The following is a statement just issued by the Republican Third Congressional District Committee. it will be fun watching Rep. Bobby Scott (D) defeat Chuck Smith by 70,000 votes or so this November. Actually, if this is any indication, it could be even a worse drubbing than that. Given that Rep. Bobby Scott is one of the best people in Congress, that’s something to look forward to!
Sean Devlin, Chair of the Third District GOP Candidate Committee, today announced that Chuck Smith has accepted a call to run as the Republican candidate for the House of Representatives. This announcement concludes a lengthy effort by grassroots Republican leaders from throughout the Third District to draft Smith and persuade him to take on this important challenge.
“The incumbent may call the Third District home, but he represents only Washington special interests,” said Mike Wade, Chairman of the Third District Republican Committee. “There were many fine individuals who considered running this year. I want to thank them for their decision to help draft Chuck Smith. Their decision to bring a united front to our effort means we have a chance to elect a Congressman who will actually represent us, the people of the Third District
In accepting the draft to run, Smith outlined his reasons for running. “Over the past year, spending in Washington has been out of control, and it is only getting worse,” Smith said. “We must help turn the tide by winning this congressional seat for the people. To win, we need a candidate who is conservative, principled and can provide a clear vision for voters on how to get our economy moving again. I believe I am that candidate.”
Concluding his statement, Smith added “There comes a time when our decisions must consider the Greater Good. Our purpose in life is beyond our personal immediacy, interest and goals.”
Chuck Smith is a veteran of the Marines and served as a Navy JAG. As a veteran, he understands how important our men and women are to our national security and the sacrifices their families make on a daily basis. As a community leader active with the Republican Party for many years, Smith has talked with hundreds of small business owners who are struggling under an ever-increasing number of mandates passed by this Congress. His number one goal will be to change the direction that our federal government is going in and make creating new and better jobs our national priority, second only to our national defense.
“For too long, the current representative has failed to demonstrate leadership on behalf of the citizens of the Third District,” said Chairman Wade. “We are determined to give the people the ‘best of the best’ to represent them in Congress.”
The Republican nomination will take place at a convention on May 22, 2010, in Henrico County.
The Third Congressional District encompasses the Cities of Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth, Richmond and the Counties of Charles City, Henrico, Prince George, Surry and New Kent. Mr. Smith’s complete statement of Acceptance to Draft to run is attached to this release.