Jaime Dominates Debate as Barbara Storms Out, Refuses to Shake Hands!

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    (UPDATE: NLS has more here on the “Disgrace.” – promoted by lowkell)

    (photo courtesy of Fairfax Young Democrats) Just left the Great Falls debate. Unlike the first debate that was really more of a forum, the candidates definitely engaged each other this time.

    Barbara started out negative by lying about Jaime’s record with Sen. Whipple and repeating the whisper campaign that he was just an intern.  Jaime did an excellent job rebutting this by reading directly from Senator Whipple’s “Whipple Report,” where Senator Whipple herself stated that he was her Policy Advisor and went on to give specific examples of what he did as the Policy Advisor where he was only one of two non-Senators present at various meetings. Barbara — will you publicly retract your statement and tell your campaign to do so now that Whipple herself wrote that he was her Policy Advisor?

    Jaime did a great job of pointing out differences between the two and had much better control of the issues. For example, Favola, despite having the endorsement of the Women’s Campaign Forum, got her facts wrong on the legislative history of protecting pro-choice rights. Jaime corrected her error and also pointed out that Favola has refused to be clear on her position on supporting Sen. Phil Puckett, who does not support a women’s right to choose, for caucus chair.

    In her closing, Barbara focused on Jaime’s campaign mailers, lied about calling Jaime a Republican, and then stormed off and refused to shake hands (I hope someone has video of this).  She continues to be blind and refuses to address the fact that there is an appearance of impropriety, which is why she should resign from the Board, or at least return the money.

    Overall, a great performance for Jaime that should reinforce why he is the better candidate.

    UPDATE #1 by Lowell: Catherine Read reports, “Favola used her closing arguments to call Jaime a liar and then refused to shake his hand at the conclusion of the forum. Did I drop the “B” word? Oh yes I did! BAD FORM! Doesn’t reflect well on those that endorsed her either.” Rebecca Jaramillo adds, “It was a shocking moment in Virginia politics. People were walking around, looking like lost souls. And Favola’s “interns” were sitting in their chairs, wondering what the heck to do! They finally left — and left all their campaign material. Weird.”

    UPDATE #2 by Lowell: Catherine Read adds, “…Jaime Areizaga-Soto did a great job in his opening statement. Favola was characteristically arrogant in dismissing Jaime’s work in Richmond – which seems to be her core campaign strategy. Jaime countered her deftly using Whipple’s own title of advisor.”

    UPDATE #3 by Lowell: The Virginia Partisans – LGBT Dems of VA have endorsed Jaime for Senate.

    In this race we have two candidates who we know will vote on the side of equality and serve the LGBT community well. Jaime Areizaga-Soto stands out, however, for making equality a core part of his campaign from its inception. He has demonstrated that our issues are a top priority and he will focus on them while serving his constituents in Richmond. In addition, as a member of the Latino community, Jaime offers a unique perspective that is very much similar to that of our own community.

     

    • GAida

      this is dead on, witnessing Barbara’s tactless/childish huff n puff at Jaime when he tried to shake her hand after the debate was the ugliest thing I’ve seen in Virginia Politics and that’s really saying something.

    • truthteller

      That is really solid. I hope Mary Margaret and Barb will at least retract what they said. Calling Jaime an intern is petulant at best

    • NewVirginia

      A few interesting observations:

      1.  Favola stomped off, without shaking Jaime’s hand — right after a local Dem tried to reiterate that ALL would work together after the primary —

      I THINK IT WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR SOMEONE TO GET MS. FAVOLA ON THE RECORD AS TO WHETHER SHE PLANS TO SUPPORT JAIME IF HE IS THE WINNER OF THE 23 AUGUST PRIMARY.

      2.  Ms. Favola left the room — too upset to speak with any of the many people who had come to the event. She also left her “posse” of young helpers (“interns,” dare I say?) and all her campaign material. The youngsters eventually filed out, looking sheepish. I am told that the material has been saved and may be claimed when Favola likes.

      Like another poster, I have never seen a display of temper such as Ms. Favola showed tonight. Eyes were rolling. Sighs escaped her angry mouth. And, yes some members of the audience where upset and angry — especially when Ms. Favola continued to lie about Jaime being an “intern,” they were not candidates and had no real need to “rise above it all.” But, Ms. Favola displayed a bad temper and a bad level of sportsmanship with I have never seen in politics — outside of a high school.

      Anyone who has endorsed her should consider retracting their endorsements now. Whatever made someone endorse her int her past is now a thing of the past. Ms. Favola is “damaged goods.”