Ralph Smith: We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Election!
Virginia’s General Assembly prides itself on being populated by ‘citizen legislators.’ The implied meaning of that is the legislature is the people’s deliberative body. The people select its members. That’s why what is going on in Roanoke County-centric Senate District 19 is so troubling.
You see, outgoing Republican Sen. Ralph Smith has cynically rigged the system to ensure his hand-picked successor – tenderfoot legislative aide David Suetterlein – would have no formal GOP challenge for the nomination.
This brazen maneuver compels me to ask some uncomfortable questions.
Since when do the political elites and power brokers pre-determine election outcomes by gaming the system in a way that denies voters expressing their will?
Is this the new “Virginia Way?”