Democratic candidate John Edwards withdraws from AG race

Email from a Roanoke gay activist/attorney: “John Edwards has announced today that he is not running for Attorney General this year. It seems reasonable to assume that, among other things, he could foresee a tremendous, brutal, battle over his heroic consistent record of voting for LGBT rights, including against all versions of the evil State constitutional amendment.”

Roanoke Times, “Roanoke senator drops statewide nomination bid”

Blue Dog:

Here’s the real story … the State Senator John Edwards was lagging behind in contributions to Democrat AG candidate, State Senator Deeds (but Creigh is not looking good financially – by any means).

But more to the point, Mr. Edwards has never been known for campaigning in the trenches.

It’s not his style.

Back in 1992, John Edwards blew his big chance to run for the 6th District Congressional seat because he did not organize the local Democratic caucuses.

The straw that broke his back? Rockingham County Democrats and locals who resided next to Skyline Drive Parkway voted for Steve Musslewhite in the county caucus due to a bogus “property rights” issue involving the state park. These folks arrived in vans and buses from the west side of the mountain to vote against “environmentalist” Edwards.

Hmm …

If Democrat John Edwards won the party nomination, he might have possibly beat GOP candidate Bob Goodlatte in the November election. After all, the seat was occupied by Roanoke-based Democrat, Congressman Jim Olin, for 12-years.

In 2001, Edwards lost the Democrat primary for AG to Delegate Donald McEachin by 4-percentage points. He should have won that race as well. Democratic AG candidate Donald McEachin boasted about his NRA F-rating and lost big to Kilgore that year in rural Virginia.

Now, State Senator Creigh Deeds, who patron the hunting & fishing constitutional amendment, will become the lone AG Democrat candidate in 2005.

And local valley ‘Pubs say small town attorney, Creigh Deeds, could possibly win the statewide race.

Thoughts, comments?

But I think we’re headed for a Kaine-Baskerville-Deeds ticket for the Dems.

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  1. Will Vehrs Avatar
    Will Vehrs

    With only one contest on the Democratic side, I wonder if primary turnout will be depressed for the Dems … or if they’ll sneak over to the GOP side for a little mischief-making among three contested elections.

  2. Mischief-making? That’s a great idea. What do you suggest?

  3. Steven Avatar

    Dems who dare to crossover and vote for the GOP candidate George Fitch will find themselves on the Republican Party of Virginia’s direct mailing list until the next statewide.

    It’s not a good sign for the Dems to have a depressed voter either.

    Per the Blue Dog’s column:$32267

    What’s the Blue Dog spin on the Democratic LG race?

    It’s a numbers game with too few Virginia Democratic voters.

    Baskerville could very well win the nomination, much like her former counterpart from Henrico County, Del. Donald McEachin, who won the 2001 attorney-general Democrat primary by splitting the vote with the other Democratic AG candidates.

    Baskerville should split the statewide votes between the other Democratic candidates. She possibly wins due to heavy turnout of African-American supporters and of course, from the home base, the city of Richmond, voting for her.

    Baskerville is an unabashed and unapologetic feminist, who is pro-choice, and pro-gay and lesbian with a progressive social agenda that is match by few Democratic counterparts.

    She is a very likeable person, but can dish out political rhetoric with the best the General Assembly has to offer.

    At the 2004 Virginia Democratic Party convention, Baskerville said, “We need a no-CARB diet: no Cheney, no Ashcroft, no Rumsfeld, no Bush, and no Rice.”

    No doubt, Baskerville is the last member of the Virginia Democratic Party’s “political true believers” club.

    Like the feminist character Jenny Fields of ‘”The World According to Garp,” Baskerville’s legislative days are often overflowing with regressive sexual extremes — with legislation and unlikely sexual assassinations and arguments on the House floor.

    Her life mimics “Garp’s” heroine Fields, but with the absurdities, coincidences and the commonness of fighting sexuality and morality in today’s Virginia General Assembly.

    Predictably, Baskerville might eventually win the Democratic primary with the same percentage as Donald McEachin and will also probably lose the November election as well.

    In that case, her political campaign slogan should be changed to …

    “In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases.”

  4. As you and I have discussed before, there are plenty in Democratic circles who want her on the ticket to bring out the African American vote in November…

    But at some point, the party needs to concentrate a BIT harder on building their bench…and running sacrificial candidates for statewide office or not opposing US Senators up for reelection doesn’t really help the already slim democratic bench.

  5. Will Vehrs Avatar
    Will Vehrs

    Paul, Dems need to crossover and vote for Gil!

    While I believe the Blue Dog scenario for a Baskerville win has legs, I’m picking the Chap. Despite all the “scandals,” he’s running hard, knows how to sound moderate, and gets the Schapiro bow-tie vote.

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