Tuesday, February 16, 2010

8th Republican Enters Primary in Virginia's 5th CD

You might remember back to 2007 when there were 8 candidates in the Democratic presidential primary. Even with the national mainstream media and tons of bloggers following the race, it was still rather difficult trying to be as informed as possible about the candidates. After all, with candidates only getting a few minutes in each debate, at some point it simply came down to which candidate developed the soundbites that were picked up by the general public. Well, now it looks like we'll have the same thing in the Republican primary in Virginia's 5th Congressional District as Scott P. Schultz has become the 8th candidate to enter the Republican primary.

Schultz is a contractor who claims the Republican Party needs to do more to represent the working class (I agree, they do focus way too much on the wealthy elite) and claims that one of his long term policies would be Congressional term limits (something the Republicans promised in 1994 as part of their Contract with America but never followed through on once they gained power). In regards to the large number of people in the primary field, Schultz told the Daily Progress that he doesn't think it's a bad thing as long as a conservative wins out.
“I think it’s going to be a good thing as long as we don’t split the vote and allow a non-conservative to win the nomination,” he said. “And when we get closer to the end, we’re going to have some tough decisions among ourselves as candidates.”

He added, “It’s more important that we win in November.”
I think it's very interesting here to note that he simply viewed beating Tom Perriello in November as an after thought. It was more important for him that the Republican Party avoid nominating a "non-conservative." In other words, he thinks moderates have no place in the Republican Party and is worried that having a big primary might let a moderate win the nomination.

When you combine this with the fact that conservatives forced the moderate Republican nominee to drop out of the special election in NY-23, I think it's laughable when the Republican leadership tries to claim that Obama is refusing to work in a bipartisan manner. Schultz's attitude helps to illustrate how behavior of the Republicans right here in Virginia is just another example of how the GOP refuses to accept moderates and will only support a policy if it gives in to all the demands of the extreme right.

2 comments:

  1. I think that Schultz, simply wants someone in office who will actually represent and stand by the views of the people he or she represents. His main issue and the reason he is running is the fact he felt like "we the people" are not being properly represented. By the way I wish to add the fact that this country was not founded on a democracy but in fact a republic, to limit the power of government, Schultz as far as i know agrees with the limitations of government. (forgive my spelling it could use a lot of work)

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  2. I was shown your blog and thought I should respond. I'm Scott P. Schultz. I have found it interesting how sound bites can be used in just this week personally, I had said more in the interview. Conservatism can mean many different things. I will clarify what I mean by conservatism here as well as then but that was not in the bite. Fiscally both sides have overspent. I feel we should keep tax revenue neutral and reduce the budget. I believe in states rights. Our constitution says we are equal and deserve equal protection under the law. I wish we had more than just two parties but with the presidency being a all or nothing prospect, it will always boil down to two. We as a people have more incommon but are being kept apart.

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