Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

15th District Rundown

I have not covered the 15th District race b/c its not a race. It was the first non incumbent race for NLS to call, way back in the summer. It is going to be a cakewalk for the GOP here.
Jim Blubaugh of Rappahannock County is the dems' sacrificial lamb, taking on
Todd Gilbert of Woodstock. For reference, this district encompasses all of Shenandoah, Page and Rappahannock Counties and Swift Run precinct in Rockingham. Gilbert has an A from the NRA and Blubaugh has an F. Thats right folks, a candidate in the valley with an F rating from the NRA. Its gonna be ugly.
Today in the Northern Virginia Daily they are reporting that Blubaugh is challenging Gilbert to a debate before the election. This is incredible. He is actually calling for a debate less than 3 weeks before the election. I don't think I have ever seen anything like this before. It is ridiculous. No one decides on a debate this close to the election. This is a clear sign of a campaign with absolutely nothing going on.
It just goes to show how bad this Blubaugh character is going to get his clock cleaned.
I am predicting Gilbert pulls at least 65% in this race if not more.
Gilbert has but one flaw, hes a wahoo. That sucks b/c he is replacing a Hokie.

UPDATE: The main reason Gilbert doesn't want to debate Blubaugh is that he can't stay with a position. The other night at the Luray VFW forum, Blubaugh was complaining how gas prices have hurt valley tourism and Gilbert said Blubaugh wanted to raise the gas tax. Blubaugh replied that he was amazed how much he was learning about himself b/c he never said he supported that. Fact is on the VA FREE survey, Blubaugh said he supports raising the gas tax. Also Blubaugh says he is opposed to gay marriage, but he didn't fill out the Family Foundation survey. Like I said before, this guy is on his way to be being crushed.


  • At 10/20/2005 5:00 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    I forgot to say that luckily there will be an extra Hokie in the house when Matt Lohr is elected.

  • At 10/20/2005 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think you've misunderstood the article. When I read the article, it looked like WHSV had proposed a debate and Gilbert refused. I don't think it was a challenge from Blubaugh. He just pointed out that Gilbert doesn't want to talk about issues. Which is sad, but probably true. If Gilbert keeps quiet, he can just sit back and let a Republican district vote Republican.

  • At 10/20/2005 6:03 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    What I am saying is that you don't make debates an issue 3 weeks before the election. Thats more an issue in August.
    I woulnd't debate this late in the game either.
    Plus, they have had forums in different places from best I can gather.

  • At 10/20/2005 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yes, and Gilbert never shows up...

  • At 10/20/2005 10:12 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Thats probably b/c Blubaugh can't answer the questions truthfully when they have forums.
    I will have more on that tomorrow.


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