Meet The Candidates: Tim Donner Virginia Republican Candidate for US Senate
The Republican field of contenders looking to win the US Senate seat being vacated by one term Democrat Jim Webb has grown to five candidates all working for the Republican Nomination to be decided in a Primary Election on June 12, 2012. Former Sen. George Allen is considered the front runner in the early days of the contest, but Richmond TEA Party leader Jamie Radtke, Hampton Roads attorney David McCormick and Bishop Earl Jackson are also in the race to win.
Virginia Businessman and Entrepreneur Tim Donner has also decided to enter the race because he sees a lack of business experience in the field of candidates and he considers this a serious weakness in these uncertain economic times.
I caught up with Tom Donner yesterday while he was visiting the Richmond area and we spent some time talking about his skills and his vision for Virginia and America. While I am very familiar with most of the other candidates, this was my first time meeting Donner.
In order to keep the length of the video from becoming too long, I decided to devote this interview to domestic issues. Donner was willing to take all questions on any topic, but it is my hope to devote a second interview to foreign policy and events at a later date. We are still over a year away from the primary.
One of the first things you notice about Donner is his speaking ability. He spent a number of years as a broadcaster, covering mostly baseball, and he is a polished communicator. He has a calm and deliberate cadence and comes across as rational, reasoned, comfortable and totally in his element.
Donner founded Horizons Television Inc. in 1987 and began to create educational, promotional and documentary productions for free market groups such as the Bill of Rights Institute, Media Research Center, Pacific Research Institute, and Atlas Economic Research Foundation.
His father, Joe Donner, was involved in the founding of National Review magazine and was a strong supporter of conservative causes long before it became fashionable.
And this interview reflects a deep understanding of conservative ideas that Donner possesses. As I progressed through the questions I had prepared, it became quite obvious that while Donner has never held public office, he is not a political neophyte. Donner is a member of the Fairfax Republican Committee and he has a deep understanding of how things work in Washington D.C. and his business sense makes it abundantly clear to him that Congress and the White House are out of control.
Donner sees his lack of experience in holding public office as a positive. While he has been focused on family and his business, he has also been active in defining and shaping conservative ideas through his company, and in his work with his local Republican Committee.
This race offers a full buffet of candidates with varying skills and experience. Donner stands out as a knowledgeable outsider with strong business experience and know-how, which makes him unique among the rest of the field.
Virginia Republicans should be thankful for the strong group of men and women working to replace Democrat Jim Webb. Tim Donner looks to have the right stuff Conservative voters are looking for and will make a strong showing in this race.
I would also like to thank Elmcroft Assisted Living in Chesterfield, Va. for allowing the use of their “Garden Room” to conduct the interview. The location was in the same area Tim Donner was visiting for the day and very convenient. My sister, Karen Elliott, works for Elmcroft and they have a program similar to “Make-a-Wish Foundation” but on a smaller scale called “Second Wind Dreams” where they try to make some small wish come true for their residents.
Mr. Fullerton, pictured, is over 90 years old and suffers from dementia. He was a staunch Republican in his younger days and his moments of lucidity usually turn to Republican Politics. My sister had been lobbying me to help grant Mr. Fullerton his “Second Wind Dream” – to talk to a Republican Politician about politics. Tim Donner graciously agreed to speak with Mr. Fullerton who had been brimming with anticipation all day. They talked about politics, the military and a lot of past presidents and politicians. Mr. Fullerton had his best day in some time, and Donner seemed to really enjoy talking to the elderly gentleman. That was a real win-win and I appreciate the time Tim Donner took to make this happen.
Look for more one on one interviews with candidates. We are in the process of setting up similar interviews with other candidates in this race, as well as Virginia Senate and House races for 2011 and several local candidates as well.