It’s getting hot in here

Stafford County is on fire! As things heat up in the races for Republican nomination in many races in Stafford County the overwhelming theme is starting to become incumbency vs. the new comer.

Unless you are living under a rock you are certainly aware of the marquee race in Stafford is the 28th House of Delegate race, that pits 28-year incumbent Speaker of the House Bill Howell against former Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Susan Stimpson. That race alone is enough to ignite the embers in Stafford County, but why stop there, Stafford is heading for a full inferno on June 9th.

In the race for nomination for Commonwealth Attorney incumbent CA Eric Olsen is being challenged by Jason Pelt. In 2011 these two faced off and Olsen was the victor. This year Pelt is mounting a strong campaign for the job and very well may end up the victor this year.

Back to the House of Delegates, in the 2nd District former Delegate Mark Dudenhefer is facing a strong challenge by new comer Tim Ciampaglio for the nomination. The “Dude”, who won election to the Delegate office in 2011, lost it in 2013 when Democrat Mike Futrell was able to ride the coattails of now-Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Ciampaglio, has not served in elected office, and is using his experience as a small business owner to make the case to win the nomination. This race has all the flavor of incumbent vs. new comer.

In other races, while there aren’t incumbents, the current office holders are certainly making their voices heard. In the race for Clerk of Court Kathy Sterne, the current Deputy Clerk of Court is in a battle with Sheriff Deputy Darrell English and local relator Jim Fry for the nomination. Long-time incumbent Clerk of Court Barbara Decatur has thrown her support behind her deputy, creating a de-facto incumbent vs. new comer(s) battle.

Finally in the race for the nomination for Rock Hill (or is it Rockhill) Supervisor, Wendy Maurer is facing Adela Bertoldi. While, neither of the candidates currently hold or have held an elective office, the incumbent Supervisor, Cord Sterling has thrown his support behind his former campaign treasurer and appointee to the Economic Development Authority Wendy Maurer.

These races will certainly make for an interesting day on June 9th in Stafford County. With all of the races in the county it’s hard to say if it will be a day for incumbents or the new comers to triumph. As an outside observer to the races one thing is clear there is a lot of political talent and well run campaigns in Stafford County. It would be hard to point to a current front runner in any of these races. The county registrar’s office has done a fantastic job in years past posting election results before the State Board of Elections can even post them to their site. The registrar’s office had better ensure they have plenty of bandwidth available when polls close on June 9th, because there will be a lot of eyes looking for the victors.

Virginia Virtucon has contributors involved, supporting or aligned with many of the candidates and campaigns in a number of the races in Stafford. Therefore Virginia Virtucon has decided not to make any blog-wide endorsements in any of the races (. . . however – we do reserve the right to change our minds and endorse if see fit to do so).

* 28th House of Delegates District includes parts of the city of Fredericksburg
* 2nd House of Delegates District includes parts of Prince William County
Race Candidate Candidate
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Commonwealth Attorney
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pelt Jason Pelt



Clerk of Court
Sterne Kathy Sterne



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fry Jim Fry




Rock Hill Supervisor
maurer Wendy Maurer



Bertoldi Adela Bertoldi



Stimpson Launches Primary Challenge To Howell

This just came in over the window transom into Virtucon’s virtual offices. We’ve known about this for a while, but have held off on releasing this so that Susan could do so on her own terms…

Over the last two years, I’ve heard the same thing from people across Stafford County and Fredericksburg: the politicians in Richmond are out of touch.  They raise our taxes, waste our money and always ask for more—all while we’re forced to cut our household budgets and sit in traffic.

That’s why earlier today I announced my candidacy for the House of Delegates in House District 28, which has been held for nearly 28 years by Delegate Bill Howell, the Speaker of the House.

Bill Howell has been the consistent force behind every major tax increase in Virginia in the last decade. He has voted for them, he has engineered them and they are his legacy.

Simply put, Bill Howell has lost his way and is the chief architect of a tax-and-spend agenda that rewards the politicians and punishes the middle class. It is time for a change.

<spanstyle=”text-decoration: underline;”>Bill Howell has been a friend, but we have profound policy disagreements. We’ve helped each other in the past and we have worked together at many levels to elect Republicans to office.  I was thrilled in 2009 when Republicans won all three statewide offices in Virginia and gained a super majority in the House of Delegates. But instead of leading as a conservative to transform government, Bill Howell squandered that opportunity by crafting the largest tax increase in Virginia’s history in 2013.

Howell repeatedly sides with the liberal Democrats and The Washington Post editorial pages and thinks government needs more money. The truth is Richmond has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

To make matters worse, Speaker Howell promised those new tax dollars would be spent to improve our roads. But after the 2013 tax hike, in their very next budget, the General Assembly unlocked the transportation “lockbox” and rolled the money into the general fund breaking that promise. Republicans must put a halt to the duplicitous nature of the tax-and-spend crowd in Richmond.

