Saturday, December 8, 2007

Al Pollard Likely to Run for State House, If...


by Tim Craig
The Washington Post
Published 12-5-07

Former Del. Albert C. Pollard Jr., who narrowly lost his Senate bid this year, said today he will likely run for his old state House seat if Del. Robert J. Wittman (R-Westmoreland) is elected to Congress next week.

Pollard said "everybody from former Republican Governor Linwood Holton to the local UPS men" have been urging him to run for the House seat he gave up in 2005.

"I enjoy the public service, I am a much better position financially then I was two years ago and if the seat opens, I will almost certainly run," Pollard said.

Wittman faces Democrat Philip Forgit in Tuesday's special election to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-Va). Because the district leans Republican, Wittman is favored to win.

If he runs, Pollard would be a heavy favorite to win Wittman's state House seat. In this year's Senate race, Pollard received 57 percent of the vote in the portion of the district that includes his old House seat.

If he wins, Democrats would pick up a House seat and increase their margin to 45.

No word yet on who the Republicans would put up to challenge Pollard. But Pollard said he's not sure when a special election would be called to fill Wittman's House seat.

The Free Lance-Star 12-8-07: Click HERE to read all about it AND a GOP candidate from King George standing by to step up if Wittman wins. Can he beat an $800,000 name brand from 60 days prior??

Well, there we have it folks. "almost certainly", a vote for Rob Wittman is a vote for Al Pollard to go back in the General Assembly.

Originally, the two had a gentlemen's agreement that Al would not seek this seat. So much for good faith and honesty with AlPo.

Richard Stuart didn't win a single county in the Northern Neck in his bid for 28th District State Senate, and only won the Stafford side by enough margin to make it a 1% margin victory.

If nearly $1,000,000 in marketing efforts of a man whose family has lived in the Neck for 400 years can't beat Pollard, then no active Republican in the Northern Neck can beat Al Pollard now that he's at the height of his name recognition and has the popular vote of all counties (except King George).

So much for outgoing RINO Sen. John Chichester's endorsement being worth a grain of sand in his home territory.

In case anyone doesn't know this, former Governor Linwood Holton's daughter Anne is married to Tim Kaine. Holton is a shell of his former self and likely doesn't know what AlPo is doing with his name and reputation these days. That being said, he's been endorsing Democrats for decades, and was from the era when John Chichester called himself a Democrat, and Richard Nixon was president...

What is a Republican to do in this election? Win a DC seat and lose a VA seat, or lose a DC seat and gain nothing?

That's easy- Attention all Democrats- NOW is the time to come to the light and vote for Wittman!


At December 8, 2007 at 12:21 AM , Blogger D.J. McGuire said...

Actually, Pollard did lose King George's County, which I have been told is a part of the Northern Neck.

Truth be told, I think Al Pollard can be beaten.

At December 8, 2007 at 12:45 AM , Blogger Peter Gibbons said...

Point taken on KG, although I know a lot of people from there don't consider themselves part of it as I worked the polls there once, but Stuart did in fact win by a handful of faithful.

But no one currently in politics in the Northern Neck has a chance to beat him on name recognition alone. He just got done spending over $800,000 on name brand recognition and served popularly for six years as a liberal centrist.

As a policy maker, he's a joke, but as a guy who knocks on your door and asks for your vote, he's recognized and affable. That goes a lonnnng way towards victory.

At December 10, 2007 at 12:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your analysis is okay, but your conclusion is anti-Wittman!

When candidates, and members of the Spotsy party went to convention they signed an agreement to support the nominee. But in your article, you are basically telling people to go against Wittman because Pollard will run for his Delegate seat.

Give me a break, if the Repubs in Spotsy really gave a damn about the District, then they would have never thrown the majority of their support behind "carpet bagger" Dick Black; yeah, he's pro-life and conservative, but there were others from the District that stood the same on the issues.

Sorry, if I sound a little irritated, but it just seems that energy and effort could be better expended finding a replacement for Wittman in the House of Delegates.

Thanks for further dividing the party!

At December 10, 2007 at 1:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anti-Wittman?? It's all up to interpretation. I see this as a fork in the road. Wittman's candidacy itself is a division of the party since he KNEW it would lead to losing his seat in the GA.

Stafford's Mark Dudenhefer (Supervisor) was the one using the term "carpetbaggger" all day at the convention and previous to that, only Democrats were using the term on blogs, so I wonder who is writing these anonymous comments?

A candidate for this seat need not live in the 1st district to begin with, so who cares whether he moved here recently?

The story doesn't divide anything. Wittman's victory leaves an opening. That will be filled by Pollard 99%. Voting other than Wittman (if victorious) saves a VA seat, but loses a national one. All FACTS, not divisive.

Any election is about choices and consequences. Wittman knew all this before he chose to run. The fact that more people didn't talk about it until now is a moot point.

Wittman will win Dec 11, and Pollard will win 3-4 months later. Thankfully, I don't live in the 99th District and can hold my head up high- that I always vote for the best candidate.

At December 10, 2007 at 1:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon#1, no one said go vote for Forgit in this story. Are you serious that you demand people honor their pledges? Rob Wittman signed a No Tax Pledge and didn't honor it when he voted for HB 3202, so what should I think of your boy now? Fakes, power-hungry people, one-topic campaigns and posers are what divides this party not pointing out the obvious.

At December 10, 2007 at 1:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone Must Vote For Wittman To Be Considered a Republican According To Anon. What About Voting For A True Conservative= Lucky Narain? No One May Think For Themself? Zig Heil Convention Goers.

