Whipple asks for funds to help senate Democrats defeat tea party
Did you know that the state Senate is the last bastion of Democratic control in Virginia, a bulwark against the advance of the Tea Party in the state?
You're certainly going to know it by the end of next year's campaign season, if a fundraising appeal from state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple on behalf of the Senate's Democratic caucus is any indication.
All 40 Senate seats, now narrowly controlled by Democrats, will be on the ballot next November. Maintaining control of the chamber will be a top priority for the party, which will otherwise lose any chance to shape policy in Richmond, where the GOP holds all three statewide offices and a sizable majority in the House of Delegates.
From Whipple's e-mail, the Democratic strategy for next year will be clear: argue that a Democratic Senate is needed to stop the far right from taking over the state. To make the case, she invoked the name of Christine O'Donnell, the losing Republican Senate candidate in Delaware, who this week spoke at a fundraiser for the Northern Virginia Tea Party. (The group's founder, Ron Wilcox, said this week that almost 300 people attended the event. He would not say how much money it raised.)
"With the Democratic Senate remaining as the last bastion of sanity in Virginia's state government, the Tea Party and Christine O'Donnell will have their sights set on unseating us. We must not allow the Tea Party to turn Virginia into a state completely dominated by the far right," Whipple wrote.
As we told you recently, tea party groups have, indeed, made clear that they intend to make a major push in Virginia's General Assembly elections.
Read Whipple's full e-mail after the jump.
Whipple fundraising appeal:
This past November, Tea Party candidates won elections all over the country, unseating good Democrats in a national wave. Now they want to bring that wave of destruction to Virginia's state government. On Tuesday night Christine O'Donnell, 2010's poster child for ultra-right-wing conservatism, came to Northern Virginia to host a Tea Party event, raising money to be spent next year against our Democratic senators.
This demonstrates what we will be up against next year. We are the last Democratic-controlled body in state government. Governor McDonnell and Attorney General Cuccinelli will be raising millions of dollars that they will spend trying to defeat us, while outside groups, like those led by Christine O'Donnell, will spend money as well, pushing their radical agenda into our state. At the dinner, O'Donnell attacked the extension of unemployment benefits during the holiday season, calling the extension a "tragedy." She and her allies see unemployed Virginians as the enemy and seek to change the very fabric of our state's government. O'Donnell called the Tea Party supporters in attendance "fellow revolutionaries." We must not allow them to bring their "revolution" to Virginia.
With the Democratic Senate remaining as the last bastion of sanity in Virginia's state government, the Tea Party and Christine O'Donnell will have their sights set on unseating us. We must not allow the Tea Party to turn Virginia into a state completely dominated by the far right. Can you help us fight back against the coming Tea Party attacks by contributing $200, $100, or $50 today?
We will be up against mighty forces, coming at us from all directions. We cannot win if we stand alone; we need your help.
Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple
PS -- We need all the help we can get to make sure Christine O'Donnell does not bring her vision of government to Virginia. Will you help us by donating $200, $100, $50 or whatever you can give today?
Rosalind S. Helderman
| December 9, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories: General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate
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