Joe May has completely lost his image as the nice grandpa who represents the 33rd House district in the Virginia House of Delegates. His campaign has turned nasty, vicious, dark, and filled with lies about his opponent, Dave LaRock. When Joe May decided to go dirty, he hired the best man for the job, Corry Bliss (aka Corwin Bliss).
In 2010 Corry Bliss ran one of the most negative campaigns ever seen in Vermont when he was campaign manager for Republican candidate for Governor, Lt. Governor Brian Dubie. The Connecticut Post said this about Bliss, “He ran an unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial race in Vermont in 2010 that political scientists there called notable for its negative attacks. Former Vermont Lt. Go. Brian Dubie and Bliss wrote letters of apology to settle a libel lawsuit filed by a developer for their attacks during the campaign against Democratic candidate Peter Shumlin, now the state’s governor.” More information on the lawsuit against Bliss here.
Another article about Bliss and his involvement in another lawsuit:
“Bliss came to Vermont by way of Virginia and, apparently, his style rubbed some Republicans in the Green Mountain state the wrong way. They still blame him for Dubie’s loss.
“Corry Bliss took a candidate that was up 20 points and turned him into a loser by election day,” said Bradford Broyles, a Republican activist from Mendon, a town in the central part of the state, near Killington. “We’re still repairing the damage to the Republican party…If Corey Bliss runs [McMahon's campaign] like he did up here, hold on to your seats.”
Bliss didn’t lose Linda McMahon Senate race in 2012 by 20 points, but he did lose it by 12%, after being paid well over $200,000 and after Bliss’s use of highly questionable campaign tactics. “The State Election Enforcement Commission has issued a warning to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon about her “deceitful tactics” in disseminating absentee ballot applications in the final days before Election Day”. More details here.
Republican Congressman Chris Shays said this about Linda McMahon’s campaign in Connecticut, ““The people advising her were thrilled to take her money, but they knew this was a long shot,’’ Shays said. “Corry Bliss, who ran her campaign, basically left Vermont in shambles, and he’s leaving Connecticut in shambles. But he’s got more money. He made more money.” More here.
Some of you may remember when our Senator, Dick Black, ran against John Stirrup and Bob Fitzsimmons in 2011. The race was close between Black and Stirrup when Stirrup hired Corry Bliss. The Stirrup campaign then took a turn for the worse. It was the beginning of the end for John Stirrup’s campaign. Stirrup began sending awful, negative, campaign mailers. They were dark, sinister looking, portraying Dick Black as dark and sinister. The messages were very negative and very untrue. Voters were upset. It was the nail in the coffin for the Stirrup campaign because it changed voters views about John Stirrup. He was no longer seen as the friendly, upbeat, nice guy, candidate, but seen as a negative, mean, deceitful, candidate. Stirrup lost and Dick Black is now our Senator, the most consistent conservative in the Senate of Virginia. Corry Bliss lost the campaign for John Stirrup with his nasty, negative, campaign tactics. Bliss did the same thing for Brian Dubie in Vermont and Linda McMahon in Connecticut. Now Bliss is back in Virginia, working for Joe May.
What has Bliss brought to the May campaign? Daily, dark, negative, misleading, sinister, mailers against Dave LaRock. (One of my personal favorites is May complaining that Dave LaRock is a ‘millionaire developer”. LaRock builds one or two homes a year! Nothing like the huge developers that support Joe May and for whom he raised our taxes. Joe May could buy and sell Dave LaRock, his entire family, all of his friends and relatives. Joe May is very, very, wealthy, a millionaire many times over and a very good friend of the big builders in Loudoun.) Bliss is using the same strategies that he used in previous campaigns. Every Bliss run campaign has failed. Apparently he doesn’t learn from his past mistakes because he’s using the same negative campaign tactics in Joe May’s campaign.
Recently a volunteer group, Freedom Works, has printed signs and distributed them around the district in support of Dave LaRock. Freedom Works is a group that supports lower taxes and smaller government. They believe that lower taxes and less government means more freedom. They believe that Joe May is the enemy of our freedom by his support of the largest tax increases in the history of Virginia. The most recent of those massive tax increases will go into effect July 1st. We will all pay 20% more in sales tax and internet sales tax is also in the bill that May supported and helped pass. More information on Freedom Works can be found here. People working for Joe May’s campaign have been observed removing the signs from roadways in the district. Freedom Works volunteers went to Joe May’s headquarters asking to get their signs back. For their efforts, Joe May’s campaign staff called the police and had them arrested! Typical bully tactics of a Corry Bliss campaign. Everything about the current Joe May campaign makes him look like a bully. It’s a shame. Just like Bliss hurt the reputation of John Stirrup, Brian Dubie, and Linda McMahon, he is ruining the reputation of Joe May and Joe May is supporting it. Republicans in the 33rd district are bombarded daily with negative, deceitful, mailers from May’s campaign. His campaign office is staffed with bullies. May’s image is tarnished forever. Can any campaign be worth a ruined reputation? Worse, the nasty, negative, smears do not work. Just ask every other candidate who hired Corry Bliss to run a negative campaign. Bliss is 0 for 3. Bliss gets richer, leaving ruined republican candidates in his wake. May hired Bliss and May’s ultimately responsible for the dark, nasty, negative, and deceitful direction that his campaign has taken.
Perhaps Joe May isn’t quite the nice guy we all thought he was? So it would appear.
UPDATE: The May campaign continues to take signs that belong to Freedom Works. On rt 287, a road that runs through the 33rd district, Freedom Works has put up numerous of their red and white signs supporting LaRock. In one instance they placed several of their signs on a large piece of private property, owned by a LaRock supporter. The supporter’s lawn also has large a LaRock sign that has been damaged several times during the campaign. The Freedom Works signs have been up for several days, perhaps as long as a week. Today, all of those signs have been removed. I look forward to snapping a few pictures of the thieves doing their nightly dirty work for Joe May.
Second UPDATE: Surprisingly, with a record of 0 for 6 campaigns, Corry Bliss continues to find employment! And Vince Harris too, despite neither of them having EVER won a campaign. Too funny! We can now rest assured that Karen Handel won’t be the Senate nominee from Georgia!