Tag Archives: Jim Gilmore

Wait, you mean it wasn't a dream?

4 Nov
Photo H/T: Bearing Drift

Photo H/T: Bearing Drift

Blow out
Bearing Drift
The real question now, with the margin of victory as large as it is, will McDonnell have a mandate?

Contests serve as warning to Democrats: It’s not 2008 anymore
The Washington Post

On Tuesday, Virginia moved back in the direction of Republicans, a reminder that the political landscape is far more fluid than it appeared to be a year ago — and a challenge for the White House and the Democrats as they look toward 2010.

Dems, incumbents get wake-up call

Tuesday night’s trends were emphatically not in Obama’s favor. Among those paying closest attention are dozens of Democrats who won formerly Republican congressional districts in 2006 and 2008 and are up for re-election in 2010.

The Obama magic has faded
The New York Post
And — until it started looking as if they might lose — the Obama people were suggesting that these races would seal their mandate and encourage congressional wafflers to toe the line on health-care reform. Not so much, as it turns out.

Disregard The Talk Of VA Voting Against The President’s Party For Gov.
Virginia Virtucon

Do you see a pattern emerging here? When GOP candidates run on specific issues of importance to people in their every day lives, they not only win, but they win BIG.



The Write Side Endorses: Jim Gilmore

30 Oct

In the race for U.S. Senate from the Commonwealth of Virginia, The Write Side has already endorsed Jim Gilmore.  But let’s be a little more clear about the reasons why.

I’m not a Jim Gilmore fan.  Anyone who believes otherwise hasn’t been paying attention.  But that’s another story.

Jim Gilmore made a huge mistake in his run for the White House, and his lack of success in that endeavor pretty much proves we’re correct.  Saving those resources would have made him much more competitive in the race for the Senate.  In addition, Gilmore’s “No Car Tax” theme of 1997 was a brilliant campaign strategy to propel Gilmore into office. But it was implemented as bad policy.

Having said all that, Gilmore did not bankrupt the state, he did not create a financial mess that Mark Warner had to clean up.  The numbers are out there and anyone can look them up. When Gilmore left office, after the dot com bubble burst and after 9/11, yes revenues were growing more slowly than projected.  But the state budget still grew and Gilmore left a sizable amount in the Rainy Day Fund.

Enter Mark “I will not raise taxes” Warner who broke that pledge some 40 days into office with his first attempt at a tax increase.  The same Mark Warner who, with the help of some liberal Republicans pushed through the largest single tax increase in the history of the Commonwealth.  The same Mark Warner who signed that very increase with the knowlege that revenue projections were going to produce a surplus roughly equal to the amount of the tax increase.

And, somehow, Jim Gilmore got blamed.

Gilmore is also right on the issues.  He’s right on the issues of taxes, of life, of energy (and offshore drilling).  He’s a native Virginian who knows and loves this state.

I’m not a member of his fan club.  Never have been.  But I know he’d be a better Senator than Mark Warner.

Sadly, I don’t think anyone sees that happening.

Still, this vote is in his column.

Who scares Mark Warner? [reference update]

6 Oct

Let hiim tell you in his own words.

UPDATE: Mark Warner made these remarks to the National Jewish Democratic Council on May 24, 1994 in an attack on GOP Senate candidate Oliver North. Mark Earley called him on it. Mark Warner denited it.

Warner was chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia at the time.

Well, Jim Gilmore didn't need this

19 Sep

Let’s face it, I’m supporting Jim Gilmore more because I don’t want Mark Warner as my Senator, and because of Warner’s revisionist budget history than any other reason.

But Gilmore doesn’t need people like this around.

Gilmore Suspends His Communications Director
Virginia Politics, The Washington Post

Republican Senate candidate James S. Gilmore III suspended his communications director, Ana Gamonal, for two weeks without pay because she allegedly sent a misleading email to Democratic candidate Mark R. Warner’s campaign.

And now, he doesn’t have her around.

I could have spared them all some grief. Send a constituent, non-political, email to Governor Kaine’s office.

You’ll get on all (or most of, anyway) the Democratic lists.

P.S. Mr. Gilmore, put her salary into whatever ad buy it will get you.

Mark Warner breaks another promise…

13 Sep

…and decides to debate after all.

