Apparently the earthquake wasn't the only thing the vacationing Sharon Bulova missed today. Janet Oleszek has defeated Chris Wade.
The far-left Chap Petersen wing in Fairfax County has taken over the local Democratic Party and repudiated the "leadership" of Sharon Bulova. The Connolly Machine backed Wade - Sharon Bulova, Jeff McKay, Dave Marsden, Vivian Watts, Penny Gross - and they all lost tonight. Its stunning to see the Democrats again voting for a candidate who is simply incapable of being an effective campaigner. Should I post those awful debate performances again? Oleszek is going to campaign about left versus right, while John Cook is a candidate who is from the community.
Its amazing. Sharon Bulova was repudiated in her own district where she represented for twenty years. Her leadership has consisted of making sure there is as little dissension or open discussion as possible on the Board. Her leadership is informing supervisors at the very last minute on important votes sot here is the least amount of discussion. Democrats in Braddock have known Sharon Bulova a long time, and they clearly understand she's been such an underwhelming Chairman they were no longer willing to be pied by her piper.
And now far-left loon Oleszek, who's campaign style is as subtle and nuances as a cinder block, is what Braddock district (my district) is left with. She will claim Cook is a crazy tea-partier but the folks know better. They know he's a local attorney and active community member for years in his HOA. They see the issues he's running on aren't right versus left - issues like local control of roads, ending wasteful subsidised luxury apartments, transparency and true oversight of the School Board, among many other things. Go compare their issues pages on their websites.
I suspect we will see a replay of the 2007 senate race only more-so. Oleszek will attack Cook clumsily, while Cook will just show by his appearance and actions that he is by far the most qualified to hold this position and while Oleszek stutters and stammers through nonsense. Cook has a similar style to Cuccinelli, Oleszek's last opponent. He is quick on his feet and incredibly prepared. She will lash out with her left-wing lunacy and Cook will stand there and just who is really prepared and deserving of this job.
John Cook is from the community, Janet Oleszek is from the far left. I imagine even moderate Dems can't be happy with this outcome. We've seen the Oleszek show before and know what an embarrassing disaster it is. Cook has proven a steady and even hand on the Board, a contrarian at times but certainly not some far right maniac Oleszek will try to paint him.
This is great news for Republicans! Braddock district is the key to this entire election - both locally and in state races. Spike Williams, Jason Flanary, and Brian Schoeneman need a very strong Cook showing to help them and vice versa. The Democrats just cut their nose to spite their face.