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Dick Black Hangs Up on Omar Samaha; Time for Voters to...

From the Shawn Mitchell for State Senate campaign:
"Dick Black Hung Up On Me"
Black Ignores Calls from Concerned Citizens

Ashburn, VA - Last night, the Shawn Mitchell for State Senate campaign released a call to voters in the 13th District from Omar Samaha, brother of Virginia Tech victim, Reema Samaha. Samaha reached out to Dick Black via phone on October 31st but when he began asking questions, Black hung up on him. This call is in addition to Shawn Mitchell asking career politician Dick Black, in a candidates forum in Prince William county on October 20th, to release his answers to the extreme Virginia Citizens Defense League survey, which Black has refused to do for more than two weeks.

You can listen to the recorded call here. The text of the call is as follows:

"Hi, my name is Omar Samaha. On April 16th 2007, my life changed forever. My sister Reema was shot and killed by a severely mentally ill man as she sat in class at Virginia Tech. Gun violence ripped apart dozens of families that fateful day. After the VA Tech massacre many of us worked with then Governor Kaine and the General Assembly to make sure that people with dangerous mental health conditions, felons, domestic abusers and terrorists could not get firearms. I am proud to say that the Virginia State Police now have the best system in the entire country for identifying those who are not permitted to have guns. That is why I am so concerned that Senate Candidate Dick Black wants to dismantle this life saving system and again allow dangerous individuals to get firearms. When I tried to discuss this issue with Dick Black he hung up on me. Now it's time for voters to hang up on him. Please get out on November 8th and Vote. Thank you. Paid for and authorized by Shawn Mitchell for State Senate...
More on the "flip"...

What Is It With Loudoun Republicans?!? Dick Black on Spousal Rape,...

As this video illustrates, Dick Black is truly appalling, even by the low, low standards of Loudoun County Republicans (last seen sending out a "light-hearted" email depicting Barack Obama with a bullet hole in his head). As for Dick Black, you can learn more about him here. Also, you can read Dick "Plastic Fetus" Black's bizarre rantings about gays in the military here ("there was a young fellow who went to the showers at night, there were two homosexuals lurking -- they were also basic trainees - and they strangled him with a towel and forced him to submit to, you know, things that we won't talk about"). The thought of this individual in the Virginia State Senate is truly frightening. Fortunately, there's an excellent alternative: moderate Democratic businessman Shawn Mitchell, who I strongly urge the voters of the 13th Senate district to elect next Tuesday. If not, then Black will be Back, and it won't be pretty.

Day 6: Mitchell Campaign Releases Web Video “What Is Dick Black...

Career Politician Continues to Hide Extreme Views from Voters  

Ashburn, VA - We're now into the 6th day of the disappearing act of career politician Dick Black who is hiding his extreme views from voters in Loudoun and Prince William counties. In response, the Mitchell campaign released a video, "What is Dick Black Hiding," asking voters in the 13th District to call Dick Black and tell him to release his VCDL survey.  

You can view the video here:

"If Dick Black was proud enough to tout the endorsement of the extreme Virginia Citizens Defense League during his primary," said Mitchell Campaign Manager Dominic Gabello, "Why is he hiding his answers to their survey now? The voters should call Dick Black and ask him to release his survey and if he believes in the extreme positions of the VCDL and having guns in bars, schools, libraries and gutting the Virginia State Police Background check.

"It's time for Dick Black to release his survey."    

Authorized by Shawn Mitchell for State Senate

Rabid Homophobe Dick “Plastic Fetus Dude” Black Smears Superb Democratic Businessman,...

I mean, this IS homosexuality-and-reproduction-obsessed lunatic Dick "Plastic Fetus Dude" Black - who even the Too Conservative crew thinks is nuts - we're talking about and all, but seriously, Black's attack on a superb businessman and Democratic candidate is beyond ridiculous. Or maybe it isn't, in the sense that Black's seriously worried he's going to lose to Shawn Mitchell in 27 days, just got his butt utterly kicked in a debate with Mitchell, and now he's desperately flailing for life. Plus, did I mention he's completely nuts?
Why is Dick Black Smearing Shawn Mitchell?
Career Politician Continues Cover Up on Abysmal Record on Job Creation and Protecting Public Education

Ashburn - Last week, career politician Dick Black began smearing Shawn Mitchell for a lawsuit that was settled out of court with a former employer, relying on half-truths and misdirection.

