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.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Primary in the 22nd

As most of you probably already knew, Sen. Brandon Bell will be primaried by former Roanoke Mayor Ralph Smith this year.
This district is made up of Botetourt, part of Roanoke and Montgomery Counties, Salem and Radford Cities.
It is a pretty solid GOP district, but a "perfect storm" could allow a democrat to win here.

Like most all the primaries this year, this race is occurring due to Bell's support of Chichester and the tax increase proposals. This is interesting because Bell actually opposed the tax increases in 2004.
One other issue in this race is the bill on an indoor smoking ban, which Bell patroned. From what I have seen, this is actually a bigger issue for most people than his support of the tax increases.

One advantage Bell has here is that his support for social issues is not being challenged, which probably means he will hold that constituency within the party. The marriage amendment passed overwhelmingly in the district, so that probably bodes well for him too.

Smith's advantage is his name ID from being Roanoke mayor; but none of Roanoke City is in the district. In fact, Ralph actually moved to Botetourt to run for Lacey Putney's seat in 2005; but when Putney ran for re-election Smith decided not to get into the race. Now with Putney running again in 2007; Smith has opted to run against Bell.

On the money front, Bell has $65,879 in the bank; while Smith has not reported yet. Smith is independently wealthy; so he will likely do a good bit of self-financing if he needs additional money that he cannot raise. This is also one reason he has gotten alot of support from the VCSS and affliated groups; b/c they won't have to send money his way and hopefully he can give them some. This would tend to favor Smith, as 65k isn't very much for a senate district.

One interesting thing about this race is that Sandy Cupp-Davis, a board member of VCAP, is apparently supporting Bell (she lives in Blacksburg, right outside the district). She has given money to him several times since 2005; including a donation on 12/31/06. That is certainly one disadvantage Smith will face as the only board member near him is not supporting him (and she has a nice house for fundraisers).

It appears alot of the major players are staying out of this race. I have been told that Del. Griffith and Fralin are not taking sides here, and I think Del. Nutter is staying out of it as well. That part probably helps Smith, since it would appear that they don't support Brandon 100%.

As for the activists, I think Bell probably has the early advantage. Certainly this is only so important; as money and ultimately votes matter the most, but the grassroots look to be in Bell's favor right now. This also helps Bell b/c these people are the ones who can usually sway the GOP undecideds on how to vote in the primaries.

Lastly, the fallout from this could be huge. If there is a nasty primary and each side refuses to support the winner of the primary, the GOP could possibly lose the seat. My biggest concern is that with none of the HOD races being competitive, and no major races emerging in the constitutional offices, people could just not vote b/c they don't feel like there is anything to vote for. While this area is solidly GOP, there are still enough dems to keep it interesting if a large block of the GOPs don't show up. There are 2 dems looking at running, so they know there is an opportunity as well.

I think Bell has the advantage right now, but we will have a better idea as the organizations start really shaping up.


  • At 1/31/2007 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    bell supported the tax increase

  • At 1/31/2007 3:49 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    After looking back, he actually didnt vote on it at all in '04.
    I guess you can take that either way.

  • At 1/31/2007 4:59 PM, Anonymous finnegan said…

    The only thing I know of Bell is his smoking ban, which I have mixed feelings on, but lean towards supporting it.

  • At 1/31/2007 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There seems to be a campaign to mislead people regarding Bell's position on tax increases. Regarding 2004, Bell opposed and voted against Chichester's 3.8 billion tax increase. He publicly opposed Warner's 1.4 billion increase that became law, however, he was not able to cast a vote on that tax increase, as he was out of town on business.

  • At 1/31/2007 11:30 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Ive heard him say he opposed the increase in 2004, but that may or may not be good enough for some people.

  • At 2/01/2007 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Bell seems to have a lot of AWOL excuses. HAs anyone looked at his attendance record?

  • At 2/05/2007 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Was it John Kerry who said, "I voted against it before I voted for it?" Or was it Brandon Bell? Or all of the above?

  • At 2/05/2007 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    from bell's website I see chichester gave bell %6,000. was that lunch money or what?

