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Albo vs. the Write-Ins

Anita Kumar

Several Republican incumbents in the House defeated Democratic challengers or third-party candidates. Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax) faced neither but he still only garnered almost 88 percent of the vote.

An extraordinary number - more than 12 percent - of the vote in 42nd District in Fairfax County for write-in candidates. In one precinct it was higher than 37 percent.

Albo said a handful of anti-Republican activists who run the albomustgo Web site stood outside three precincts - Lorton, Lorton Station and Laurel Hill - to convince voters to write in other candidates' names. That doesn't explain the high numbers, one more than 10 percent, in some of the other precincts.

"It's an 8th grade campaign,'' Albo said. "They hate Republicans."

By Anita Kumar  |  November 7, 2007; 2:07 PM ET
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Dave Albo has issues - he claims that he is the scourge of Drunk drivers yet he represents them as a defense attorney.

Does Albo tell his clients he works against their interests? Whose interests does he represent? The voters, defendants, or his own? I find his actions very questionable and disturbing - the conflict of interest seems obvious.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 7, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

No, Dave, we don't hate Republicans. We just hate you.

Posted by: burke | November 7, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

That doesn't compare to the extraordinary write-in campaign orchestrated by Tag Greason for a seat on the Loudoun County School Board. Wildly unpopular and ineffective incumbent Bob Ohneiser managed to keep Greason off the ballot by objecting to a technical deficiency in his paperwork, but still only kept his seat by a 56-44 percent margin.

Excellent work, Mr. Greason! You may have fallen a bit short this time, but your supporters will certainly be ready again in 4 years.

Posted by: Bill Barker | November 7, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't anybody run against this guy?

Posted by: TheGreenMiles | November 7, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Albo just doesn't get it.

NONE OF THE ABOVE is infinitely preferable to DAVE ALBO as a voter choice for many.

Posted by: tba | November 7, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Save that quote he has in a related Post article on how the GOP will "never" lose its majority in the House of Delegates. Methinks 2009 might come before never.

In any case, someone should get the crow ready...

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | November 8, 2007 1:41 AM | Report abuse

My understanding is that most of these write ins were for Greg Werkheiser, Albo's opponent in 2005.

Posted by: Not an Albo fan | November 8, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Albo is out of touch and would have been out of office, had even Donald Duck filed to run against him. The spontaneous decision of many people to write in an alternative is quite telling.

When 37 percent of your voters decide they want to fire you so bad that they write in "Donald Duck" or "Mickey Mouse," you have a problem. Even worse for Albo, is that apparently the bulk of those write-ins were for his 2005 opponent, Greg Werkheiser. People want change. Albo, enjoy your next 2 years because they will be your last.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 8, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

People are tired of having a legislator who blocks virtually everything his constituents want.

The only reason he is in office is to line his own pockets. Why else would a traffic attorney push $3,000 traffic tickets and then advertise on his firm's website that people should retain him because he wrote the law and knows it best?

Posted by: Chris | November 8, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Albo is one of the most arrogant, out of touch, self-centered politicians who has ever walked the earth.

My neighbors and I have been disgusted with his behavior, his voting history, and his inability to represent our views.

He takes alcohol money, attacks teachers, the poor, and even his own clients to try to hide his behavior.

I am looking forward to his final 730 days in office.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 8, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Actually, the "8th Grade" write-in flyer was distributed at seven 42nd District polls, not three. The results at those polls ranged from 12.98% to 37.19%. Where the flyer was distributed, Write-Ins averaged 18%.

In the polls where no one did anything in Albo's home base of Springfield, Albo had write-in totals from 4.5% to 7.8%.

One week ago, Albo told the Connection that 98% of his constitutents agreed with his abuser fee amendments.

Albo apparently lives in a bubble or else he just likes to spin.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 8, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Because they "hate republicans", huh?

How about when the VA senate passed a bill to draw up non-partisan re-districting plan and when it came to the house of delegates Albo tabled it indefinitely?

Who is an obstructionist partisan? You are Dave.

Posted by: Kim | November 8, 2007 1:45 PM | Report abuse

There was a gap in this years candidates - Some potential but no one finalized the strategy to give him a run. Unfortunately it was probably the prime year to do it.

Albo is not liked - but finding some one who can afford to run for 18,000 a year is not as easy as you may think.

Posted by: Totallynext | November 8, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Write-Ins averaged 18%?

My Calculation has the average at those precincts to be around 25%.....

Posted by: Anonymous | November 8, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

12% or 37%, either way, the groundswell of outrage against this guy is really big.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 8, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Greg should definitely run in 2009.

Posted by: Werkheiser fan | November 8, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I agree, Greg should think really hard about a rematch...

Albo was at Laurel Hill a while on Election Day and apparently was overheard saying to a voter when he approached folks handing out sample ballots and the voter joked about "running the gauntlet", "Maybe we should just start beating them up..."


This guy is looney and so out of touch with reality and decency, he deserves to GO!

Posted by: Laurel Hill Dem | November 8, 2007 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm an Independent and no longer live in Albo's district, but it is where I grew up. I'm ashamed at the sheer arrogance I see in Albo's legislation, obvious conflict of interest, and lack of class in just opening his mouth. He really was lucky no one challanged him and should go to a quiet corner and be quiet. Someone please run against this guy next time.

Posted by: Independent | November 12, 2007 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Alblow and his fees must go. I could not vote against him, but because of him I voted against all members of his party in my district.
please have a good person to beat him next election. He makes people in his district look dumber than he is
valley voter

Posted by: steve | November 12, 2007 11:17 PM | Report abuse

The abuser fees were pretty bad and have people outraged that Albo pushed them. What people don't know is that he wanted much tougher abuser fees than ultimately were enacted. Kaine softened his legislation with some changes. For example, Albo wanted the fees to kick in at four points. That is a ticket for failure to use your seat belt!

Albo also wanted these to be retroactive. Thats right, if Albo had his way, had you got a ticket for not wearing your seatbelt last year, you would have been hit with a huge abuser fee this year.

The other thing Albo's constituents don't understand is why he pushes such ridiculous legislation. The reason is that he is a traffic attorney and advertizes for business as the "expert" in traffic law. That is a conflict of interest you could drive a truck (at 90MPH) through!

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