By Kurt Feigel
The final in a series of 3 debates was completed today. You had the same seven players at the debate with between 200 and 350 people in attendance.
Nigel Coleman, chairman of the DTP gave a hilarious introduction to the event. I hope to have that video loaded soon.
My Impressions mostly related to the introductions;
Ken Boyd is a guy I’d love to support. The problem is that he continues to mention Albemarle County and his work as a supervisor over the last 10 years. My big issues are the 2nd amendment and protecting the U.S. Constitution. Albemaryle County is the last thing on my mind.
Ron Ferrin made a good strong comparison between Argentina’s failed economy and where we are heading under Obama.
Robert Hurt made a better showing during his introduction than last time. He tied in the feelings of the tea party and the angst we are feeling at the current state of affairs and he got lots of applause from that. He is still using his hand too much while talking and needs to get a hand on that (pun intended)
Jim McKelvey used a Rope to illustrate comments made by Tom Perriello where he said ” If you don’t tie our hands we (D.C. Politicians) will keep stealing from you” he also pushed for the passage of the FairTax.
Mike McPadden was strong and passionate as usual. He continued to show his strength in his ability to understand the depth of the constitution.
Feda Morton quoted Reagan ” Government isn’t part of the problem, government is the problem ” and that seemed to resonate well with the crowd. She did a better job than in Lynchburg though not enough to change my view that she should get out of this race.
Laurence Verga still is struggling as a public speaker. He tried to walk out front and connect with people and it just didn’t work for me. He also made lots of references to what needed to be done to fix our economy including lots of the standard “tax cuts” which indicates to me that he really doesn’t understand the things that keep power in Washington. He didn’t mention the Fairtax and I don’t see anything in his words to indicate that he supports it. During the intermission he walked by me shook my hand and said “Kurt Feigel”? I nodded and he walked away. I thought that was very amusing. He must have read my last op-ed.
Regarding term limits Hurt and Morton seem to indicate that they were against an amendment to the constitution and they think that “The People” are enough to get rid of career politicians. I wish that were true.
Regarding support for the candidate that wins the primary only McKelvey and McPadden stated that they “would support a candidate that holds true to conservative principles” while the others will support anyone that can “beat” Periello.
Robert Hurt has an issue problem to overcome from a past regarding a vote to raise taxes. During his closing he still didn’t address this so I spoke to him after the debate.
Mr Hurt spoke candidly about his decision regarding that vote. He said in 2004 “the state was facing a $4 Billion dollar shortfall, unlike the federal government we can’t just print more money or borrow from China” At the time he was in the House and not the Senate as he is currently serving and Republicans had little power. Both sides had a no compromise attitude and ” faced with a total shutdown of the government in Virginia he decided to vote for a compromise measure that included a $1 Billion dollar increase”. I wasn’t in Virginia in 2004 and can’t say I agree with his decision, I’m not really that averse to government shutting down. But, it’s good to finally have that question answered.
It’s great to be finished with these debates.