Congressional Representative Jim Moran’s (D) retirement from his seat in Virginia’s gerrymandered 8th Congressional District (Arlington County, Alexandria City, Falls Church City, and Fairfax County (part)) has resulted in that district’s first serious Democrat primary race in decades. If some gun owners have their way, Republicans, Libertarians, and Independent voters will decide this election because Virginia allows voters from all parties to vote in any party’s primary.
Gun rights group leaders such as OpenCarry.org’s co-founder John Pierce, a Virginia lawyer and socially liberal member of both the ACLU and the American Bar Association’s Second Amendment Civil Rights Litigation Subcommittee, have identified Democrat Candidate Don Beyer, a wealthy car dealer owner and 'Obama alumni' backed Clinton Administration insider endorsed by the Washington Post as the candidate who is most likely to be effective in passing federal anti-gun rights legislation.
Though all the Democrat candidates advocate some regulation of gun rights, Beyer is the only Democrat candidate to have mailed out paper fliers proclaiming his anti-gun agenda front and center.
“Beyer’s political connections, wealth, and frankly, his old age make Beyer a great candidate to assume former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's mantle as the nation’s chief anti-Second Amendment fear monger,” said Pierce. Beyer’s call for 'enhanced' background checks – without explanation – “is frankly Orwellian,” added Pierce. “What’s he calling for? Interviews with your doctor? Police home inspections?”
Last week the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) organized a picket-line style protest against Beyer at his Alexandria Volvo dealership on Route 1. During the protest, one car owner at the dealership getting his car serviced walked over to the picket line and told the picketers
if I had known Beyer was anti-gun I never would have bought a car from him!”
Van Cleave characterized Beyer’s plan to ban normal capacity magazines as an effort to tie the hands of gun owners behind their back, giving criminals and madmen the advantage in an attack. VCDL has issued alert urging voters of all parties to vote in the 8th District Democrat party primary election.
Regardless of your party affiliation (Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc.), if you are an 8th Congressional District voter and you didn’t vote the 8th Congressional District REPUBLICAN Firehouse Primary, then you CAN indeed vote in the 8th Congressional District DEMOCRAT Primary instead. To vote in the Democrat Primary, you simply go to your normal polling place and vote!,” urged Van Cleave.
The Candidates in the Democrat Primary election are:
Patrick Hope, State Delegate
Don Beyer, former Lt. Governor and well known car dealer
Lavern Chatman, former Virginia Urban League chief
Adam Ebbin, State Senator
William Euille, Mayor of Alexandria
Derek Hyra, Virginia Tech Professor
Diluting the effective voter pool further, candidates Satish Korpe, Bruce Shuttleworth, and Charnielle Herring each dropped out of the race recently, but their names will remain on the ballot because their departures came after ballots were printed, computers were programmed and absentee balloting began, helping to make this election 'up for grabs.'
‘A Vote for Hope’
Given the fact that most Republicans did not vote in their so-called “firehouse primary,” more voters than usual are eligible to vote in this Democrat Primary that is already a wide open field of many candidates. Statistical analysis at Blue Virginia suggests that Delegate Patrick Hope is most likely to win the election with Beyer as a close second.
So who are gun owners and others to vote for? “That’s a good question,” said OpenCarry.org’s John Pierce, chuckling that “any candidate but Beyer is my first answer, but this is really a game theory question.”
Pausing for a bit and getting serious, Pierce finally said
Look, Patrick Hope is statistically the most likely candidate to be beat Beyer. Furthermore, Hope's record in the Virginia's General Assembly demonstrate's that he is unable to pass anti-gun rights legislation. If voters want to stop Beyer, they should vote for Hope.”
UPDATE: OpenCarry.org releases anti-Don Beyer robocalls and emails over the weekend before the election, listen to robo-call here.