by Bill Golden, PWCPolitics.com
McPike sent out an email to PWC residents on Wednesday, introducing Lingamfelter to his constituency — followed shortly by a blast from Lingamfelter.
First, let me note that Jeremy McPike probably lost his race against Scott Lingamfelter last year because he went negative at the end, especially during a debate. Lingamfelter eeked out a win but the red flags were there that next time he is most definitely vulnerable to losing his seat.
I know of several voters that were leaning his way until McPike decided not to take the high road. This cost him the election — whereas he had started out a longshot he came within 228 or so votes of Lingamfelter.
Yesterday (May 22nd) McPike was back again talking about Lingamfelter — or at least some ghostwriter for Virginia Democrats was talking about Lingamfelter and putting Jeremy’s name on it.
This time McPike was introducing Lingamfelter and highlighting his record on public healthcare for Virginians. It highlighted Lingamfelter’s "extreme policies", outlined some public metrics on how well medical outreach to less fortunate Virginians was working, reviewed some polling data, and then asked for money.
After seeing "extreme policies" appear early in Jeremy’s email I almost stopped reading … but McPike took just that one swipe and then moved on to talking about metrics and Medicaid expansion.
One of those metrics was that Lingamfelter’s district has over 15,000 constituents that would benefit from an expansion of Medicaid within the Commonwealth.
Overall, McPike’s email appeal was a warning shot that he, or someone like him, will be back in the next election … and that Lingamfelter is considered very vulnerable.
Within several hours Lingamfelter fired off his own email missive about McPike and Democrats and Medicaid. McPike either got under his skin, or synchronicity occurred since McPike gets named in the email. Emails travel fast these days.
Per Lingamfelter, it seems that only the Democrats are holding the state budget as hostage over Medicaid. We also learn that yesterday was Day 74 in "Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Obamacare budget". We are also on the verge of "an unprecedented constitutional crisis".
We also learn that the Democrats and McPike: "They confuse "listening" to constituents with "doing" what far left liberals demand."
It was a great email appeal to the party faithful. And then it also asks for money.
McPike seems to have learned that focusing on the issues and talking about the issues is perhaps a better path to getting something done. Folks will send him money.
McPike and the Democrats should know that Prince William County leans ever more heavily their way — Lingamfelter having lost PWC voters to McPike by 11 percent — but they are on probation. What they need are a few Bluedogs that leave the trashtalk at home (am thinking about the disgraceful race run by Delegate Rich Anderson’s Democratic opponent).
Lingamfelter’s emailer will also undoubtedly bring him money too — but constant focus on ‘liberals’ and ‘Obamacare’ and claiming that Virginians are getting care if they need it doesn’t cut it anymore.
Let’s really listen to our constituents and hold a townhall on Medicaid expansion and public healthcare for those less fortunate. Let’s really hear what constituents have to say. Am looking forward to putting that townhall on my calendar.