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.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Valentine Vunerable?

NLS has a great post up about the implications of the gay marriage vote, specifically for democrats. They have a divided constituency and must walk a fine line when voting for things like this.
The delegate I am targeting is Shannon Valentine. People like Jim Shuler and NOVA dems can vote against the amendment b/c they have incumbency power and those areas don't really care. Valentine is a new delegate and practically her first vote was the gay marriage amendment. From what I have heard, this is the beginning of what will probably a very liberal voting record. While Kaine won the district, it is a socially conservative area and was won by a wider margin by Bush in '04.
I am calling on the Lynchburg Republicans right now to begin recruiting a candidate to challenge Valentine in 2007. I have a feeling if they get going right now, we can retake the seat 2 years from now and try to begin the rebuilding of our House majority.


  • At 1/30/2006 8:40 PM, Blogger James E. Martin said…

    You want to punish the woman for voting the moral way?

  • At 1/30/2006 9:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There are good conservative reasons to oppose this amendment to the Bill of Rights. I'm withholding judgment until I start hearing the arguments for it (nothing very impressive has turned up yet, but I've got til November to make up my mind - she had to vote in January). It's not clear to me that her opposition won't appeal to conservatives who oppose state intervention in these matters.

  • At 1/30/2006 9:49 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    I think this is only a precursor to how she will vote. Expect her to vote very liberal on lots of issues, not just gay marriage.


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