Speaker Howell has equally been a champion of skyrocketing spending. Virginia’s budget has doubled under Howell’s leadership. This year alone he grew the budget over 13%.

Conservative Republicans do not continually raise taxes and grow the size of government.

Governing is about making tough decisions, actually living within our means like families do every day, and doing right by the people who elect us.

I look forward to highlighting my record of cutting taxes, cutting spending and making government more efficient while prioritizing funds for roads, schools and public safety with Speaker Howell’s tax hiking, big spending record.  

For the first time in decades, voters will finally have a real choice and Bill Howell will have to explain why his engineering of massive tax increases in 2004, 2007 and 2013, and the doubling of Virginia’s budget while we still sit in traffic, are good things for Virginians.


Susan Stimpson

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PWC Schooled By Stafford County Once Again…

As Stafford County Board Chairman Susan Stimpson prepares to leave office this month at the end of her term, she sent out an email outlining the board’s accomplishments during her tenure.  They include:

  • We cut our pay by 25%
  • We abolished BPOL, a regressive small business tax
  • We cut overall real estate taxes 3 years in a row
  • We cut our general admin staff down to 2004 levels
  • We raised our reserves to 12%
  • We funded voter approved road projects and park and recreation projects
  • We took the school budget in hand and categorically funded instruction, ensuring teacher raises
  • For the first time since 1965, we actually had a budget less than the year before!
  • Our economy started growing and we jumped to #1 in job growth in the Commonwealth in 2011.

    We opened the Stafford Tech and Research Center and, on December 10th, Google’s Chief Financial Officer will be a featured speaker at an event at the Center.

    Every year I have been in office we have had a budget surplus, which has allowed us to cut more taxes.

  • We eliminated the Boat Tax
  • We eliminated the Machinery and Tools Tax
  • We eliminated the Common Carrier Tax
  • That’s a pretty good record overall. One that should make Prince William County residents envious given how our county board has flailed around during this same time, jumping from scandal to scandal, dumb idea to dumb idea, and waste of taxpayer money to waste of taxpayer money.  Now we learn that Prince William County, the seventh wealthiest county in the nation, spends less per pupil than the poorest county in America.

    Apparently, PWC isn’t just getting schooled by Stafford County anymore, but also by Owsley County, Kentucky, the poorest county in the U.S.  As The Sheriff’s blog noted the other day, the PWC Board essentially has devolved into a parody of itself where its members (aside from its newest one Pete Candland) are now clamoring for action to solve the problems that they themselves created.  That is like giving CGI Federal a blank check to fix the website that they screwed up building to begin with.

    With so many positive examples and good ideas emanating from Stafford County and other nearby localities, it truly is a wonder that PWC has become as messed up as it is.  We may only have one last chance to fix things before they become too far gone.

    How did your delegates vote at Republican Convention 2013?

    For those who are wondering how their delegates voted at the recent Virginia Republican Convention in Richmond, the RPV has published the results, for each round of balloting.  Those results are here.

    Looking at the results, it is very clear that Susan Stimpson (second in the first round of voting) was hurt by the announcement of the results of that first round of balloting.  The way the results were presented lead many delegates to believe that Susan had come in fourth, not second.  Pete Snyder’s staff and supporters immediately tweeted that Susan was in fourth place among the five remaining candidates and would be out in the next round of voting.  At that time Snyder still believed that Susan Stimpson was the biggest threat to him winning the convention.  Was the announcement orchestrated by the Richmond establishment Good Ol’ Boys to hurt Susan Stimpson and help their boy Pete?  Many delegates thought so.  If you look at the drop in Susan’s support between the first and second ballots, it would appear that it worked.  It hurt Susan and helped Pete.  Of course Pete Snyder was never able to overcome E.W. Jackson’s lead, despite his many deceitful attempts which included hundreds of flyers stating that Corey Stewart had endorsed Snyder, followed by hundreds more saying that Mark Obenshain had endorsed Snyder.  Both were lies, neither had endorsed Pete Snyder.   All of Pete’s lies, all of his establishment support, and all of his money, just couldn’t put him over the finish line.  The people prevailed!  It was a beautiful thing to behold!

    An Angry Soccer Mom

    Like other recent posts on Virginia Virtucon.  This is a personal endorsement of this author and not and endorsement of the blog as a whole.

    Former Delegate Tom Gear epitomized exactly what is wrong with the establishment of the Republican Party.   Gear in an email to RPV Convention delegates described Stafford County Chairman Susan Stimpson as an “angry soccer mom” because of her disdain for the largest tax increase in Virginia’s history.

