Rasoul’s campaign

Brent Finnegan -- January 20th, 2008

In May, I wrote about Sam Rasoul, the guy who hopes to secure the Democratic nomination and challenge Bob Goodlatte in Virginia’s 6th U.S. Congressional District this November. Rasoul’s campaign has been relentlessly sending out press releases at least once a week ever since, and it may be starting to pay off.

The Roanoke Times ran this story today:

Rasoul has been campaigning and raising funds for 11 months. He said Thursday he had raised more than $100,000 as of Dec. 31 […] Sixth District Democratic Committee Chairman David Layman said that although two other potential candidates have interviewed with his committee and some of its subcommittees, none has announced an intention to run […] He noted that Rasoul has been working hard for nearly a year. Any other candidates who “haven’t announced by now and plan on running a successful campaign, are very much behind.”

The 6th District Democrats will select their candidate at a convention that will probably be held in Rockbridge County, near the geographic center of the district, either on May 17 or 24, Layman said.

Today the Rasoul campaign sent out a press release announcing that “Sam Rasoul will be meeting with Ron Paul supporters this Wednesday […] Ron Paul supporters were intrigued with Rasoul’s common sense approach to government and asked if the Congressional candidate would come and speak with Paul’s local meetup group.”

Other than the fact that Rasoul and Paul are the only candidates with yard signs in Harrisonburg, it’s hard for me to imagine the two of them have very much in common.

10 Responses to “Rasoul’s campaign”

  1. Lowell Fulk says:

    This race has all the makings of a David vs Goliath type of contest. Representative Goodlatte has not been challenged for many years yet has continued to raise campaign funds. And very successfully. To the tune of around one million five hundred thousand dollars. One has to admire Sam greatly for his willingness to step up and work so hard to mount a viable challenge. And a viable challenge it is indeed.
    Sam offers much of value to the Sixth District constituents as far as a willingness to listen and work to represent our interests. I am aware of two other individuals of high quality and integrity who are considering making a run for the Democratic nomination as well. We are fortunate indeed to have several intelligent and principled individuals potentially seeking the approval of the voters of Congressional District #6 for the opportunity to run as our candidate for open government, accountability, good judgment and the further opportunity to live up to the promises they make to get elected. When I voted for Mr. Goodlatte, it was based on his promise to pursue term limits and on his promise to only seek to hold office for a specific amount of time. Sadly, he has chosen to take back his word on his original commitment to the voters of the Sixth District. Hopefully Sam, or the other potential candidates for this office, will be more credible in their commitment to the voters.

  2. MF says:

    I’m all about a democrat having crossover appeal, but talking to Ron Paulers may be crossing over a bit too far.

  3. finnegan says:

    Now I read this in today’s News Leader.

    Who decides on/presents the grassroots award?

  4. bill says:

    Off Topic:

    Has anyone followed the GA actions regarding committee meetings and the current legislation under consideration for limiting certain firearms in the wake of the VA Tech incident? It seems the NRA got its way once again. A clear and unadulterated reporting of what happened, when and by whom might be interesting

  5. JGFitzgerald says:

    The Sixth District Democratic Committee gives the award. All 11 CD committees give one each. I’m a member of that committee, and I think the most accurate description of why Sam got it is that nobody on the committee could think of anyone else who had done as much for 2007 Dem candidates throughout the district. Granted, he may have done most of it because he wants the nomination, but he still did it.
    Past winners, just FYI, are hburgnews contributors DebSF and Lowell Fulk.

  6. finnegan says:

    Got it.

    Rasoul certainly has made himself hard to ignore.

  7. JGFitzgerald says:

    “Rasoul certainly has made himself hard to ignore.”

    Some people consider that a strength in a politico. Go figure.

  8. finnegan says:

    That’s certainly true.

    I probably should have been more direct — my comment was meant to imply that there are certain Democrats that would rather have another Democrat run in his place. But, like David Layman said, any other candidates who “haven’t announced by now and plan on running a successful campaign, are very much behind.”

    I’ve been monitoring the Rasoul campaign, and it seems everyone else has been dragging their feet. At one point, Janice Lee Boyd’s name came up. And I still hear other names being bandied about. But I think Rasoul has built up too much momentum at this point. He’s proven himself by proactively campaigning, while others have been “mulling it over.”

    I think it’s refreshing to see a Democrat actively campaigning for legislative office around here again (I don’t really consider what Maxine Roles did “actively campaigning”).

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