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Emmett Hanger receives NRA endorsement in 24th District race

EmmettBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Senator Emmett Hanger (R-24th Senate District) has once again received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association with a “A” rating (see NRA-PVF grades for Virginia).

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24th Senate District financial reports

By Lynn R. Mitchell

VPAP chart

With fundraising totals reported for the first quarter, the 24th Senate District race showed incumbent Emmett Hanger (R) with a wide lead over Republican challengers Dan Moxley and Marshall Pattie, according to vpap.org.

Candidate Raised
Hanger, Emmett* (R) $193,432
Moxley, Dan (R) $12,723
Pattie, Marshall (R) $12,949

Graphics by VPAP.org

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Updating BD’s Big Line prediction for Sen-24

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Bearing Drift 5

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.

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Hanger, Pattie, Moxley left in 24th Senate District race after candidate drops out

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Senator Emmett Hanger speaking at Augusta Health, March 2015.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The June 9th primary in the 24th Senate District will be a contest between Senator Hanger, Augusta County Supervisor Marshall Pattie, and Dan Moxley who has lived in the district only a year. Interestingly, he has picked up backing and endorsements from the tea party who have been notorious for not vetting candidates.

The 24th District is now down to three candidates after Donald Sheets’ announcement that he was dropping out of the race, as reported by Brian Carlton with the News-Virginian (see Senate candidate drops out of race).

Sheets, who had not collected petitions for a primary run, was left high and dry after Judge Elizabeth Dillon dismissed the lawsuit brought by the 24th Senate District legislative committee that would require conventions instead of allowing incumbents to pick their method of nomination. In the case of Senator Emmett Hanger, that request was a primary. Continue reading

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Sheets drops out of 24th State Senate District race; 3 candidates left

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The 24th Senate District is now down to three candidates after Donald Sheets’ announcement that he was dropping out of the race, as reported by Brian Carlton with the News-Virginian (see Senate candidate drops out of race).

“As a lifetime resident of Mount Solon, I have always had a strong desire to serve my community,” Sheets said. “When I heard that Emmett Hanger and Marshall Pattie were probably not going to participate in the convention, I realized that I had a very good chance of beating Dan Moxley. Last week, the United States judicial system dismissed the lawsuit filed by Ken Adams, [so] the process of selecting a Republican nominee for State Senator in District 24 will now come from a June primary that I will not be running in.”

Sheets, who had not collected petitions for a primary run, was left high and dry after Judge Elizabeth Dillon dismissed the lawsuit brought by the 24th Senate District legislative committee that would require conventions instead of allowing incumbents to pick their method of nomination. In the case of Senator Emmett Hanger, that request is a primary.

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Emmett Hanger’s district chairs go legal route to convention him

By Lynn R. Mitchell

A group of Republican leaders in the region plan to challenge the state law that gives state Sen. Emmett Hanger the authority to decide the nomination method if he chooses to run for reelection.

Hanger, R-Mount Solon, has not formally announced his intentions for next year’s General Assembly elections, but has indicated that he’s likely to run again.

Supervisor Marshall Pattie and businessman Dan Moxley have declared their candidacies to challenge Hanger for the Republican Party nomination to run for the 24th Senate District seat next year. Both are expected to challenge Hanger on his conservative credentials.

State Senator Emmett Hanger, who has indicated he will probably run for re-election but has not made a formal announcement, has two challengers (to date) and now is also being challenged on the nominating method.

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24th State Senate race candidate to announce – Updated

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Dan Moxley

By Lynn R. Mitchell

State Senator Emmett Hanger has not announced if he intends to seek reelection for the 24th Senate District seat that he has held since 1996 but one challenger has already announced and a second is set to make his announcement today.

Marshall Pattie, Augusta County supervisor, made it official and has been campaigning since summer.

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Augusta GOP Chair Dan Moxley calls it quits

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Perhaps signaling a seriousness in his challenge for the state senate seat currently held by Senator Emmett Hanger, Dan Moxley resigned Monday as chairman of the Augusta County Republican Committee.

Or his resignation could be from pressure from others brought about by his ill-advised challenge (see Rumor has it coup to take place tonight at Augusta County GOP meeting) to Supervisor Carolyn Bragg when he announced a last-minute cancellation of the mass meeting that resulted in confusion but brought out determined Bragg supporters who overwhelmingly voted her in as the GOP nominee for November (see Augusta County follow-up to rumor of coup attempt).

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Updated: Augusta County GOP follow-up to rumor of coup attempt

ExplosionBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Coup, or no coup for the Augusta County Republican Committee (see Rumor has it coup to take place tonight at Augusta County GOP meeting)? As of 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night, there had been a filibuster by chairman Dan Moxley that included hours of discussion about last week’s failed attempt to keep Supervisor Carolyn Bragg off the ballot for GOP nominee in the November election (see Mass meeting still on despite questionable actions by Augusta County GOP chair Moxley, former chair  Bill Shirley). No business was conducted. People were leaving in droves after three hours of what has been status quo for this committee.