    Stimpson was the first candidate for Lt. Governor that spoke out against the tax increase plan for transportation designed by Republican leadership in Richmond.  She has continued to speak out about the tax increase while other candidates agreed with her opposition to the tax increase, but would prefer to sweep the issue under the rug and ignore the fact that the establishment failed us.

    Republicans are supposed to be against tax increases and against expansion of government at all levels.  This year Republicans even set into motion the ability for Virginia to expand Medicaid as a part of Obamacare.  Stimpson has spoken out and spoken out loudly to this tax increase scheme and expansion of government power.

    Stimpson has taken to the label of Angry Soccer Mom as a badge of honor.  If that is how the establishment wants to view women who speak out against tax increases, then that is the way it shall be.  The soccer moms of the Republican Party should speak up and speak up loudly when our Republican leadership fails us and makes it that much difficulty to manage a family budget.

    Stimpson has fought government expansion in Stafford County and cut taxes every year she has been in office.  In Stafford County she has led efforts to cut real estate taxes three years in a row, repeal BPOL, taxes on boats, and tool and machinery taxes.  The results of Republicans governing as conservatives is unquestionable.  In Stafford County the bond rating has been upgraded, government bureaucracy has been cut to 2004 levels and economic growth is booming.

    The delegates of the Republican Party Convention would be wise to nominate “Angry Soccer Mom” Stimpson.  She will continue to use anger and disdain for higher taxes to fight for the family budget.  She will fight government growth and overreach and prove the miracle of Stafford County is no fluke.

    What is Terry Hiding?

    RPV has been hammering hard calling for Terry McAuliffe to release his tax returns. Susan Stimpson, candiddate for Lt.Governor agrees.

    Stimpson has released a press release in which she has made her tax returns available and has called on all candidates seeking state-wide office this year to do the same.

    “Everyone wants transparency in government. Ken Cuccinelli has led the way in disclosure of his tax records,” Stimpson said in a statement. “By contrast, his opponent Terry McAuliffe refuses to release his taxes.”


    Facing pressure from Republicans, he provided that information last month days after Cuccinelli allowed reporters to review hundreds of pages of his tax records covering eight years.

    Stimpson is one of seven Republicans pursuing the party nomination for lieutenant governor.

    Her campaign manager Tim Edson said Stimpson is leading by example because “she has nothing to hide” just a record of paying taxes “like hardworking middle class Virginians do.”

    Candidates who refuse to follow suit and release their tax records evidentally “have something to hide,” concluded Edson.

    How is your local government doing?

    While counties to the north are raising taxes, Stafford County, yet again, eliminated taxes.

    Fairfax County is doing it (Supervisor Pat Herrity’s email newsletter)

    Yesterday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to increase the property tax rate by one cent to $1.085. With the increase in assessments that translates to a 4.5 % or $216 increase in taxes on the average homeowner. This increase is on top of a 1.9% increase last fiscal year (FY2013) and another 4.5% increase in next year’s tax bill (FY2015) if cuts are not made for a total of 11% over three years. I voted against this budget.

    Prince William County is doing it (Virginia Virtucon post, April 23, 2013)

    The Prince William Board of County Supervisors will vote tomorrow, April 23, on the FY 2014 tax rate. A resolution has already been drafted setting the rate at $1.181 per $100, which amounts to an average tax hike of 2.3 percent. There is much flowery language included in an attempt to provide a fig leaf here (“lowest tax bill”, “lowest tax burden”, “efficient and effective governance”, etc.), but the bottom line is people’s taxes are going up.

    Stafford County is NOT doing it (Chairman Susan Stimpson’s email April 24, 2013)

    Want proof that conservative governing and ideas work? Look no further than what we did in Stafford County last night. The Stafford County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a budget that:

    • Returns approximately $3.4 million to the taxpayers
    • Zeroed out the machinery and tools tax
    • Zeroed out the motor vehicle carrier tax
    • Zeroed out the boat tax
    • Focused dollars into the classroom and cut approximately 10% of the school administration costs by targeting categorical funding to instruction and technology
    • Put a mechanism in place that will address surplus funds, returning $2.4 million back to the taxpayer.

    Conservative governing works and Susan Stimpson, Bob Thomas, Paul Milde, Cord Sterling, Gary Snellings, Jack Cavelier and Ty Schieber, all members of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors are proving it.

    Lt. Governor Candidate Susan Stimpson wins the Young Republican Vote!

