Former one-term congressman Tom Pierrello plans to seek the Democratic nomination for governor this year against Lt. Governor Ralph Northam. Pierrello’s entry into the race is a surprise as the Democrats wanted a cleared field for their anointed ones. The Ds don’t like contests so this really throws a wrench in the works.
Pierrello is an odd shade of a Democrat. He is a close political ally to President Barack Obama, but has been endorsed in the past by the NRA. He is more attractive to the hard-partisan radical leftist sect of the Democratic Party than Northam is, and yet will have to reconcile not being with the Democratic Party’s dogma on gun control, which makes up a large part of one issue voters over on the left.
Whichever shade you color him, Pierrello is really just a one-hit wonder who in 2008 swept in on the populist whims of anti-George W. Bush attitudes. In office, Pierrello voted with Obama often enough that the president came out to Charlottesville in 2010 for Pierrello’s re-election. This was a mistake evident by Pierrello’s loss that November, but more to the point asking Obama to campaign with you in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District exposes the disconnect the radical left has with America. What poll in 2010 showed attaching yourself to Obama would be beneficial to a candidate in Virginia’s 5th? The left likes to tell voters what is best for them, not listen to and then represent their people’s interests. Pierrello’s one-term in office is a good example of how the principle of “We the people” is exercised in our republic.
This late addition to the race must be upsetting to the Democratic Party establishment, who has already gone to the trouble of selecting the nominees for their voters. Northam is supposed to be unopposed for the gubernatorial nomination, just like the races for Lt. Governor and Attorney General. The decision has been made. How can this happen?
Now Democratic primary voters will actually have to make a, oh no, choice. We certainly can understand how the party of hierarchy is upset with this disturbance in their prearranged completion of democracy.