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Sunday, March 06, 2005

Sen. Bolling ends state-wide tour at mile marker 140

Senator Bolling released his campaign kick-off tour schedule (March 15th-16th).

He'll be stopping in: Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Winchester & Prince William.

Compare that to the other three Republican candidates who have done tours:
  • Connaughton: Richmond, Norfolk, Roanoke, Christiansburg, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Staunton, Winchester, Northern Virginia, Newport News.

  • Baril: Richmond, Newport News, Danville, Abingdon, Radford, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Winchester, Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William, Fredericksburg.

  • McDonnell: Richmond, Roanoke, Abingdon, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Winchester, Leesburg, Fairfax, Prince William, Fredericksburg, Newport News, Virginia Beach.
Kick-off tours are all for show and I think it's going to be difficult to get the Bristol Herald-Courier and Kingsport Times-News to cover an event in Roanoke. Hop on a plane, fly to Abingdon or TRI and catch a cab back over the state line. If you fly back to a different city, it won't even cost much time.

I know that Sen. Bolling cares about rural Virginia - in fact, he represents a rural district. Do people in Lee County know that?

For future reference: 580,000 Virginians live west of Roanoke. That's 8% of Virginia's population!! I recognize that Fairfax county has more, but I bet they won't be voting on June 14th.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What exactly do you mean about people in Fairfax not voting on June 14? I not trying to pick a fight but am new to Virginia and live in Fairfax. Are you saying that people up here will not vote at all or will vote in the Dem primary or what? We have some good GOP primaries in Fairfax this year, so that ought to motivate at least a few folks. Please elucidate.

11:54 AM

Blogger Addison said...

My apologies. I will be a resident of Fairfax within the next six months, and didn't mean to insult anyone.

Historically, Fairfax has been very DC-centric. People there seem to focus much more on national politics than on state polics. Add to that the fact that NoVa is trending more Democratic, and I would be surprised if more than 15,000 people voted in the Republican primary on June 14th.

It was a throw-away line, and I think Sen. Bolling should pay attention to Fairfax. I just think that he should also pay attention to Southwest.

12:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who has family in SWVA, I asked someone on the Bolling campaign about this, and they told me the following.

Sen. Bolling is actually in Abingdon right now for a couple day swing through SWVA.

He had a lunch today with business leaders and is hosting a dinner tonight for volunteers and activists. I'm pretty sure he's got some media interviews lined up as well.

As someone who lived in Haysi and Cedar Bluff, I think he just felt that SWVA was too important to only fly in and spend 30 minutes before flying out.

2:19 PM


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