I’m not a Republican, nor do I play one on TV, but if I were a Republican, a few things from 11th CD Republican congressional candidate Chris Perkins voter file (click on image to “embiggen”) would kinda make me go hmmmmm.
First off, notice that Perkins says he’s “lived in Fairfax County since 1991,” yet he didn’t vote in any election for at least a decade(1996-2007) of that period? Wonderful.
Second, since 2008, when Perkins actually did finally start voting on occasion, he still managed to not vote in any primaries (e.g., Keith Fimian vs. Pat Herrity) or municipal elections (e.g., County Board).
Third, also note that Perkins failed to vote in the 2010 general election between Rep. Gerry Connolly and Keith Fimian, an election which Connolly won by a mere 981 votes out of more than 220,000 votes cast. In other words, if 982 Republicans like Perkins had voted, instead of sitting on their butts, Keith Fimian would have defeated Gerry Connolly for Congress. As a Democrat, of course, I’m thrilled that Perkins and 981 other Republicans had better things to do than exercise their core American right (and, I’d argue, duty) to vote. If I were a Republican, though, I might not be too thrilled, nor would I be particularly inclined to support this guy for the 2012 Republican nomination. But then again, I doubt Republicans think like you and me…
P.S. Perkins did find time to support Blue Dog “Democrat” Gene Taylor of Mississippi during the final days of the 2010 campaign, including volunteering on Taylor’s campaign for two weeks! Priorities, priorities. According to the FEC, Taylor then gave Perkins $1,000 on May 13, 2011. As I said earlier — hmmmmm.