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Brennan Opponents Beyond Surreal

Paul Goldman recently pointed out on Blue Virginia what a strong candidate Democrat Connie Brennan is in the race for the 59th District House of Delegates seat. Breaking news gives us even more proof that she is the only viable candidate running for retiring Republican Watkins Abbitt's open seat.

Brennan's campaign has released proof that her main opponent, Republican Matt Farriss, not only has a police record of misdemeanor convictions for drunk driving, illegal hunting, and gun charges, but in 2002 he also had a protective order sworn out against him by a Lynchburg woman who told police Farriss had broken "through her back door to gain entry into her house when she told him to leave. History of violence." As if that isn't enough against Farriss, he also has been involved in several civil law suits stemming from his business activities and alleged failure to pay bills.

The third person in this race is even worse than Farriss. Linda Wall, a tea party type, made the front page of the Huffington Post today for her admission that when she was a junior high school gym teacher in the 1970's, she became involved in a lesbian relationship with a student and  was forced to resign her position. Note that the student was 13 to 14 years old. Since that time, Wall asserts, she has become a fundamentalist Christian and has given up drugs and homosexuality.

Connie Brennan Announces for 59th House of Delegates Democratic Nomination

This morning, Democrat Connie Brennan announced (see her speech below) for House of Delegates in the 59th district (Nelson, Appomattox, Buckingham, parts of Albemarle, Campbell and Nelson Counties). Brennan previously ran for this seat in 2007, losing 60%-40% to incumbent Del. Watkins Abbitt, Jr. (Independent), who has announced his retirement. Brennan, who faces another Democrat (Jasper Hendricks III) for the nomination, was re-elected to her third term on the Nelson County Board of Supervisors in 2009. Prior to redistricting, the 59th was a swing district (does anyone know exactly what redistricting did to the partisan lean of this district?), narrowly voting for Barack Obama over John McCain in 2008. Of course, as we know, off-off year elections in Virginia have quite a different electorate than in presidential years [update: and the district's been made more Republican]. We'll see what happens...
59th District Announcement Speech 2011

Thank you all so much for being here with me this morning, and a special thanks to my children and their families, because it is for them and for your children that I am here. I very much appreciate each and every one of you for your contributions to making our communities here in central VA better for everyone and look forward to continuing to work together with you.

Today I am delighted and excited to formally announce my candidacy for the 59th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Our current representative, Mr. Watkins Abbitt, is retiring. We owe him respect and thanks for his good works, and for his dedication to his constituents during all these years. So thank you, Watkins.