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Lynch has Experience That Matters

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I find it surprising that no one is paying much attention to Courtney Lynch. Lynch recently announced that she is going to run against Tim Kaine for the Dem’s nomination to run in 2012. Because she’s a newcomer to politics, insiders in VA are dismissing her. Yet 2012 is going to be the year of the political outsider. Voters want people who they believe are real leaders and regular people. The more I learn about Courtney Lynch the more I believe she’s what voters will want.

Lynch built a successful small business from scratch, she led Marines (and has served during the current conflict) took care of her grandma in her home for eight years, is a lawyer and a mom. Experience can’t get any more real than that. Plus, she has a tremendous personality that will light up the campaign trail. I’ve seen her on the network shows – she can hold her own. And, I’ve heard she’s a powerful speaker. Right now voters are very frustrated with those they perceive have built their careers in public office. Our party would be smart to pay attention to Courtney- she can engage voters in new ways. She’s paid her dues- in life- and served our nation in uniform.

Sure, everyone is bracing for the Goliath vs. Goliath battle for the Senate seat in 2012. Let’s not forget the underdog- she’s just what we need to turn around the exodus from the Democratic Party in VA. We need to attract a new generation of voters.

  • A few questions and comments 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? Doesn’t seem like it.

    4. Does she have any party support, or likely to gain any? Doesn’t seem like it.

    5. Does she have any support from any significant quarter? Doesn’t seem like it.

    6. Does she have any substantive rationale for her candidacy, like a strong progressive challenge to Kaine? So far, about all I can see is that she loves Virginia, veterans, small businesses, seniors, children, bright futures, puppies, and sunshine.

    7. She describes herself as “fiscally conservative and socially moderate” No thanks.

    8. I’ve heard people say that she’s just trying to promote her consulting business. Any comment?

    9. She says we should “[r]ealize the value the oil and gas industry provides in jobs creation and resource supply.” No, that’s ok, thank you.

    10. She says she’s a big fan of “free trade.” I’m more of a “fair trade” person myself. Meh.

    11. She says we should “lower corporate tax rates for both big and small businesses.” Yipee.

    12. She’s a big fan of “public-private partnerships.” Meh.

    13. She says, “By adopting rigorous common core state standards that can be implemented with local

    creativity and responsiveness, we’ll be better prepared to serve all students effectively.” I’m not a fan of this.

    14. I don’t see a single mention of the words “environment,” “global warming,” or “climate change” on her website. That’s a huge problem, as those are extremely high-priority issues, absolutely critical yet off Lynch’s radar screen?!?

    15. There’s no evidence of any previous involvement in progressive or Democratic causes. That’s not encouraging at all.

    Bottom line: I’m looking for some sign of serious ideas, ideology, SOMETHING motivating a person’s candidacy.  I’m looking, as I’ve already said, for SOME sign of grassroots and/or other support. I’m looking for SOME sign of political viability, either actual or potential. I’m looking for a personal/political narrative that has power and resonance.  Again, I’m seeing none of that here. None whatsoever.

    P.S. Also, as Karen “Anonymous is a Woman” wrote, “I hear a lot of buzz words suitable for a resume or marketing brochure (and I don’t mean that as a compliment). But where is the substance? The beef? What new ideas do you have? What plans to solve our problems? Where do you stand on actual issues? Why should I support you? Where are a few specifics so that I know what you stand for? All I see here are vague platitudes.”

    Exactly.

  • alyssam

    With Courtney’s resume, it’s not surprising that people want to learn more about her. Courtney’s running to challenge the status quo in Congress. Three out of every four Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track, and one of the first steps to take in changing that is to re-examine our leadership. While Courtney has both a business and legal background that will prove helpful in understanding complex policy issues, she is not a career politician. She can bring a fresh perspective to our federal legislature; one built on thoughtful deliberation and compromise. Courtney is a business leader, a mother, and a veteran. She brings a unique experience of leadership and political acumen to the table, without the years of entrenchment in our often under-handed political system.

    Furthermore, while she may be somewhat fiscally conservative, she’s also the most socially progressive candidate on the ticket. Courtney is vocally pro-choice and vocally supports marriage equality. At the end of the day, part of Courtney’s strength, and part of what differentiates her from other candidates, is that she is not a career politician. While I myself am a Virginia Democrat, I am not discouraged by her lack of work with the party. I have listened to her values and policies, and believe we share several of these in common. She is also working with the party as much as they will allow to conduct this campaign, and she will support the winner of the primary, whatever the outcome. She deserves our consideration as a legitimate candidate.