Weighing in on Riley’s Consultant Best/Worst
I can’t help but weigh in on Jim Riley’s “best/worst” list based upon the primary election. I agree with some of his assessment on his best list…BUT….
1) You can not put the blame on a single person for losing an election. And certainly this was not the case in the hard fought Stirrup race…where a district based HEAVILY in Loudoun County….and Dick Black’s old legislative seat was fought.*
Not only did Bob FitzSimmonds take votes away from Stirrup in Prince William…not only were Black cronies running around the district putting falsehoods about Supervisor Stirrup’s pro-life stance, but the race was a large uphill climb for which Corry Bliss should be applauded as one of the BEST consultants in Virginia. Corry has been involved in Virginia politics for years and I worked with him last cycle on Brian Dubie’s gubernatorial race in Vermont. Corry is one of the hardest working and sharpest campaign folks I know…he gets incredibly caught up in his races and it’s his law school tenacity (Corry had a law degree) that makes him a great campaigner.
It’s easy to speculate on blogs and easy to look and critique races from the outside but Supervisor Stirrup, Corry, and the entire team worked incredibly hard to get where they ended up. I hope the Supervisor runs again in Virginia as he’s proven to be incredibly formidable.
UPDATE: I also wanted to point out how absolutely distasteful it is the way some folks on NovaCommonSense took personal attacks to the next level concerning this race. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion obviously but one of the negatives of blogging is it allows for the uneducated to post front page news to the masses.
2) I wanted to give a shout out to Steve Hunt who I’ve known since Middle School for a hard fought race. He fought incredibly hard and deserves a big pat on the back. Him and his wife are truly great people and I hope they stay involved as the county needs them. That all said….Jason Flanary and his team should for sure be mentioned among the bests for their victory in a closely fought race.
3) Miller Baker and his team including Dan Letovsky and Seamus Owens should be given credit as well among the best for their primary victory.
4) Notable mentions: Kris and Marty Nohe who served as their own consultants in the Coles district of PWC. They CRUSHED their primary opponent.
*I know many of you may disagree with some of my comments but I hope you will respect them as someone who knows many of these people personally and was involved on the Stirrup race.