Now we have the Republicans themselves. Former Virginia Beach Republican Party Chairman had the field to himself for about a year. I know, liked and respected Smith and was even talking him up among friends. I went away for a few weeks over the holidays and came back to find that Smith had dropped out.
Then over the last few weeks the rumors started-he was back in, an announcement was coming, stay tuned, any day now. I was assured by a volunteer it was a sure thing. I was excited and standing by to write a check and volunteer.
Then on Friday I got an email from Coby Dillard of the Republican Third Congressional District Committee to “announce” that Smith had accepted a draft from “Republican Leaders of Third Congressional District” to run for the Republican nomination. Well I cannot vote for Smith now as I don’t live in the Third Congressional District, but neither does he. I thought it was disgraceful when Hillary Clinton ran for Senator of a state in which she did not live and think the same of this situation. Regardless of party or philosophy, I feel that candidates need to live in the area they represent and not just move there to run or after they are elected.
Back to the Second Congressional District. It seems like the Republicans have more candidates running that Snow White had dwarfs. Another Virginia Beach Republican Party Chairman, Kenny Golden, decided to drop out to run as an independent. Now there are valid reasons to run as a third party candidate or as an independent, but this comes from someone who reportedly refused to attend a VBTA Meeting because they had endorsed a non Republican.
Add into the mix, a couple of potential third party candidates in the Third Congressional District- James Quigley, a Libertarian and David Candela described as a “Pro-life Constitutionalist” and it appears that the local Republicans seem to be imploding and heading towards two losses in November.
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