(Virginia results map from the SBE)
For a state we were told had “gone blue” last year, the map’s looking mighty red to me today. Of particular note are the 4 counties and 3 cities most people think of when the term “Northern Virginia” is used: Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and the cities of Fairfax, Alexandria and Manassas. Of the 7 locations, only 2 – Arlington County and Alexandria – went for Deeds. Loudoun, Prince William, Manassas and – horror of horrors for the Dems! – Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax all went red for Bob McDonnell. While Fairfax County was close (51%-49%) all of the others were decisive and, I’m proud to say, Loudoun was especially so with McDonnell taking the election by 61%.
The election of Tag Greason as the Delegate for the 32nd District in Virginia’s House was the hands-down blowout performance of any of the local House of Delegates (HoD) races where the seat was contested. Dave Poisson’s campaign of deceptions and personal attacks blew up in his face, big time, seeing him lose to Greason 57%-42%. In a word: not-even-close. Crushing. Blowout. Busted-‘im-up. And after seeing the slime this gentleman threw at Tag Greason, I have to say it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. I’m looking forward to hearing about Delegate Ward Armstrong, the House “now-a-lot-bigger-of-a” Minority Leader, chewing on that one as Tag Greason gets sworn into office.
Poisson is reported to have thought Greason would need “a flood” of voters to unseat him. Should have spent that money on a life-vest instead of a bogus attack ad, eh, Mr. Poisson?
By the way, a concession and a congratulatory call are considered customary and good form when losing an election. Poisson has done neither and is refusing to return calls to reporters. I guess we’re all aware, now, of the caliber of the man’s integrity. Fair enough. Good riddance, Mr. Poisson.
Greason’s victory over Poisson was the star performance of the night for Loudoun’s HoD slate but it sure wasn’t a solo act. Every single District that touches on Loudoun County saw the Republican candidate either keep his seat or take it from the incumbent Democrat. I’m guessing that State Senator Mark Herring – Loudoun’s only General Assembly seat still held by a Democrat – is feeling like he’s suddenly developed a target-shaped tattoo on his forehead. Well, allow me to reassure him.
You have. And our GOP county chairmen have proven to be excellent marksmen.
As I said a couple of days ago, this was an excellent victory for my fellow Republicans. What we must do now is what Tag Greason said at his victory party on Tuesday night. Honor, he said, was doing the right thing when no one else was watching. Our Republican elected officials must display that honor and integrity as they go to Richmond to convene the General Assembly again. We ran on the issues and we attacked Democrats where they failed to address those issues, or addressed them wrongly. We cannot allow ourselves to fall into their bad habits. We must give the voters in Virginia all the reasons they’d need to cast their next votes in support of our ideas, our values, and our drive to handle what issues may come.
Update: In a note I got from Tag Greason, I learned that Dave Poisson apparently sent what Tag calls “a gracious note of congratulations” on Tuesday night following the announcement of the results. Good for you, Mr. Poisson. Shows some modicum of etiquette, even if that apparently eluded you during the campaign. Good luck in your private life, sir, and g’day.