  • At 2/06/2007 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Bell was 100% opposed in 2004. No other way to look at it despite what you people might want to believe. 100% OPPOSED.

    Since when was it crime to accept a contribution from a member of the Senate to DEFEAT DEMOCRATS?!?!?!!? We seem to have lost focus on what we are here for. You know the Dems love all this RINO talk. It just means they will win more seats in the fall. But I bet a lot of you don't care about that.......

  • At 2/06/2007 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The $6,000 was in 2003 when Bell was running against Democrat Steve Emick, who received something like $60,000 from Mark Warner.

  • At 2/07/2007 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Brandon Bell was the only GOP senator to vote for the PETA-Potts-Democratic bill to introduce Godless "Humane Education" into Viginia's k-12 curriculum, SB1276.

    How is that likely to sit with District 22 primary voters?

  • At 2/07/2007 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    humane education...are you joking?????? do you hate animals or something? oh, and bell was not the only republican to vote for it. maybe get your facts straight before posting.

  • At 2/07/2007 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    humane education...are you joking?????? do you hate animals or something?

    PETA Denies 'Traumatizing' Kids.

    "oh, and bell was not the only republican to vote for it. maybe get your facts straight before posting."

    Facts, you want facts? In 2005, Senator Potts' virtually identical SB952 was rejected by a 22-17 floor vote. Do you consider him a republican? I don't. Fred Quayle's in his own out-of-touch animal rightist zone. Look at the hash he made of SB951.
    YEAS--Bell, Colgan, Deeds, Edwards, Herring, Houck, Howell, Lambert, Locke, Marsh, Miller, Potts, Puckett, Puller, Quayle, Reynolds, Saslaw, Ticer, Whipple--19.

    NAYS--Blevins, Chichester, Cuccinelli, Devolites Davis, Hanger, Hawkins, Lucas, Martin, McDougle, Newman, Norment, Obenshain, O'Brien, Rerras, Ruff, Stolle, Stosch, Wagner, Wampler, Watkins, Williams--21.

  • At 2/08/2007 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    again, bell was not the only republican to vote for it.

  • At 2/08/2007 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is what SB 1276 adds to the already established character education programs in schools:

    "Character education may also include aspects of humane education, including compassion and responsibility in the treatment of companion animals".

    Yes, "companion animals" are referring to your dog and cat. And this is only an option, not required. That is all the bill does. Sounds terrible, doesn't it????

  • At 2/08/2007 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "That is all the bill does. Sounds terrible, doesn't it????"

    It did to all but two isolated, confused republicans and a RINO. Hell, Louise Lucas voted against it. Good for her.

    SJ375, the Whipple-Potts humane education week, with its ..."utilizing volunteers and external materials" will get deep-sixed in the House. The Senate claims to be more responsible chamber, but avoided taking a roll call vote on that animal rightist bill.

  • At 2/12/2007 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    While I can't speak to (or even comprehend) some of these posts, I did find it interesting that about 2/3 of the people who attended this year's Reagan Dinner in Roanoke were wearing "Ralph Smith Senate" stickers.

    Granted, we should expect the former Roanoke mayor to receive strong support in his hometown (which is surrounded by the 22nd but not in it). But there are a couple of things here we must note:

    1. Many of the party faithful in attendance (as usual) came from the 22nd: from Roanoke County ... from Montgomery County ... from Blacksburg, et al.

    2. This event was organized under the leadership of Bell's own campaign/district office/business staffer! (Who tellingly saw fit to invite the moderate Tom Davis to keynote a "Reagan" Dinner.)

    One humble observation: Practically speaking, it seems as if the Republican Party of SW VA is already forming a united front ... behind Ralph Smith, the conservative challenger.

    The reality is that it's hard to find an influential SW Republican in office today who will speak out in support of this moderate-leaning incumbent. I'm finding most are distancing themselves with that age-old kiss of death: "I feel compelled to remain neutral ... but whoever wins will have my full support."

    At least this is what they're saying in public. What they say in private is another matter altogether.