Welcome Back Al Pollard. Tough Break Forgit= You're Gonna Lose Bad No Matter What, You Can Always Go Back To Being A Navy Seal If You Want. ROFL.

At December 10, 2007 at 3:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is hilarious! And no, I am not Mark Dudenhefer, and believe it or not, I don't think Wittman was the best choice at the convention; we should have put either Davis, Sherwood, or Caprara in there.

But, what I do believe is that some from Spotsylvania encouraged Mr. Black to run, when he knows nothing of our District and had no chance of winning a general election. Especially, when his positions were not unique compared to some of the others from the district running.

Plus, Spotsylvania carried the second largest voting block for the First District, and could have played an instrumental role early on in the nomination process before options were limited, and Jost had the momentum.

As to the transportation bill, you guys speak of regional tax increases as if they applied to the whole state, and you ignore the players from those regions who lobbied for the packages. Of course Wittman, and a whole slew of other conservatives, voted for that bill; the Speaker (controller of committee appointments and House docket) sponsored it and business supported it!

You are all blaming the wrong people.

As for Wittman sitting on the transportation committee, you all need to do your homework. HB3202 (SPONSORED BY SPEAKER HOWELL) came out of the Appropriations Committee, which Rob Wittman does not even sit on.

Now to your name recognition point. Are we as Republicans going to sit on our hands when the odds are against us, or do we believe that our form of government is the best form with reason and history to back it? If so, then my statement stands that our energy is best focused on finding a replacement for Rob and using that reason to help voters understand why conservative government is the best form.

We may be at a fork in the road, but I can tell you that Rob is the best man. And didn't Lucky run as a Democrat a few years ago?

At December 10, 2007 at 4:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucky's not a significant factor in this election. Howell and Wittman both fought for and defended afterward HB 3202.

It didn't seem to hurt Howell in November at all, and shouldn't hurt Wittman either but the issue with that isn't the bill as much as hipocrasy in saying he didn't support any new taxes while in office and is trying to re-write history for the sake of getting elected.

Stafford had more votes than Spotsy by the way and were far more divided in who they were supporting the whole night at the convention.

The new rules suspiciously imposed at the 1st District meeting just a few days prior PROHIBITED SLATING or any committee endorsing a candidate for this nomination so unison was nearly impossible in any committee although many smaller counties came in with the same votes regularly, sp don't blame Spotsy for Jost not winnig, they all got behind him until Wittman and Davis cut a deal.

Now you're rewritting history too- HB3202 affects all Virginian's and gave unelected committees the right to tax to raise road money in huge areas, not to mention abusive driver's fees that only applied to Virginians.

Jost or 1-2 others were clear favorites until the moderates/conservative pretenders like Bowditch & Davis ganged up on them in the end. They should have just said "may the best man win". Of course the delegates could have voted any way they wanted to, so it's their fault in the end.

At December 10, 2007 at 4:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it is funny that some, Dick Black, painted Chuck Davis as a moderate, and you need to look at Jost complete history before you call him a conservative (Arlington City Council Race).

Chuck and Jo Ann both stood upon conservative principles, and it is a flat out distortion of truth to say otherwise.

Jost is a power hungry wannabe elected official who only had support because his hand was in the pocket of the movers and shakers. I didn't support Jost that saturday, and never will.

My only questions is what Dick Black sold out for?

At December 10, 2007 at 4:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Anon#1. I doubt very seriously Dick Black was talked into running by some Spostylvania people. The man has decades of Virginia leadership credentials ALL AROUND Virginia. Compared to Wittman who is a medium fish in a tiny pond of some county I've never heard of, and likely never set foot in Spotsy or anywhere else south of Richmond before he woke up and decided he wanted to be congressman one day. I would've liked to see someone else win. All THREE choices suck ass this election. I am going fishing instead.

At December 10, 2007 at 4:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, someone who understands! I cannot agree more with you "Wolf in Sheeps Clothing." Unfortunately, I feel compelled to vote, but also realize that redistricting is coming and there is nothing anyone or this vote can do to change that fact!

RPV and the Republican Leadership have failed the conservatives!

P.S. Does anyone know how I can get my hands on the Douglas Wilder report that found $1 billion in budget cuts? I can't seem to find a copy of it online.

At December 10, 2007 at 4:56 PM , Blogger Peter Gibbons said...

Wow- there's a lot of heat in here! Keep it civil please or I may have to bust a cap of vicious rhetoric in somebody's behind.

It seems like there is room for agreement in all your cases so long as the candidate stands up for core GOP principles right?

So long as Rob Wittman does that, I think he'll be fine in Washtington. The US Congress is just too big for any one person to make much happen or screw anything up. His Voting record will tell the story, so I'll give him a chance.

But I stand by my words that Pollard can't be beat in the Northern Neck... find me a Republican with a million dollars to spend and I'll stand corrected that he "could" be beat then, but he had better have a voting record to stand on and a friendly personality...

At December 10, 2007 at 5:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doug Wilder found $1 billion dollars in budget cuts??? R you sure that wasn't Dr. Evil? If he could cut the budget that much, he could surely build his slavery museum for under $200 million. Something tells me a career Democrat never found a bloated budget he didn't like. I think it might have been Allen you're thinking of when he mandated that the entire code of VA be revisted and all old laws and programs taken out that weren't essential. Time to do that all over again starting with the Federal Government!!!

At December 10, 2007 at 5:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I didn't think that Wilder found it either, but I thought I should verify the statement made to myself. So, if anyone has heard that, or can verify it please provide a source.


At December 10, 2007 at 10:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to be the first to actually say this the right way= GO WITTMAN!


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