Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority. - William Jennings Bryan

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

9th CD Convention...Webb and Miller No-Shows...

Okay, so last night, I decided to call the Webb and Miller campaigns, and see if they'll be attending the 9th district convention on June 10th in Marion.

I called the Miller folks first (since I came to their number first in my cell phone directory), at about 8:50 or 9:00. The guy who answered didn't know if Miller would be coming and told me to call back, which I did at around 7:30. I called Webb's folks at around 9:10, and they, too, said to try back later. I did that at like 7:40.

First, the Miller campaign; First, understand that I've had a long day. And both campaigns have 703 area codes, and the numbers looked basically the same to me. When I called the first number back, my phone cut out, and I heard " --- --- for Senate." So I just played it safe; I refered to "the candidate" coming to our convention. Apparently, "the candidate" was is going to be in the Tidewater area that day, but will try to send a surrogate. I said, "Well, I know Phillip Puckett and Chap Petersen endorsed Webb, and Leslie Byrne did really well in the coalfields," to which he responded, "Actually, this is the Miller campaign." Crap. I apologized, said I had been trying to call both campaigns, and "Northern Virginia folks all sound similar." He said it was fine, and to e-mail him the information and he would let me know about what kind of surrogate they would try to send (I suggested Jack Kennedy, and, even though he's made no endorsement, Dan Bowling).

I then called the Webb campaign. The guy I talked to said it looked like Webb wouldn't be able to make it. So I suggested they send a surrogate, either Puckett, Petersen, or Byrne (since she's awesome). He said to send the information, and he'd let me know what he found out.

So, there we have it. So, let me pose the question to you all; Since neither candidate will be there, which will make a better showing with a surrogate speaker?

(I'll give my opinions later--I've got to go to Wal Mart)



Liberal Pi said...

So neither candidate wants to show, eh? Well, seeing Phil Puckett, Chap, or Leslie would make a nice convention anyway.

Anonymous said...

I support Webb and truly think he's the only one who can beat Allen. Unfortunatelly, the Webb campaign started very late (hard pulling a non-politico into what could turn into one of the hottest races) and Miller has a lot more resources (being a lobbyist and a party insider helps). So, you may be more likely to see a Miller person at this convention. But please don't give up on Webb because he's the only Dem who eventually could bring a lot of Virginia independents back into an improved Virginia Democratic Party. Best. Fede

Liberal Pi said...

(Sorry for the off-topic post)

To answer your question, the "official" age range for YD's is 13-35. Some groups have amended that number to be a little higher. In fact, I believe our constitution was amended to extend the range. Anyway... Do you think it would be feasible to have a SWVA Young Democrats club? Most work could be conducted online anyway. Not only that, I bet we could raise a decent amount of money to support Democratic candidates.

Liberal Pi said...

(equally off-topic)

One last thing... Regarding the possibility of a SWVA Young Democrat Club. Could you send me an e-mail at I'd like to tell you about some of the ideas we're kicking around. Hope to hear from you soon.

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I would be remiss if I did not highlight two great blogs from that particular area of Virginia that most closely resembles Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon. Yes, I'm talking about Southwest Virginia, where the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and Democrats are all above-average.

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