    Earlier today Virginia Young Republicans held their convention in Arlington.  In their straw poll for their choice for Lt. Governor,  Susan Stimpson won easily with an impressive 40.5% of the vote in a field of 7 candidates.  Pete Snyder came in a distant second with 21.5% of the vote.  What makes the vote particularly interesting is Pete’s support is to be found almost exclusively in Northern Virginia (and out of state) and the convention was held in Arlington, the most northern of Northern Virginia, and what should be the very heart of support for Pete Snyder.

    Stewart Slams Stimpson For Doing What He Did On UDAs

    Lt. Gov. candidate / Pr. William County Board Chairman Corey Stewart’s latest campaign email was an attempt to appeal to the TEA Party as their endorsement in the LG race is coming up at the end of the month. The majority of the email was a shot at Del. Scott Lingamfelter, state Sen. Steve Martin and fmr. state Sen. Jeannemarie Davis for having voted for legislation that brought Urban Development Area laws into play.

    However, Stewart then takes it one step too far in taking a swipe at Stafford County Board Chairman Susan Stimpson on the UDA issue at local level. Counties of a certain population were required to adopt UDAs. Stafford did so according to state law, but Stewart is trying to say Stimpson supported UDAs.

    One problem with this line of attack. Stewart has, too. Furthermore Stimpson spoke up in opposition to UDAs with the General Assembly arguing that localities should not be forced to plan with UDAs. The General Assembly ended up making UDAs optional, but Stewart appears to have been MIA in that battle.

    Stewart stated in this email:

    Never have I gone along with supporting any type of resolutions or changes to the Prince William County code that called for “Sustainable Development” or “Urban Development Areas”. Unfortunately in Virginia, that is not always the case.

    How does that square with his vote in favor of adopting UDAs (just like every other affected jurisdiction, as required by state code)?

    Why did Mike Farris endorse Pete Snyder?

    In 2011, conservative republicans in Loudoun were surprised and puzzled by Mike Farris’ support of Scott York for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.  Mike Farris, Chancellor of Patrick Henry college and chairman of the Home School Legal Defense League Association is known as a solid conservative.  So why did he support Scott York in Loudoun over the true conservative, Steve Stockman?  A couple of weeks ago Farris endorsed Pete Snyder for Lt. Governor.  Again, conservatives were puzzled.  Why Pete Snyder, the man with no record as a conservative, or anything else?  Why would Mike Farris support Pete over known conservatives like Susan Stimpson,  E.W. Jackson, and Scott Lingamfelter?

    Now we’ve learned the reason for both of these endorsements.  It’s widely rumored that Mike Farris intends to run for Senate next year against Mark Warner.  It’s also rumored that Pete Snyder and Mike Farris have agreed to trade endorsements.  Mike Farris will support Pete Snyder this year for Lt. Governor, and next year Pete will endorse Mike for Senate.   No doubt, Mike made the same deal with Scott York.   If Mike Farris intends to run for Senate next year against Mark Warner, having the endorsement of the Loudoun Chairman of the board, and the Lt. Governor, would be a great start in a campaign for the republican nomination for Senate.


    What Susan Stimpson REALLY said

    While liberal blogs and Bearing Drift tried to tell us that Susan Stimpson said something wrong, and possibly racist, in an interview last fall with John Fredericks, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, PolitiFact Check sets the record straight on what  what she really said.   The entire article is here.

    John Fredericks, a Pete Snyder supporter, tried desperately hard to get Susan say something wrong, anything wrong, but especially something that could be misconstrued as racist.

    Fredericks: Now, Republicans in Virginia are also getting annihilated in the key urban centers of the state:Hampton, Newport News, Richmond, Portsmouth. What would your message be to the African-American community? Like if you went to, let’s say, you’re campaigning in some of the urban areas, how would you be able to inspire blacks to vote for Susan Stimpson? What would be your message?

    Stimpson: Well, that wouldn’t be a set constituency that I would try to inspire. I think that we, um, we are, we’re all Americans here and we all have the same concerns. We want to be able to provide for our family, we want to have jobs, we want to be able to just have that American exceptionalism that allows us to have these individual liberty — liberties — to do what we think is best for ourselves and for our family.

    And I really think that that’s what’s at stake right now — that government should be limited. That we should get out of the way of families and that means taking money out of their pockets and thinking that the government can make a better decision for — for us. That is not a good direction for our country and I think that it’s really a battle right now for individual liberties. So I would appeal to women, I would appeal to minorities, I would appeal to Republicans and Democrats that, basically, we just need to protect our liberty and to push back on all of this government overreach.”

    Susan Stimpson wouldn’t treat people differently based on their race because she thinks ALL Americans have the same goals and the same desires for liberty, for jobs, for freedom.  She refuses to base her message on race or gender.  We’re all in this together with the same goals for ourselves and our families.  Sounds good to me.

