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.)
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.
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.
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.