Marshall backed Ron Paul for president, Pr. William delegate says
Prince William Del. Bob Marshall (R) voted for Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) in the 2008 presidential primary.
We learned that from Marshall during this week's Virginia Tea Party Convention, where Marshall was visibly working the crowd, trying to harness its energy in support of an amendment to the Virginia Constitution that would prohibit legislators from embedding taxes or fees into the state budget.
Long an irritant to the GOP, Marshall seems intent on once again proving he has no interest in going along to get along with members of his party. And his vote for Paul, a hero to many who associate with the tea party movement, could help. (Paul was greeted with an enthusiasm eclipsed only by that shown for Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli at the weekend convention.)
As convention goers emerged from a panel featuring Cuccinelli and former Sen. George Allen (R) Saturday, they were greeted by Marshall just outside the exhibit hall, handing out glossy brochures emblazoned with the words, "We can win the fight against secret state taxes and fees!"
The Republican-led House of Delegates and GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) agreed to both moves -- McDonnell pushed the pension proposal, which Marshall called a move "just like Congress does."
Marshall's brochure urged recipients to make donations to an effort to adopt a constitutional amendment to prohibit any bill that appropriates revenue (that'd be the state budget) from including any provision that "imposes, continues, increases, or revives any tax, fee, or fine."
"Don't let Washington ways take over Richmond," the brochure urges.
Support from activists who identify with the tea party would be critical for Marshall if he ends up running again for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2012, when he would likely face Allen. Some of Marshall's supporters were peeved that Allen was given a prime spot at the convention, addressing national policy issues alongside Cuccinelli, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.)
Marshall ran for the Republican nomination in 2008, losing by less than 1 percent of the vote at the 2008 state convention to former governor Jim Gilmore, who went on to get walloped in November by Sen. Mark Warner (D).
"Every place I go, the tea party people ask me to run," Marshall said, acknowledging that he's thinking of doing so.
| October 11, 2010; 3:16 PM ET
Categories: George F. Allen, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman
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