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2009 Election Starts Early for House

Anita Kumar

For some members of the House of Delegates, the election has already started.

Since the legislative session started last month, Democrats have been targeting two Fairfax Republicans, Dels. David B. Albo and Thomas Davis Rust, who are up for re-election in 2009.

Telephone calls have been made into Rust's district criticizing him for supporting unrecorded votes in subcommittees. Separate calls were made into Albo's district alleging he is expanding his law firm by using profits from the unpopular abusive driver fees.

"I don't know if we're starting early,'' said Scott Surovell, chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, which paid for the calls. "All we're doing is holding them accountable."

By Anita Kumar  |  February 5, 2008; 4:48 PM ET
Categories:  Abusive Driver Fees , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2008  
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Oh Yea, thats going to go over real well....Robo calls for almost two years until the election.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 5, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know if we're starting early,'' said Scott Surovell.

Well, if you don't know, we do.

Your're starting way too early.

Is Mr. Surovell's campaign manual titled, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People!

Posted by: NoVA | February 5, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

No It's title - hold law makers accountable and get Democratic in critical seats.

Of as some call it. Politics.....

Posted by: Anonymous | February 5, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting that Republicans think that an "election is starting early" when we simply educate voters about their choices actually during the session when they can actually do something to change their positions to more accurately represent their constituents.

In one of his first votes of the session, Delegate Rust broke a campaign pledge, and now that someone points it out he claims he's "distracted" from doing the people's business. I didn't hear him complaining about any of the five editorials that labeled that vote "skullduggery," creating "an unaccountable black hole," "the gulag of lawmaking."

Delegate Albo has been refusing to listen to his constituents on Abuser Fees for 12 months now and he complains that we are pointing out a local newspaper story focusing on the Delegate expanding his traffic practice while pushing legislation to expand traffic fees.

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/article.asp?article=92492&paper=61&cat=109

Last time I checked, the Republicans had spent decades creating a noise machine that runs 24-7 attacking Democrats through Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Fox News, and the list goes on.

The Democratic Party dares to open its mouth about Republican incumbents outside of the Labor Day to Election Day and they cry foul?

The GOP has had it nice for years. No more.

Posted by: Scott Surovell | February 5, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

this is why I got rid of my phone

Posted by: Anonymous | February 5, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

this is why i got rid of my phone

Posted by: Anonymous | February 5, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Why are Republicans being such weenies? Where is the Rove/Atwater backbone and cutthroat politics that we all knew and loved?

Posted by: Hon. Jewington Analplay | February 5, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

It is despicable that Albo pushes for an unpopular law which helps drive more clients to his law firm. I for one appreciate hearing about this during the legislative session so I could call Albo to tell him what I think of these shenanigans.

Obviously, Delegate Albo would prefer that nobody talk about this or notice it or bring it up to any of his constituents. He'd like to keep the whole thing hush-hush. Well, too bad for him. Maybe with all the money he's made from those abusive driver fees he could make his own phone calls and explain himself to the voters.

Posted by: LortonLady | February 5, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Surovell: Those that criticize the 'endless campaign' are not necessarily Republicans. It is not what you pointed out about the delegates, but how you did it.

The Republican noise machine to which you refer, preaches to a choir. And, all of those you cited who shill for the Republicans, do so through the mass media. We can turn them off, or surf past them. They don't push their agenda by calling me at home.

BTW - You almost sound like Limbaugh in you posting.

The more the Democrats emulate the Republicans irritating tactics, the more people will tune out all candidates. People are tired of the Roves and Atwaters.

If I'm correct, you have at least three elections to work on before November 4th. It might be wise to focus first on those and then after the General Election focus on the 2009 Virginia races.

Posted by: NoVA | February 6, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Dave Albo has been using his position to line his pockets for year. It is about time that his constituents get educated about it.

Posted by: Chris | February 6, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Scott has been a leader in pointing out the facts to the voters. I think that's a great service. Why are Albo and Rust concerned that their records have been exposed to light? Do they have something to hide? Thanks, Scott and keep up the good work.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to think that the Chairman of the Fairfax County Democrat Committee has better ways to use his time than to get into spitting contests with bloggers. His posting above has to make you wonder how mature this guy is.

Also, with Chairman Connolly now officially in the VA-11 Primary race, I hope that Mr. Surovell realizes that as an announced backer of Byrne, any support which he gives to her better be "at arms length" and not even come close to representing that it is that of the Committee. I could take a shot at him about ethics and being a lawyer, but will reserve judgment and see how he handles himself as Chairman, a person who should be absolutely neutral in a Primary race.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"Why are Albo and Rust concerned that their records have been exposed to light? Do they have something to hide?"

Unless you're in a Recall situation, ask yourself "Do voters even care, until it's campaign time again?" I say that they don't.

Mr/ Surovell is certainly not going to get Dels. Albo and Rust change their ways, and his attacks are not going to create a critical mass situation where the voters rise up against them. This only irritates voters with the incessant cacaphony of campaigning.

In case you've missed it, the vast majority are tired of the parties constantly attacking each other. They accept it during campaigns, because it is inevitable during campaigns. Continue the attack mode in a never-ending campaign and you risk losing votes.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 7, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

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