By Lynn R. Mitchell
Bearing Drift’s “Big Line” predictions have not been updated since March 5, 2015, so I’m going to update Senate District 24. Interestingly, their editorial board got it wrong.
Emmett Hanger was successful in court (by the way, there is no such thing as the “incumbent protection act,” a name made up by the 24th legislative committee). Dan Moxley was not on the winning side of the lawsuit that called for a faux convention. Marshall Pattie was able to stay out of the fray but is he too far removed from the action to have a real possibility at winning on June 9?
Hanger has a record to run on with some issues that those on the right do not agree with while Moxley remains practically an unknown commodity. Moxley and his supporters are trying to reinvent who he is but so far no news outlets have truly asked the hard questions and checked beyond the surface of this candidate who moved to Augusta County for the purpose of running against Hanger. How many know Moxley was the guest speaker at the Augusta County GOP several years ago while still vice chairman of the Bath County GOP, at the invitation of Bill Shirley, to speak about seceding from the nation? Some wondered if they were at a tea party meeting instead of a Republican meeting.
A recent Culpeper newspaper article about the race had several paragraphs from an interview with Hanger, a couple of paragraphs with quotes about Pattie, and nothing from Moxley because he was not available when the story was written. As June 9 approaches, it’s time for voters in the 24th District to learn more about Dan Moxley. He has been endorsed by the tea party and various tea party supporters but, as has been proven in the past, the tea party is notorious for not vetting candidates.
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