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Most candidates to succeed Putney have no clue what the job entails.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Three Republicans running for the House of Delegates seat of retiring Del. Lacey Putney staged a theater of the absurd last week.
Two of the candidates, Jim McKelvey and Zachary Hatcher, said in a Bedford public forum that they would serve their constituents by pushing to repeal the constitutional amendment that allows them to elect their U.S. senators. Candidate Zach Martin said he would fight federal mandates, including the health care overhaul that already has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Hatcher said he didn’t understand “why we tax income,” even though individual income taxes account for two-thirds of Virginia’s general fund revenue. McKelvey said he would seek to repeal gun control laws, as if the General Assembly has left any meaningful firearms restrictions on the books.
As the candidates to succeed Virginia’s longest-serving legislator tried to outrun each other to the right, perhaps the winner in the GOP debate was Botetourt County Supervisor Terry Austin, who didn’t show up for the event. At least Austin still has a chance to present a reality-based agenda for the 19th District.
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