The Robert Mueller Investigation has now gone beyond the pale of common sense. You have an out of control special prosecutor with unlimited resources and unchecked power.
There is no evidence of any crimes. There is no obstruction. There is no collusion with the Russians. There is no money trail. There are only lawyers conducting a Soviet style inquisition in search of a crime. This is not a witch-hunt, as President Trump suggests. It’s a covert attempt at overthrowing this President and overturning the election, negating the wishes of the American people. This investigation, now sporting 13 high priced lawyers — some of whom are big money Clinton donors–has as its goal the removal of a President.
Now they leak they’re looking at Jared Kushner’s businesses. What does that have to do with Mueller’s original mission?
They did the same thing to former Gov. Bob McDonnell. He was eventually exonerated by the Supreme Court 8-0.
It’s sick and corrupt. The D.C. elites make billions off of taxpayer subsidies, bailouts and crony inside baseball capitalism. This way of easy life in the swamp is now threatened by Trump.
Their new mantra –to remove Trump from office– takes a page out of Malcolm X’s book: “By any means necessary.” They have one goal: drive Trump from office. Wear him down. Force him to quit. Or resign. Or fatigue. Or worse. They want to discourage qualified loyalists from taking jobs in the Administration so nothing gets done.
They will fail. Trump will prevail. And his voters will turn out in record numbers in the midterms. And in Virginia this November.
Dear Governor McAuliffe,
As a McAuliffe supporter, I’m deeply disappointed in your attempt to politicize the baseball field shooting tragedy to help you in the 2020 Iowa Caucuses.
I get that you have to brandish your progressive street cred with the super Left in your Presidential bid. However, your comments yesterday on gun control as innocent people were fighting for their lives was uncouth, insensitive, myopic and beyond the pale of human decency.
You’re better than that, Governor.
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Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, who is planning a run for U.S. Senator in 2018, is joining us live today in our D.C. studios from 9:00 -10:30 a.m.We’ll find out what he thinks about the incoming world scene, our incoming President Donald J. Trump and…:radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, who is reportedly seriously considering a race for the Virginia for U.S. Senate in 2018.
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Virginia Republicans are unlikely to “clear the field” for a prospective Ingraham U.S. senate race.
If the television and radio personality decides to enter the race for the Va. GOP nomination to run against Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Kaine in 2018, she will undoubtedly face a fierce and bruising nomination battle.
Other candidates who are likely to battle for the Virginia Republican Senate nomination include former Gov. Jim Gilmore, former candidate for President Carly Fiorina, Va. Delegate Jimmie Massie and early Trump supporter and Silver Star recipient Bert Kameaaloha Mizusawa, a major general in the United States Army Reserve.
U.S. Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va/7) has already told Sen. Kaine he does not plan to run for U.S. senate in 2018. We also assume U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA/10) is not inclined to give up her House seat to run a long shot bid for U.S. Senate.
Laura, welcome to Virginia politics, where candidates don’t have limo drivers, first class airline tickets and 24 hour green room hair and makeup teams at their beck and call. See you at the Buchanan County GOP unit meeting, and the Danville Waffle House!
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We can only imagine how the now infamous phone call from former Va. Democratic Congressman Tom Periello to Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday night went down. It likely went something like this:
Perriello: Hi Ralph, Tom Perriello here. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Northam: Same to you! I’d love to have you come to my big fundraiser headlined by Governor McAuliffe on Saturday night! Can you make it?
Perriello: No Ralph, I’m busy. I have my own fundraiser scheduled. I’m running for governor.
Northam: In 2021? Wow, that’s great planning! Very impressive!
Perriello: Uh, no Ralph. I’m running against you in June.
Northam: [Silence]. Well Merry freaking Christmas.
Regardless of whom you may support, Perriello and his team — starting with Democratic consultant Don Mark — brilliantly executed this political bomb.
It has to go down as one of the most effective non-announcements in Virginia political history.
First, it’s been the best-kept secret in Virginia politics. Knowing this landscape as I do, if a politico so much as goes to the bathroom one too many times, the state’s bevvy of bloggers manages to pick it up. Leaks are commonplace. Nothing is sacred.
So this announcement took the entire state’s insiders by surprise.
No one I talked to saw it coming.
Second, Perriello announces it by first calling Northam personally. Another stellar political move.
Third, the former one-term U.S. House Rep. from Virginia’s 5th congressional district does it a mere five days prior to the start of the 2017 Virginia General Assembly.
Northam, as Lt. governor, can’t fund-raise and he’s essentially campaign handcuffed for 60 days while he has to preside over the state senate, stuck in Richmond with gavel in hand.
Meanwhile, Perriello has two months of free reign where he can play short-term catch up.
This campaign launch should be taught at UVA’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.
In fact, it should merit its own chapter in their textbook. We even have the title: “How to undermine the entire Democratic establishment, the DPV, their big donors and the incumbent governor in all one fell swoop” – by Tom Perriello.
PERRIELLO IS THE DARLING OF VIRGINIA PROGRESSIVES
Perriello presents a host of challenges for the one time inevitability of the Northam for governor juggernaut.
He is a darling of the Democrats’ progressive wing of the Party, as he stood heroically by President Barack Obama’s agenda during his one House term in Washington.
Throwing caution to the wind after ousting incumbent conservative icon Virgil Goode in the 2008 Obama election wave, Perriello backed Obama’s every policy initiative with fearless vigor while representing a historically Republican district in central and south side Virginia.
He never wavered, and became an Obama favorite.
As a result, Perriello was subsequently defeated by GOP challenger Robert Hurt in the Tea Party election of 2010, helping Republicans to take back control of the House.
Perriello is likely to energize the more progressive non-establishment wing of the Virginia Democratic Party.
