If You’re A Veteran, The Dave Brat Campaign Says It Doesn’t Want Your Vote

U.S. Air Force Veteran, Hugh Traulsen.

U.S. Air Force Veteran, Hugh Traulsen.

Hugh Traulsen is a 70 year old veteran who served Stateside in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.  He trained many enlisted men during that time.

Recently, Traulsen contacted the Dave Brat Campaign to see if Mr. Brat would “witness” his absentee ballot as he filled it out and voted for Dave Brat.  He left a message with the Brat campaign.  This was not the first time he had attempted to contact the Brat Campaign concerning this matter.  Weeks before, he had attempted contact, with his phone calls going unanswered.

A few days after his last phone call, Brat Campaign Communications Director Brian Gottstein, called back to state that Mr. Brat did not care to witness Mr. Traulsen filling out his absentee ballot.  Gottstein’s stated reason for not being interested was that Mr. Traulsen had also contacted the Jack Trammell Campaign (Traulsen had contacted the Trammell Campaign when his initial phone calls to Brat went unanswered).  When Mr. Traulsen tried to explain further, Gottstein immediately hung up the phone with Traulsen in mid sentence.  For the record, Trammell’s campaign never even responded once.

We get it, Mr. Gottstein.  You don’t give a damn about our veterans.  Your response will most likely be that you had no idea Mr. Traulsen was a veteran (even though he told you that he was a verteran).  So, does that mean it’s OK to slam the phone down on a 7th District constituent as long as they are not a veteran???

The question isn’t what should we do about Gottstein.  He is really inconsequential.  The question is: What will Dave Bratt do about Mr. Gottstein?  Will he have the balls to stand up to Gottstein and tell him that his actions are ruining his (Brat’s) chances of winning the election and then apologize to Mr. Traulsen and the other veterans that his campaign has offended?  Or will he continue to allow his campaign to be represented by someone who it seems has contempt for most people in the 7th District?  Just remember.  Gottstein gets paid whether Dave Brat wins or loses.  So the outcome does not matter to him.

The Dave Brat we saw before the Republican Primary ended is not the same Dave Brat we are seeing now.  If you don’t believe me, just read this note posted on Facebook by an 18 year old 7th District constituent, who will be voting for the first time on November 4th.

If Dave Brat will allow one of his campaign staffers to treat an Air Force veteran in such a despicable manner, how can we expect Dave Brat to go to Washington, D.C. and fight for reforms within the Veteran’s Administration?

James Carr "Witnesses" Hugh Traulsen's Absentee Ballot.

James Carr “Witnesses” Hugh Traulsen’s Absentee Ballot.

The only candidate running for Congress in the 7th District that was willing to meet with Mr. Traulsen was Libertarian James Carr.  After talking with Carr about his platform, Traulsen was impressed to the point that he decided to vote for Carr.  James Carr “witnessed” Traulsen filling out his absentee ballot.

Maybe voters in the 7th District should hang up the phone on Dave Brat and go cast their votes for James Carr.  Sounds like a solid plan to me.

Another “Empty Chair” As Dave Brat Dodges 7th District Voters Once Again

At the 7th District Candidate Debate in New Kent, Virginia on October 14th, there was an empty chair on stage.  Why?  Because Republican Congressional Candidate Dave Brat chose not to show up.  The Debate organizer had two confirmations from the Brat Campaign that he would be there.  Confirmations that Brat Campaign spokesman Brian Gottstein said did not exist.  (Gottstein has yet to address the fact that he lied about the campaign not agreeing to be at the debate.)

Dave Brat's Empty Chair

At The Crusade For Voters Candidate Forum, we seem to be seeing a pattern.

At the Candidate Forum held at Virginia Union University and hosted by the Richmond Crusade For Voters on October 19th, there was another empty chair.  Dave Brat chose not to show up again.  Forum organizers were unsure if Dave Brat was coming, or if he was going to send a spokesperson like the Warner and Gillespie Campaigns did.  Apparently Dave Brat chose to do neither, and chose not to inform anyone of his choice.  Debate organizers waited for him to appear and when it was finally clear he was not going to show, they proceeded with the event, leaving his empty chair and nameplate in plain view of the attendees.  And of course Brian Gottstein will come up with an array of excuses.  “Dave Brat had a hang nail.”  “The Sun wasn’t bright enough.”  “Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s was having a special on at that time and Dave couldn’t miss it.”  That’s about how stupid his other excuses have been.  You could point out that Dave should have invested in a DVR, but then Brian Gottstein would just stomp his feet and blame the other candidates for Dave’s failure to plan ahead when it comes to the Kardashians.

