Thursday, January 19, 2017
Tom Perriello listens to an IUE-CWA Local 162 union member asking about automation.
Tom Perriello’s last stop in his listening tour through Roanoke was at the IUE-CWA Local 162 Roanoke headquarters where about 10 union rank and file members and union shop stewards from Verizon, ITT now the Harris Corporation, GE and Virginia Transformer peppered him with questions. Union members are not shy about asking questions.
Before Perriello arrived Jack Roland Chief Steward with Local 82162 at Harris Corporation said he wanted to know how Perriello views the future of the working class. Where does he see unions place in the future.
Jeff Moran, who works for Harris Corporation (again formerly ITT
Thursday, December 12, 2013
There are just over three weeks left to campaign for the January 7 special election for the 11th district House of Delegates. So far there have been no forums and no plans for a forum. Let us hope that changes so voters will have at least some comparison between the now three candidates. Sheriff Octavia Johnson withdrew from the Mill Mountain Garden Club forum that was set for Wednesday night. Rasoul accepted the invitation.
Instead of forums to inform the voters Republicans are planning an all out attack on the Democratic nominee. Don’t expect much of any positive messaging from the Republicans.
The back story is that the Republicans or PAC for them and their candidate will hit hard with negative fliers and TV ads. They will be attacking Rasoul on his ethnicity and his religion. When asked about this Rasoul said “some people just like to hate” and there is nothing you can do about it.
The bloggesphere and even progressives like Ben Tribbett hit Rasoul with negative slander in the 2008 6th district congressional race when Rasoul faced Rep. Bob Goodlatte. The Republicans left it alone thinking he had little chance anyway and didn’t want to risk a backlash. Now that Rasoul has a better than even chance of winning. The expectation is that the Republicans or their PAC will hit him with everything they’ve got to get this last Southwest Virginia delegate seat.
Roanokers don’t hate and those that do have no intention of voting for a Democrat anyway.
Tribbett in a tweet is still uninspired by Rasoul’s nomination:
When contacted Rasoul says he refuses to go negative against his Republican opponent Sheriff Octavia Johnson or Kimble Reynolds and will not listen to any advice to do so. Rasoul plans to continue his personal contact with voters and explain who he is and where he stands on the issues. “I won’t go negative – call it a liability but I won’t go negative,” said Rasoul. “I’ll just have to work harder.”
The Democratic Party of Virginia is behind Rasoul with staffers, funding and technical assistance. “They are all solidly behind me,” he said.
Rasoul’s campaign material will tell his story and contain no references or negativity toward his opponents. “I’ll do what my third grade teacher, Dr. Marylen Harmon, told me to do – kill them with kindness and tell my story.”
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2014, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: democrat, Election 2014, Elections, house_of_delegates, Sam_Rasoul