Two recent straw polls offer somewhat differing views on the state of the statewide race on the Democratic side.
(Let’s keep in mind that straw polls sometimes are no predictor of anything much more than the willingness of campaigns to turn their people out to the events in question. However, that sometimes by itself can be telling.)
U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly’s annual St. Patrick’s Day bash (held “virtually” this year) saw Terry McAuliffe finish first in the straw poll for governor, followed by Jennifer McClellan and then Jennifer Carroll Foy, with the rest of the field trailing.
A straw poll held not long after during a fund-raiser by Del. Alfonso Lopez, also online, put Foy at the top of the rankings, followed by McAuliffe and then McClellan.
On the lieutenant-governor side, Sam Rasoul came out on top at the Connolly event, Elizabeth Guzman at the Lopez shindig. (Del. Mark Levine, who trailed badly in both straw polls, might reaaaaaallly want to rethink his plan to simultaneously run for lieutenant governor and re-election as delegate. But he did not listen to me before, so he probably will not listen now.)
Only in the race for attorney general did the stars align, with both events seeing a victory by incumbent Mark Herring over challenger Jay Jones, by varying degrees.
Take it all with a grain of salt, of course. But perhaps the results show that the races, particularly for lieutenant governor and maybe for governor, are by no means foregone conclusions.
SHE MUST BE FUN AT PARTIES: It looks like the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, is going to be the chief finger-wagger of the Biden administration.
There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, she seems to be saying of the COVID crisis, but in her world, that light is from an oncoming train about to kill us all.
She garnered a mention in this month’s edition of the Beacon, the newspaper for seniors, wagging that finger and informing us in-person restaurant dining is bad, bad, bad. (Of course, she was basing that conclusion on data from last March to December, which is, mmmmm, a tad out of data at this point.)
It certainly seems like the public is primed to stop listening to all the gloom and doomers, but then again, I’ve thought that several times before, only to see the back-to-life train stopped by a combination of stubborn health data and dire predictions from officialdom.
- Scott McCaffrey