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BREAKING: Rep. Tom Garrett Quits After All; Who Might Replace Him On the Ballot? [UPDATED Tuesday AM]

Jill Vogel? Martha Boneta? Nick Freitas? Rob Bell? Bill Stanley? Other?

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UPDATED Tuesday 12:18 pm: With Rob Bell announcing he’s not running, I’ve got the following as candidates – Del. Michael Webert, Martha Boneta, Jim McKelvey. We’ll see about Sen. Bill Stanley, but I’m hearing he’s probably not running. Also possibly Michael Del Rosso and Sen. Bryce Reeves.

UPDATED Tuesday AM

Audio: Del. Michael Webert (R-18th) announces big for VA-05 GOP nomination, emphasizes how hard core he is on guns and against Medicaid expansion. Barf. He’s also against what he calls “amnesty” for immigrants.

Audio: Trumpster Jim McKelvey announces bid for VA-05 GOP nomination

Audio: Martha Boneta says she considers the fifth “to be family.” Says she wasn’t intending to run, but after lots of “thoughts and prayers” and encouragement in the last 24/48 hours, she is “right now…inclined to throw my hat in.” She also says she “love[s] Tom Garrett with all my heart.” She says Trump “has done more for our country than other president in the period of time he’s been in office.” Hahahahahahahaha. “We need the most viable candidate that is going to CRUSH the opposition.” “The establishment doesn’t want a candidate they can’t control.” “I don’t want to play [the woman] card.”

Right-wing radio host John Fredericks says Jill Vogel NOT running, “nominee likely decided by 36 unit chairs”

Denver Riggleman announces for VA-05, vows to “drag the swamp monsters to dry land” – I guess he means Trump and his corrupt gang? LOL

State Sen. Bryce Reeves compares Tom Garrett to Paul, Philippians 1:27, says he will “monitor” VA-05 nominations process “a conservative candidate who will win in November”

Yep, guess who’s running…Martha Boneta in VA-05…and she doesn’t like us calling her out for all the extremists and scumbags she hangs with (see photos of her with Sheriff Clarke, Dick Black, Michael Flynn, Eric Trump, Sebastian Gorka, etc.)

The other day, I wrote a post urging Rep. Tom Garrett (R-VA05) to hang in there, because we Democrats would loooove to have a weakened, scandal-ridden Republican incumbent to run against this summer/fall. Sadly – but not at all surprisingly, given all the rumors flying around out there about him, plus the chatter over on the Virginia Freedom Caucus Facebook page about “more shoes to drop,” etc. – Garrett didn’t take my advice and instead just announced that he’s outta there after all. 🙁

Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-Va.) announced Monday that he is struggling with alcoholism and will abandon his run for a second term in Congress so he can focus on recovery and his family.

Garrett, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, is the 44th Republican to retire or announce they will not seek reelection to the House this year, according to CNN’s retirement tracker. Many are leaving in anticipation of a strong Democratic performance in Congressional races this fall and out of frustration with partisan politics in Washington.

So that leaves VA-05 Republicans with the job of finding a substitute candidate to run against Democratic nominee Leslie Cockburn. A few names I’ve heard bandied about are (in descending order of likelihood): 1) far-right-wing activist Martha Boneta, 2) Del. Rob Bell (R-58th), 3) State Sen. Jill Vogel (R-27th), who was the GOP nominee for Lt. Governor in 2017; and 4) Del. Nick Freitas (assuming he loses to Corey Stewart on June 12; also note that he lives just outside VA-05, which would complicate matters).

As for State Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-17th), another name I’ve heard bandied about, he was at Garrett’s bizarre press conference the other day) in solidarity his buddy. However, this might be more because – as rumor has it – that Reeves is likely going to get primaried in 2019, that he is terrified of it, and that he showed up with Garrett to show support and to make sure to be in the spotlight. So while it might make sense that Reeves would jump ship from the State Senate for the VA-05 congressional nomination, as it’s quite possible he won’t be a State Senator after 2019, it’s doubtful he will actually do so from what I’m hearing.

