Politicial Tidbits…3.5.12

Republicans [State] gathered this weekend…it was easy to detect a new feel about 2012…and it was not all based on Obama’s attack on WV…but there was a buzz in the morning air about Stuart’s “explosive” Mardi Gras Casino news conference earlier in the week…more to come below.

Candidates galore gathered for training…County Chair’s showed new signs of life…and Young Republicans chapters are growing…fund raising is getting attention…and the state ticket is full…even with a primary contest for Secretary of State.

What’s happen to the Democrats…they have not filled the new Senate seat in the Eastern Panhandle…former House member Craig Blair…appears headed back to the Capitol.

TAKE NOTE…Republicans have three state candidates from Eastern Panhandle…what’s this tell you about “new feel”…and three from Morgantown…Maloney…Raese…and Kent Leonhardt who replaced Mike Teets  Commissioner of Agriculture.

Questions continue why Mike Teets dropped out of a race for Commissioner of Agriculture…that he nearly won in 2008.

 Congressman David McKinley…used his time at lunch…to show the party faithful how easy it is for Obama to still win…he had an interactive presidential electoral vote map…to show the election is about 270 electoral votes…McKinley showed how just one or two states can change the outcome…he implored the leaders…2012 is all about getting-out-the vote.

See for yourself …TRY OUT THE MAP Congressman McKinley used to make his point…click here to reach 270 to Win…BTW recall WV gave Bush 41 the final electoral vote he needed in 2000

John Raese back again as a candidate for U. S. Senate…introduced to the weekend luncheon…he may have had the best line of 2012…”WHERE ELSE BUT IN WV COULD A FIVE TIME LOSER GET AT STANDING OVATION”…those there showed real enthusiasm for this candidacy.

New candidates were drawing the attention…Patrick Morrisey seeking the AG’s position was a hit…Allen Loughry running for Supreme Court came across strong…congressional candidates in the 3rd District…Rick Snuffer…Bill Lester…and Lee Bias made favorable impressions…running for Treasurer Sen. Mike Hall…outlined his credentials…while his home county opponent Scott Connolly…did not make the meeting.

Delegate Brian Savilla seeking the SOS position is already traveling the state…2nd District congressional candidate Michael Davis worked the room…but where was Delegate Jonathan Miller…his 2nd District candidacy is hard to understand…and former Delegate Larry Faircloth…seeking the Auditors job…another Eastern WV resident was not there.

Often ask…why does PhillipsBillboard not have more comings and goings about Democrats…it’s called access to information…all tips are welcome at news@phillipsbillboard.com.

Republicans do have a primary for Governor…but it was hard to notice…BILL CLARK another Morgantown candidate…was there…and recently published a nine page paper …”Big Ideas for our Small Wonderful State”…Bill Maloney hosted with an open house…addressed the luncheon…and spent the day.

JUST AS THE MORNING BUZZ WORE DOWN [4PM] an inquiry was made of Chairman Stuart…why the state executive committee was not consulted…before his news conference…that has caused such a stir.  Committee members and candidates were concerned that a local issue [Kanawha] could become a jobs and tax political issue in a campaign year.  Stuart explained and defended his action to move for a recall of the 2007 election…saying when Kanawha voters approved table games for the Mardi Gras Casino…that promises were made…but not kept by the Casino.  There was no argument with that…but was it appropriate for him to insert the State Executive Committee into this local issue… with the potential of significant political consequences.  As the discussion of his action gained momentum…a motion regarding his action….was changed to put the State Party on record of holding local, state and national governments accountable…party unity won the day…at least for now.

 

 

 

 

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