Saxman dropping out?

JGFitzgerald -- July 17th, 2009

Not quite Alaska quality, but the DNR reports Del. Chris Saxman, R-Staunton, is dropping out of the race for re-election to the House of Delegates. With $58,000 in the bank, incumbency, and name recognition (he was mentioned for Senate and co-chaired McCain’s Virginia effort) his odds of winning re-election were good.

26 Responses to “Saxman dropping out?”

  1. Odd, considering the News Leader is running this story today.

    Either the News Leader dropped the ball, or someone is playing a joke on Mellott.

  2. JGFitzgerald says:

    Odd indeed. But local gossip and at least one statewide blog seem to back it up. What does it mean that two people assume a practical joke on a writer before they assume he’s landed a scoop?

  3. Moreover, Mellott scooped Myron, who was hangin’ out with Saxman just last week.

  4. Jeremy Aldrich says:

    “Saxman, reached by phone Thursday evening, confirmed that he is withdrawing from the race with Democrat Erik Curren of Staunton in the Nov. 3 election to follow other pursuits, including advocating for school choice.”

    OMG, maybe Saxman is going to become the new headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!

  5. Lowell Fulk says:

    Interesting that he (Delegate Saxman) has spent $100,000.00, already in this campaign.

  6. Republitarian says:

    Brent, I’m glad you finally realize I am a source of breaking news. I’m sorry to disappoint you on this occasion. This does prove that you expect ground breaking political analysis, breaking news stories, insight, religious commentary, and opinions from The Republitarian. Ya’ll come back now, ya hear!

    I get the feeling a job offer was made in the last week because he is putting his replacement at a disadvantage and this is an odd time to make a decision like this.

  7. Chris Graham says:

    I also spent time with Saxman, this week, for a story feature that we’re doing for the New Dominion Magazine on school choice. We talked for probably an hour and a half. Looking back on it, I remember expecting him to ask me a question or two about the campaign, given my new role in Democratic Party politics. He didn’t once mention the campaign. And again, we talked for an hour and a half.

  8. JGFitzgerald says:

    FYI, the campaign finance reports, on Saxman and everybody else, are available at There are a lot of stories there if you have the time and can figure them out.

  9. Jamie Smith says:

    His smug arrogance will be missed!

  10. Looks like they may have already named his successor. Staunton councilman Richard Bell.

  11. JGFitzgerald says:

    The Bell appointment sounds like a done deal of mammoth proportions even by the standards of the GOP. I wonder how many Pubs in the district would have sought that seat if they’d known it was available, and if the nomination were not being decided the day after the abdication.

  12. Saxman just posted a note on Facebook, but avoids getting too specific about reasons for leaving and plans for the future.

    The responsibility of representing you requires, and you deserve, a full-time commitment. As I have recently felt pulled to pursue new opportunities to serve my community and our Commonwealth, I believe the time has come for me to step away from my current elected position … I plan to remain active working to advance commonsense conservative solutions and work on issues about which I am passionate … One of these projects is school choice and ensuring that every child has access to the educational options that will give them the best opportunity for success.

    FWIW, I follow Saxman on Twitter, and he made no indication of plans there, either.

  13. Bubby Hussein, Hillbilly Sheikh says:

    No disconnect there: Saxman was raising money because he knew that the new guy was going to need a jump start. Watch it all slide to this boy Bell.

  14. Republitarian says:

    After talking to a local elected official this morning who, this was a spur of the moment decision.

  15. Bubby Hussein, Hillbilly Sheikh says:

    Notice the missing word in that statement? Republican.

    A pol with aspirations, and this is one, knows when to step off.

  16. JGFitzgerald says:

    Is there a or two missing from Myron’s comment?

  17. Jeremy Aldrich says:

    Saxman’s School Choice Virginia organization is about to hit its first birthday.

    I guess he just really wants to focus on advocating the use of vouchers for private schools. I’d be interested to know how he feels about the idea of tax money paying for an Islamic school, or an all-Spanish-language school, or a gay-friendly high school.

  18. zen says:

    Saxman solicits feedback for this question posed on his site:
    “What do you think about Governor Sarah Palin’s announcement that she will be stepping down as Governor of Alaska, and what impact do you think her decision will have?”
    Maybe he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse.

  19. Republitarian says:


    It was suppossed to read ..”who had a conversation regarding campaign strategy for Rockingham last week with Chris. This was….

    Sorry about that. Must have hit something I shouldn’t have.

  20. JGFitzgerald says:

    GOP holds off on appointing someone to run instead of Chris Palin Saxman.

  21. zen says:

    A public forum is the right move here. Provoking the “grassroots” in SWACistan would surely become ugly—it may still. The normally vocal and tenacious group of party activists has been oddly silent. This is the calm before the storm.

  22. zen says:

    You can read more about Karaffa here, where he explains his core conservative principles. He offers a seven step manifesto that includes Individual and Fiscal Responsibility, Belief in God, and Respect for the United States Soldier.

  23. zen says:

    At least four interested in GOP’s 20th District nomination
    Only Bell and Karaffa are public

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