Monthly Archives: November 2008

Rep-elect Jason Chaffetz on Glenn Beck

Rep.-elect Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah 3) will be on Glenn Beck’s radio show tomorrow at the bottom of the second hour. (That means 10:30am Eastern if you are listening live.)

Make sure to tune in.

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The #5 Republican to Watch

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza has issued his “Ten Republicans to Watch” list, and Bob McDonnell comes in at number five:

5. Bob McDonnell: McDonnell, Virginia’s attorney general, will be the Republican standard-bearer in the Commonwealth’s gubernatorial race in 2009. Off-year statewide elections are always looked to by the two parties as litmus tests for how each side is doing, and the fact that this campaign will take place in the purple state of Virginia makes McDonnell all the more important. If he wins, it will be seen as a sign that the Republican party is alive and well and living in Virginia. If he loses, he’ll join the Jerry Kilgore Hall of Fame.

I doubt that will happen.  In 2005, there wasn’t much party unity behind Kilgore as a gubernatorial nominee.  People thought he was too moderate, and there was a feeling that the nominee for lieutenant governor, Bill Bolling, would have been stronger in the #1 slot.  This cycle, Attorney General McDonnell is the only Republican running for the office, so there won’t be any divisions to heal within the party.

Oh, and did I mention his opponent might be a DNC hack left over from the Clinton Administration?

You can donate to Bob McDonnell’s campaign here.

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New Jersey Update

I’m sure that Richard Merkt is a wonderful man, but I’ve decided to wait until after the New Jersey GOP gubernatorial primary to endorse a candidate there.

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Bob McDonnell on Gangs and Immigration

Virginia Attorney General and 2009 gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell released a video today highlighting the gang problem in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia:

During the premier of the graphic video, there were times you almost wanted to look away. But that is exactly what McDonnell says too many people have been doing all along. He wants adults to take some responsibility for today’s gang problems. “It’s tough, it’s straight talk, it’s hard hitting,” stated McDonnell.

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In the 25 minute video, “The Wrong Family”, real life gang members talk about recruiting young kids to their crew. Doctors talk about seeing the same gang members time and again with gunshot or machete wounds and law enforcement officials talk about the how the problem is growing.

While the video doesn’t pull any punches, anti-gang advocates say it is necessary.

Unchecked illegal immigration has helped with this increase, as Northern Virginia increasingly becomes a haven for members of the violent MS-13 gang.  But Attorney General McConnell has also started programs to prosecute illigal immigrants on a different front, as well:

Violent sex offenders who are also illegal aliens in Virginia were identified, located, and deported thanks to a well-coordinated joint operation earlier this year involving both state and federal officials.

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“Operation Cold Play” made it possible for the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to place 171 convicted criminal alien sex offenders into deportation proceedings thanks in large part to local and state involvement in the investigation, McDonnell explained in an email.

Make sure to read up on both articles.  Along with the transportation, illegal immigration and related gang activity will be big issues for Virginians in the upcoming year.  This is our chance to start turning Virginia red again.  Let’s hope that Virginians elect a Republican next year, rather than a Democrat just pretending to be a Republican on the campaign trail.

You can donate to Bob McDonnell’s campaign here.

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How will Obama’s Cabinet affect the 2009 races?

President-elect Barack Obama has already started picking out key Cabinet-level positions for his Administration, including Rep. Rahm Emmanuel as his Chief of Staff and (reportedly) Robert F. Kennedy, Jr to head the EPA.

Since Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine’s can’t be re-elected in 2009 and was one of Obama’s early backers, it seems only right that Obama would want to keep his political career alive with a Cabinet position.  What could this mean for Virginia’s gubernatorial race? (links in the original):

Since the General Assembly instituted the one-term limit in 1852, no governor has ever served less than his full term. Should Kaine become, say, Attorney General as Politico posited Monday, that would make Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling the Commonwealth’s new chief executive, thus handing over the office from a Democrat to a Republican. That means, for one year, Republicans would get to set the General Assembly’s legislative agenda and make political appointments.

Such a development would also throw a monkey-wrench into Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell’s plans to be the Republican nominee for governor in next year’s election. He and Bolling have already reached an agreement that should Kaine vacate Richmond, McDonnell would step aside and let Bolling run to keep the state’s top job. Bolling and McDonnell each tested the waters to decide who between the two of them would run for governor, and the state party eventually annointed McDonnell their de facto nominee over Bolling. Should Bolling run to keep the governorship, conventional wisdom has it that he would be a weaker candidate than McDonnell against either State Senators Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), Brian Moran (D-Fairfax), who have already announced their candidacies, or former Democratic National Committee chair and Clinton advisor Terry McAuliffe, who is reported to be contemplating a run.

I was in Virginia during the 2005, and I think that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling could still pull off a win in 2009 if he ascended to the Governorship.  Attorney General Bob McDonnell is a fellow alumnus of Regent University, so I am partial to him.  If 2009 is like past Virginia gubernatorial elections, it will bode well for the GOP no matter who is chosen.  Why?  “In every governor’s race since 1973, voters have selected the candidate from the opposite party of the one that controls the White House.”

You can donate to Bob McDonnell’s campaign here.

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Now is not the time for depression

A few thoughts:

1) We may have lost the presidency, but we can’t lose hope.  Not now, or ever.

2) Congratulations to Pete Olson and Jason Chaffetz for their outstanding victories last night.

3) With this election cycle over, Down the Ticket will now look to the gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey.

4) For the 2010 election cycle, Down the Ticket will narrow its focus to around 5-6 races.  As you may have noticed, having a 12 hour a day job and contributing to another blog on top of this one burnt me out a bit.  One man following 20+ candidates is a bit much.

Remember, Obama may have won last night, but we can still fight.  Keep the faith.

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REMEMBER TO VOTE NOVEMBER 4

I know I’m excited!  Every vote is important, especially for John McCain and Sarah Palin. 

So head to the polls tomorrow, and I’ll be back on Wednesday with some new information on the future of Down the Ticket.

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