    At the end of the interview, John Fredericks tries one more time,

    Fredericks: Susan, if I may, I want to get back to a question I asked and get a follow-up on your answer. We talked, you know, about the need to – for Republicans to be able to go into the black communities of Virginia and reach that particular segment of Virginians and when I asked that, I just want to be sure – did you say that basically that’s a demographic segment you can’t win and you’re going to fight them off or did I misinterpret that answer?

    Stimpson: I think that you completely misinterpreted that answer. I think that’s part of the problem with politics today. What in the world are we doing – segregating all of these different classes and what your race is and what your sexuality is. I think that, you know, that we are all Americans here and so I think that we share common values as Americans, not according to what our skin color is. So I just – I reject that – that we are going to be focusing on things like that. And I think even, it was Jay-Z made the comment that he thinks government is doing too much, so I think that that community also believes that government may be doing too much.”

    It’s disgusting that some blogs took excerpts from this interview to make it appear that Susan Stimpson said something that she didn’t say.  Now you know the truth.  Now you know that Susan Stimpson is not a racist.  She has the same goals for ALL Virginians, without regard to race or gender.  She supports what ALL Virginians want for themselves and their families, jobs, freedom, individual liberties, and a chance to get ahead.   Works for me.

    Aneesh Chopra’s Disingenuous and Disgusting Use of the Race Card

    Dem LG candidate Aneesh Chopra has already sunk to a new low in Virginia statewide politics with his disingenuous and disgusting use of the race card in a blatantly false and unwarranted attack against Stafford BOCS Chairman Susan Stimpson.

    Republican candidate for Lt. Governor Susan Stimpson was asked how she would inspire African-American voters. Her response was: “Well that wouldn’t be a set constituency that I would try to inspire.”

    Share this image if you agree we need leaders who will inspire all Virginians, no matter who they are or where they live. That’s the campaign I am running and that’s how I will lead as Lt. Governor.480435_10151428030019230_1638011443_n[1]

    Mr. Chopra — you are a knave and a liar.  You obviously have been hanging out with your Chicago political friends too long.

    Here are Mrs. Stimpson’s complete remarks from her interview on the John Fredericks radio show:

    JF: Republicans in VA are getting annihilated in key urban centers of the state.. Hampton Newport news Richmond, Portsmouth, what would your message be to the African American community if you went to.. let’s say.. your campaigning in urban areas.. how would you be able to inspire Blacks to vote for Susan Stimpson?

    SS: That wouldn’t be a set constituency I would try to inspire. I think that we are all Americans and we all have the same concerns. We want to provide for our families. We want to have jobs. We want to be able to have that American exceptionalism that allows us to have individual liberties to do what we think is best for ourselves and our families. And I think government should be limited and government should get out of the way of families And that means taking money out of their pocket and thinking that the government can make a better decision for us.. and that is not a good direction for our country.

    SS: And I think it is a battle right now for individual liberties and I would appeal to women, I would appeal to minorities, I would appeal to Republicans and Democrats we need to protect our liberties and to push back on all of this government overreach.

    JF: I want to get back to a question I asked and want to follow up on your answer. We talked about Republicans to go in to the Black communities of VA and reach that particular segment of Virginians.. and when I asked that did you basically say that a demographic segment you can’t win and you are going to write them off or did I misinterpret your answer?

    SS: I think that you completely misinterpreted that answer. I think that is a part of the problem of politics today. What in the world are we doing segregating all of these different classes and what your race is and what your sexuality is. I think that we are all Americans here and I think we share common values as Americans not according to what our skin color is so I reject that we are going to be focusing on things like that. And I think it was Jay-Z that made the comment that “government is doing too much” . So I think that community also believes government may be doing too much.

    Mr. Chopra and other Democrats like him cannot fathom treating people as individuals rather than faceless members of some group.  Let’s look at Stimpson’s key statements again:

    I think that we are all Americans and we all have the same concerns.

    . . .

    What in the world are we doing segregating all of these different classes and what your race is and what your sexuality is. I think that we are all Americans here and I think we share common values as Americans not according to what our skin color is so I reject that we are going to be focusing on things like that.

    If you disagree with those statements, Mr. Chopra, then please feel free to run on that as your platform.  Otherwise, take your misogynist ramblings someplace else.

    “Stop Abandoning Principles”

    Stafford County Board Chair Susan Stimpson, who is also a candidate for the GOP nomination for Lt. Gov. this year, issued this compelling email regarding the legislature’s vote to raise taxes to fund transportation.

    Dear Friend,

    I just received an email from the Governor that leaves me flabbergasted.  It brags about billions in new taxes.  It even directs people to look at the spending projects in their area! It sounds like a White House press release.   I was half expecting it to conclude with an offer for a free cell phone!

