I received word today that former Congressman L.F. Payne, the 1997 nominee for Lt. Governor, will not be a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006 against George Allen. So now, the question arises, who will it be?
I got on the phone with my source (yes, I actually have a source) and got four names that have been thrown around by the Democratic leaders in Virginia, and seem to be at least moderatley interested.
The envelope, please...
1-State Delegate Chap Petersen-2005 candidate for Lt. Governor, and made an extremely respectable showing. At 37, Del. Petersen is young and energetic, and would make a great U.S. Senator.
2-Arlington County Board Member Walter Tejada-Mr. Tejada was elected in 2003 to the Arlington County Board, and has been a notable guest on the O'Reilly Factor (coming close to making Bill O'Reilly look like the total baffoon he is).
3-State Senator Phillip Puckett-Sen. Puckett, who lives up the road in Lebanon, is probably the most unlikely candidate on the list. I personally can't see him leaving his wife, children, and job at the bank for the second time in such a short time span to run a statewide race for the U.S. Senate. But, it's my understanding he's thinking about it, and I would certainly support him.
4-James Webb-Former Secretary of the Navy under President Reagan, Mr. Webb has been a strong Iraqi War critic, and is definitly a moderate who could also pull miltary support.
Okay, the reason this text is bigger than the rest because I NEED SOME HELP HERE! In my A.P. Government class on Monday, we're having a Gubernatorial "debate" with studesnt taking on the roles of Tim Kaine, Jerry Kilgore, and Russ Potts (the only time Potts and Kilgore will debate, I'm sure). I'm supposed to be a "reporter" and ask each candidate one question. Suggestions? I need an extremely pointed question for the Republican, a moderatley pointed one for the Independent, and a really nice easy question for the Democrat. Drop em in my guest book!
Alright, I'm gone.
Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!