Gilmore kicks off run for the Senate

As wags have speculated since he dropped his bid to win the Republican nomination for president, former Governor Jim Gilmore made it official today that he's running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring John Warner (R) by launching his official campaign website. In a YouTube video on the front page of the site, Gilmore says he wants to go to Washington "to be one of those leaders who call on the spirit that is common in all of us, and use it to restore our country for the benefit of our people and in the eyes of the world."

In the kickoff video, Gilmore touts his experience in army counterintelligence, law enforcement, and as governor when the Pentagon was struck on 9/11 as reasons why he should represent the Commonwealth. The man who wants to keep Warner's seat in the red column says that the status quo in the Senate won't suffice. "Our leaders have let us down," he says, "and we badly need new hands at the wheel."

This is oddly reminiscent of his presumptive opponent's first campaign message. "Virginians know that politics as usual just isn't getting the job done. I want to change that," said former Governor Mark Warner (D, no relation to John Warner) in September when he launched his own campaign via YouTube.

With Congressman Tom Davis officially deciding against a Senate candidacy in October, Gilmore has no other serious challengers at this point, making for a match-up of former governors come next November. If recent polls are any indicator, Gilmore has some considerable ground to make up between now and Election Day 2008. In an October 24 poll by the nonpartisan Rasmussen Reports, 53 percent of Virginians would vote for Warner, compared to only 37 percent who say they'd back Gilmore.

Should Warner triumph and join Jim Webb in the world's most deliberative body, it would be the first time that Virginia has had two Democratic senators since 1970, when Senators Harry Byrd Jr. and William Spong represented the Commonwealth.

#

11 comments

Thank you, Jim Gilmore, for the giving a second senate seat to the Dems.
We at last have found a use for you.

Gilmore's Car Tax = M. Warner's Sales TAx

Oh do we so soon forget. Mr.Warner promised not to raise taxes. He said it was not necessary. But soon as he was elected he raised taxes. Then we hade a budget surplus. But studies indicate it was a booming economy that did that not his tax increases. How many promises will he make this time with no intention on keeping.
I wish we have some more choices as neither are very impressive.

Wasn't that budget surplus around $300M?

The point is, if there is a budget surplus, why raise the sales tax?

In a YouTube video on the front page of the site, Gilmore says he wants to go to Washington ¢Ã¢â??¬Ã?â??to be one of those leaders who call on the spirit that is common in all of us, and use it to restore our country for the benefit of our people and in the eyes of the world.¢Ã¢â??¬

-somehow Jim'll need to figure out how to tweak that into something catchy like "No Car Tax."

Let's look at a different way: Gilmore's massive debt vs. Warner's budget surplus. Virginia has always - ALWAYS - been known for our fiscal responsibility and overwhelmingly healthy treasury. We've been totally pay-as-you-go...until Gilmore blew that out of the water and left local treasuries in one hell of a mess. He was an embarrassment to the office. That's but one reason why Gilmore's popularity doesn't register beyond the actual Republicans in Virginia. He has no prayer of winning more than a small handful of independents or of winning this election. Warner will not have a Macaca moment. Virginians have long memories and will not soon forget Gilmore's incompetence.

Kudos to Music Lover. Mr. Gilmore was indeed "an embarrassment to the office." Apparently Gilmore knows no shame, but his car tax shenanigans won't be forgotten. Thankfully, we have a legitimate candidate in Mark Warner who will work hard for the Commonwealth.

Virginia gave up "pay-as-you-go" long before Gilmore by floating a bunch of bonds. Spin and reconstructed history won't work on long-time Virginians. If you remember, with revenue shortfalls, Wilder revamped his second year's budget. Warner gave the State a raise. He has never endeared himself except in NOVA and Tidewater. Also, his speeches are boring because they're all about him.

Oh, I forgot to include Berkeley East among Warner's admiers.

Yes the surplus was 300m but very little had to do with Warner.
Name somethings he actually did ???????????