    Republicans are supposed to be about cutting taxes, cutting spending and reducing the size of government—like our current leadership in Richmond promised us they would do when we were working hard to elect them.

    Instead they abandoned our party’s principles by raising taxes and paving the way for Obamacare.

    Do we or do we not believe that a restrained and limited government is what allows the most freedom and prosperity?

    Speaker Bill Howell and Governor McDonnell are friends.  But they could not be more wrong.  And they could not have failed us at a more critical time.

    There has been a long, unsettled battle within the Republican Party in Virginia on whether or not government has enough money. It has played out in 2004, 2007 and now.   Each time, Republican leadership has taken the side of “not enough taxes” instead of providing the vision and leadership toward a restrained government.  How much more can we bear?

    It’s time to end this battle decisively with New Leadership committed to the principle that Virginians are over-taxed.

    As Lieutenant Governor, I will not only work tirelessly to advance a conservative agenda in the General Assembly, but I will work relentlessly for authentic conservative majorities in the House and Senate.

    I have talked to Republicans today who are absolutely disgusted with our Party.  They are sick and tired of being sold out.  The Republican Party itself is at stake in Virginia, and if we don’t act and restore our Party to that of lower taxes and smaller government, we risk losing faithful Republicans and independent voters.  While Democrats are proudly stating they stayed committed to their values and achieved higher taxes and Medicaid expansion, Republicans failed to lead and they rolled.  And we control both Houses and the Governor’s office!

    The time to act is now.  As Lieutenant Governor, I will fight for tax cuts, spending cuts and smaller government as I have done in Stafford County, and I will lead an effort to elect principled, tax cutting conservatives to the House of Delegates and State Senate.


    Susan Stimpson

    P.S: It is critical that we elect grassroots conservatives who will lead our efforts to defeat tax and spend Republicans at the Republican State Convention on May 18.  Visit our website and get the delegate filing information for your county or city today!

    Radtke Endorses Stimpson

    Former candidate for the U.S. Senate and Tea Party leader has endorsed Stafford County Chairman Susan Stimpson in the race for Lt. Governor.  Last year there was speculation Jamie herself would be a candidate for the job.  However over the last several months Jamie has made it clear she was not going to run and is supporting Stimpson.  Today she released the video below to make it official.

    Having Radtke’s support could be a game changer in a convention setting.

    Davis “Wins” Both Virtucon LG Polls

    Jeannemarie Davis has “won” both of Virtucon’s polls on the LG race.  First, the good news for her…

    Whom Do You Support To Be The GOP Lt. Gov. Nominee In 2013?

    Jeannemarie Davis 31.88% (895 votes)
    Pete Snyder 26.68% (749 votes)
    Steve Martin 21.41% (601 votes)
    Susan Stimpson 6.34% (178 votes)
    EW Jackson 5.06% (142 votes)
    Corey Stewart 4.45% (125 votes)
    Scott Lingamfelter 4.17% (117 votes)

    Total Votes: 2,807

    You can immediately tell which candidates put the full force of social media behind their straw poll efforts and we applaud former Sen. Davis, Mr. Snyder, and Sen. Martin for mounting such vigorous online campaigns and congratulate Mrs. Davis on her victory. Never did we imagine that over 2,800 votes would be cast in this poll (which was restricted so only one vote could be made per IP address.) Martin and Snyder both utilized their Facebook pages with great frequency to push their followers to vote in the straw poll while the Davis campaign sent out this last minute plea:

    From: “John Pudner”
    Date: Jan 17, 2013 10:01:23 AM
    Subject: reject negative voting; vote for Jeannemarie at

    I have a favor to ask. Please reject negative voting, and instead go to to vote for Jeannemarie Davis for Lt. Governor.

    The posting of this first on-line poll surprised many, but revealed what we have been seeing all over the Commonwealth, a groundswell of support for Jeannemarie. In response, a poll was quickly added to let those who would rather attack a fellow Republican pick their last choice. Then suddenly a bunch of votes came in almost all at once picking Pete Snyder as their first choice and Jeannemarie as their last choice.

    I am happy to report that despite that block of pro-Snyder/anti-Jeannemarie voters, more than 82 percent of those voting for a candidate refused to pick a “last choice.” Of the first 2,497 to cast votes, only 6.8 percent picked Jeannemarie as their last choice.

    I hope you will vote for Jeannemarie at as the best candidate to win the race for Lt. Governor by defeating the Democrats in the Fall, but most important I hope you will consider joining the 82 percent who refused to play into the Democrats hands in the fall by picking out a least favorite Republican.

    With your help, Jeannemarie can win the Convention on May 18th and face the Democrats in November with tremendous momentum.

    take this opportunity to show your support for Jeannemarie!

