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Justin Fairfax for AG at Brigades Mtg.

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I haven't had a lot to blog about but I am so glad to present Justin Fairfax, running for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General of Virginia in 2013. This year Democrats are blessed and cursed to have excellent candidates running for statewide office (and the past and current crop of Republicans are such a disaster). Blessed we have such great people running but cursed that we have to make a choice.

Below are my reasons for supporting Justin Fairfax for Attorney General. Let me know what you think. Justin is one of the most talented candidates I've met in Virginia and 1-on-1, he is the best and that goes for all current and past elected officials I’ve met. If you get a chance to talk to him for just 2 minutes I’m confident you will be sold. Justin engages people without hesitation. He listens carefully and he responds to what you have to say or ask. He has an amazing memory and can handle complicated, 3 part questions and answer each one brilliantly (watch the second video). I have a post-it note on my mirror that says: Good morning, your name is Todd Smyth.

Justin was fantastic at our Brigades meeting this last Thursday and I barely got my camera charged in time to take this video to share (my camera ran out of juice just as he finished). I broke the video in 2 parts. The first is Justin’s presentation and the second is the Q&A. Brigades members ask tough questions and Justin knocked them out of the park. Please watch both video clips and give Justin your serious consideration.

Justin makes it clear that the job of Attorney General is to fight for and protect our rights, not restrict them like our current AG has. The AG is not supposed to spend all their time investigating college professors for teaching science or restricting people's personal decisions or suppressing voters like Republicans do. The AG is our advocate in Richmond to stand up and fight for the people against the special interests, not turn a blind eye while the banks rip us off. Justin will clearly be our advocate in Richmond and that is why I am supporting him.

I like Sen. Herring a great deal and I think he would make a good Attorney General but if he were to win the general election, his Senate seat would be vacant for months while a special election was held and it’s not clear we would hold that seat in an off cycle, winter, special election, with no spending limits. This seems like a big problem to me? I am more than a little concerned about handing over the Senate to Republicans, even for a short period of time. We've already seen how they tried to redistrict the entire state with just one seat vacant for one day this past January.

I would also make the point that President Obama won Virginia twice because young and minority voters came out to vote in record numbers and they came out in large part because President Obama is a young and minority candidate. We can not rely on the failed and too often repeated mistake of expecting a few Republicans (who voted for Mitt Romney last year) to vote for our candidates this year. We need a statewide ticket that reflects the great diversity of people who live in Virginia so we can get the maximum number of people out to vote and pick up seats in the House of Delegates this year. Justin can reach out to these voters and I hope you will join me in supporting Justin Fairfax for Attorney General in the Democratic primary on June 11, 2013. And please vote for Justin at Congressman Connolly's St. Patrick's Day party on March 17th.

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  • Paradox13VA

    For what it’s worth, we’ll be able to hold Mark’s seat. There are at least two or three really great, and well-known Democrats in the area who are interested in ensuring we keep that seat blue if/when Mark becomes Attorney General. Furthermore the seat has an over 50% DPI now. And Sen. Kaine won that district by 58%!

    Of course the absolute key to holding any seat, or growing our majority in the Senate in the next four years will be Governor  Terry McAuliffe.

    (In the interests of full disclosure, I’m the Loudoun Chair)

  • howardc1

    I’m still leaning to supporting my state Senator Mark Herring. Although I am concerned about the risk of losing a Senate seat, that by itself should not disqualify a candidate from seeking a higher or different office, if that were the case, one, John Kerry would not be Secretary of State, and two, no democrat currently in the state senate could ever run for something else. That said, it will be a factor in my decision. I watched the first video of Justin, I like what he said, but there are a lot more issues than what I call “mom and pop” issues like “public safety” and “economic security” that I am concerned about. What are his views on uranium mining in VA, transportation, repeal of the TRAP legislation, and voter protection? Mark has spoken and acted forcefully on all of these, so I know where he stands. We are, however, lucky to have two excellent candidates for AG, either of which will do a great job and be a HUGE improvement over what we now have.

  • ToddSmyth

    I should have included in the post that healthy and diverse primaries can be good for us. Five Democratic campaigns, getting out a Democratic message across the state can be better than three. While Republicans are busy fighting over who can give away more to the rich, restrict women more, suppress and persecute minorities more our Democrats will be talking about investing in and protecting the middle class, equality, and social justice. This will help get our volunteers mobilized and alert more people about the importance of this election year.

    One of the main reasons we are going to win this year compared to 2009 is because people had not yet seen the wreckage caused by radical Tea Party Republicans, focused on controlling women and suppressing voters. They made Virginia a national laughing stock and the people of Virginia are not going to forget that and we are not going to let them forget it. Having 5 statewide campaigns on the ground, reminding people about this is a good thing.

  • Virginia_Dem

    I don’t usually comment, but I just wanted to point out how ridiculous this argument is.

    The job of Attorney General is way too important to make a choice based around whether or not we can hold this person’s Senate seat. Have you all not seen what Ken Cuccinelli has done for the last four years?

    At the very least, this is the second most important job in the state. We need the person that is the best qualified and someone who we know where they stand in regards to choice, equality, protecting our citizens, etc. We also need someone who can win in the urban crescent. I just can’t understand anyone arguing for someone who has no background or experience, just because the other person has a Senate seat that MAY be difficult to hang on to. Absolutely absurd.

    I also think the comments  here illustrate that folks may not have been paying too close of attention over the last few years. Let’s not forget that Republicans have pushed through a bunch of items even with 20 Dem Senators (the transvaginal ultrasound bill passed with 20 Democratic Senators). If we really want to stop this stuff, we need to make sure Terry McAuliffe is the next Governor (which your points make the assumption he won’t be).