Statement From Rich Anthony


    Well, this is a bummer:

    Dear Friends,

    It is with great disappointment that I must announce that I will no longer be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the United States Congress in the 10th district of Virginia.

    Over the past 3-4 weeks I have been experiencing a reoccurrence of a back injury I suffered years ago.  While I attempted to push through the pain and continue on, I found myself in an orthopedic surgeon’s office on Monday.  He gave me the news I hoped I would never hear, I need to have surgery on my back.  

    After discussing all of my options, I was told that postponing the surgery until after the election could result in permanent nerve damage.  The best case scenario puts my recovery at 4 to 6 weeks.  During that time I would not be able to actively campaign.  With only 8 weeks until the election, such a time frame simply does not allow me to run an effective primary campaign.  So, in conjunction with my doctor and my family, I have come to the sad conclusion that I must end my campaign for congress in Virginia’s 10th district.

    The decision is disappointing, and was difficult to make. I truly feel that with my background in economic and workforce development and my strong message of getting our economy on the right track would have made me a strong alternative to Frank Wolf in the fall. But I believe this is the best decision for my family and me.  

    I want to thank all of my supporters, my staff and my family for all of their help.  I can’t put into words how much it has meant to me personally.  I will contact as many of you as I can in the days ahead.

    Once my treatment is complete I intend to do everything I can to support Jeff Barnett’s campaign and focus on our ultimate objective, defeating Frank Wolf in the Fall.

    All my best,


    Richard Anthony

    I’ll have more to say about this race in coming days. For now, let me just encourage everyone to support Jeff Barnett, a strong progressive (see my Blue Virginia interview with Jeff here) like Rich Anthony.

    • Back pain is extemely debilitating. I hope everything goes well and you are soon fully pain free and healthy.  Dems need you!

      Now we all must see what we can do to help Jeff defeat Frank Wolf!

    • Elaine in Roanoke

      Treatment for that sort of injury can’t be postponed. What a fine man to realize that he can’t jeopardize a candidacy by “taking a vacation” from campaigning. (I wish all Democratic candidates realized that. Enuff said.)

    • jack

      I’ve dealt with back pain myself, and am sorry to hear of Mr. Anthony’s needing surgery.  I hope it goes well.

    • jack

      Well, I really don’t think he’s going to win over many independents and moderate Republicans with this platform.

      “Under current laws, wealthy Americans now pay a smaller percentage of their income and capital gains than the middle class.”

      That is just WRONG.  The CBO has the real numbers:

      In 2001, the top quintile shouldered 52.3% of the federal tax burden.  That rose to 69.3% by 2006, up 32.5%.

      Meanwhile, the tax burden for the middle quintile went from 14.2% to 13.2%, DOWN 7%.  In fact, the tax burden for all quintiles except the top went down:

      1st: DOWN 9.3%

      2nd: DOWN 8.7%

      3rd: DOWN 7.0%

      4th: DOWN 6.3%

      5th: UP  32.5%

      How much of the tax burden SHOULD the top quintile pay?  80%? 90%? ALL of it?