The 2010 elections happened just three months ago, but the 2012 ad battle is already heating up -- and Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) is right in the middle.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has ordered U.S. and Virginia flags be flown at half-staff at all local, state and federal buildings in the state in honor of the victim's in Saturday's deadly shooting in Arizona. Flags will remain lowered until sunset Friday pursuant to President Obama's proclamation. "The Governor is deeply saddened by the news coming from Arizona,'' McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said. "His thoughts and prayers are with the Congresswoman, her staff, the other victims, and all their friends and families." Meanwhile, statements from Virginia officials keep pouring. See below for a sampling:...
| January 10, 2011; 10:41 AM ET |
Categories: Anita Kumar, Barack Obama, Brian J. Moran, Eric Cantor, Frank R. Wolf, Mark Warner, Morgan Griffith, Rob Wittman, Robert F. McDonnell, Robert Hurt
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Candidates in Jan. 11 special elections for the House of Delegates and state Senate will keep busy over an otherwise quiet holiday break.
Two of Virginia's new members of Congress have snagged seats on key committees for the 112th Congress.
Is there peace in the valley between the Democrat's Senate majority leader and the party's candidate for the state senate from Pittsylvania county? You'll recall that Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) declared in early November that the Democrats wouldn't field a candidate for the senate seat vacated by Republican Sen. Robert Hurt's election to Congress because the party didn't want to waste money running in an area so dominated by Republicans. And then Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors Chairman Hank Davis Jr. responded au contraire--he'd been planning on running for the job as a Democrat for a while. Well, Saslaw tells us he and Davis had a nice chat by phone on Tuesday. "He's a hell of a nice guy," Saslaw said of the Chatham attorney. "He's very sincere. And he's been in public office a long, long time. His opponent's never been in public office." But, Saslaw added, "I'm not sure...
Republicans selected Bill Stanley, a Franklin County lawyer and the GOP committee chairman in the 5th Congressional District, to be their nominee to replace state Sen. Robert Hurt, who was elected to Congress this month. Stanley defeated five other Republicans -- Pittsylvania County Republican Committee Chairwoman Brenda Bowman; Pittsylvania County real estate appraiser Jerry Grubb; Franklin County nonprofit president Melvin Adams Sr., Danville City Council member Fred Shanks and Danville businessman Scott Brooks -- in a firehouse primary tonight. "Bill Stanley is a great choice to be our nominee in this important special election, and he'll make a fantastic senator,'' said Senate Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City). "Today, Republican voters in Campbell, Danville, Franklin and Pittsylvania had a large and talented field from which to choose their next senator, and they have selected a great nominee who will represent the voters of the 19th District with distinction...