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.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

23rd Update

Has anyone heard anymore on this race? Ultimately it will come down to turnout (I still can't tell if we want high or low turnour here), but I have heard good and bad things about our chances in this race. Both sides are bringing in volunteers from everywhere and both have spent tons of money for such a short period of time.

Speaking of money, the House Democratic Caucus has given Shannon Valentine $70,000. This is interesting since this is the most money any campaign has received from the caucus this year (the next highest was Greg Werkheiser with $50k). The dems want this seat bad.
At the same time, most of Harrington's money has come from family donations ($47k) and a $25,000 loan he has made to his campaign. He has received only 17k in donations from sitting GOPs (plus he received $20k from fomer Speaker Wilkins). It appears the dems want this worse than the Republicans. Even so, I have been told that Harrington has enough money, and they can get more if need be. You can bet both parties will do everything and anything they can to win this race.

In the end, I sincerely hope Mike Harrington can bring this thing home. We cannot afford to lose another House seat.


  • At 1/08/2006 5:58 PM, Blogger citizenfreedom said…

    Attention All Fellow True Lynchburg Republicans:

    For anyone who is interested, several friends and myself will be meeting at my place on Moreview drive all day tomorrow and Tuesday (both days starting at 12:30) to canvass Lynchburg Wards III and IV to petition support for “writing in” Robert Garber, the only genuine Conservative candidate, for House of Delegates in the 23rd District Special Election on January 10.

    Why? Because in our view, Mike Harrington deserves just as little support as the Democrat candidate. If you are truly pro-Life and pro-family, you will check the record and recognize that the Harrington family, including his own wife, has contributed heavily to Planned Parenthood and its pro-ABORTIONIST agenda over the years. DO NOT let Mike Harrington pull the wool over your eyes now that he covets political office a decade later!

    I do not care who calls us “spoilers” in this election. Mike Herrington has done nothing to convince us that he has separated himself from the extreme pro-abortionist Planned Parenthood agenda, AND he has insulted the Conservative cause by refusing to sign a no-tax pledge!

    Show that you will NOT stand for candidates like Harrington his past history of BETRAYAL to those who support positions in support of LIFE and the pre-born! Please join us in “writing in” the name of Senator Newman’s first choice, Councilman Robert Garber.

    If you would like to join our petition drive neighborhood walk Monday or Election Day, please email me at citizenfreedom434@yahoo.com and I will be happy to provide you with directions or a list of addresses or phone numbers.

  • At 1/08/2006 9:16 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    citizenfreedom shows us all one of the ways the GOP could lose control of the general assembly.

  • At 1/10/2006 12:31 AM, Anonymous nuff said said…

    This is precisely what you sounded like when you opposed Fulk in favor of Lohr. Which is more important to you Hokie? GOP control? or Good Government? Answer that question please?

  • At 1/10/2006 11:08 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Good government. Even so, I believe the best way to get that is having a GOP majority. If Garber supporters cost Harrington the election, we will have all lost.
    Do you think a Garber supporter would rather see Valentine or Harrington?
    I realize some have the "if the Republican doesn't agree 100% with me we might as well have a democrat" opinion but I do not share it with them.

  • At 1/10/2006 11:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There was a grand total of 12 write in votes total in the district. Seems the Write-in-Garber forces were not too potent.


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