Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Andres Tobar is quite funny. Miles Grant was often “horrified” at one thing or another. Pat Hope is a big fan of Hubert Humphrey. Alan Howze reminded us that “a rising tide raises all ships.” And Adam Parkhomenko is happy to work for $17,640 a year.
Although I don’t think there was any clear winner in last night’s debate between the five Democrats running for the House of Delegates’ 47th District (Buckingham, Ashton Heights and Arlington Forest are all inside the 47th), I thought Mr. Parkhomenko had the weakest showing. The other four have their strengths, their areas of expertise, and though it’s tough to know what they know outside those areas sometimes, it’s at least clear they have those areas.
If last night’s debate is any indication, it’s tough to see what Mr. Parkhomenko knows about public policy and the Virginia government. After the debate hosted by the Arlington County Democratic Committee, he admitted to me that he’s not a debater, and said that he thought last night’s went better than an earlier debate. However, many of his answers sounded more like post-game banter.
In six years working for Senator-turned-presidential-candidate Hillary Clinton, “I was right there in the mix” while people were “giving it everything they got.” The question asked the candidates what skills working with other people they would bring to Richmond if they won.
The Democrats are in full campaign now as they have a little more than six weeks until their June 9 primary that will determine who will run against Green Party candidate Josh Ruebner. Republicans have yet to field a candidate. Mr. Parkhomenko has the largest war chest (at nearly $49,000 he is leading the other four in donations by far), and has committed to campaigning and serving, if elected, without an outside job. Delegates are paid $17,640 per year.
Since the candidates are all Democrats, the similarities far outweighed the differences. They are for: same-sex marriage, alternative energy, improved transportation, abortion rights, and better health-care, schools and jobs. I was looking for differences in the candidates, and I spotted them mainly, as I said, in their areas of expertise:
Republicans have yet to field a candidate. Green Party is running Josh Ruebner. Democrats will fight for their party's nomination, chosen by primary vote on June 9. The five Democratic candidates in the race include: Full Disclosure: I have known Pat Hope for years and consider him a friend.
Green Party is running Josh Ruebner.
Democrats will fight for their party's nomination, chosen by primary vote on June 9.
The five Democratic candidates in the race include:
Full Disclosure: I have known Pat Hope for years and consider him a friend.
In my opinion, Hope sounded like he's scared of Parkhomenko when he pretentiously attacked him for not having a mortgage and a family while answering the full-time delegate question.
Parkhomenko has a lot of energy for this race and the prospects of representing Arlington in Richmond. Hope seems distracted by his family and his job and it showed on Tuesday night.
Howze (and to a lesser extent Hope) did very well. At least one supporter of another candidate said Howze was best.
Parkamenko was ridiculous. The repeated statement about being full-time (for less than 18k) really showed either a total misunderstanding of what it takes to live in this world or deceit. I don't think he was knowingly lying, but still. If you don't live in your parents' basement, how do you make that work.
I have to say, I've met Parkamenko twice and he's really come off as earnest but really not-ready-for-primetime both times. It frankly surprised me that how little he seemed to know about a variety of issues (from taxes to human services). I asked him only softball questions (such as "What are your biggest health care priorities?") and he really did muff them all -- AND twice mentioned the prison reform issue out of context and without much detail.
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