As everyone in Virginia politics knows, this weekend is the Republican Party of Virginia state convention. In the last week, a gnarled up, washed up crank of a former Delegate, Tom Gear (R-Hampton) has been pushing out emails about the Republican candidates for Lieutenant Governor. He apparently sent out his own questionnaire to all of them, and the questions were…not worded favorably. That is, except to Gear’s old friend from the General Assembly, Scott Lingamfelter. He made that one quite a bit easier.
Only three candidates responded. Those were Scott Lingamfelter, Jeannemarie Davis, and Susan Stimpson. His emails have had the title of “Taking (candidate name) To The Woodshed” in the case of those who didn’t respond to his questionnaire. He first attacked E.W. Jackson for his lack of experience… And his personal financial troubles. That’s rich, considering Del. Gear’s own sketchy financial problems. I bet he didn’t count on anyone doing a little research of their own, did he? He went on to attack Susan Stimpson, who in my judgment, fared pretty well in answering his survey and setting him straight about some pretty obvious distortions. He responded by attacking her:
she comes across as a “angry soccer mom”, in showng her disdain for the Transportation plan passed Susan turned on those that helped gain her seat in public office and that alone troubles me greatly. Susan Stimpson greatest problem is she has fallen in with the extreme Libertarian fringe of the Republican Party and these are the folks that have proven to be the downfall for our nominees.
This tells me where Gear is coming from. He wants the Republican Party of Virginia to keep doing what it’s been doing. How has that worked out for us?
He also attacked Davis for her answers, granted, she’s an easy target. And he attacked Pete Snyder for not answering, and as readers of this blog know, that’s no big trick either. He’s clearly out to boost Lingamfelter, and I have no doubt that’s how he got the email contact list he’s been pushing out this nonsense to.
The Republican Liberty Caucus of Virginia sent out a survey to every Republican candidate for statewide office. We didn’t attack anyone for their answers or failure to respond. This is politics at its worst. In sum, Gear is just trying to draw attention to himself and help Lingamfelter by trashing everyone else. He needs to shut his yap. Hard.