Open seat in the 23rd?
Chad Dotson is reporting that Delegate Preston Bryant is set to take an appointment in the Kaine Administration today as Virginia's new Secretary of Natural Resources. You'll all remember that Bryant was one of the GOP ringleaders of the effort to support Gov. Warner's massive tax increase two years ago.
The move would be an interesting one by Kaine because it could replace a legislator that might be somewhat friendly to Kaine's administration and replace him with one that is not so friendly. The 23rd House district covers the City of Lynchburg and part of Amherst County and is a fairly conservative district.
With Republicans already hoping for a pick-up in the 3rd House District, and rumors floating about a possible Democratic seat opening up in the very Republican 17th Senate district, one might have to question whether there is a method to Tim Kaine's madness, as he seems set to create a stronger GOP majority in the General Assembly.
With respect to who the GOP will run in the 23rd, however, the answer to that question should be obvious: Whomever Jerry Falwell wants to run.