Annotations & Elucidations Houck Not Going Anywhere
The hot rumor going around was that Senator Edd Houck (D-17, Spottsylvania) would accept a job in the new McDonnell administration, thus opening up a potential re-take of the Senate by Republicans by winning that seat in a special election. Democrats hold a one seat majority in the chamber, but a tie would flip it back to the GOP because of the re-election of Lt. Governor Bill Bolling. However, Senator Houck has dampened that speculation in today's Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star.
In other news, Senator Robert Hurt (R-19, Chatham) has hired Chris LaCivita as his consultant in the crowded 5th Congressional District Republican nomination campaign. LaCivita, formerly a consultant to former Governor George Allen, is most noted for running the Swift Boat campaign against John Kerry, and is fresh off Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli's landslide victory. Those who hire LaCivita mean to win. Elsewhere, a Democrat big gun is brought in for the recount in the 21st House of Delegates district election (where Republican Ron Villanueva defeated incumbent Democrat Bobby Mathieson); the effect of the Liberty University student vote is looked at in the 23rd district campaign (where Republican Scott Garrett defeated incumbent Democrat Shannon Valentine); and Public Opinion Strategies offers insights into the Obama affect in the Virginia campaign. But mainly, we're happy to bring back editorial comics to the News Stand.
Houck: No plan to leave (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
McDonnell disagrees with study on trimming tax breaks (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Falwell says he's 'surprised' by election results (Lynchburg News & Advance)
Counting in disputed 21st District race to resume at noon (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Al Gore's Attorney helps Mathieson (BearingDrift.com)
Hurt signs up LaCivita (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
Population, inflation fuel 10-year budget growth in Va. (Washington Post)
Don't Tell Anyone, But Obama Hurt Deeds in Virginia (Public Opinion Strategies/TQIA Blog)
Are Republicans too giddy? (Julian E. Zelizer/CNN.com)
"Wahtchya doing?" (Eric Allie/Townhall.com)
"DrainO" (Nate Beeler/Townhall.com)