After turning down an inviation from the League of Women Voters, Mark Warner has finally relented to the pressure and agreed to another debate with Jim Gilmore.

I honestly don’t know how Gilmore can turn this around, but Mark Warner should not be allowed to get away with his revisionist history.

Warner Signs On To Televised Debate
The Washington Post

Just how scared would Mark Warner be if he wasn't 26 pts. up?

28 Aug

Mark Warner is refusing to debate Jim Gilmore on statewide television.   What’s he afraid of?  That we’ll find out he’s as boring in a debate as he was in Denver?

H/T Virginia Virtucon: Mark Warner Chickens-Out Of Televised Debate

Warner may be afraid of debating Gilmore, but Bill Redpath isn’t.

From a press release:  Redpath said on Thursday, “I know Mark Warner is  leading in the polls, but I find his decision not to debate Jim Gilmore curious.  The recent history of politicians who refuse to debate their opponents in  Virginia is that of defeat.”

What’s Mark’s reason for not debating?  Curious indeed.

Tonight, Mark Warner did something no one else has been able to accomplish

26 Aug

Tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, former Virginia Governor’s uninspiring speech and revisionist history did inspire me to do something that, to date, no one else has been able to do.

Tonight, I endorse Jim Gilmore for Senate.

I’ve got my reasons for being slow in coming around. But, the reality is, for Virginia, the best candidate for U.S. Senate is Jim Gilmore.

Mark Warner: I did not need to raise taxes

25 Jul

D.J. didn’t even have to run this one through the translator, he’s got Warner in his own words admitting (more or less) the tax increase wasn’t necessary to balance the budget.

The right-wing liberal:  Mark Warner has been contradicted by . . . Mark Warner

Mark Warner knew even in 2004 that his tax increase was not necessary, but he hid the new spending behind the “fully fund Medicaid” phrase in the hope that voters, the press, and legislators wouldn’t notice, and it worked – until last weekend.

Gilmore-Warner Debate: The reviews are in

20 Jul

The right-wing liberal:  So THAT’s where all the money went in Virginia.
So, if you want to know why your taxes went up, and (for Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads) why you’re snarled in traffic, today’s debate gave the answer: it was so Mark Warner could knock out low-income private health insurance and expand government controlled health care.

Bearing Drift:  Gilmore-Warner Debate Result: “No Runs, No Hits, No Errors”
J.R. Has links to the MSM reports.

SWAC Girl was there:  Busy blogging day … Homestead debate & Churchville parade
…That may be, but for Mark Warner to have the rock star status he has, he did not turn in all that great a performance. In fact, his face got red and little white splotches came out on his jaw when he didn’t answer the questions and Gov. Gilmore held him to it.

Gilmore, Warner mix it up at debate

Gilmore said that Warner had “five or six” positions on drilling and that the United States needed decisive leadership…”Clarity is what’s necessary,” Gilmore said, “and without that clarity, you can’t trust what Mark Warner will do in the United States Senate.”

Energy, taxes dominate first debate
Staunton News Leader

Gilmore came out swinging at Warner’s tax policies as governor, asserting that Warner raised taxes by $1.4 billion after promising he would not…”(Warner) promised not to raise taxes, and at the same time that promise was broken,” Gilmore said. “Who do you trust?”

Warner, Gilmore Take Jabes
The Free Lance-Star

Gilmore suggested that while lawmakers were debating that tax package Warner deliberately hid letters from his secretary of finance indicating that Virginia’s revenues were improving.

Warner, Gilmore face off
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Gilmore said he was proud of his record of cutting taxes, cutting college tuition, bringing 4,000 new teachers to classrooms and helping to create 250,000 jobs…Gilmore said Warner went back on his campaign promise to not raise taxes and claimed that the Warner administration hid promising revenue figures to get the General Assembly to enact a $1.4 billion tax increase. He pointed out that Warner initially sought a $4 billion tax increase.

Mark Warner is the 16 Second Man

19 Jul
An oldie, but a goodie.

An oldie, but a goodie.

Virginia Virtucon:  Mark Warner – Two Lies in 16 Seconds

Bearing Drift:  Mark Warner and his “promises”

Scott’s Morning Brew:  Mark warner is a liar…

The right-wing liberal:  Not even Warner’s 2001 comments are immune from the translator