James Carr

7th District Libertarian Candidate James Carr.

Libertarian Congressional Candidate James Carr attended the event as did Libertarian Senate Candidate Robert Sarvis.  James Carr is one of Dave Brat’s opponents.  His other opponent, Democrat Jack Trammell, sent his campaign manager to speak on his behalf.

James was there because he truly cares about the voters of the 7th District and he has absolutely nothing to hide.

Many Dave Brat supporters will argue that Dave’s hands are tied.  That his campaign has been hijacked by backroom dealing, Washington Insiders like Brian Gottstein, and that there is nothing he can do about it.

But there IS something he can do.  He could grow a pair and send those Washington Insiders back to D.C. and get back to the type of campaign he was running during the primaries against Eric Cantor.

At the Term Limits Summit in Richmond on Wednesday, October 8th, Dave Brat told Fletcher Voelcker, a 7th District resident, that his campaign staff had not changed since he’d won the nomination back in June.  He made it clear that his campaign staff was the same now as it had been before the primary.

Liar! Liar! Pants on fire!!!  The Republican Primary in the 7th District of Virginia was held on June 10th, 2014.  Brian Gottstein was hired by the Dave Brat Campaign after the primary was held.

And let us not forget Dave Brat’s campaign manager during the primary, Zachary Werrell.  He is no longer with the campaign.  Two people have filled that roll since the primary ended and Werrell left the campaign.  One more lie in Dave Brat’s corner.

Is this the kind of man you want to send to Washington, D.C. to represent you?  A man who would blatantly lie to a voter’s face?  I think not.  Did Brian Gottstein hold a gun to Dave Brat’s head and force him to be dishonest?  Nope.  Dave Brat made this decision on his own.  But Gottstein would probably try and blame the other candidates saying they caused Dave Brat to be dishonest, if this issue were ever brought up publicly.

Brat’s campaign is losing supporters every day because of Brian Gottstein and the rest of the Washington Insiders that have been hired. 10 people – and these are just people I know personally – have stopped supporting Dave Brat and are now supporting James Carr.  At first they were merely looking at the other options because they had grown extremely disappointed with Dave Brat since he won the primary.  But after reviewing James Carr’s positions and listening to him speak, they realized that he was indeed the better candidate for the job.  Just think about it.  These are 10 people that I know.  And there are many more across the 7th District that I don’t know, who are jumping the Dave Brat ship on a daily basis.

Bob Shannon, founder and past president of The Mechanicsville TEA Party, has grown increasingly weary of Dave Brat since the primary.  He is not in the slightest way happy with the direction Dave Brat has decided to go and has voiced his opinion on the matter.  Bob Shannon was instrumental in convincing Dave Brat to run for office.  Now he’s extremely disappointed.

Some are asking if Brian Gottstein is aware that he is hurting the Brat Campaign.  Let’s be clear.  Brian Gottstein does not care if Dave Brat wins or loses.  He will get paid either way.  And regardless of the outcome, he will slither back to that backroom deal in Washington, D.C. whence he came, when it’s all said and done.  Calling Brian Gottstein an opportunist would be the understatement of the new millennium.

Brian Gottstein has claimed that he is a libertarian.  He made the claim in the comments section of this article on Va. Right!  There’s just one problem with that statement.  A real libertarian would not work for or vote for a theocrat.  And that is exactly what Dave Brat is.  In the same comments linked above, Gottstein accuses James Carr of lying when James had irrefutable evidence from debate organizers and sponsors, that Dave Bratt was dodging debates that included Carr.

Another thing Brian Gottstein seems to be good at.  Always blaming someone else for the Brat Campaign’s missteps (as you can see in his comments at the web site above).  Doesn’t this remind you of someone who occasionally resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, when he’s not off playing golf somewhere else???