    All my best,

    John Pudner
    Senior Advisor
    Jeannemarie Davis for Lt. Governor;

    For the record, former Sen. Davis was nowhere near the top when the “Who is your last choice?” poll was added shortly after the first one launched. In fact, we were going to do a “Who is your second choice?” poll, but then figured that would have been easier for campaigns to manipulate as they would simply ask their supporters to vote for their candidate in both. Since the nomination will be decided by convention, determining who the last choice of delegates for the nomination is would be much more instructive. And there is the bad news for Mrs. Davis’s other “win.”

    Who Is Your *LAST* Choice For The GOP Lt. Gov. Nomination In 2013?

    Jeannemarie Davis 35.89% (271 votes)
    Pete Snyder 33.64% (254 votes)
    Susan Stimpson 12.05% (91 votes)
    Steve Martin 7.15% (54 votes)
    Corey Stewart 6.49% (49 votes)
    Scott Lingamfelter 3.18% (24 votes)
    EW Jackson 1.59% (12 votes)

    Total Votes: 755

    Only a little more than a quarter of voters from the first poll cast a vote in the second one, but it is clear that 7 out of 10 participants are lined up against the two candidates from Fairfax County, Davis and Snyder.

    Obviously, these straw polls are unscientific and not determinative of outcomes, but they do shed light on the state of the race much the same way that the recent fundraising reports did.

    Davis and Snyder both proved that they can organize (at least online) and raise money, but they both appear to have high negatives among the party faithful as well.  Lingamfelter and Stewart both have low negatives here (only surpassed by Bishop Jackson who almost no one doesn’t like) and have shown significant fundraising capacity.  Stimpson remains in the mid-range in terms of support and fundraising (which isn’t necessarily a bad place to be.)

    As we’ve said before, with this being a convention, the nomination is almost anyone’s at this point, but there are danger signs for both Davis and Snyder who placed first and second in both polls.  Let the campaign roll on!

    Stimpson Urges Bolling To Reconsider His Refusal To Endorse Cuccinelli

    Very well put.

    Protect our Convention, our Party and our Values.

    Our values, our Party and our Party convention are under attack. Every day since the November election the establishment and liberal media have been screaming that the Republican Party must surrender its conservative values.

    Some are saying we must now agree to raise taxes. Some are saying we must now abandon the unborn. 

    And some like Lt. Gov Bill Bolling have been attacking our 2013 Convention because they empower our grassroots activists, rather than establishment-oriented, big-money support and TV advertising. This position is perplexing as he himself previously advocated for and enjoyed the support of the 2009 Convention that propelled Bob McDonnell, himself and Ken Cuccinelli to victory.

    But now even more shockingly, Bolling has stated in the Richmond Times Dispatch, with his exit from the GOP Gubernatorial race, he won’t support our apparent nominee for Governor .
    While I understand his disappointment that he won’t win the nomination, this position is simply indefensible and destroys his legacy as Lt Governor. This is the same “burn the house down” approach that the establishment has threatened us with in the past when they don’t get their way. 

    Threatening to either not support our Nominee or run as an independent undermines the very values Bill Bolling professes to support – the same values Ken Cuccinelli supports — and helps Democrat Terry McAuliffe win.

    Now more than ever VA Republicans must be united to stop the encroachment of the Federal Government. With Obama’s re-election, things like Obamacare can’t be repealed, and the best way to stop it in the Commonwealth is a Republican in the Governors mansion and a Republican LG and AG. A Governor McAuliffe will enable Obamacare in the Commonwealth through the expansion of Medicaid.

    After every convention we expect the Party to come together and support our nominee. To not support the nominee for Governor means you think Terry McAuliffe and his Clinton-Obama big government agenda is healthy for Virginia.

    Movement Conservatives like me have always backed our GOP Nominee even when we strongly preferred someone else in the primary. And when Mitt Romney won the nomination this year, we called on all wings of the Republican Party to support him. We asked libertarian supporters of Ron Paul and social conservative supporters of Rick Santorum to rally to support Mitt Romney. They did. But if we are to follow Bill Bolling’s example, they should just quit and go home. That’s just wrong. Bolling’s way leads to an endless future of liberal big government victories and the diminishment of our values and liberties. I reject that.

    Republicans win, when we are united to lead on the issues. Our conservative values. Our commitment to limited government. Our opposition to higher taxes. Our defense of states rights and individual liberties. We lead on these issues united and we win. The establishment and liberal media want us to surrender our values and endorse their agenda. I won’t surrender and we shouldn’t give up our beliefs. 

    And we should reject anyone who supports an effort to divide us. 

    I urge Bill Bolling to reconsider his position, strengthen his legacy, and continue his role as a senior Party statesman.