News-Virginian political reporter Bob Stuart was in attendance (see Augusta County GOP faces inner turmoil).

From reports coming out of the meeting (I missed it because we were enroute from Richmond to Augusta County), here is a summary of what happened up until around 10:00 pm:

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Rumor has it coup to take place tonight at Augusta County GOP meeting

ExplosionBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The boiling, dysfunctional tempest that is the Augusta County Republican Committee for the past six years under the leadership of former chairman Bill Shirley and now Dan Moxley will probably explode tonight at their monthly meeting.

After last week’s tricks by Shirley and Moxley to try and manipulate the nominating process for county supervisor, illegally disqualifying one candidate to leave only their candidate — a move that was ruled out of order by RPV — they were successful in doing something that has been missing for six years: they united the elected officials to finally publicly express outrage at the illegal goings-on (that have been occurring since Shirley took office six years ago) and do something. Their candidate won.

For example, Delegate Steve Landes, who was for Carolyn Bragg, wrote on my Facebook:

Steve Landes facebook comments

“This is America, not the Soviet Union,” Landes concluded in his remarks.

Now rumor has it there is a planned coup for tonight’s Augusta County Republican Committee meeting to overturn the chairmanship of Moxley and place their own candidate in office. Will they be successful? Watch for fireworks in the western skies of Virginia when the meeting gets underway at 7:00 p.m. at the Government Center in Verona.

This could have been avoided in March if they had fielded a candidate against Moxley, the hand-chosen successor by Bill Shirley. Moxley moved from Bath County, where he was vice chair and then chairman, to Augusta County to run against Emmett Hanger. Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s office staff called around in March trying to find a candidate including one to me at the eleventh hour — four days before the deadline — and although I made a suggestion to them, they didn’t follow through. Trixie Averill, who knows this area extremely well from her many years of field work in the 6th District, was never asked for suggestions.

And so Dan Moxley walked into the office unopposed. He, the man who was guest speaker at a GOP meeting three years ago and talked about seceding from the union. I looked at a friend sitting next to me and asked, “Is this a GOP meeting, or a tea party meeting?”

That was the man who became chairman of Augusta County.

So tonight the reputed coup is flaunting the name of Jim Hinton, a local. Though not a member of the committee, he has served on the Augusta County electoral board with Ruth Talmage, both of whom would be in Senator Hanger’s corner.

Get your popcorn ready because this should be good.

UPDATE: Augusta County GOP follow-up to rumor of coup attempt

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We’re live at the Augusta County mass meeting for South River supervisor candidate

By Lynn R. Mitchell

6:30: Folks are milling around for tonight’s Augusta County mass meeting to vote for a supervisor candidate from South River. A bit of drama developed over the weekend when Augusta County Republican Committee Chairman Dan Moxley and former chairman Bill Shirley held an eleventh hour executive meeting Saturday afternoon to form a nomination committee to “qualify” the two nominees.

After stacking the nomination committee with friendlies to the two chairs, they proceeded to disqualify sitting supervisor Carolyn Bragg who was appointed to the board in March after the death of Supervisor David Beyeler, and allowed their nominee, Tanya Gigliotti, to be unopposed.

Late Sunday night an announcement was put up on the ACRC Facebook page announcing tonight’s meeting had been cancelled.

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Mass meeting still on despite questionable actions by Augusta County GOP chair Moxley, former chair Bill Shirley

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Former Augusta County Chairman Bill Shirley and his hand-picked underling Dan Moxley have pulled a shady deal as was predicted by those who have been victims of their shenanigans in the past.

Late Sunday night they cancelled tonight’s planned mass meeting with this notice on their newly-formed Facebook page:

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!!

In accord with the Augusta County Republican Committee Bylaws, the Candidates and Nominating committee has presented the name of one qualified candidate to the Rules and Resolutions committee.  With only one certified candidate, the mass meeting is cancelled, and Tanya Gigliotti is the Republican nominee for the South River District Board of Supervisors seat.

Who is Tanya Gigliotti? And why has Carolyn Bragg, currently the sitting supervisor, been disqualified?

1. I suspect the nominee is a friend of Dan Moxley and/or Bill Shirley.

2. Despite the effort of Misters Moxley and Shirley, tonight’s mass meeting IS STILL ON.

All South River registered voters: Be at the Government Center at 6:30 tonight to vote for your candidate. This is why good conservative Republicans run as Independents in Augusta County.

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Second candidate emerges to challenge Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-24th Senate)

By Lynn R. Mitchell

A third candidate has emerged to primary State Senator Emmett Hanger in the 24th Senate District that includes Augusta County. Dan Moxley, chairman of the Augusta County Republican Committee, has entered the three-way GOP primary that also includes Marshall Pattie.

It has been rumored for months that Moxley intended to enter the race. Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) confirmed on Friday although no official announcement has been forthcoming from Moxley (see 2015 General Assembly candidates emerge).

There are rumors a third candidate to challenge Senator Hanger may emerge in the near future.

 

 

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