Dave Brat doesn’t want to face James Carr in a debate because he knows his platform cannot stand public scrutiny.  He also knows James can talk circles around him when it comes to healthcare and economics.  Brian Gottstein knows this as well.  And that’s fine.  The longer Dave Brat hides, the more voters there will be who will be casting their votes for James Carr.

Dave Brat rode the “anyone but Cantor” wave for as long as he could.  And now that Eric Cantor is no longer in the picture, there’s just no reason to vote for Dave Brat.

Libertarian Candidate For Kansas Governor Releases New Ad

Keen Umbehr

Keen Umbehr, Libertarian Candidate For Governor Of Kansas.

Keen Umbehr, the Libertarian Candidate for Governor of Kansas has released a new ad this week.  The new ad provides a brief overview of Mr. Umbehr and his plans once elected Governor of Kansas.

Umbehr has been spending the last two days traveling the state of Kansas in what he calls the 34 City Tour.  He’s been answering questions and handing out campaign materials and yard signs to those who come out to meet him.

Umbehr’s campaign has noted that it only takes 34% of the vote to win a three way race and has dedicated a portion of their web site to those Kansas voters who are part of the 34%.  These voters are sharing their reasons for why they have decided to support Mr. Umbehr.

Umbehr has an opportunity to win this race and is getting his message out to as many Kansas Voters as he can.  It is clear that Kansas voters are sick and tired of the same old dishonest and crony politics that Sam Brownback (R) and Paul Davis (D) have to offer.

To all those who want more efficient and transparent government in Kansas, Keen Umbehr is the only choice.  You can view his new campaign ad below.

Cantor Style Politics From The Dave Brat Campaign

Virginia Republican Congressional Candidate, Dave Brat

Virginia Republican Congressional Candidate, Dave Brat

When Republican Dave Brat was running against Eric Cantor for the 7th District Congressional seat in Virginia’s 7th District Republican Primary, he needed to cast himself as an outsider.  A new guy.  A fresh face.  Many voters liked his ads (even many of those who would not vote for him), and many thought (because he said so), that he would play by the rules (unlike Eric Cantor).  You may not have agreed with his politics, but at least you thought he’d be honest and forthright.  Sadly, like most Republicans, Dave Brat has decided not to play by the rules.  And if elected, he could ignore the rules regarding the United States Constitution, for his own self interest.

In his Election Night Victory Speech, Dave Brat made a comment which I found to be very interesting (considering how he’s running his campaign these days).  He said: “The power belongs to the people.”

Dave Brat and his campaign have decided that he will not participate in any forums or debates that include all of the ballot qualified candidates running for Congress in the 7th District.  Specifically, any forums or debates that include the Libertarian Candidate, James Carr.  Debate and forum sponsors have told the Carr campaign that Brat has been unwilling to commit to any debates or forums that include Carr.  And in many cases, debate and forum sponsors have chosen to exclude Carr so that Brat will attend.

Dave Brat and his Democratic opponent Jack Trammell are both Economics Professors at Virginia’s Randolph Macon College.  Randolph Macon is hosting a debate and has chosen to exclude James Carr.  When asked for a reason why, both the college and the Trammell Campaign have cited Dave Brat’s unwillingness to participate if Carr is included, as the reason.  Trammell asked that Carr be included, and he was all but ignored.  You can read the Carr Campaign’s press release to learn more.

If the power belongs to the people, why is Dave Brat trying to silence one of the legally qualified candidates so that he cannot get his message out to the people?  What is he afraid of?  This smacks of something Eric Cantor would (and did) do.

If cornered and asked why he refuses to participate in any debates or forums with Carr, Dave Brat will either deny that he has refused and tell you the debate or forum organizers make the rules (in other words, he will lie), or he will avoid answering your question (like he did at a recent event in Henrico County when Carr Campaign Volunteer Carl Loser tried asking him about the debates).

At the Chesterfield County Fourth Of July Parade, Dave Brat met James Carr and they spoke briefly.  James told me that Dave Brat shook his hand and told him that he was looking forward to having a fair and honest campaign season in the 7th district.