In a mailer Black says, "...Mitchell settled the lawsuit, then immediately petitioned to have the records sealed and hidden." That not only isn't true, but it's actually not how our legal system in Virginia works. As a lawyer, you would expect Delegate Black to know that once a case has been settled between parties, they inform the judge and the case is dismissed. There is nothing additionally filed with the court. Any agreements between the parties, stay between the parties: the Court doesn't actually get a copy.  Therefore, there is nothing that is "sealed." The pleadings in the case are open and available for inspection to the public.

"Just because someone is sued does not mean they did anything wrong," said Mitchell campaign manager Dominic Gabello. "It should be noted that the former employer in the litigation has been on record describing Shawn as a heroic businessman. What's more, Delegate Black has his own experience with baseless lawsuits, having once filed a frivolous and unsuccessful lawsuit against Governor Warner for making the largest investment in public education in Virginia history.  

"It's just like another career politician to be too busy smearing his opponent to cover up his failed record on creating jobs and protecting our public schools. Black was wrong when he sued Governor Warner and wrong now that he's smearing Shawn - the only candidate in this race who is endorsed by THREE Realtor Associations, the Northern Virginia Technology Council TechPAC, the Fire Fighters, and Teachers. Additionally, Shawn is the only candidate in this race who has created jobs and that's why he is a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year and Service Business of the Year awards by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce."

No wonder why Black is worried. More on the "flip." Go Shawn Mitchell!

Bob McDonnell Goes Off Right-Wing Deep End, Endorses Dick Black and...

From the DPVA -- Bob McDonnell shows his true colors (as if there ever was any doubt) as a Pat Robertson Teapublican.
McDonnell embraces radical GOP Senate candidates

Richmond, VA - Yesterday Governor Bob McDonnell embraced two of the most controversial members of his team of radical right-wing candidates for the Virginia Senate. McDonnell endorsed Tea Party State Senate candidates Jeff Frederick and Dick Black and agreed to hold an October 26th fundraiser for Black.

Both endorsements raise questions about Bob McDonnell's priorities and vision for Virginia. In endorsing Frederick, McDonnell advocated the election of a man he helped to overthrow as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia in 2009 due to Frederick's extreme rhetoric and general ineptitude.


John Stirrup Pulls Away for Republican Nomination in 13th Senate District?

In Virginia's 13th Senate district, it looks like Prince William County Supervisor John Stirrup is starting to pull away from the rest of the Republican field, having raised $100,152 in the second quarter of 2011, spent $18,426, and finished with $81,726 cash on hand at the end of the period.

In contrast, it looks like it was a "rough week" for crazy, raging homophobe, former Delegate Dick Black - my personal favorite for the Republican nomination, because he's a complete wackjob and thus the least electable (although probably not unelectable these days) candidate - who raised just $22,339, spent $22,467, and had cash on hand of $60,525.

Finally, apparent non-factor Bob Fitzsimmonds raised $2,825 (plus $30,000 he loaned himself), spent $15,048, and had cash on hand of $28,279.

Meanwhile, the Democratic nominee for this district, Shawn Mitchell, raised $20,854, spent $5,924, and ended the quarter with a cash-on-hand balances of $14,929. Clearly, that fundraising's going to have to pick up a couple notches in coming months if he hopes to beat John Stirrup, the increasingly likely Republican nominee for this Senate seat. To learn more about Shawn, click here, and to donate to his campaign, click here.  Thanks.

P.S. Mitchell's campaign manager, Dominic Gabello, says, "Shawn brings the right mix of experience and background to this race. As a combat veteran and a small business owner, Shawn understands the challenges that families and businesses in the 13th are facing from sitting in traffic to balancing their budgets, or trying to spend more time with their loved ones. Residents of the 13th want someone who understands those challenges and will work to improve their quality of life."

Senate Seat Swap Soft Shoe

The Stolle clan boasts a crew of adequately accomplished attorneys who don't lawyer, a physician who doesn't much doctor, and private sector cheerleaders all nursing at the public teat. They may be planning to pull a hat trick in Virginia Beach that will distinguish that city for its low public service expectations.

It probably won't be at tomorrow morning's Virginia Beach Republican Breakfast that Chris will discuss Julian Walker's Virginian Pilot stories that he was considering a run for state Senate and that his brother the Sheriff, who will soon have his high three for a handsome publicly funded retirement, may want to join him there. Possibly Ken has decided to relocate ala Frank Wagner's now nixed idea to move to a Senate district currently represented by Senator John Miller (D). That could leave littler brother (also a Commonwealth employee, last I saw) a delegate seat somewhere. Maybe he can use Chris's house and run from the district he currently represents and where Chris probably lives most of the time.  

