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Wednesday News: Elizabeth Guzman, Joe Kennedy Respond to Trump’s “Divisive and Misleading” SOTU; “This is not who we are”; Kill the Dominion “Rate Freeze” Bill


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, January 31.

  • I’m keeping close track of everyone – especially Democrats – who votes for Dominion’s legislative monstrosity. No excuses.


  • Andy Schmookler

    I just read that Trey Gowdy will not seek re-election, and I’m struggling to understand what that means.

    He’s a congressman from South Carolina, so I am not imagining that the Wave the Democrats are threatening would be big enough to endanger Gowdy’s re-election. So Gowdy’s retirement would not seem to be like Corker’s and Flakes, whose honesty about Trump cost them their standing with their Republican Electorate, and who therefore will not seek re-election.

    But if he’s not afraid of losing, what has moved him to retire from Congress. He always seemed to me like an ambitious show who was building up political capital in the hearts and minds of Republican crazies. After all that investment, why would he walk away from it now?

    Anybody here have an explanation to propose, and/or evidence that could be a clue?

    • Andy Schmookler

      I just read another article about Gowdy’s retirement, and it provides some plausible explanations. On State.com: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/01/trey-gowdy-former-benghazi-committee-chair-retires.html

    • Morris Meyer

      There have been a number of GOP Members of Congress with top security clearances that have opted to resign. Make of this what you will.

      • Andy Schmookler

        Do you have a hypothesis, Mr. Meyer, about what should be made of that?

        • Morris Meyer

          I think we are going through a slow roll Saturday night massacre. This wouldn’t be happening if there wasn’t anything there. Folks that have seen the TS / SCI intel that we haven’t seen know what Mueller has. Remember that the Obama administration left a package of the accumulated intelligence such that the search could be continued.

          • Quizzical

            Taking Trey at his word, he said something to the effect that he will be happier in the justice system, seeking just results.

            The implication of that is that he doesn’t expect that being a Republican in the House is going to offer that opportunity; on the contrary in Congress he would have to man the barricades for Trump. He doesn’t want that job.

    • RobertColgan

      It’s possible that Gowdy feels he has no more molehills to conquer.
      After he and his jackal friends tarnished HC and the Dems beyond polishing his work as a Congressional hitman was essentially done.

      What a useless POS he’s been since arriving in DC . . . . .I don’t want to appear coldhearted, but I wish him gone, and gone permanently from American politics.
      People like him should NEVER, EVER, NEVER be in leadership positions.

  • I’ll probably do a separate post for fundraising numbers coming in, but for now…just got this.

    VA-10 Candidate Announces Impressive Showing for 4th Quarter

    (McLean, VA) – Today, the Paul Pelletier for Congress campaign will file its first quarterly campaign finance report indicating that Pelletier has raised over $200,000. The contributions were raised between October 30, 2017, when Pelletier entered the race, through December 31, 2017. Pelletier, a former federal prosecutor for almost 30 years is running to replace Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10), a Republican who is considered one of the most vulnerable Members of Congress in the country.

    “Right out of the gate, I am incredibly grateful to so many people who have invested early in my critically important campaign,” said Pelletier. “This is a must-win seat if Democrats are going to take back the House and these early supporters know that I have the right prosecutorial experience to hold Donald Trump accountable, and to make the best case against Barbara Comstock.”

    In the filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) the campaign will report contributions of $207,044.00, expenditures of $23,099.67 and will have $183,944.33 cash on hand.

    “The support that Paul has garnered in six short weeks points to the excitement and enthusiasm for his candidacy,” stated Kim Devlin, Paul Pelletier for Congress General Consultant. “Paul’s numbers are impressive because it was such a short fundraising period. He entered the race a month into the fourth quarter and at the tail end of the competitive Virginia 2017 races that took up a great deal of public interest and financial support.

    “Paul’s supporters know that in a crowded field of good Democrats, he is the one with the best bio and background to defeat Barbara Comstock,” Devlin continued.

    After serving as a federal prosecutor for over 27 years, Pelletier retired from the Department of Justice in 2011. While at Justice, Pelletier developed a reputation as a fearless fighter who would successfully prosecute the biggest and baddest criminals, including international drug kingpins, Wall Street and banking executives and corrupt politicians, on both sides of the aisle.

    The 10th Congressional District is located in Northern Virginia and includes portions of Fairfax and Prince William Counties, all of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties and the cities of Winchester, Manassas and Manassas Park. A primary for the Democratic nomination will be held June 12, 2018.