A challenger in the 2nd – Well, that didn’t take long. Chuck Smith, the former chair of the Virginia Beach Republican Party has announced his intentions to seek the 2nd Congressional seat in 2010. I expect that Smith won’t be the only challenger. Further, if some of the other names that are being tossed around decide to enter the race, being first to declare won’t matter. Back in 2007, Smith ran for RPV chair. I’m guessing he would rather not repeat that performance.
Moran announces campaign hirings – Gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran announced several hires on Monday. Andrew Roos, coming off the insurgent victory of Delaware Governor Jack Markell, will be the campaign manager. Al Quinlan of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research will serve as pollster, Ed Peavey of Mission Control will handle direct mail and Bob Corn of Landmark Strategies will handle voter contact and targeting.
Wagner announces $400K raised – LG candidate Jody Wagner will report that she has raised almost $400,000 in five months. Financial reports for all of the candidates will be filed Thursday, January 15.
Miller named Legislator of the Year – Norfolk Del. Paula Miller was named the 2008 Legislator of the Year by the Virginia Professional Firefighters. In a press release Tuesday, Del. Miller says that she will introduce “Hometown Heroes” legislation that “will ensure that public safety professionals receive death benefits in all instances where their death is a result of work related service.”
Charniele Herring wins in the 46th – Charniele Herring won the special election in the 46th House district Tuesday by a whopping 16 votes. Say what you will about the results but I think the overwhelming factor is that Virginians are tired of elections. Something needs to be done with the never-ending election cycle. Even political junkies get tired.
Inauguration invitation – Did you get one? I got two. Somehow, I don’t think they are going to let me in the door with just this 😉 And now I understand why I’m getting all those fundraising emails. If they mailed these out to everyone, it must have cost a pretty penny.
General Assembly opens today – And I haven’t even begun to put together my legislative agenda. With no money, I expect little to come out of the session, anyway.
American Idol – The new season started last night 😉 I generally don’t watch the opening nights of these because it’s more about “what makes good TV” than talent. But given the choices on TV, I did watch most of it. All those channels on TV and little worth watching. Seems it might be time to cut back on the satellite package.