  • At 2/13/2007 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Smith seems to be receiving support from across the district. He seems to be everywhere, and so are his signs. What are the dems gonna do to combat Ralph's momentum?

  • At 2/13/2007 1:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i suggest bell packs it in at the end of the g.a. session and we can unite behind real conservative!

  • At 2/13/2007 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I attended the Reagan Dinner in Roanoke City and wanted to make a couple of comments.

    The vast majority of those in attendance were residents of Roanoke City--none of which can vote in this race. I guess the previous post doesn't know many of the "party faithful" and where they actually live.

    The last post mentions folks from Blacksburg in attendance. This person should get to know the district a little better--Blacksburg is not in the district. I hope Smith isn't working hard for votes down there!

    With regards to the organization of the event, I have heard Bell's aide, who is also Roanoke City GOP Chairman, state on several occasions that Roanoke City is not in the district and shouldn't be officially involved in this race. I feel certain he asked Bell to keep a low profile for the event. I guess Bell obliged.

    I thought Tom Davis did a great job and was very well received by the crowd.

    I am curious to know which elected Republicans in the 22nd are supporting Smith? I am aware of only one--Botetourt Supervisor Don Assaid, and it seems like soft support at best.

    I have seen Bell's support list (the one at the dinner was huge) and it has many local GOP officials.

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte, the highest ranking Republican in the 22nd, is also supporting Bell.

    I would love to know which officials are "neutral". Please do tell. And what exactly are they saying in private???

    Humble indeed....what exactly is the Republican Party of SW VA and how does one determine that there is a united front for Smith? Sounds like wishful thinking to me.

    On a final note, I have been to several events where Smith is in attendance, and I have yet to hear him say why we should vote for him and kick Bell out.

    Sure, he talks about what a great guy he is and what a great job he did in Roanoke City (I wonder how the majority of City residents feel about him? I think I know, and he must have too since he didn't run for re-election in 2004). But that just isn't going to cut it for most folks.

    Oh, and I've heard the Dems are just thrilled about a possible Smith victory. Dickie Cranwell himself may even run against Smith. Bell would likely run unopposed in the General.

  • At 2/13/2007 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ralph's momentum....lol

  • At 2/13/2007 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey, Anonymous, thanks for the district geography lesson. I know where the district lines are, and I also know ELECTED REPUBLICANS in the district who have NEVER met Brandon! Isn't it interesting that only THIS year has Bell actually been motivated to get out of his office! Wonder why? What kind of leadership is that? Isn't competition a wonderful thing?

    Ralph Smith for Senate!

  • At 2/13/2007 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Regarding Bell's list of supporters: I attended last month's GOP luncheon at the Holiday Inn. As a Roanoke County taxpayer, I was interested in hearing from our legislators prior to the opening of the General Assembly.

    I saw Brandon's campaign literature touting his list of supporters. It was a fairly lengthy list to be sure. However, what happened next was most interesting. At the end of the formal part of the meeting, I personally saw SEVERAL people protesting to others and to Brandon himself about the unauthorized use of their names on the document. I guess it's fairly easy to make a list--insuring that it's correct is another matter. Brandon should not be having these kinds of problems.

  • At 2/13/2007 10:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Methinks Brandon's aide protests too much.

    To re-cap his three go-to talking points:

    1. "Ralph has yet to share with us why Brandon should get the boot."

    Apparently, this makes Team Wealth Management really angry. Or really scared. If they really don't get it, it's nappy time for TWM.

    2. "Ralph didn't run for re-election as mayor of Roanoke. Ergo, he must have feared losing."

    Unlike Senator "I would have opposed it/supported it/understood it better had I been there to vote on it" Bell, Smith isn't the sort to back away from a necessary fight.

    Yes ... please DO ask the people of Roanoke what they think of Ralph Smith. By all means.

    3. "If Ralph beats Brandon, the Dems will run a candidate, and not just any candidate ... Darth Cranwell, the evil Sith Lord! However, if Brandon runs unopposed, then Darth and the Dems will just sit down and shut up and tremble in awe."

