Scott Rigell announced he will be appearing with Mayor Will Sessoms Thursday to clarify each gentlemen’s “position” on the 2nd District GOP nomination campaign.
“For the first time, the Mayor will be making public his position on the congressional campaign for Virginia’s Second Congressional seat. Scott Rigell, the leading candidate for the Republican nomination in the Second Congressional District, will also present his own statement regarding his congressional campaign and the Mayor’s position.”
What are we as interested campaign followers, pundits, and reporters, five years old? Why else would Sessoms be appearing with Rigell? To state he’s supporting another candidate?
Please, don’t insult our intelligence and just send a release out that, ultimately, says, “Mayor Sessoms will be endorsing Scott Rigell Thursday at 5 p.m. Both will be available for questions and interviews at the event.”
Anyway, I digress.
The reality is that while Sessoms is a big name, this endorsement might not help Rigell. The first thing that came to mind to me is that it might remind voters of Rigell’s biggest blemish: his Obama donation.
Sessoms won in 2008 in part because, as a Republican, his campaign used an image of Barack Obama on campaign literature, which reminds voters that Rigell also gave Obama a $1000 check.
Call me crazy, but this week might not be the best week for conservatives to be reminded about a candidate’s association with the president.
Read more about the endorsement at CQ.