift needs no champion as their work and integrity speaks for itself. But Tim Donner had this to say on the matter:

“And please tell your friends over at Bearing Drift that I find their work highly respectable and well-written. My wife, particularly, reads it often and remarks to me about various articles on both BD and Virginia Right.  You certainly make a cogent point about the blogs being a good place for a candidate to become better known.”

One measure of a candidate is how well he does in the day to day routine of a campaign. An even better measure of a candidate is how they handle situations that don’t exactly go as well as they hoped. The emails I received from both Donner and Reynolds had two things in common: neither tried to shift the blame to someone else and both came up with an immediate and satisfactory resolution.

While preventing uncomfortable situations from occurring in the first place is always best for any candidate, how one deals with these situations when the do occur tells you what you can expect if they are elected. I believe it is a good sign that Donner took control and resolved the issue quickly. While this was in no way a test, if it were, Donner and Company passed with flying colors.

When we look at the candidates who are running in the Republican Primary for retiring Democrat Jim Webb’s seat, Virginian’s have a full slate of candidates with a wide range of experience.

Donner adds a wealth of experience as a businessman to the field and I am looking forward to hearing his ideas on fixing the nation’s top problems: jobs and the economy.

So far, Donner seems pretty good at problem solving to me.

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.

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