Dave Brat ran in the 7th District Republican Primary railing against Eric Cantor, the Republican Establishment, and all of their dirty tactics.  Now that he needs their money, he’ll do whatever it takes to win.

TEA Party Leader Endorses Libertarian Robert Sarvis For U.S. Senate

Mechanicsville TEA Party Road Sign

Robert Shannon, founder and past chairman of both the Mechanicsville and King William TEA Party groups in Virginia, has officially endorsed Robert Sarvis (L) over Mark Warner (D) and Ed Gillespie (R) in the U.S. Senate Race in Virginia.  Shannon also endorsed Sarvis when he ran for Governor in 2013 against Terry McAuliffe (D) and Ken Cuccinelli (R).

A large 4″ x 8″ Sarvis For Senate sign sits on Shannon’s King William property facing Route 360. Nearly 10,000 motorists pass and see that sign on a daily basis.

Below is Bob Shannon’s official endorsement of Robert Sarvis:

Over the last 5 years it has become clear that continuing to support insiders such as Ed Gillespie will only assist in the fiscal and economic decline of our Nation and lend nothing towards dismantling the “donor class” that Dr. Laura Ingraham referenced when she visited Glen Allen, Va. during the 7th District Republican Primary Race a few months ago.
 
The notion that Ed Gillespie can raise a lot of money should set off alarm bells rather than be seen as some sort of benefit, since it only solidifies evidence of his insider status. Besides, we saw first hand in Virginia’s 7th District with Eric Cantor, the proof that money alone isn’t any panacea or guarantee of victory.  Warner or Gillespie – it doesn’t matter. They are two beltway insiders who have gone on record as big government types.  Both of these men have run the gamut of insider status, from building their personal wealth through government contracts and employment in the lobbying circus in between their stints as beltway boys. Only the most blinded  partisan ideologues would close their eyes to these facts. I am not in that group.  Warner and Gillespie are both part and parcel of the same problem, not a remedy.  
 
Robert Sarvis is a genuine human being running for public office for the right reasons. He has the 3 I’s:  Integrity, Intellect, and Independence . He has the personal fortitude and character to honestly tell you where he stands on an issue. I don’t agree with Rob on several issues, but it doesn’t diminish one iota the primary reason I have come to admire him and continue to support his efforts.  His calm, reasoned, and principled approach to the problems this Nation faces – from fiscal and economic to cultural and  personal liberty – is much more closely aligned with my own than the representatives of the oligarchs that control both major parties leadership.
 
If we as a Nation have any hope of arresting this decline then we must recognize the necessity to look at our problems through the eyes of someone who isn’t “owned” by these oligarchs. No one has their hooks in Robert Sarvis. He will represent us.  That matters much more to me than the differences I have with him on a few issues. Integrity matters, and should matter before anything else. Absent weighing the value of that quality, you end up with more of the same.

Bob Shannon may be reached for comment by sending an e-mail to: robertshannon_44@msn.com

Cuccinelli Political Strategist Says Libertarians Exist To Keep Republicans From Winning

Chris LaCivita

Chris LaCivita served as chief political strategist for Ken Cuccinelli.

When Ken Cuccinelli ran for Governor of Virginia in 2013, he framed himself as a “libertarian-leaning Republican.”  And recently his chief political strategist Chris LaCivita, let the cat out of the bag when he was interviewed for a June 6th, 2014 article at The Washington Examiner concerning North Carolina Libertarian Senate Candidate Sean Haugh.

In the article, LaCivita is quoted as saying: “Libertarians and quote unquote libertarian-minded Republicans exist for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to keep Republicans from winning general elections.”

“From a political standpoint, those individuals are Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi’s best pals.”

Rand Paul & Ken CuccinelliOh what seven months after an election won’t do to one’s memory.  LaCivita forgets that he was part of a team of “political experts” who failed to convince voters that a should-be convicted felon was more “Libertarian” than the real Libertarian Candidate, Robert Sarvis (Sarvis is now running for U.S. Senate in Virginia).  They even brought in former Congressman and 2012 Presidential Candidate Ron Paul (who is known as a libertarian-minded Republican) to seal the deal.  Don’t forget too, that Rand Paul endorsed Cuccinelli over real Libertarian Sarvis.  Of course, Rand Paul (Ron Paul’s son) always endorses Republicans over Libertarians, because, well, he is a Republican and, you know, Liberty.

