Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sen. Ralph Smith announcement yields surprises

Sen. Roscoe Reynolds and Sen. Bill Stanley for a showdown.

UPDATED 5/18: Well Sen. Smith asked me how I was first to find out what his plans were. He follows me on facebook. I just smiled and said you know you can’t keep a secret in this town. However he noted that there will be some surprising information revealed at his press conference on Thursday that I/we don’t know about. Smith seemed very pleased to have at least something kept secret. A correction Smith noted was that he had “rented” a house and not bought one in Roanoke County. Duly noted Sen. Smith! Can’t wait for the poop tomorrow.

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As rumored and now confirmed Senator Ralph Smith is announcing he will run for Bill Stanley’s (R-19) senate seat. But there will be NO primary with Stanley sources say.

Sen. Ralph Smith

Smith’s 22nd district fell by the wayside during senate redistricting this year.

The announcement will take place Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Roanoke County Administration building. Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Morgan Griffith will be by his side.

Rumored was that behind the scenes major shuffling, back scratching, promises and assurances were flying to pull this off for Smith. It was a masterful political feat. It was clear in Smith’s previous comments that he was prepared to move and definitely not ready to give up politics.

There will be no primary for Smith unless someone else jumps in.

Stanley will move to Roscoe Reynold’s (D-20) district and challenge him. My sources say it took a while for Stanley to feel secure in a victory against Reynolds. That still remains to be seen. (This has yet to be confirmed by Bill Stanley.)

But Senator Reynolds is already aware of this. He admitted as much at the VDOT public hearing on Friday. This will be very interesting to watch play out.

It will also be interesting to hear exactly where both will move. Stanley could still stay in Franklin County where part of the new 20th district will encompass. Smith could move to Franklin County, Floyd, Montgomery or will move to Roanoke County and already picked rented a house.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2011, Elections, Politics, State Politics

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