Bishop E.W. Jackson Set to Announce Bid for Lieutenant Governor

The already crowded field for 2013 Lieutenant Governor candidates just got a little more crowded.

I am told by a close friend who is a huge fan of E.W. Jackson that the bishop held a conference call today for a large group of supporters.  On this call Jackson announced that, in response to a groundswell of support, he will throw his hat into the ring to succeed Bill Bolling by seeking the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor at next spring’s convention in Richmond.

Jackson will join Prince William’s Del. Scott Lingamfelter and Chairman Corey Stewart; Chesterfield’s Sen. Steve Martin; and Stafford’s Chairman Susan Stimpson among those announced for the run. (Apologies if I left anyone off the list… ;-) )  Still others are rumored to be considering a bid, including failed Virginia Victory coordinator, Pete Snyder.

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21 thoughts on “Bishop E.W. Jackson Set to Announce Bid for Lieutenant Governor

  1. Not the right answer here. I really love the guy, but if he keeps picking the wrong races to run in his political career will be trashed before it even really begins.

    • My thoughts exactly. E.W. is currently the 530,787th person to declare for Attorney General. (That number is approximate). He needs to run for something else.

    • Hahahahaha…………..You mean the anti second amendment Jeannemarie Devolites Davis? THAT Jeannemarie Davis?

  2. So far, I think Del Lingamfelter is the most qualified given his total background (Colonel in the Army and 12 years in the House). While Conservative, he is openminded about listening to all viewpoints….

    • Ken, the stars must all be alignment, because we agree on Delegate Scott Lingamfelter! Who will the democrats be running against him?

  3. Susan Stimpson has a lot of momentum on her side, and the preferred ticked out there seems to be becoming Cuccinelli-Stimpson-Obenshain. I’m told she has a lot of support from the Ron Paul wing of the party, along with some decent establishment support.

    • Gee, since you support someone else in the race, I’ll take what you say with a bucket of salt, unless, of course, you have some evidence of that.

  4. I’m sorry to hear that at least one person is dipping into Scott’s personallife. I never heard that before, and as much as i disagree with a lot of Scott’s positions, i like him as an individual and would vote for him. I dont know who the Democrats will support. Mark Herring, who i met at a local barbeque seems qualified for AG……He is running as a Democrat………Any comments?

    • Ken, I’m a true believer in Susan Stimpson (and would lay money on her being the nominee), but also like Lingamfelter and think he’s the real deal. I’m genuinely impressed that you would vote for him. It’s easy sometimes (especially on blogs) to slip into tribal mode and think ALL the “other” guys are horrible, and I’m glad to know you (sometimes at least) keep an open mind!! ;-) Once you get to know Stimpson, maybe I can persuade you that someone with the scars of countless “good government” battles that she’s got can win you over.

  5. When I say Scott has a woman problem, I meant that Scott’s personality has rubbed a lot of women in the commonwealth the wrong way. To quote one of the state’s Circuit Court Clerks, who had the opportunity to meet him (and did not have a candidate beforehand), “Scott Lingamfelter is a jerk.” Another female politician told me that “Scott Lingamfelter hasn’t met a woman he likes.” In short, just like Steve Martin, Scott Lingamfelter has a personality problem that may very well be hard to overcome.

    • Thank you for clarifying your statements about Scott Lingamfelter. It’s nice to meet someone who supports Steve Martin as I have not previously met anyone in his column. Might you be managing his campaign? Just wondering.

      So, two women you’ve met don’t like Scott. I have yet to meet any women who don’t like him and the feeling seems to be completely mutual. He was wonderful to me from our first introduction.

      While you may be dismissive of Senator Black’s endorsement of Lingamfelter, many in my neck of the woods are not. Many here put a lot of thought into supporting a candidate if he/she has Dick Black’s approval and endorsement.

  6. Thanks for clarifying your remark about ‘women problems’…………..politics is tough enough without adding the wrong semantics………

  7. Not a Steve Martin supporter in the slightest – he is the absolute wrong type of person we need in the LG position. You don’t give someone that egomaniacal an elevated platform – plus, do we really want Steve Martin running for Governor in 2017? He’s only doing this to further himself.

    As for the Dick Black endorsement, why I’m dismissive is because in the end endorsements like that won’t matter. As the saying goes – “Birds of a feather flock together.” Not only do Lingamfelter and Black’s positions mesh, they’re both legislators. Now, when the Speaker comes out and endorses Susan Stimpson (as is expected), that will be an endorsement worth something.

    • Sorry, my mistake, I misread your previous comment about Steve Martin.
      So a politician from Stafford is likely to endorse another politician from Stafford? As you said, birds of a feather…………
      I thought Susan Stimpson has claimed to be a solid conservative, with positions much like those of Senator Black and Delegate Lingamfelter. Sounds like you’re saying she’s not like them. Which is it?

  8. They may both be from Stafford, fair point. But for the Speaker to endorse someone that’s not “one of his own” (i.e. in the House) is what I’m talking about. Del. Lingamfelter is going to have a lot of supporters in the House, but apparently the Speaker isn’t one of them. I think that speaks volumes.

    I think Susan Stimpson is a conservative, yes, but I see her as a “21st Century Conservative.” She wants to translate the grassroots into governing, from spending to taxes to overall size of government. She is not however, from what I can tell, a strident social conservative. She is proud to be pro-life, but doesn’t cram it down people’s throats a la Lingamfelter, Black and Martin. For her it’s all about personal freedom and liberty and limiting the scope of government, as well as fixing what’s broken. It’s kind of like with Congress, why would we elect someone from within a body that’s not necessarily known for being great?

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