Friday, June 1, 2007

Del. Landes finally backs Hanger

No surprise here, Del Landes, as described in this NewsVirginian article:

"Landes worked for Hanger as a legislative aide when Hanger was a delegate in 1986, and considers him a mentor much like former Del. Pete Giesen and 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte."

His endorsement as reported:

“It’s no secret I’m supporting him,’’ Landes said of Hanger on Thursday. “I want to do something more formal.”

What is most relevent is a couple of facts.

  1. Why didn't he come out when Hanger first announced as he rounded up every elected official he could lay his hands on, which included Democrats like Tracy Pyles of the Augusta County Board of Supervisors? This is a prime indicator of hoping he could remain neutral for the primary.

  2. Where is the joint appearance with Del. Saxman and Del. Cline?

What does surprise me about picking today to go public is the timeliness of the endorsement so close to Hanger's path to the 'Low Road'. He failed to publically disavow himself from the new 'Mike Stark' of this campaign yesterday, by not distancing himself or his campaign from the personal attacks being leveled against his rivals spouse. Sadly, is it to be assumed that Del. Landes feels it's OK for any rival for his Seat to attack his wife and immediate family? Looks like he has left himself open for it.

I have spoken with other 'public officials' today on the phone, who suggested Hanger knew nothing about this, but took measures to pull the plug on the 'anonymous' Bloggers4Hanger blog. The question begged to be answered is that if Hanger was fully aware of this situation yesterday during the joint radio appearance, why did he fail to condemn this vicious attack on a non-candidate?

DJ has a good take here:

Well, the Hanger people apparently learned all the wrong lessons from last year.Their latest attempt to drag Hanger across the finish line now apparently includes digging up info on Scott Sayre's wife, and using a blogger (namely, Myron Rhodes) to get the information out. Moreover, when an outside blogger (Virginia Virtucon) calls him on it, Myron resorts to physical threats.

Meanwhile. Not to mention, when is this guy coming to town for Emmett? More on the state of Conservative politics in VA. This is the logic from a self proclaimed Conservative blogger?


Anonymous Not the Demo-Crite Myron said...

I appreciate Del Landes doing what he thinks is right and remaining loyal to his mentor.

Too bad Hanger does not do the same for his delegates. It seems to me that Sayre is the only one speaking on issues that reflect the votes of the local delegates.

Does anyone have any character in this region?

June 1, 2007 at 12:28 PM  
Anonymous not steve landes said...

boo...i just lost a ton of respect for stevie.

what was he thinking?

and where are ben andchris?

June 1, 2007 at 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very disapointed in Steve indeed. So, Steve, I guess you agree with the 2004 tax increase and also agree with giving in-state tuition to illegals. Wow, I've known for quite sometime that the majority of Republicans in Washington have left the Conservative party. Now even our local Conservatives are leaving our Party. Defintely, a sad day for Republicans and Conservatives.

June 2, 2007 at 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Del Landes can't complain about the senate anymore since he's backing the campaign of someone who is part of the problem. Too bad politicians don't run on principles.

June 2, 2007 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Teddy Roosevelt said...

The majority of the house republicans support Emmett Hanger. Stay tuned I'm sure there's more to come :)

Steve Landes is an intelligent man who understands the qualities of a good leader.

Keep digging yourselves into a hole with your negative campaigning...and it's nice to see the "liars 4 sayre" helping Emmett out with the positive press. I didn't even know Landes had announced his support until I read your blog. I'm tempted to link to this.

June 2, 2007 at 9:40 PM  

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