7th district Democrats nominate Trammell

The RTD’s Olympia Meola says Virginia’s 7th district Democrats have decided they really should field a candidate in November, just in case David Brat pulls off an epic upset. His name? Jack Trammell…and like Brat, he’s a professor at Randolph-Macon College:

Trammell, who serves as director of the Honors Program, teaches courses in disability studies in the Sociology Department at R-MC, and his expertise in disability research has taken him to a number of other places outside the U.S., including Eastern European countries (Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, former East Germany), where disability accommodation is a relatively new movement since the end of the Cold War.

His work at R-MC is strongly student-centered, functioning as part of the Higgins Academic Center. The research presented in Austria will appear in print soon in a peer-reviewed journal on disability issues in higher education.

A prolific writer, Trammell is the author of The Richmond Slave Trade: The Economic Backbone of The Old Dominion, the 2010 Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Silas House Volume II and Down on the Chickahominy: The Life and Times of a Vanishing Virginia River. In 2009 he won the Virginia Writer’s Club award for non-fiction for his Reflections of a Southern Gentleman Farmer, a collection of vignettes about life with his wife and children on his small farm in Louisa County.

Trammell, who joined the R-MC faculty in 2000, earned his B.A. at Grove City College and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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  • BrianKirwin

    Two liberal professors in the same race.

    • That’s ridiculously stupid.

    • Elizabeth

      Brat a liberal? Hardly.

      • pyrophilia

        he’s a professor. the right wingers hate academia. intelligent people are a threat to them.

    • ma

      Brat is extremely religious and anything but liberal. He follows the entire Republican agenda…..but further to the right than most.

    • Geoffrey Feldman

      Brian Kirwin – I’ll bet you can not even explain what a “Liberal” is in any kind of rational form. It is a definitive philosophy, grounded in 18th century rationalist philosophers. Adam Smith, the philosopher who defined Capitalism was a Liberal. Republicans and Democrats in history have been Liberals. All of us, since before the American Revolution in exact the same philosophical sense. You? Whatever philosophy it is you have – Mush. That said, Brat is not a Liberal.

    • SeanThomes

      Brat is a Rand acolyte. hardly a liberal. but nice try

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  • Lawrence Wood

    Reliable source please since no Democrat had submitted by the March 27 filing deadline I’m very unclear how this could be true. I seem to recall that Independents can file as late as this week but other then this remote possibility this missive appears very agenda driven.

    • NormLeahy

      According the State Board of Elections, the deadline for party candidates nominated by a method other than a primary (which the Democrats did here) to file their papers is 7 PM, June 10th. Here’s the link, go to page 15: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/Files/BecomingACandidate/CandidateBulletins/2014Nov_USH.pdf.

      • Lawrence Wood

        Thank you, it does clearly state “For A Party Candidate Nominated By Method Other Than A Primary” the Filing Deadline is 7:00 p.m. 6/10/2014. A remarkably stealth nomination none the less.

        • NormLeahy

          My sense is he’s a placeholder.

          • don’tmindme

            I really don’t think they expected Cantor to lose–but, news just in, he did. Looks like Brat and Trammell will be up to bat this fall.

          • Overreach THIS!

            He’s the nominee now, and he’s up against a teahadding jackass.

  • Rubbed Sage

    I wonder how may Democrats voted for Brat just to get Cantor out.

    • Elizabeth

      If I could have, I would have.

    • TVal

      Probably some, but there’s no way 7,000 did to put Brat over the top.

    • KyliesMom

      I’ve been wondering this same thing and haven’t read any mention of this in today’s reviews of the primary.

    • Rick Jarrell

      All of us !

  • Willie Mae Washington

    A left-wing professor who graduated from Grove City College? Wouldn’t that be like a right-wing professor who had graduated from Oberlin? How did that happen? When did he go bad? What will the Grove City alumini be saying about this?

    • Mariel

      Some of us older voters remember when a Representative was a statesman first, party member second. I don’t know Trammell, just got introduced to Brat on television. I like Brat’s style and I probably would like Trammels’s too. Too bad they both can’t serve.

    • Geoffrey Feldman

      Stop worrying about Left and Right, rather old and abused terms. Worry about truth and lies. Worry about rational presentation about ideas for the future and acting as a statesman, a community and national leader. That will lead you to a better place. I know the word you might use for it but why spoil the excitement?

  • Gretchen Laskas

    Would just like to clear up the evangelical Christian college thing, since it’s one of my areas. My father was a professor with Geneva College most of my life, and my sister graduated from there. My other sister went to Wheaton. (I’m assuming we all know what these colleges mean.) I have friends on both sides of the political aisle who attended and graduated from Grove City. One of my best friends from high school, who also happens to be an African-American, just left Geneva to take a position at Grove City this fall as full professor in Communications. His office will be filled with Obama posters and fliers and yard signs — and Grove City came to him, not the other way around.

    I’m sure that many Grove City alums will be pleased to find Jack Trammell (who is an excellent writer, by the way) in the House of Representatives, should that come about.

  • CityShots

    Dems voting to nullify Cantor is, or was, a sound political strategy and was apparently known by Cantor campaign as a option for defeat; thus the outrageous expenditure. Going one further Trammel will catch fire and take it as a fine example of good political marksmanship.

  • Matthew Nelson

    Questions which need to be asked: How many registered Republicans in 7th district? How many registered Democrats in 7th district? How many votes cast in total in the 7th district Republican primary? That should give you an idea as to how heavily Democrats tilted the scale.

    • Geoffrey Feldman

      Cantor had lower turn out than in prior primaries. Republicans tilted the scale and many of them have had it with the right wing of their party.

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