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Why I Will NOT Be Supporting Courtney Lynch for Senate


This past Thursday, a Democratic friend of mine emailed me to ask what I thought about Courtney Lynch. Who’s that, you ask? As the Washington Post reports, Lynch is a “political newcomer” who “announced Wednesday that she is running against former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb (D).” The Post added that Lynch is “an officer in the Marine Corps and holds a law degree from William & Mary,” and that “she plans a campaign focused on jobs creation and fiscal responsibility.”

My initial response was simply to ask whether there was any reason I should take this candidacy seriously in any way. Among other things, I asked my friend the following questions about Lynch:

1. Who is she and what has she done?

2. Does she have any money or access to any? Kaine will have a ton.

3. Does she have any grassroots support, or likely to grow any fast?

4. Does she have any party support, or likely to gain any?

5. Does she have any support from any significant quarter?

6. Does she have any real rationale for her candidacy, like a strong progressive challenge to Kaine?

I added that, to me, #1 is important, #3 more so, and #6 is crucial. I also wrote that, if I saw a Democratic candidate who I thought a strong progressive and a serious individual with a real chance at beating George Allen, I’d strongly consider supporting them in a primary against Tim Kaine, given Kaine’s far-less-than-progressive record as Governor on issues ranging from the estate tax (he signed its repeal), the environment (he strongly supported a new coal-fired power plant in Wise County), the “transportation monstrosity” (he signed it, complete with “abuser fees” and unconstitutional “regional taxation authorities”), etc. Perhaps, I suggested, I could get behind someone like Bobby Scott, but with money (Scott’s got none, basically) and a much more serious commitment than Scott seems to have to building a strong campaign and running hard.  

Anyway, my friend encouraged me to further check out Lynch, so I went to her website. What I found did not impress me, to put it mildly. Just a few examples from her “platform” include: 1) strong support for “public-private partnerships” (meh); 2) a pledge to “lower corporate tax rates for both big and small businesses” (blech); 3) a statement that we all should “[r]ealize the value the oil and gas industry provides in jobs creation and resource supply” (you mean, like polluting the Gulf of Mexico and keeping us addicted to carbon-based fuels that are destroying our planet?); 4) support for “free trade,” but no mention of “fair trade”; 5) a pledge to “[r]esponsibly cut government spending” (wow, that’s inspiring – not!), etc.  That’s bad enough, but then there are all the things I did NOT see on her website, including  the words “environment,” “global warming,” or “climate change.”

Finally, looking at her bio, I see no evidence of any involvement in progressive or Democratic causes whatsoever. Overall, I see no sign of Courtney Lynch being any more progressive (or, to be more accurate, less conservative) than Tim Kaine. Given that, what on earth would be the rationale for her candidacy, other than the fact that she’s “a fresh face” (aka, “completely unknown”)? I’m not seeing it at all.

Nor am I seeing any sign of serious ideas, ideology, grassroots support, actual or potential political viability, a strong personal/political narrative, SOMETHING motivating her candidacy. Again, I’m seeing none of that on her website. None whatsoever. All of which is why I will NOT be supporting Courtney Lynch for Senate, as much as I’m not a big Tim Kaine (to put it mildly), but also as much as I want to make sure we hold this seat in Democratic hands, and that we keep it far FAR away from extremist nutjobs like Felix Macacawitz. So, for now, and unless/until a better option comes along, chalk me up as a Kaine supporter, albeit not a particularly enthusiastic one.

  • Dan Sullivan

    Underaccomplished and underqualified pretender.

  • I don’t say this as a put-down. But if she’s as independent as she says, why is Lynch seeking the Democratic nomination? Why seek the endorsement of the party she apparently hasn’t been involved in at all, and the party of President Obama who Lynch apparently thinks as been so bad for America?

    Also, I notice the back cover of her book had endorsements from former Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) and former Nixon administration official Tom Peters, but none from a Democrat. Obviously that’s not a crime, but … couldn’t find one Democrat to say something nice about your book, then 5 years later you expect Democrats to nominate you to be their candidate for Senate?

  • Mike1987

    In 2010 we (the collective we) elected idiots who were unknowns and untested in Congress and on the national stage. Look where we are.  Let her run for state offices or county and get some experience. I see no Democratic values or progressive values anywhere on her site.

    She might play better with that cut cut cut meme challenging Allen.

  • NewVirginia

    She was asked to commit some of her (supposedly large) fortune to the state elections but has not been heard from.

    She was also told about the Vogel Senate race and other Delegate races that would need possible charismatic candidates and “self-financers” on the Dem side — and she ignored them as well.

    NewVirginia is not one to say that experience is necessary for elected office — but party activity and support for previous Dem officeholders and activities is good when there is little else — especially if you decide to “primary” a powerhouse Dem candidate.  

  • listlady

    in one Democratic primary (presidential 2008).

  • DanielK

    I first got involved in Virginia local politics very deeply in 2009 with my local union where I got to meet an incredible amount of great Democratic candidates to include some new ones who ran for the first time like Mark Keam for example.  One thing I noticed with nearly every one that I met was the they have solid credentials with the Democratic Party at the local, state and even national level.  Each of them had without a doubt “done their time” in the trenches for other candidates and their party.  This is the first time I’ve heard of her besides a short article in the Washington Post a little while back.  

    Now, running for Senate is a major task and in my opinion not something for a first time candidate with no real Democratic credentials or experience with campaigns.  In my opinion, right now we need some candidates running at the state and local level since it appears the DPVA is leaving many seats uncontested, especially at the House level. Maybe she thinks that is beneath her but could have a great effect on her political future.  The Senate race against George Allen or Jaime Radkte is going to be one where Democrats need a candidate with a proven record of running strong campaigns and have proven they can win when things get rough.

    Just my thoughts for what they’re worth….

  • totallynext

    Rep can’t win in nova they are putting up bullshit candidates  

  • Va Breeze

    website offers few clues..

    got a postcard today-never heard of him