You’ve probably gotten emails by now from former Del. Tom Gear. In an effort to supposedly vet the candidates for Lieutenant Governor, Gear has sent questionares to each candidate that focuses on their past records and criticisms that have been levied against them throughout the campaign. A few candidates didn’t reply, which allowed Gear to provide his own answers. A few candidates did reply, but in most cases Gear still offered his own thoughts along side their answers. For example, today Susan Stimpson was called an “Angry Soccer Mom,” something her campaign has rightfully taken on as a badge of honor in the closing days of the campaign:
The one candiate that Gear has been the least critical to: Scott Lingamfelter.
There’s a reason for that. And it’s not just because Gear served in the House of Delegates with Lingamfelter, or that Lingamfelter headlined some fundraisers in the past for Gear.
It’s because Tom Gear is actively using the Scott Lingamfelter for Lieutenant Governor’s email list.
The trail isn’t very well hidden.
Tom Gear’s emails have come from two different email addresses: email@example.com and, more recently, firstname.lastname@example.org.
And the only other time of note that it’s been used?
By Scott Lingamfelter for Lieutenant Governor.
And if you chose to try to remove yourself from the list or manage your preferences, you’d find that the lists behind politicalslingshot.com have remained the same since Lingamfelter’s January mailings. They’re clearly visible at http://politicalslingshot.com/eblast/?p=subscribe.
As has been noted in numerous endorsements for Lingamfelter, he has run a very positive, issues driven campaign to date, especially when compared to other campaigns, particularly the other one out of Prince William County. As other campaigns have struggled or dwindled, the winds are in his favor going into the Convention starting tomorrow.
Unfortunately these largely unnecessary last minute smears by Del. Tom Gear have left a lot of people soured. And the Lingamfelter campaign’s connection to the Gear mailing list is all too clear. It may be too little too late to point out the connection, but it’s unfortunate that it’s come to this so late in the game.