- Sen. Brandon Bell – Senator Ralph Smith
Roanoke County (Nov. 7) – Brandon Bell’s State Senate campaign confirmed today via the Roanoke County Registrar’s office that Ralph Smith voted absentee on November 3rd.
Senator Bell released the following statement:
“I can honestly say I was shocked to learn that my opponent Ralph Smith voted absentee on November 3rd. In all the campaigns I have participated in, I have never heard of a candidate not voting at their home precinct on election day. Where does Ralph Smith plan to be that he cannot take the time to vote with his supposed neighbors? If Ralph Smith has meet the “legal requirements” to be a candidate in the 19th District, why is he not available to vote on Election Day at the Bent Mountain precinct?”
Ralph Smith on Friday hits Bell for Democrats support:
ROANOKE, VA (Nov. 4) –Democrat Senator Mark Warner is campaigning for several local Democrats this weekend, including “independent” Senate candidate J. Brandon Bell II, whose campaign is being financed by a $222,500 donation from the Senate Democratic Caucus.
Senator Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke County) called Warner’s endorsement “the latest in a parade of liberal tax raisers backing Bell.”
“My opponent campaigned on tax cuts but repeatedly voted for higher taxes,” noted Smith. “He claims to be against ObamaCare, but then campaigns with the man who gave it the deciding vote. He says he is an independent, but 97% of his campaign funds come from the Democratic committee charged with electing Democrats. You just can’t trust anything Brandon Bell says.”
Smith has held recent fundraisers with Governor Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and former Governor George Allen. Cuccinelli is suing the federal government to invalidate ObamaCare using the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act, for which Smith voted and McDonnell signed into law.
“When my opponent switched his endorsement in the 2009 governor’s race, he said it was because he wanted someone that would stand up to the Obama Administration,” said Smith. “Now, he is campaigning with a close ally of President Obama and the man who cast the deciding vote for ‘ObamaCare’. Everyone has a right to change their mind and my opponent certainly has $222,500 worth of reasons to do so.”
Bell has made four previous bids for office as a Republican. Elected to the Senate from the 21st District in 1991, he was defeated for reelection in 1995. Elected again to the Senate from the 22nd District in 2003, he was defeated by Smith in the 2007 Republican Primary. After losing to Smith in 2007, Bell was appointed to a university board by a Democratic Governor, supported the Democratic nominee for Governor for part of the 2009 campaign, and campaigned this year with Democratic House Leader Ward Armstrong.
In addition to the $222,500 from the Democrat political action committee charged with keeping the Senate under the control of the Northern Virginia-dominated Democratic Caucus, Bell has also received support from the AFL-CIO, a teacher’s union, Virginia’s leading gay-rights organization, Fairfax Democratic Senator Janet Howell, the architect of the Democratic gerrymander, and former Senator John Chichester, the chief proponent of the largest tax increase in Virginia’s history.
“It will be very interesting to see which party ‘earns’ Brandon support when he inevitably seeks office again in the future,” quipped Smith campaign manager Steve Mabry. “Now, those wanting Brandon’s support have a clear view of the price tag.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2011, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: Election 2011, Elections, state_senate