Mic Drop: When a performer or speaker intentionally drops or throws the microphone on the floor after an awesome performance. –from UrbanDictionary.com
Today was the first day to file for the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate, and there was news out of Stafford County. House Speaker William J. Howell filed first in the 28th District with 1,500+ signatures to get on the ballot. The number required is 125.
The Speaker released the following statement:
“It’s been an honor to serve the people of Stafford and Fredericksburg in the House of Delegates and I am excited to be running for re-election. Our campaign has gotten off to a fast start. Our campaign headquarters is open, our team has already been reaching out to voters throughout the district and today we submitted signatures from over 1,500 qualified voters. This demonstrates the strength and momentum of our on-the-ground, grassroots team and the support our campaign has received so far…
“With Republicans leading both chambers of the General Assembly, we have just completed a productive and successful legislative session. We adjourned ahead of schedule for the first time in 15 years, adopted a conservative, balanced budget that doesn’t raise taxes and spends $1 billion less from the general fund, rejected Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, and offered conservative solutions to grow our economy, strengthen our schools and make college more affordable…
“I am proud of my record, but elections are about the future. I am running for re-election because I know there is more we can accomplish. I look forward to talking to voters across the district about how we can continue to make Virginia’s economy stronger for middle-class families, how we can continue to cut spending and make government more efficient and how Republicans can continue to be the party of ideas.” – Howell Statement
Howell has drawn a primary challenger from his former political mentee, former Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Susan Stimpson. There was no indication that Stimpson, a former candidate for Lieutenant Governor, had filed as of Monday evening on her campaign website or Facebook page.
What Bill Howell did today was a good old fashioned mic drop. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s when a performance in a “rap battle” — where two rappers compete against each other to see who is better — is so good that the rapper drops the mic at the end because he did so well. This was a huge showing of campaign strength and ability to mobilize. It shows his strength with his constituents and the campaign’s ability to mobilize even while Howell was in session.
This also raises questions about Stimpson’s ability to mobilize a campaign and the strength of her campaign. She has been posting a lot on social media, knocking on doors, and doing events, but it seems like she would announce when she filed to get on the ballot. It raises questions as to how well her campaign is working, and if she really has a sure shot at this race. Stimpson is hoping that she can pull off a Dave Brat-esque upset, but that may not happen if the campaign is not strong enough.
This race is going to be a barnburner primary, but Speaker Howell today scored a small victory by filing first with 1,500+ signatures. Stayed tuned … there’s more to come on this race.
Matt Colt Hall is the proud son of two blue collar workers from Carroll County, Virginia. He has been in the Republican Party since the age of 16, and along the way has interned and worked with many great Republican candidates. Matt is a graduate of Ferrum College, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Political Science degree. He currently lives in Roanoke with his amazing wife Lauren and is a member of both the Roanoke Valley Young Republicans and the Roanoke County Republican Committee.