Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Republican Calls for Pat Herrity to Resign From Board of Supervisors

Yesterday I wrote a post that highlighted how the Republican primary in Virginia’s 11th Congressional District is getting rather nasty. Part of the reasoning for that is the fact that a lot of Herrity supporters thought that Fimian would drop out the race once Herrity declared his candidacy. Setting aside the fact that there is already a lot of bitterness among Republican activists over this race, it now appears as though a new layer has developed as there are calls for Pat Herrity to resign his position on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Alan Moore has written a piece for the Examiner, which is a conservative paper, that argued that Herrity’s repeated runs for other offices has made it clear that he’s not interested in remaining Springfield’s supervisor. Moore therefore suggests that Herrity “resign his seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors so that someone more interested in the job can take his place.”
If Pat Herrity truly believes that Congress is where he needs to be then by all means he should continue his campaign and end his term as supervisor. Unfortunately, based on his history there is no telling if he even wants that seat, perhaps he is trying once again to build up his profile to run for an even higher office in the near future. One thing is for certain though; he absolutely does not want to be the Fairfax County supervisor from the Springfield district. If he does then why is he running for Congress?
What makes Moore’s comments noteworthy is that he has actually volunteered for Herrity in the past and thinks he might make a decent Congressman. The problem is, Herrity’s history has Moore questioning if he would grow tired of the House of Representatives and then want to run for something else. In other words, someone who might support Herrity wants him to resign from the Board of Supervisors and isn’t sure if he would remain committed to serving in the House (is this making anyone else think about Sarah Palin?)

With potential supporters calling for Herrity to resign from the Board of Supervisors and Republicans in the district already going after one another, it’s safe to say that this is going to be an extremely bloody primary that could potentially do a lot of damage to the candidate that eventually emerges.


  1. To my knowledge only one person has suggested Pat should resign; shouldn't it be a "call", as in singular?

  2. Don't get your hopes up. Whomever we nominate is going to have 100% support from the party to take on Connolly.

  3. VA BLogger,
    The punctuation is correct here. Nice attempt to try and avoid the fact that a conservative activist, writing for a conservative paper, has called for Pat to resign though.

  4. Brian, as I laid out in this post and the one I wrote yesterday, the Republicans are extremely divided here and have been having a rather nasty back and forth. In other words, all the evidence suggests this is going to be a bloody primary that could do a lot of damage to whoever wins the primary.

  5. Democrats are old hands at bloody primaries -- the candidate at the end often coming out stronger than he/she might otherwise have. So I wouldn't want anyone on the Dem side now to assume that even the bloodiest primary on the Republican sides makes our lives any easier. No complacency!