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Go Jeff Go; Coleman Wins GOP Primary
McWaters Mounts The Cannons On The Hill
Republican State Sen. Jeff McWaters, a Southeast Virginia health care entrepreneur and accomplished business executive is seriously evaluating a U.S. Senate bid to take on the popular and effusive Mark Warner (D-VA) in 2014.
He made that clear on our radio program on Thursday.
We encourage Senator McWaters to get in the race.
His entry would immediately line him up as the favorite to capture the GOP nomination over lesser known and underfunded candidates who have no chance of defeating the former Va. Governor, while risking the Party‘s further lurch toward political and electoral oblivion.
The Republican Party of Virginia desperately needs a statewide candidate at the top of their 2014 ticket who can bring disparate conservative and moderate factions together, heal the wounds of 2013, mount a serious challenge to Warner and emphasize economics, jobs and Obamacare in lieu of the more narrow social engineering agenda that pummeled the state wide candidates in the last cycle.
As tough as it will be to unseat a very powerful Mark Warner, his primary vulnerability is the fact that he cast the tie-breaking vote that foisted Obamacare on Virginians and the nation.
Who better to take on Warner on the issue of Obamacare than McWaters – an entrepreneur who built one of the most successful health care companies in America?
In 1994 McWaters formed AMERIGROUP where he served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer from its founding until his retirement as Chairman of the Board of Directors in May 2008.
Under McWaters’ leadership, AMERIGROUP was twice named Fortune magazine’s “Best Managed Companies” and listed as one of America’s “Most Admired Companies.”
AMERIGROUP was also the first company to have an IPO after September 11, 2001 and today is a Fortune 300 company.
McWaters would have to capture the GOP nomination by winning a majority of delegates at the Party’s nominating convention in Roanoke on June 7.
Note to Jeff: go for it.
Coleman Captures GOP State Senate Nod in Sixth
Fiscally conservative Norfolk maritime entrepreneur and businessman Wayne Coleman swamped two opponents and won the Republican nomination for the sixth district state senate race in a canvass primary on Thursday.
Coleman will face off in a special election against Democratic nominee Del. Linwood Lewis to determine – at least in the short term – control of the Virginia state senate.
Gov. Bob McDonnell will soon set the date for the election.
Coleman won with 54 percent of the vote. Unofficial results: Coleman 1644, Richard Ottinger 1249, John Coggeshall 173.
The GOP Norfolk establishment had quietly lined up behind Ottinger, a commercial litigation lawyer.
They took it on the chin last night when Coleman, the outsider businessman defeated their preferred candidate on the strength of an old fashioned shoe-leather and analog telephone ground game.
Coleman mobilized a grassroots volunteer group that knocked on doors and made personal phone calls.
This proved more effective than Ottinger political consultant driven effort, seen as slick by some.
Coleman goes into the race as an underdog to Lewis.
The Democrats garnered over 1,800 more votes in their Saturday firehouse primary than the GOP candidates did.
We are installing Lewis as the morning line favorite at minus 7 points over Coleman.
If I had to wager early, I’d take the 7 with Coleman. The race will be closer but Lewis goes in favored by a touchdown.
It’s the Democrats race to lose.
Wayne Coleman is scheduled to appear on our radio program this morning at 8:40 a.m.
GOP state senate leader Tommy Norment joins us at 7:10 a.m.
Davis: It’s The Economy, Stupid
A group of North Virginia Republicans say they have had enough.
Former U.S. Rep. Tom Davis — who from 1998 to 2002 led the House Republicans’ Congressional campaign committee — is leading a new effort to create an organization dedicated to nominating GOP candidates who he says will be less extreme on social issues and be more electable.
Davis also wants the Virginia Republican Party to return to using a primary to select nominees, rather than a party convention.
Davis’ wife, Jeannemarie Davis ran unsuccessfully for Lt. Gov. last year, finishing next to last on the first convention ballot, eventually won by E.W. Jackson.
Businessman and entrepreneur Pete Snyder finished second in the balloting.
In an odd twist, Ms. Davis endorsed Jackson over Snyder and others and urged her supporters to vote for Jackson on the second ballot, even though he represented exactly what Mr. Davis says is the crux of GOP problem now.
Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows.
U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell to Host The John Fredericks Show on Tuesday, November 26, 2013
We are excited to announce the Congressman Scott Rigell (R-VA/2) will be guest hosting the John Fredericks Radio Show on Tuesday, November 26 from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.