Personally, my money is on either Vogel or Boneta as the likely frontrunner to replace Garrett on the ballot. We already know a lot about Vogel – none of it good (other than her getting trounced by Democrat Justin Fairfax) – since she ran for Lt. Governor last year. To give you an idea of what we’re dealing with when it comes to Boneta, see below for some photos of her with a variety of far-right figures. Also see this article, which talks about a September 2016 event with Trump running mate Mike Pence “headlin[ing] ‘Pumpkins and Politics,’ a celebration of agriculture, property rights and conservative values at Martha Boneta’s Liberty Farm in Paris.” Charming, eh?

UPDATE: The WaPo also mentions Sen. Bill Stanley (R-20th), plus “Tech executive Michael Del Rosso and businessman and developer Jim McKelvey.” Another name I just heard is Denver Riggleman.

Boneta (far right – heh) with Del. Nick Freitas and his wife, Tina.

Boneta (again, far right – lol) with State Sen. Dick Black (Extremist R) and 2017 Virginia GOP Attorney General nominee John Adams
Boneta with Sebastian Gorka…yeah, this guy

Boneta with VP Mike Pence

Boneta with extremist nutjob Wayne LaPierre of the NRA

Boneta with two real winners, Rep. Dave Brat (R-V07) and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA01)

Boneta with slimeball/felon Bob McDonnell
Boneta with our fold pal “Felix Macacawitz”

Boneta with one of the craziest, more f’ed-up people in America. As one person wrote on her Facebook page: “[Sheriff David] Clarke is insane, a complete nut case. Take it from someone who lives in Wisconsin and the Milwaukee area. This guy belongs in a straight jacket, locked up in a padded room where he can’t hurt himself or anyone else. Ask him to explain all the recent deaths in his jail? Ask him why he’s not here doing his job? He’s looking for a new job because he’s being investigated here and there’s not a chance that he’ll get reelected.”

Boneta with Bryce Reeves

Boneta with Ewwww Jackson

Boneta with Jill Vogel

Boneta with Qusay…er, Eric Trump – lol

Boneta with the disgraceful, disgraced Gen. Michael Flynn

  • Henry Howell

    What a wonderful collection of great photos!
    Shouldn’t they be gifted as an album?

    • Hahahaha, aren’t they though? 🙂

  • Marc Sher

    Wonder how this will affect Vogel’s upcoming vote on Medicaid expansion (she’s wavering). Vote yes and piss off the committee deciding the nominee, vote no and piss off lots of voters in November.

    • bluevirginia

      Interesting point….good question!

  • Jason Peterson

    Cynthia Dunbar lives about 50′ from the 5CD in Forest. Could we be so lucky?

  • old_redneck

    Regardless, the RPV has a problem:
    — Too late to get someone on the primary ballot for June 12 primary
    — Write-ins not permitted in primary elections
    — Deadline for a non-primary candidate to file for the November general is June 12

    Meanwhile, over on The Bull(shitting) Elephant, Martha Boneta is proud of her association with great Americans such as the sheriff from Wisconsin and Sebastian Gorka while at Barely Adrift, everyone is bamboozled about what to do.

  • Yep, guess who’s running…Martha Boneta in VA-05…and she doesn’t like us calling her out for all the extremists and scumbags she hangs with (see photos of her with Sheriff Clarke, Dick Black, Michael Flynn, Eric Trump, etc.)

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/bonetafredericks.jpg
    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/bonetafredericks2.jpg

  • State Sen. Bryce Reeves compares Tom Garrett to Paul, Philippians 1:27, says he will “monitor” VA-05 nominations process “a conservative candidate who will win in November”

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/brycereevestweets.jpg

  • Denver Riggleman announces for VA-05, vows to “drag the swamp monsters to dry land” – I guess he means Trump and his corrupt gang? LOL

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/rigglemancongress.jpg

  • Right-wing radio host John Fredericks says Jill Vogel NOT running, “nominee likely decided by 36 unit chairs”

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/fredericksva05.jpg

  • bluevirginia
  • bluevirginia

    Audio: VA GOP Chair John Whitbeck explains VA-05 GOP nomination process…also continues the lying smear of Leslie Cockburn as supposed “anti-Semite,” something David Jonas and I totally demolished weeks ago.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrx-Avy0RAU