    Apparently, Team Wealth Management has worked with the Dems so much, they are now sitting in on their strategy sessions.

    The reality is that John Chichester and the other Dems see Brandon as an ally and they see Ralph Smith as a threat.

    And that, TWM, is what has a lot of us conservatives fired up.

  • At 2/14/2007 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Bell is a wuss. We need someone with a backbone in Richmond.

  • At 2/14/2007 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A previous post stated that Blacksburg was in the 22nd. It is not, so they obviously do not know the district lines.

    Ralph did NOT run for re-election...why not?? Unlike the Governor, Roanoke City Mayors are allowed to serve consecutive terms.

    I still haven't seen the name of one additional official supporting Raplh...could it be there aren't any more????

    You don't have to sit in the dem's strategy meetings to know that the Dems want to run against Ralph. He will have a hard time holding this seat--the dems, and anyone with some common sense, know this. Is it worth the risk...........

  • At 2/14/2007 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It seems to me that there are several people on here who are either misinformed or living on another planet.
    I would imagine that it would be extremely difficult to know every individual Senator Bell has met in his district, but perhaps some people possess exceptional powers of perception. Maybe we even have a psychic on this blog.
    The issue of why Ralph Smith is running for this seat has still not been addressed. I still haven’t been given one single reason to vote for Ralph over Brandon Bell. Where is the compelling evidence to oust an incumbent? But, I have been told that the former Mayor does not run from a “necessary” fight. Is it necessary to put the local party through a split that may take years to heal? Is it necessary for political opportunity and ego to trump years of hard work to build our party? Is it necessary to loose a seat to the Dems, because some are so shortsighted that they can’t see the forest for the trees?

  • At 2/14/2007 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    just curious....what is team wealth management?

  • At 2/14/2007 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Who's done more to build the GOP, Bell or Smith? I seem to recall that Smith built the party in Roanoke into a viable political entity--one that elected TWO members to Roanoke's city council (the mayor and a councilman) and set the stage for Octavia Johnson's successful ouster of "Boss" McMillan. Smith also set the stage in 2002 for a full slate of 3 R candidates when, prior to Smith, Republicans found it difficult to field even ONE candidate. Now just what has Bell done to build the party?

  • At 2/14/2007 6:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    to anonymous on 2/13: you said "ralph's momentum...lol." o ye of little faith! even you will learn about momentum soon enough.

  • At 2/14/2007 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    some of these posts are just strange...to anonymous 4:39pm...Ralph sure has done a lot for the Republican party. so why would he tear the party apart now and undue all that he has worked so hard to accomplish?

    this is not an easy process. people don't just forgive and forget when this is over. ralph is running against a solid republican with a good record--a republican that has been an active member of our party for years. what Ralph is doing will hurt the party for a long time to come. people will resent him for that. can't you see how great this is for the dems?

    Ralph and his supporters are obviously very proud of his work in Roanoke City. why then did he abandon the party and not run for re-election? we have democrat as mayor because Ralph chose not to run. would someone please tell me why he didn't?

  • At 2/14/2007 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear 2/14 8:41,

    i'm glad you agree ralph has done a lot for the party. he surely has done exactly that. however, you question why he would "tear the party apart" at this point in time. perhaps what you don't understand is that his candidacy is actually improving the chances of a GOP victory in november. just look at last november's results. mostly those r's who lost were the ones who moved to the left, very much like brandon has done. on the other hand, those who stuck to true conservative values, were re-elected. consequently, ralph's presence in this election provides conservatives with a real alternative to someone who calls himself a conservative, but whose voting record often reflects something else.

    you're quite correct, mr. 8:41 pm, when you say this process is not easy. i am afraid you are also right that SOME people, including your candidate, will not forgive and forget when this primary (or whatever) race is concluded. he has made that statement to many people already. even as children we learned not to be sore losers. why hasn't brandon learned that?

    i would offer that what brandon is doing is hurting the party and the conservative cause. using your words, people now "resent him" (brandon)for abandoning true conservative values and voting with his mentors, like chichester. our resentment will be reflected in the selection process.

    and finally, you asked why did ralph abandon the party and not run for re-election as mayor. you need to join brandon's smoke free gang, b/c surely you must be smoking something! ralph has abandoned nothing and is, in fact, a "ROCK SOLID" conservative. it is ralph who is offering himself as a viable conservative choice to the citizens of the 22nd. vote ralph smith for senate.