    I pledge that while I plan to win the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor, that I will support and eagerly endorse all the nominees we select. 

    I look forward to talking to you on the campaign trail and seeing you at a great convention in May that will propel our ticket and our values to victory.

    Susan Stimpson
    Candidate for Lt. Governor

    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.

    PRTC Votes To Hire New VRE Head; Controversy Arises Over Selection Process

    The Washington Post reports that the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission voted 12-4 last night to hire Doug Allen as the new CEO of the Virginia Railway Express at a “base salary of $230,000, with $30,000 for moving expenses for the first year, as well as $30,000 in deferred compensation that continues through the life of the contract” and free health insurance.

    The four dissenters were Dels. Rich Anderson and Jackson Miller, Stafford County BOCS Chairman Susan Stimpson, and Spotsylvania County Supervisor Benjamin Pitts.  While none of them disputed Allen’s competency, Anderson questioned such a high salary being awarded during these tight budgetary times for state and local governments.

    Stimpson said that VRE’s hiring process was flawed. “I think the debate wasn’t rigorous enough,” she said. “Over candidates, over salary . . . the majority shut down attempts at discussion. We can’t just rubber-stamp because we want a unanimous vote.”

    Word is that PWC Brentsville Dist. Supervisor Wally Covington is the one who moved to shut down consideration of additional candidates, which apparently included someone who has even more experience than Mr. Allen, but was willing to work for a lower salary.  Prince William has the largest voting bloc on the commission with 6 seats.  All 6 of them are members of the BOCS — the only two supervisors not on the commission are Chairman Corey Stewart (who actually serves as an alternate for the county to the PRTC) and Gainesville Dist. Supervisor Pete Candland.

    It is particularly telling that the two members of the House of Delegates who serve on the commission both hail from PWC and voted against this deal.  As a long-time VRE rider and a PWC taxpayer, my personal thanks go out to Anderson, Miller, Stimpson and Pitts.  As to the others on the commission, I have no use for any of them.

    The full list of PRTC Commissioners can be viewed here.

    Stimpson Jumps In

    As we correctly speculated earlier this week, Susan Stimpson, Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors has thrown her hat into the ring for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor in 2013.

    Stimpson made her announcement via a video message to her supporters on Facebook and her website.

    Stimpson has been a friend to many of Virginia Virtucon contributors.  Of course, several of the current candidates for the nomination are friends of ours.  Stimpson joins PWC Chair Corey Stewart, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter and Sen. Steve “Wild and Crazy Guy” Martin.  There are rumors that a few others are also considering jumping in.  They include former State Sen. Jeanmarie Devolites Davis, Del. Brenda Pogge and current Victory Chairman Pete Snyder.   It will certainly be an interesting race to watch and see how many of these candidates can withstand the next 9 months of campaigning around the state.  The nominating convention will be held next summer in Richmond.

    Stimpson, in her announcement touted the success she has led in reforming Stafford County government.  When Stimpson was first elected the previous board had enacted a BPOL tax in the county, had several years in a row of raising the real estate tax rate and expanded the government’s budget.   Stimpson with a new Republican majority Board of Supervisors eliminated BPOL and have focused on reducing the tax rate that has translated to real tax cuts for Stafford taxpayers.  Her successes most certainly put her in good position to earn the support from the conservatives that will be a major voting block at the RPV convention next year.

    Virginia Virtucon is keeping it’s powder dry in terms of endorsements for 2013, instead focusing on the task at hand of electing the team of Mitt Romney / Paul Ryan and George Allen in 2012.   Stimpson is certainly a candidate we will be keeping our eye on, though.

    “Special Announcement” + “commitment to restoring our State Government” = Run For LG?

    Stafford County Board Chairman Susan Stimpson has posted the following event on Facebook:

    “Virginian’s for Values Movement” and Special Announcement
    Public Event · By Susan B. Stimpson

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

    Join us on Facebook for the special event and announcement “Virginian’s for Values Movement”. This exciting event will demonstrate my commitment to restoring our State Government to the limited role our Founders intended. Please join me to learn more about my vision for a better Virginia with more liberty and opportunity for you, your family, and your business.

    With an invite list exceeding 500, there is something to take note of with this. When you parse the language of this, “Special Announcement,” “demonstrate my commitment to restoring our State Government to the limited role our Founders intended,” and “my vision for a better Virginia with more liberty and opportunity for you, your family, and your business” it seems to all add up to a statewide run in 2013.  Given that she is not an attorney, that removes her from the AG race and with the race for Governor seemingly set between Bolling and Cuccinelli, this seems to add up to Susan Stimpson jumping in the race for Lt. Gov., joining PWC Chairman Corey Stewart, Del. Scott Lingamfelter and state Sen. Steve Martin.