Recently the Washington Post came to the same conclusions that many of us have been feeling for a while now, that the Democratic base around the Commonwealth and the entire country has become invigorated.
This column Now, a Word About the Invigorated 11th District Democrats by Lisa Rein, was actually a response to her own column two weeks prior in which she described how Leslie Byrne might run in the 11th district in the open seat that Tom Davis will vacate in 2008 to run for Senate. Problem is, as I wrote in this diary, Tom Davis is currently vulnerable and has a serious challenger this year in Andy Hurst. Additionally, the Washington Post columnist didn+óGé¼Gäót mention Andy Hurst even once, as if Davis was running unchallenged this year, and we were all looking forward to 2008.
Well, that particular writer was WRONG as she soon found out. Instead, many a Democrat from unknown voters to George Burke, Chairman of the 11th District Committee wrote letters to the editor expressing their dismay that Andrew Hurst was not even mentioned a single time in Ms. Rein+óGé¼Gäós column.
I was stunned by "Byrne's Back and Looking to Run" [Fairfax Politics column, July 6]. While speculating about political races in 2008, Lisa Rein inexplicably failed to mention the Democratic challenge that Andrew Hurst, winner of last month's Democratic primary, has mounted in the race to unseat Rep. Thomas M. Davis III in the 11th District this November.
Mr. Hurst has restored my hope in Congress's potential to actually benefit my family in ways that matter -- with his proposals to make college tuition more affordable and address traffic congestion and energy consumption while protecting the environment, to name a few.
Here are the juicy parts+óGé¼-ª
President Bush's popularity remains low, and Fairfax County has leaned Democratic in recent state and federal elections, so Democrats hope this is the year that Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, who is considered a moderate, will be vulnerable in the 11th District.
Their intensity showed in an outpouring of reaction to a column ("Byrne's Back and Looking to Run," July 6, the Fairfax Extra) about the political ambitions of Democrat Leslie L. Byrne, the former congresswoman and state senator from Falls Church.
1. Hit the old +óGé¼+ôRecommend+óGé¼-¥ button on the right side of your screen to help get the word out that the 11th District of Virginia has just become a competitive race.
2. VOLUNTEER!!This perhaps is the most important thing you can do. Andy has been out knocking on doors since August 2005 and we should be helping him
3. CONTRIBUTE to Andy Hurst. Andy needs our help on this one too. While it is true that Andy has already raised 2.5 times the 2004 Dem candidate did through election day, he is also refusing to take PAC money making individual donations his only source for campaign funds.
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I saw one poll where we are like 14th on the radar screen, maybe moving up one spot after the primary.
Another article says the race is boring! I am sure it will liven up, but maybe that is the strategy all along. Don't make any waves, small turnout, march to the WH.
But Allen has used up nearly 2 million bucks and its not even Labor Day. Go figure?!!
...Virginia, right now the state looks like the Normandy beaches in the long war to retake the South.
Could not have put it better myself.
Nonetheless, he is beginning to be viewed as volunerable. Some moderate Republicans have even expressed support for Hurst.
Andy - I agree with Bryan. I think you'll make a great Congressman, and I'm [a] Republican.Andy Hurst is the first legitimate opponent Davis has had to face, and he must do so in a time when the District has frequently been leaning towards Democratic Candidates.
I agree that Hurst must be given more attention. In a way, you could consider Hurst the Anti-Tom Delay. In my opinion, Hurst has done well by making it clear that he will attempt to ensure Congress will once again go about its business in an ethical manner. As he continues to express his opinions on various issues, he has further established himself as the right candidate to be elected into the US House of Representatives.