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Monday, November 2, 2009

Some Politics are Local: Cannon's Willie Horton Moment

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Well played, Hugh "Mac" Cannon. After failing to win a single endorsement and unsuccessfully trying to drag the Reston Association into your campaign to unseat Del. Ken Plum (D-Mauve), you resort to the usual bag of sleazy campaign tricks. You only forgot to mention your awesome crime-fighting powers as the head of a neighborhood watch.


  1. The Convict in the GulagNovember 2, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Just what we need: another loose "Cannon" on the gun deck.

  2. I'll vote for Cannon, not because I want or expect him to win. Just to encourage the shards of the Republican party that Plum and Hudgins are vulnerable. Let's see how many votes a Law 'n Order candidate can draw.

  3. vote for a free market-

  4. This past weekend, Cannon and staff were driving past North Point Shopping center with megaphone yelling "Vote for Cannon". Kind of funny, kind of pathetic.

  5. Hickory Cluster knuckle dusterNovember 2, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    His very lurid and sleazy mailer loaded with exaggerations and misleading statements has definitely put me in Plum territory.


  6. The Convict in the GulagNovember 2, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    I had thought about running for Hudgins seat, Scuba. I'm not professional politician. That alone would probably mean that she would eat my lunch even before I got through the cafeteria line. Still, it's got to be better than letting her win unopposed.

  7. Sounds like Cannon is running a REAL campaign instead of sitting on his ass - takes guts to get out on the road and pitch yourself. Kudos. There's too many liberals in this town so I hope Cannon wins if for no other reason than to piss them off. Not a very high standard for public service but certainly worth a smile to me.


  8. socialism is the only answer. go obama

  9. fascism is the only answer. go mcdonnell

  10. Check the VA General Assembly web site. The charge in the Cannon mailer is TRUE. Ken Plum was one of 20 who voted for waivers to permit felons to work as contractors at our schools, Fortunately, the bill was defeated.

    Ken Plum is out of touch. 30 years of his nonsense is too long. Cannon = Change.

  11. Hickory Cluster knuckle dusterNovember 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Anon 6:34
    Is your name Hugh "Mac" Cannon perchance?

  12. Ken's point from a supporter was about how you count crime. Numbers! We have crime here in Reston and I think Cannon is more likly to do something about it. I'm generally pissed at Plum because he didn't help the 4,700 that signed the petition1 for Reston to beconme a Virginia town to be on the ballot. He's just part of the elites that have made Reston a big milk cow for Fairfax. Now a lot of people are for some reason for that. Even here in Reston. Don't understand that. I say give democracy a chanch here in Reston. If I had a megaphone I'd holler in the morning, evening and night. Get out and vote!- Rod Koozmin
    "don't need no suggestions here in Reston"

  13. From the Uplands of RestonNovember 2, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    Hickory Cluster knuckle duster,
    I'm going to vote in my own self interest. I will vote for Cannon.
    I like government to be efficient and not corrupt. I have no dog in the fight over R or D. Just show me good governance.
    Plum, for 30 years, has spent the majority of Reston's state tax revenue, in other areas of the state. Our tax dollars went to Richmond, never to return. I read his excuses for 20 years. Enough. Plum gives a very poor return on equity.
    I will add that when I quizzed Plum on a local ecological issue, he got the science wrong.
    Plum's votes have resulted in more ecologic damage and more unjustified spending.
    His knowledge base seems very outdated. His economic models emphasize control by elites, not individual empowerment. He has directly left the state poorer by ruling out a variety of common-sense, but conservative investment measures.
    One example is pulling the Wiehle charter. Because of this, we have divided government in Reston, get less for our tax dollar, and do not get any of the economies of scale a town can bring.
    There are successful anti-crime programs, but Plum can't find them. He truly sounds like a ward heeler supporting his sycophants with clout.

    Cannon look a lot better for all Restonians. He is fiscally prudent.

  14. obama knows best, he should make all decisions.

  15. The Elephant in the RoomNovember 2, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Anon 7:31: You are so correct. To quote an ecstatic German who saw Obama speak in Berlin in summer 2008, "I have seen the Messiah!". Halleluja! Put your trust in The One. Or at least in Ken Plum, hereditary Lord of the Duchy of Reston.

