Friday, January 13, 2017
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the nominations of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense and Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State after participating in their confirmation hearings this week:
“I will support the nomination of General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense. In his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday, he demonstrated a clear-eyed view of our current national security environment and a deep appreciation for the challenges facing U.S. servicemembers and their families. I believe he is well-prepar
With the Senate redistricting plan finalized Thursday night and the governor prepared to sign it Republican Senator Ralph Smith looks to be the odd man out.
Not so fast says a source who adamantly declared that “it is primary time for Smith.”
Speculation was that Smith would not go down without a fight. Some thought he would challenge Democrat John Edwards in the 21st district.
Why the Republicans in the Senate threw Smith off the bridge we may never know. It is probably more of a survival of the fittest. A sigh of relief, a “phew it’s not me” and a “sorry about that” for Smith.
The Senator who moved to Botetourt to challenge Brandon Bell in a Republican primary looks set to move again. Smith has repeatedly hinted that he is “flexible” and can “move about easily” if he has to.
There was no doubt from the source close to the “simmering showdown” that Smith will challenge Bill Stanley in a primary.
Stanley’s district has spread all over the place. It is unclear if Smith has property anywhere in Stanley’s enlarge 19th district. The reasoning behind Smith’s choice is said to be that his supporters and constituents are now being gobbled up in Stanley’s 19th district.
Will Senator Smith have the last laugh?
Senate Districts - 21st John Edwards and 19th Bill Stanley
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Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2011, Elections, Politics, State Politics
Tags: Election 2011, Elections, republican