Lingamfelter Campaign: Dirty By Proxy

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:

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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: tomgearontherecord@politicalslingshot.com and, more recently, info@politicalslingshot.com.

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Politicalslingshot.com doesn’t have a website, just a landing page. It was registered by proxy last July.

And the only other time of note that it’s been used?

By Scott Lingamfelter for Lieutenant Governor.

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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.

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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.


9 thoughts on “Lingamfelter Campaign: Dirty By Proxy

  1. I’m looking forward to the Convention, especially to its close. I was intrigued to participate in the Middle Resolution vetting process and I hope it will be improved and continue for other campaigns. I agreesd to abide by the results and that is exactly how I will be voting Saturday, notwithstanding the exposés by several juvenile would-be Sherlock Holmes’.

    1. Larsele, I would humbly recommend that you not simply follow the lead or some person or organization, but rather do the comparison work yourself to determine which candidate best fits your principles.

    2. The several juvenile would-be Sherlock Holmes did a more thorough job investigating the candidates’ records than Middle Resolution did. Besides, that whole concept is completely antithetical to the TEA Party movement. While it is good to get candidates to go on the record and organizations to inform their members, telling me who to vote for or what to think about candidates isn’t my idea of freedom. Then again, I consider Middle Resolution to be a Johnny-Come-Lately to the movement anyway, so I can perhaps forgive them for these errors. I was TEA Party before there was a TEA Party. FreedomWorks is recognized as a leading national TEA Party organization. They are the result of the merger of Citizens for a Sound Economy (where I worked with Matt Kibbee in 2000) and Empower America (where I worked in 1993-94 for Jack Kemp and Bill Bennett.) By my count, that puts me in the movement for an even 20 years this year.

    3. Wouldn’t following the dictates of the MRPAC be in fact anti-TEA Party values? The purpose is to do your own vetting. I would consider myself TEA Party material, but they sent me their top 3 picks, and I wouldn’t vote (and am not voting) for a one of them. Thinking for yourself is what the TEA Party was founded on. It would seem the TEA Party leaders are turning into the Party they were originally fighting against.

  2. So, rather than think for yourself, you’ll simply take marching orders from those “who know better” than you?

    Another sheeple.

    The so-called vetting process was a farce and did NOTHING to take into account a candidates ACTUAL track record.

  3. I’m not really surprised after what Lingamfelter instigated at the Prince William County Convention…and walked away (left without a word) to let everyone else deal with the chaos that followed. I was stunned…I would NEVER have expected him to show such cowardice.

  4. Why isn’t this getting pinned on John Cosgrove? That’s about as logical a conclusion as Lingamfelter here, as both are on this politicalslingshot list and there’s nothing that indicates one is more likely than the other to be involved with this.

    I say this needs a little more digging before this gets pinned on anybody.

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