  16. You call yourself an Elephant but you sound like a Jackass.

  17. Elephant in the RoomNovember 2, 2009 at 9:59 PM that like the Democratic donkey, by any chance?

  18. It's funny -- the ad below this whole dialogue says "Deeds: Governor" Endorsed by the Washington Post. DING - that's enough for me! To vote for someone else!

  19. we should all blindly follow the messiah!

  20. Hugh "Mac" Cannon is the messiah?

    Holy Shit! Not only can he distort facts and send out sleazy mailers, he can walk on water and vanquish the MS 13 with his neighborhood watch prowess!


  21. Broke in Charter Oak (BiCO)November 3, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    You know what? Even though I voted for Ken Plum I must commend Mr. Cannon for his courage and commitment in launching a last-minute campaign in a race nobody thought he stood a chance in and sticking to his convictions. I was at Giant in Northpoint doing my weekly grocery shopping ritual and gladly took a flyer that was being passed out by one of Cannon's supporters. I weighed all of my options, and in the end Plum NARROWLY edged out Cannon to earn my vote (honestly it was neck-and-neck for me). Cannon ran a noble campaign though, and for his charisma and determination he deserves our RESPECT, not scorn.

  22. Those annoyingly stupid rhymes that Cannon supporters had posted all around Reston was enough to convince me to not vote for him.

  23. The Convict in the GulagNovember 3, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    I like your thinking 9:41. The amount of clutter that a candidate creates in my neighborhood is a BIG factor in my vote. That gawdy over-sized Cuccinelli sign just south of the Access highway bridge on Reston Ave sold me on his opponent.

  24. Vote Republican and lets get this country back on our feet-

  25. Vote Republican and lets get this country embroiled in another senseless war.

    Iraq II - Bush Jr. (R)
    Afghanistan - Bush Jr. (R)
    Serbia - Clinton (D)
    Somalia - Bush Sr. (R)
    Iraq I - Bush Sr. (R)
    Panama - Bush Sr (R)
    Grenada - Reagan (R)

    Am I sensing a pattern here?

    By the way, wasn't a Republican President when the economy started going down the tubes? And didn't the recent quarter of economic growth occur under a Democratic President?

  26. Well, if you want to be intellectually honest, you should have continued your list:

    Vietnam - Kennedy/Johnson (D/D)
    Korea - Truman (D)
    World War II - Roosevelt (D)
    World War I - Wilson (D)

    Some not too bright Republican politician years ago called these four wars "Democratic wars", and was roundly and rightly criticized. Now obviously, I and I doubt anyone else would consider WWI, WWII, or Korea as senseless. By the same token, I don't think you could call Iraq I (response to an invasion), Serbia (ending widespread ethnic cleasnsing), or Afghanistan (response to terrorist attacks on the U.S.) as senseless. Vietnam and the others you list (as well as Dominican Republic 1965 and Haiti 1994 -- both Democrats) could probably be argued one way or the other with the wisdom of hindsight. I guess what I'm saying is that the issue is not as simple as it may seem at first glance.

  27. I agree, I wish that both current and past presidents would take ownership of the issues that are left on the table once they take office.

    Nothing worse then hearing the phrase "well,I inherited this..."

  28. Cannon is a really nice guy and seems very genuine, but I was turned off by some of his campaign tactics. Like when he said Ken turned down RA's request for a debate. (They didn't organize the debate, it was just being held on their property.) The signs were pretty ridiculous. I didn't understand most of the rhyming ones or what I was supposed to take away from a rhyme that told me information I already know. Attack ads are never flattering for either side and I don't think they make much difference in the end.

    To the person who said Cannon is fiscally responsible and whatnot, I'm just curious how you know that. I know his web site says he worked with X and Y groups/companies but is there more proof than taking his word for it that he did well? A few years of budget analysis to look at or references from previous employers of his budgetary prowess? I'd really like to know more about this if there is more.

    And of course he can single-handedly take down MS-13. He's on neighborhood watch! Like I said, really nice guy, really energetic guy but not this time. Maybe next election he'll get another chance and be able to start sooner.


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