Even Howie Lind Is Scared Of Dick Black

By Loudoun Insider

10th District Chaiman Howie Lind has been sending out email after email after email the past year for various political events for just about every political candidate within the 10th district boundaries.  Never before did he have to make any kind of disclaimer – it’s been pretty obvious that he has been sending out announcements for every candidate who asked.

Until, that is, he sends out something for someone running against Dick Black.  I just got an email announcement from Lind about the upcoming John Stirrup campaign kickoff.  Stirrup is of course challenging Dick Black, who apparently considers the 13th Senate seat his birthright, even though he needs to move to jump into its boundaries.  But in what appears to be a trembling act of fear, Lind has to add this disclaimer to this email announcement:

This announcement is sent out by the Chairman of the 10th Congressional District for all Republican candidates and conservative activities.  The purpose of this email is to inform like-minded people who may be interested in attending these events.  It does not constitute an endorsement of one candidate or activity over another.




  • Loudoun Lady says:

    It looks like the first communication with this disclaimer was from last night at 5pm for another candidate. I assume it will be on all the candidate event emails from here on out, as Mr Lind sends them all out.

  • Calm your horses, it was a format change for e-mails he is sending out. He sent one out with that disclaimer for a Barbara Comstock event first. Under this logic is Howie afraid of a theoretical non-existent primary opponent to Barbara.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Please, he just happened to make this change after the big Cooch endorsement brouhaha? After Dick black made such a big deal of his Pat Mullins endorsement.

  • Truth Watcher says:

    Did the former Del. Black ACTUALLY say at the Republican Committee meeting that he was voted out of office in the Obama election wave? Can he really expect anyone to believe that Obama’s famous wave started in 2005 when David Poisson defeated him? And anyone with an Internet connection can learn that Poisson did not defeat him by 3%, but a whopping 6.1% (VPAP.org). From the loud cheers coming from his fan section, I guess they’ll believe anything. Also, since Black was first elected in 1998, the following except from Wikipedia shows that he had NO part in enacting legislation for the Rt. 28 Tax District, he wasn’t even in office (he may not even have lived in Loudoun County at the time):

    “In 1987, Virginia authorized the creation of special tax districts to finance transportation improvements. Fairfax and Loudoun Counties quickly formed the first transportation improvement district in the Commonwealth, by imposing a 20 cent per $100 dollar real estate surcharge on commercial and industrial property located near Route 28. The surcharge financed bonds to pay for improvements to Route 28. From 1988 to 1991, 14 miles of Route 28 were widened from two lanes to six lanes and interchanges were built at Routes 50, 7 and the Dulles Toll Road.”

    I guess when you have nothing positive on your record, make something up.

  • James Young says:

    It seems like a perfectly reasonable disclaimer. Every party official in a contested nomination contest over which he/she has some jurisdiction should use a similar disclaimer.

  • GOP PHANTOM says:

    Who cares! At least Chairman Lind informs us of the fundraisers.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Please stop using the word “Chairman” in front of these peoples’ names – I think of Chairman Mao every time.

  • Rtwng Extrmst says:

    Actually this is a much better approach than the previous person in that office. Lind’s predecessor had a habit of refusing to pass along information about campaign stops by candidates in the 10th choosing instead to encourage people to “keep their poweder dry” for other more “favorable” candidates in the Party.

  • Quilter in the woods says:

    Who the heck cares about Howie Lind or Dick Black?

    This used to be an interesting blog until it got stuck on stupid and stuck on Dick Black.

    Howie sends out announcements for ALL the candidates with the same disclaimer on every one of them.

    Get over your Dick Black fixation. It’s boring.

  • RWN says:

    Agreed Rtwng Extrmst – in fact the previous district chair ran his meetings like Chairman Mao – no dissent allowed.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Dick Black is a polarizing figure, no amount of whining from his supporters will change that. I wonder what kind of orders Howie Lind has gotten from Dick Black endorser, his party boss, RPV Chairman Pat Mullins? I stil find the disclaimer timing fishy, whether the Stirrup announcment was the first one or not. But while Howie has to put the disclaimer on the Stirrup piece, Dick Black is out trumpeting his Mullins endorsement. What a joke.

  • G.Stone says:

    This is foolishness. Howie has done a terrific job of getting ALL campaign events out.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I said he has been sending out all sorts of announcements, Stone, and that’s a good thing. It’s simply interesting timing with the disclaimer all of a sudden right before he sends one out for a Dick Black challenger.

  • G.Stone says:

    I repeat.This is foolishness.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I repeat. It is not.

  • Isophorone says:

    OK, so Howie should have included the disclaimer sooner. Better late than never. So BREEEEEEATHE!

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I’m breathing just fine. It was pretty obvious to everyone Lind was forwarding every candidate’s email announcements to his distribution list. That’s a good thing. The disclaimer wasn’t necessary apparently until Howie got ready to send out a John Stirrup announcement. Was this Howie’s decision alone, or did his RPV boss and Dick Black endorser Pat Mullins tell him to add it now?

  • RWN says:

    LI – For someone that claims to report facts, all I hear in this episode is innuendo and rumor-mongering simply because Dick Black’s name is involved. I doubt anyone on this blog can answer the question on Mr. Linds motives, so perhaps a call or e-mail to Mr. Lind will clear up the mass hysteria this is causing you.

  • G.Stone says:

    “so perhaps a call or e-mail to Mr. Lind will clear up the mass hysteria this is causing you.”

    This will never happen, it results in the assertion falling apart.

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