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Obenshain, a Reason to Vote in Virginia Tuesday

November 4th, 2013 - 4:44 am

If you are looking for a reason to vote in Virginia on Tuesday, attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain provides it.

While much of the focus on the race has been on Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli, Obenshain has quietly built a lead over his Democrat opponent.

That’s not surprising.  Obenshain is an active defender of limited government and the rule of law.   He has fought for election integrity over the last several legislative sessions, serving as the point person in the Virginia Senate on election legislation.  He has even opposed fellow Republican senators who were willing to compromise with Democrats in the Senate to weaken election integrity by allowing convicted felons to vote with no questions asked.

He accomplishes this principled approach to governance with a gentle and courteous demeanor.

But his courtesy should not be mistaken for compromise.  He was the Senate sponsor of the law to restore property rights and restrict eminent domain.  He was behind the repeal of the estate tax in Virginia and won mandatory life sentences for child rapists (which of course leads to the question of why there weren’t already life sentences for this crime).

Obenshain has been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, an endorsement more valuable than those from chambers of commerce, as far as I am concerned.  The NFIB tends to reflect main street America in ways chambers of commerce no longer do.

Obenshain is trouncing his opponent in raising campaign funds.

Best of all, he intends to do what few lawyers do — to clip the wings of outside lawyers retained by the attorney general’s office. He wants to establish caps on fees charged by outside law firms retained by the attorney general’s office.  The office sometimes retains outside counsel for special matters such as redistricting or larger litigation.  In the past, distribution of this work was not transparent, and often went to a few larger and predictably connected firms.  Obenshain wants to revolutionize the process, putting out these contracts to competitive and open bid.

Once again, one wonders why it wasn’t always done that way.

Republicans on Tuesday will be saddled by a governor embroiled in ethical controversy.  In a year when the GOP faces a headwind, Mark Obenshain provides Virginians a reason to turn out Tuesday.

Don’t miss this preview of the Virginia and New Jersey governor’s races.

 

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A story is just breaking this morning (http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/11/libertarian_con_in_virginia_governors_race_revealed.html) --when it can't be widely enough distributed to effect the election--alleging that it was a major Democratic contributor and wealthy Obama bundler who was the major donor to the Libertarian Booster PAC, which paid for the people who collected the signatures that got the Libertarian candidate on the ballot i.e. the Libertarian's candidacy is a Democratic "dirty trick," designed to "split" the conservative vote and to siphon off enough votes from Cucinelli so that McAuliffe can win.
42 weeks ago
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Obenshain's father, Richard "Dick" Obenshain, was one of a handful of people outside his California inner circle that Reagan trusted. He had won the Republican nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat and was on the way to victory and a long career of bringing conservative principles to DC, but he died in a plane crash during the campaign. A hastily covened emergency convention nominated the primary runner-up, John Warner, and Virginia's influence in the Senate has never been what it might have been.

I hope the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
42 weeks ago
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Amen to all the "Please vote" comments. This is a no-brainer. McCauliflower is pure poison, and defeating him would be stuffing it up Obama's nose. What's not to like?

BTW, the Virginia Citizen's Defense League has it at a dead heat.

Obenshain was my delegate until a redistricting. He's very good. Jackson is superb. Cooch is very good. Even if he were a RINO this would be a no-brainer!

VOTE!
42 weeks ago
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And then vote for Cuchinelli too. Terry McAuliffe represents the most cynical crap that occurred during the Clinton administration. Don't allow him to be the governor of Virginia.
42 weeks ago
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Unbelievable that the people of Virginia are likely to elect an ethically challenged Governor. This will not end well for McAuliffe.
43 weeks ago
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Did you miss Mark Levin tonight? McAwful has outspent the Cooch by 8-1 and in commercials 28-1. The GOP has left Cooch high and dry. The dems are paying a "pretend Libertarian" to further split the vote. Planned Barrenhood, La Raza, SEIU, etc., have descended on VA and are pouring $$ in the McAwful coffers.
42 weeks ago
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E.W. Jackson running for Lieutenant Governor is the one that would be a phenomenal win for Republicans after Cuccinelli. Go find some videos of him speaking at the Values Forum or accepting the nomination. This black man is on fire. And his message is so clear it might even get through to Charles Krauthammer, though I am sure he would be offended on many accounts. But, if Jackson wins you will hear of him in the future. And he has more courage than all the leadership of the Republican establishment combined.
43 weeks ago
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Please vote. Here is your chance to scare the crap out of a politician.
Cast your vote and do it in a meaningful way. Make a decision that has impact now and for a long time.
43 weeks ago
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Please vote. This is a critical time and people have said that voting really doesn't matter. Here is your time to scare the crap out of a politician. Just take the time and think about casting your vote in a meaningful manner.
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