Dick Black Drops Out of 10th Dist. Congressional Race

Virtucon’s sister blog The Bull Elephant (is “sister” the proper term given it is a “bull”?) has the exclusive on State Sen. Dick Black’s decision to drop out of the race for U.S. Congress and remain in the Virginia State Senate.

January 21, 2013

Black withdraws from Congressional Race to Preserve Balance of Power in State Senate

“Our nation and Virginia are at a critical juncture,” Black said. “I seriously considered running for the 10th Congressional seat, however, after meeting with Republican Caucus leaders in Richmond, it is imperative that I remain in the Senate where I am needed to maintain our 20/20 split.”

“I had hoped that John Whitbeck would win the 33rd Senate race. He was a terrific candidate—smart, decent, honest, likable and hard-working. He is the kind of man our children could look up to. I am proud of our friendship and look forward to working with John in years to come.” Black said.

“John’s loss leaves the Virginia Senate in a precarious 20-20 split, with the Lieutenant Governor as tie-breaker. Because of that, I am no longer able to leave the 13th District Senate Seat. Too much is at risk for Virginia, and I must not trigger another costly senate race by stepping down from my seat at this time.”

Despite having endorsements from many key elected officials and party activists, Senator Black said he took into consideration how vacating his senate seat at this critical juncture would disrupt the fragile balance of power that now exists in Richmond.

“For the first time in years, the Democrats control The Governor’s mansion, the Lt. Governor’s seat, and the Attorney General’s office,” Black said. “Now, more than ever, we need strong, conservative voices in the senate to protect the Commonwealth from the Democrat’s left wing agenda, and to prevent the expansion of Medicaid from going forward.”

We commend Sen. Black’s selfless act and applaud his continued dedication to the Commonwealth.


2 thoughts on “Dick Black Drops Out of 10th Dist. Congressional Race

  1. Just as well. Nothing against Sen. Black but he has too much controversy surrounding him (whether it is justified or not, it is there). Additionally this can potentially save a bitterly divided primary between the moderates and the right and allows us to (hopefully) united around the (I would argue) most conservative candidate who can fight the good fight in the 10th District and get elected to Congress.

  2. The irony, of course, is that if Sen. Black’s reasoning for not getting involved in the Congressional race is the Special Election loss in the 33rd, in a sense, a Democrat win may have saved the NoVA GOP the hassles of a bitterly contested primary and the prospect of an Akin-like candidate (in terms of perception if nothing else) running for Congress, which could in term, increase the chances of a Republican-leaning district remaining in Republican-leaning hands. Be careful what you wish for, Democrats!

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