They’ve been itching for a fight.
Now they have one.
While Bernie Sanders got pummeled by Hillary Clinton in the Super Tuesday Democrat primary last March, its hard to gauge how much of the center-left Democratic primary coalition vote will be locked in for Northam come June 13.
PERRIELLO IS NO ANEESH CHOPRA
Northam came from behind in the 2013 Democratic primary to knock off one-time team Obama Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, who served as an Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Technology in the West Wing.
But that was then and this is now.
Chopra turned out to be a weaker candidate than many of his progressive supporters had hoped. Sometimes standoffish, and not personally engaging, Chopra ran without name recognition and laid claim to no inherent base.
Perriello has none of these flaws. He has strengths in key areas where Chopra showed weakness.
The former state senator from the Eastern Shore and Norfolk also benefited in 2013 from some Republicans, Independents and moderates crossing over to vote in a Democratic primary for Northam – or against Chopra. The Republicans nominated their candidates by way of a statewide convention in May, so they had nothing going on in the June primary.
When the GOP nominated Bishop E.W. Jackson for LG, some Republicans who could not support Jackson saw Northam and as acceptable alternative, in lieu of Chopra.
I know this for a fact. I led “Republicans for Northam” in the 2013 June Democratic primary.
Northam will not have the luxury of those disaffected open primary voters this go around.
Republicans have a hotly contested primary election on the same day and they will be otherwise pre-occupied.
So Northam has to win with only Democrat primary voters.
The Lt. governor has very few enemies.
He has raised a lot of money, and I’m told by sources close to Northam that their candidate has locked in the support of the entire Democratic General Assembly, as well as Governor Terry McAuliffe and his political big money friends.
Several Democrat state senate caucus members I talked to expressed their displeasure with Perriello’s candidacy.
One member of the Democratic senate caucus leadership who requested anonymity to speak freely, blasted the upstart candidate. “I guess Clinton lost so Tom needs a job. Ralph has locked up our caucus and our big donors. I don’t see the votes for the guy.”
Virginia Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) said the Perriello candidacy was going nowhere. “Perriello couldn’t even hold his own Congressional district and both his state senator and his delegate who know him are supporting Ralph Northam.”
Northam is the early chalk for sure, but Perriello is not to be taken lightly.
This has the trappings of a dogfight.
Vogel for Lt. Governor
Veteran Virginia campaign operative Pat Trueman was named campaign manager for the Jill Vogel for LG race, giving him his first shot at running a statewide race.
Well regarded, Trueman ran Rob Bell’s shop until the Delegate dropped out of the AG race for personal reasons.
Formerly with the political consulting firm Carlyle Gregory, Trueman ran Eddie Whitlock’s unsuccessful state senate primary bid in 2015.
Trueman sold suits for Brooks Brothers in Georgetown prior to getting into political campaign management. “I still sell suits,” Trueman said. “Only now they have people in them.”
Reeves for Lt. Governor
Bryce Reeves lost his campaign manager, Brittany Carter, who got a gig with the Trump transition team in D.C. Sources say Trump Administration chief of staff and former RNC Chair Reince Preibus called her personally.
Replacing Carter is Jordan Wiggins, former director for the Virginia Marco Rubio for President campaign.
Editor’s note #1 to Jordan: We at Team Trump kicked your butt last Super Tuesday in Virginia dude. Just sayin’.
Wiggins also did field work for Rubio in Iowa and most recently was National Field Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Editor’s note #2 to Jordan: Yeah, we at Team Trump beat you in Iowa, too. So welcome back to Virginia, where you’re 0-2 Vs. Team Trump.
Emily Brewer for Delegate
Oh, what could have been.
Suffolk entrepreneur and former Republican political operative Emily Brewer launched a GOP nomination challenge to embattled incumbent Rick Morris in HD 64, which includes parts of Suffolk, Prince George, South Hampton and Isle of Wight.
Morris had been charged with a number of felonies involving abuse and child endangerment, which prompted House leadership to call for his resignation.
At the time, Morris looked like political dead man walking.
That’s when Brewer jumped in the race.
Since then, Morris has been cleared of all but one felony charge, and is likely to request a continuance on the last one until after the nomination selection process is complete.
In an email to supporters after his initial hearing, Morris wrote that the one felony child cruelty charge he still faces is “extremely broad, ambiguous, and undefined” under state law, which leaves much to the interpretation and discretion of police, prosecutors and the jury. His email said the presiding judge also expressed concern with the statute.
“I am confident that in due time I will be completely vindicated,” Morris wrote. “However, this process must play out and I respect that…I will continue to defend myself from these false accusations until the sole remaining charge is dismissed as well.”
This turn of events puts Brewer in an underdog scenario.
If Morris chooses an open primary in lieu of a convention or a firehouse caucus, Brewer would be positioned as the tenth name on the GOP primary ballot, not a good place for an upstart challenger against an incumbent.
Right now, Morris is a heavy favorite to win re-election – assuming it’s a primary.
But don’t count Brewer out.
Mike Kemp, former political director with the Glenn Davis for Lt. Governor campaign, has been named campaign manager for Brewer.
Kemp’s background includes stints as regional field director for Wayne Coleman, Ben Chafin and Nancy Dye for state senate. His presence, and Brewer’s tenacity, put this race in play.
Delegate Ron Villanueva vs. Bill Haley
Here we go again. Powerful House Transportation Chairman Ron Villanueva (R-Va. Beach) is being challenged for the GOP nomination by Tea Party activist and Chesapeake resident Bill Haley.
Haley ran a primary against Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake) in 2015.
Haley is becoming the Harold Stassen of Chesapeake politics. Oh wait: Harold Stassen actually won a race.
This is a Villanueva blowout.