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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Russ Potts Update

Not John Behan has coverage of the ever continuing Potts situation.
It is speculated within some GOP circles that Potts will take a job in the Kaine administration after the special session is over. The reasons for this are numerous and I will not get into them at this time.
Part of this speculation is that Jill Holtzman-Vogel has inside information on this and is already campaigning. Some think that her father's donations to Potts have set up an agreement that Potts will let Holtzman know what is going on before anyone else (to allow her the best chance to setup a campaign). To be fair; Bill Holtzman has given Potts $2450 between 1997 and 2004. Even so, I am very skeptical of him or Jill being in a deal with Potts. If anything, Potts would have a deal with a democrat before a Republican. Jill is probably just campaigning b/c she suspects a Potts resignation just like the rest of us. I would expect Mark Tate to begin to set his campaign plan up as well.

Another reason for people expecting a Potts retirement soon is that apparently John Chincester has contacted a few people in the Winchester/Frederick area about running a "moderate GOP" for Potts' seat. I have heard this with my own ears, so i think it is likely to be true. Kaine's secretary has been seen a few times in Potts' office with the door closed and Potts' LA has been circulating her resume lately. These also hint that something may be happening soon.

I personally think there is a tremendous amount of information to point to a Potts retirement after the session is over. I do think if he does not get an appointment he will stay in his seat, maybe even past 2007 (if he can survive another primary). Even so, I do not think he will be able to turn down this appointment. I fully expect someone other than Russ Potts to be the 27th district Senator in the 2007 session.

UPDATE: Morgan's Riflemen contributor Wild Turkey has this to say about the Russ Potts situation.


  • At 3/24/2006 4:24 PM, Blogger harrismillerfan said…

    Do you think a resolution praising Potts will get through the house should he retire? lol

  • At 3/26/2006 7:26 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Maybe, praising him for leaving is a possibility.

  • At 3/27/2006 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If the Pubs in the House wouldn't approve a former colleague to the board of visitors at WM because he "betrayed" them, then what hope does Potts have of approval?

  • At 3/27/2006 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    About the same as a snowball in Alabama.

  • At 3/27/2006 11:41 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    He has none other than thanking him for leaving.

  • At 3/29/2006 4:13 PM, Blogger ED Skywalker said…

    The reason they would support a Potts appointment would be to get him out of his seat and to put a Republican vote that they can count on in his place. For all that has been said about him, Potts is a good and passionate person, and is still respected by many members of both parties. Sure, many in the Obenshain-Griffin camp snicker and make fun of him, but he is still a man to be respected.

  • At 3/30/2006 7:09 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    John Chichester is apparently passionate about raising taxes, but that doesnt mean we need to commend him for it.


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