  • bluevirginia

    Hahahaha, this is funny from the Virginia Freedom Caucus page:

    “I would hereby like to announce that Peter McShabaz — whom nobody has ever heard of — will be a candidate for U.S. Congress in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. In what is expected to be 1 of 4,372 candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the seat of retiring Tom Garrett, Peter McShabaz will gather his 5 friends at the Arby’s to organize McShabaz’s campaign for Congress. The plan is for those 5 friends to each find 5 more friends, and each of them to find 5 more friends, etc., until 37 billion Virginia voters can be recruited to vote for Peter McShabaz in the special election for Congress. Can’t lose. The plan involves eating at Arby’s a lot.”

  • OrangeDem

    Why would Reeves face a primary challenge? Hard to imagine anyone being more conservative than him

    • bluevirginia

      My VA-05 sources tell me that Reeves is all about him, his ego, and that “people hate him”

      • OrangeDem

        Thanks. Kind of sounds like the Cantor effect all over again. Just like that in primary, I will gleefully vote for whoever decides to challenge Reeves.

  • Laura

    Just when I had all but forgotten about Boneta and the havoc she wreaked on land conservationists in the northern Piedmont because she bought a farm full-knowing it was under conservation easement and then set about violating the terms of the easement because that’s what “liberty” is all about. Her most entertaining contributions were her videos eviscerating those she deemed “gentleman farmers” while she depicts herself as the real deal. Always ready for her close-up (don’t let the goats lull you into a false sense of complacency): http://marthaboneta.com/about/

  • Video: Martha Boneta says she considers the fifth “to be family.” Says she wasn’t intending to run, but after lots of “thoughts and prayers” and encouragement in the last 24/48 hours, she is “right now…inclined to throw my hat in.” She also says she “love[s] Tom Garrett with all my heart.” She says Trump “has done more for our country than other president in the period of time he’s been in office.” Hahahahahahahaha. “We need the most viable candidate that is going to CRUSH the opposition.” “The establishment doesn’t want a candidate they can’t control.” “I don’t want to play [the woman] card.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XsFjaVRXmE

  • Analysis courtesy of Tristan Shields, the Democratic nominee in 2017 against Del. Michael Webert in HD-18.

    As of right now 5 Republicans have jumped in to contest for the seat opened by Tom Garrett’s retirement. I’ll talk about all of them but here are the first three: 1) Martha Boneta 2) Denver Riggleman and 3) Del Michael Webert.

    Martha has some advantages: she’s rich, she’s well connected, she’s been very outspoken in supporting Trump and (in my mind most importantly) she’s the only woman currently seeking the nomination in a year that is going to be huge for women. Disadvantages include no experience in legislating and she will be seen as a far right extremist. A female Corey Stewart might do well with the base but not with those Independents around Charlottesville in the General.

    Denver Riggleman: Rumor is Boneta was all set to endorse Riggleman but changed her mind at the last second; talk about the Virginia way 😛. He’s also an outsider and has some clout from his failed run for governor last year. The trouble is he’s bashed a lot of the people he’s about to ask for the nomination… Remember all the candidates need to convince 19 people on the 5th CD committee to vote for him. I wouldn’t be surprised if some old grudges come to play and derail him.

    Finally my old opponent Del. Michael Webert. Bottom line: He’s BORING. He’s using the same talking points he used last time he ran for Delegate about deregulation and guns. Those were in vogue in 2013. But times have changed. Trump’s populism isn’t friendly to back bench Republicans with limited personality. BUT maybe boring is what the 5th wants. They might view this seat as safe enough to put forward someone who won’t cause trouble and leave it at that. I disagree with that viewpoint because Leslie will slaughter him in a debate and clearly she’s got the organization to turn out Independents; anyone who saw all those green Cockburn shirts at the caucuses can tell you that. Regardless, this shake up could provide some interesting opportunities for 2019… of course all of this could change tomorrow as more people decide they want to dance! I’ll keep you updated

  • I may not agree with him on much, but I like this from Denver Riggleman

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/rigglemankelo.jpg

  • Now THIS would be hilarious – extreme vs. even more extreme!

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/dunbarva05.jpg