  • At 2/14/2007 9:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    YOU JUST DON'T GET IT, 8:41!!!

  • At 2/14/2007 11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    dear 9:54. what exactly does "rock solid" have to do with ralph not running for re-election as Mayor. it's a simple question--why didn't he run? how was it good for the party when he didn't run?

    how is it that a ralph victory improves his chances when everyone knows the dems want to run against ralph? you can discount that all you want, but i have heard this directly from the other side. they don't want to run against bell because they know he will be much harder to beat. can you honestly say that a dem will have an easy time against bell?

    how exactly is bell hurting the republican cause? what votes make him a lefty? yes, yes, I know he voted to increase transportation funding. but he's voted against many more tax increases (including one today) and for many tax cuts. what other issues do you have a problem with 9:54?

    i think you have convinced yourself that bell is a lefty, but i am not sure others will be so easily presuaded when the facts are presented. just saying bell is a liberal doesn't make it so. you've got to prove it with a pattern of votes. i've looked at the votes and on issue after issue, he's in line with the republican base. maybe not a 100% of the time, but 90+. i don't know of any republican i agree with 100% of the time.

    you are dreaming if you think the party will recover quickly from this. its fun to fight the dems. fighting within your own party isn't fun...at least not for most people. i hear genuine concern about what this race will do. i know ralph doesn't want to acknowledge it, and i understand that since it hurts his chances, but it doesn't make it any less true.

    i just had a thought...why doesn't ralph move back to the city and run against john edwards, a liberal democrat--a label we could both agree on.

  • At 2/15/2007 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    glad to see "team wealth management" is finally awake to the fact they have a real contest on their hands. i've never seen so much e-mail from brandon before.

    see, ralph's already made a positive impact--even on brandon!

  • At 2/16/2007 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I"ll give you 2 reasons for now (there are many more) as to why Brandon deserves to lose:

    1. He told us (and still tells us) that he is a conservative Republican. Last year, he support Senator Chichester's 1 billion tax increase to fund roads in NORTHERN VIRGINIA. Am I the only one who sees Bell's hypocrisy in touting the fact that he did not vote for the 2004 billion tax increase? (HE WAS CONVENIENTLY OUT OF TOWN SO HE DID NOT VOTE) If he is maintaining that the 2004 billion tax increase was unnecessary, yet was never returned to the taxpayers, how can he now be in favor of another billion tax increase - and that in the face of an increase in spending in the last budget of 19%! Why would he do such a thing - because Senator Chichester told him to. BELL IS NOTHING BUT A LAPDOG FOR CHICHESTER - BOW WOW!

    2. Businesses are privately owned and REPUBLICANS believe that government has no business telling them how to run their businesses. Furthermore, businesses own or rent the property they own and private property rights used to be sacrosanct in the Republican Party. The way to deal with smoking and most other known health risks is to inform the public and let free individuals in a free society make their own decisions. There might be a few restaurants/bars who want to cater to smokers. In a free society where smoking is perfectly legal, why shouldn't they have that option. Bell says no - Big Government knows best. That is not the Republican approach and that is not the conservative approach.


  • At 2/16/2007 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You say the Dems want to run against Ralph. I doubt that seriously. If the Dems don't want to run against Bell, it is because BELL IS ONE OF THEM!!!!!!

  • At 2/16/2007 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    When called on the carpet for his tax-raising votes and non-votes, Brandon told party members rather spitefully 'HEY, if you don't like the way I vote, then run somebody against me. I could use more time with the family.' (He also defended his votes by saying, 'you don't know how much pressure they put on us over there in Richmond.')


    So we've done as he suggested. We're running a candidate against him who will walk the conservatism he talks -- and who won't cave in to the special interests that so plagued him.