For LaCivita – once you start telling lies, it’s hard to keep everything straight.

And we all know that Ken Cuccinelli himself, also feels the same way.  But the way you woo Libertarians to your campaign is to lie and pretend you are one.  Unfortunately for Cuccinelli – much like Mitt Romney – no matter how dishonest you are, you still can’t win an election.

Exit polls from the Virginia Governor’s race proved that had Sarvis not been in the race, Cuccinelli would have lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe by an even wider margin.  Let us not ever accuse Republicans of being as dishonest as Democrats.

Libertarians exist to keep both Democrats and Republicans from winning (you could argue that both parties are the same – and you’d probably be right).  In most elections we pull evenly from both sides.  There have been, on a few occasions, times when we have pulled more from the Democrats or more from the Republicans.  But in general, we take from both sides evenly.

LaCivita, like many other Republicans, is being intentionally dishonest.  It’s a growing pattern within the Republican party.  A last ditch effort to save a dying brand that should have never been popular to begin with.  It’s not as if LaCivita hasn’t looked at the exit poll data from the 2013 Governor’s race in Virginia.  But that data doesn’t fit the narrative he’s trying to sell.  So his only option is to lie through his teeth and hope that nobody does their own research.

Republicans and Democrats do not want Libertarians winning elections.  Republicans seem to be the most vocal about it at this time.  The Democrats just sit back with their feet propped up, laughing, while Republicans like LaCivita make fools of themselves and push more Libertarians away from the Republican Party.

I guess Cuccinelli shot himself in the foot when he claimed to be “Libertarian Leaning.” Because according to his chief political strategist, his one and only purpose was to keep himself from winning.

And that’s really good for the Libertarian Party.

Bill Lamb Admits Kentucky Senate Election Has Been Rigged

In the upcoming U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, someone has rigged the election.  How do I know this?  It’s quite simple, really.  Let’s start at the beginning…

Libertarian David Patterson

Kentucky Libertarian Senatorial Candidate David Patterson

Tea Party Republican Matt Bevin was running against Liberal Republican Mitch McConnell in the Republican Primary.  Bevin lost.  Now McConnell must face Libertarian David Patterson, and Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Invitations for a debate between the candidates, hosted by WDRB News – the local FOX news affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky – were sent out to McConnell and Grimes, but not Patterson.

A concerned voter contacted WDRB President Bill Lamb, who responded: “I’ve never heard of Mr. Patterson, which is part of the problem.  A Libertarian candidate has zero chance of winning this election.  He has no name recognition and no money to gain name recognition.  While one could argue he might add some interesting ideas to a debate, he would also take precious time away from the only two candidates with a chance to win.  To me, that’s not fair to the viable candidates nor to the voters who want to hear from the only two candidate who can win.”

Mr. Lamb obviously has some inside information that the rest of us are not privy to.  I contacted Mr. Lamb’s office for comment, but no one has returned my call.

Mr. Lamb is either planning to rig the November Kentucky Senate Election, or he knows the person who is planning to do that.  There is no other way he could know that David Patterson will not win.

More than likely, Mr. Lamb is not being honest and in reality he has no clue who will win the race in November.  But because he dislikes Libertarians so, he’s decided to throw his weight around.  As President of WDRB, he gets to decide who will participate in the debate and who will not.  And up until now, he has not had to answer to anyone.

I’m asking all of you who read this blog to share this story far and wide.  And when you’re done, please contact WDRB and let them know that you are not happy with their decision to exclude David Patterson.  Please be kind when you do.  That is the most important part.  Below I’ll list the contact information for Mr. Lamb.

The media is corrupt.  It’s up to us to set the story straight.

Bill Lamb’s Contact Information:

blamb@wdrb.com
(502) 585-0817

On a final note, here’s hoping that Matt Bevin does the right thing for his state and his country, and endorses David Patterson For U.S. Senate.  You can e-mail the Bevin Campaign requesting that he do so by clicking here.