Yet again, Republicans let the people decide who runs for office as Republicans, as shown yesterday in the election that Barry Knight won over Paul Lanteigne and Tom Keeley. What are the Democrats doing?
Hand-picking in a smoke-filled room perhaps?
Virginia Beach Democratic Committee chairman Ollie Bates said the party will decide by midweek whether to field a candidate in the Jan. 6 general election. “We are talking to someone,” Bates said Saturday.(Virginian-Pilot 11-30-08)
I see this over and over in Virginia Beach politics. Never any competition for Democrat nominations. The “party” will decide whether anybody is going to run in the 81st. Republicans hold campaigns and contests where voters choose the winners.
That says more about Virginia Beach politics than anything.