Republican Loudoun-sanity Continues: Dick Black Rails Against Gays in the Military

This interview with former Virginia Delegate Dick Black (R-Loudoun), now running for State Senate, is truly shocking, even by this crazy election season's standards. Perhaps we...

Have George Allen and Dick Black Both “passed their freshness dates?”

Have George "Felix Macacawitz" Allen and Dick "Plastic Fetuses" Black passed their political "freshness dates?"  Bwana has some interesting thoughts.
...Both Allen and Black are talking comeback.  Allen in 2012 in a re-match against Jim Webb, and Black in 2011 in a Virginia Senate campaign.  There is uncertainly for Black who he would run against, due to redistricting between now and then.

Back to those questions-are they still relevant, or have they lost their gripping power like rubber retreads eventually do?

Personally, I think they have both passed their freshness dates.  Allen's Senate record on spending belies his record as governor, and Black's record was made during a period when social wedge issues carried the day, and not more fundamental items like spending, defense, and general safety.  More critical is that neither seems to be able to stay away from the verbal faux pas.  It may be Black's comparing those who backed Obama in 2008 to drunk college students, or Allen challenging the democrats in 1995 saying he would "Knock their soft teeth down their whiny throats", or in 2006 saying "I even eat ham sandwiches" to say he was not Jewish (when Jewishness is considered by many a matter of blood on one's mothers side...which would mean he is).

Elected officials rise up based on the issues of a moment or an era.  Some push a philosophy...which can mean multiple issues over the years.  Others push an issue...which means the issue has to stay on the front burner or else said politico loses tread.

In addition, neither one has created a new identity for themselves.  Any news story about Dick Black will mention plastic fetuses if given half a chance, and the same for Allen and Macaca and allegations of racism.

Personally, I'd love to see Republicans nominate Felix Macacawitz and the crazy plastic fetus dude, as it would make Democrats' chances of winning their elections a lot easier. It would also be highly entertaining. The only question is, are Republicans stupid enough to do that. Let's hope so!

More Republican Insanity: Dick Black is Back!

As crazy as Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Carl Paladino, Rand Paul, Linda McMahon, Joe Miller, and so many other Republican candidates and elected officials (e.g., Ken Kookinelli, "Sideshow Bob" Marshall) are this year, they've got nothing on former Virginia Delegate Dick Black. Yes, we're talking about this guy:
In an extraordinary recent interview (click to listen to MP3) with the radical right-wing group Concerned Women for America regarding HB2921, Delegate Dick "Baby Pesticides" Black insults his colleagues in the Virginia Senate, claiming that they are "aligned with various elements of vice and so forth."

Thanks to the Majority Report Radio blog for the great lead on this interview.  Read below the jump for details on this remarkable interview and suggestions for follow-up items on this bill.

Delegate Black also spends time in the interview repeating the discredited claims of one of his star witnesses, pseudo-sociologist Paul Cameron. Black said, "The fact [sic] is, in children that have a homosexual parent, approximately 29% of children are molested by that parent. That contrasts with .6 percent of normal parents....a 50 to 1 increase in risk for molestation."  No reputable scientific study backs up these claims.  Black continues by saying, "No structure is more unstable than a homosexual relationship."

OK, so I think we can all agree that he's nuts, as sane conservative "Loudoun Insider" admits. And now, he's baaaaack, "passing out invitations to the formal kickoff of his race for the state Senate on Nov. 11." As the Washington Post article points out, this is the guy "perhaps best known for distributing plastic fetus models to fellow lawmakers preparing to vote on abortion issues." Now, the madman's back, probably running against Sen. Mark Herring (D) in the 33rd District. As "Loudoun Insider" writes:
I honestly cannot believe we are here in 2010 talking about Dick Black trying to beat Mark Herring. It's ludicrous. Yet we have incumbent Republican office holders lining up to endorse him and certainly the LCRC "leadership" ready to pave the way for him to the nomination. And I thought the GOP had really turned the corner here in Loudoun. We're right back to 2007.
Well, believe it. Sad to say, but this is - increasingly - today's Republican Party. Scary. Nutty. Bizarre. Off the deep end. But increasingly, winning nominations and even general elections. What is this country coming to?