Results of the straw poll tonight following the Mt. Zion Baptist Church debate in Arlington were: Lavern Chatman 42, Patrick Hope 37, Bill Euille 35, Don Beyer 25 and Adam Ebbin 25, Mark Levine 24, (Republican) Micah Edmond 9, Derek Hyra 5. I’m frankly appalled that anyone would vote for Chatman given her “fraudulent conveyance” shenanigans (ripping off nursing home employees – yikes) and her strong support for North Carolina’s horrendous, Teapublican Governor Pat McCrory. Do people who voted for her not know these things? Perhaps it’s time for the other candidates to start calling her out? Also, I am really not a fan of pure identity politics (e.g., “vote for me because I’m a race/ethnicity/gender/sexual orientation.” As far as I can tell, that’s Chatman’s entire campaign at this point, and it’s pathetic.
P.S. Also, see video from the debate in the comments section. Note that I focused on my personal “Final Four” candidates – Hope, Ebbin, Beyer, Levine.