    WHAT DOES HE SAY NOW? Now he pleads with Ralph Smith to drop out so as "not hurt the party."

    As George Will used to say, that's nonsense on stilts. You can't have it both ways, BB. You asked for it, you got it.

    If you're now so concerned for the party, WHY DON'T YOU JUST DROP OUT? You've said yourself, your family would appreciate it ... and so would we. You're not doing the party any good by staying in and supporting the Democratic agenda when we need you most.

    Brandon, listen closely ... Stop being a hypocrite. Either you ARE a conservative or you're not. You can't be one every four years - when it furthers YOUR agenda. We're tired of your double-speak.

    You can run, but you can't hide from your past.

    Contrary to what your newsletters say, we're tired of constantly having to lobby you to vote Republican. That's why we sent you there to begin with.

    Thanks for being a conservative Republican this year, Brandon. Why don't you try being one more often?

    If nothing else, you'll sleep better at night: Truthfulness is a liberating thing.

  • At 2/16/2007 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…



  • At 2/16/2007 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How hard is this for you to understand. The dems would love to take this seat. They don't want to run against bell because he is an incumbent that will be difficult to beat.

    If ralph wins, it's an open seat--even you know that an open seat is the best time to run.

    And as Elephant Ears pointed out in his original post, they've got 2 candidates along with Dickie (or Darth if you like) Cranwell, waiting to see who the GOP nominee is.

  • At 2/16/2007 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    IT'S RALPH SMITH!!!!!!!

  • At 2/16/2007 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    You said he opposed the 2004 tax increase - the largest tax hike in Virginia's history - "at every step along the way."

    That's impressive. But seems he missed one kinda important rung while climbing his ladder of personal success:


    The only real question about his conspicuous absence is, did he put Bell Wealth Management ahead of the welfare of his constituents - or did he put Chichester Wealth Management ahead of the welfare of his constituents?

    Dude, if that's your definition of conservative opposition, it's time to send you both back to school! Maybe study chiropractics this time around. (Be sure to take really good notes in the "Backbone 101" class.)


  • At 2/18/2007 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Here's a thought Brandon,

    Why don't you go ahead and announce as a Democrat? (The truth will set you free.) That way you can avoid the primary you're sure to lose and save yourself a lot of time and money. We know you don't really like being around people and you certainly don't want to listen to what we R's have to say.

    Love, your friend in Ironto.

  • At 2/20/2007 4:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    bell voted against the Senate's $3.8 billion tax increase in 2004. and yes, he opposed the compromise. do you guys really think he supported it? good luck convincing people that he supported the increase when every action he took was in opposition. desperation.....

    so you say bell should run as a democrat. maybe ralph is getting a little nervous. wouldn't that be easy if the nomination just feel in his lap. get real.

    you know, i have heard folks in our party encouraging us to vote for dems.....probably some of the same people supporting ralph. makes you wonder....

  • At 2/20/2007 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    DEAR 4:45 ON 02-20-07,


  • At 2/21/2007 11:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hmmm....asking an incumbent Republican to step aside or asking a fellow Republican to run against an elected Democrat. Doesn't seem like quite the same thing, does it?

    Just think, if Ralph could take out Edwards, we could actually EXPAND our Republican majority. But no, Ralph just wants to weaken the party and make it easier for the Dems to win.

  • At 2/21/2007 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear member of Team Wealth Management,

    You are awfully quick to state what Ralph wants to do.

    NOT being a member of TWM, I see it this way: Ralph wants to bring TRUE conservative leadership to those of us in the 22nd who have been lacking that kind of representation for the past four years! Why not join us on the RIGHT side?

  • At 2/22/2007 4:05 PM, Anonymous RoanokeRepublican said…

    would someone please explain "team wealth management"?

  • At 2/24/2007 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    FYI: Brandon Bell operates Bell Wealth Management. At least one of his employees at that business also does legislative work for BB--hence "Team Wealth Management (TWM)."

    I just hope TWM looks out for their clients better than Brandon looks out for Virginia's taxpayers. Otherwise, BB will soon be out of both jobs!

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