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Marshall Raises $50,000 for U.S. Senate Race

Anita Kumar

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) has raised $52,000 for his U.S. Senate bid in the first three months of this year, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission that were due this week.

His Republican rival, former governor James S. Gilmore III (R) raised $396,000. Probable Democratic nominee Mark R. Warner, also a former governor, raised $2.5-million.

Marshall, who will compete with Gilmore for the Republican nomination at a convention next month, spent more than $32,000 during the reporting period and had almost $20,000 on hand.

"I'm going after delegates not dollars,'' Marshall said.

By Anita Kumar  |  April 17, 2008; 2:21 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Prince William  
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If what I saw at the Shad Planking yesterday is any indication, Warner can put up all the signs he wants, but Virginians are for Bob Marshall.

Here's a hint: Yard signs don't vote (well maybe in Baltimore) but definitely not in Virginia.

Republicans are sick of Bush-clones like Gilmore and they love Bob Marshall's track record of defending our Constitution and his exceptional skill as a legislator.

Virginia's mostly moderate Democrats, are behind Bob Marshall too, because they like his defense of civil liberties. With Bob Marshall in the Senate, voices from both sides of the political aisle will be freely heard. When a Senator follows the Constitution, like Bob Marshall does, then all citizens are the winners.

Posted by: J. Tyler Ballance | April 18, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

J. Tyler, what you saw at Shad Planking isn't going to help Marshall. He is one of the most conservative delegates and stands no chance in a statewide race against Warner. He'll do OK in Manassas, but not in the rest of Nova. Warner will have a far easier time beating Marshall than Gilmore. Just like with Webb, Warner will win the Senate seat because of Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax.

Posted by: Dennis in Arlington | April 19, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Marshall has $20,000 left? Mark Warner makes that much when he takes a dump.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Marshall could surprise people with his debating skills against Mark Warner. Also, like Reagan, Marshall is able to "flex" and present himself to different constituencies effectively.
Though Warner was a seemly effective governor and great manager of the press,he is not without weaknesses. I am sure Marshall can exploit these effectively.

Posted by: Peter Roach | April 22, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

How about flexing those skills and finding himself a second contributor.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I need my shad planked.

Posted by: Barack Hussein Obama | April 29, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

By now everyone knows that Gilmore upholds abortion rights until the beginning of the third month of life, and that Gilmore serves on the Board of Directors of Barr Labs, which makes the Morning After early abortaficient.

Have you observed Marshall and Gilmore together? I know it is unkind, but Gilmore looks and talks like a used car salesman. Marshall has the gravitas of a U.S. Senator and he is gifted with oratory skills, sharp debating skills too.

Marshall has spent 16 years in a legislative body; he has mastered the legislative process, something neither Gilmore nor Warner has ever done.

Marshall is an extremely effective legislator and is tune with most Republicans and many Democrats too. Marshall does not pander to any group, and that is what is so refreshing about him.

Not long ago Marshall received recognition for another major victory.
Marshall had challenged the 2007 law that gave authority to unelected transportation boards to tax the public. The Supreme Court agreed with Marshall, only elected bodies can levy taxes.

Marshall also said that citizens should be treated as bottomless ATM machines.

Gilmore has every reason to be nervous.
Marshall supporters have been enumerating all of Marshall's victories against Warner, demonstrating Marshall is the more formidable candidate. The record shows that Marshall is the only legislator who has twice overrode Mark Warner-and with overwhelming support from the General Assembly.

Marshall reminds voters that Warner took $317 million from the Transportation Trust fund for non-road expenses. Marshall was so infuriated that he wrote the Transportation Lock Box Constitutional Amendment to ban such raids on the transportation fund, and received unanimous support in the House, 96-0.

Marshall helps voters recall Warner's promise to never increase taxes, but within two years of his term, he increased taxes $1.5 Billion (and not one cent went for transportation). Marshall has made the same promise. In 16 years, Marshall has never supported a tax increase.

Marshall is loyal to only one group: his constituents.

One of their pet projects was the Abusive Driver Fees of 2007. Marshall voted no three times, when almost everyone else voted in favor of it. Bob Marshall has a pulse on what Virginians want. The more Gilmore attacks him, the better because the more voters hear about Marshall the more they like him.

As an independent voter, who often votes Republican because I am for life, it is obvious to me why Gilmore has the jitters. Not only does Marshall have an excellent chance of winning the Republican nomination, he has an excellent chance of beating Warner in November.

Posted by: Kathleen Katz | May 11, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

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