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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Much at State in Tuesday's Special Election in Senate District 6

The Special Election tomorrow to replace State Senate Ralph Northam, who will be inagurated Lt. Governor on Saturday, is important for a couple of reasons.  First, it could keep the State Senate in the hands of the marginally pro-rights GOP.  But, Bearing Drift lays out an even more important reason:
While that is certainly true and conventional wisdom, there is a far more important reason for Republicans to go “all-in” today and tomorrow in supporting Norfolk businessman Wayne Coleman’s candidacy – the fact that for the first time in twenty years the state is without a Republican attorney general.
Why is this important? With the election of Democrat Mark Herring as attorney general, whose seat in Northern Virginia is almost certain to return to the Democrats (especially with Republican John Whitbeck and independent Joe May campaigning for the same voter pool), not only will all legislation pass through this progressive’s office to “be reviewed” for state constitutional muster, but Herring was unequivocal during his campaign that he would “pick and choose” which laws to enforce and which to ignore.
Coleman's Democrat opponent is Lynwood Lewis (NRA "A-" Rated in 2013).  Lewis voted to repeal the "Restaurant Ban" in 2010 and repeal handgun rationing in 2011.  He serves on the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee where most all firearm related bills go, as well as the House Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources.  Coleman has not held public office.

Here is the problem; Lewis will vote to organize the Senate with the anti-rights Democrats, putting the Senate Courts of Justice chairmanship in the hands of the vehemently anti-rights Senator Henry Marsh (D-Richmond), and insuring he may not have the opportunity to vote for pro-rights legislation for at least two years. Should anti-rights legislation get to the Senate floor, he can likely be counted on to vote against it.

The NRA did not endorse or issue grades in the special election.

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