Former Roanoke mayor wins GOP primaryImagine that. A principled politician.
By Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times
Former Roanoke Mayor Ralph Smith won a hotly contested race Tuesday for the 22nd Senate District Republican nomination, beating incumbent Brandon Bell by a narrow margin. Smith ... now faces Democrat Michael Breiner in the Nov. 6 general election.
Smith credited his win to a refusal to stray from his stated principles, staying "rock solid," to quote his campaign slogan. (link)
I had to chuckle when I saw the Bell ads on TV and heard his spots on the radio prior to the election. He was feverishly trying to paint himself as a conservative. This after his having sided with the liberal Democrats here in the commonwealth when it came down to crunch-time on the now-infamous transportation tax increase proposal. His effort to reinvent himself proved to be a day late and a whole lotta dollars short.
It would have been so much easier to show us how conservative he actually was when he had the opportunity to vote his principles.
Anyway, Brandon Bell is gone. Congratulations to Ralph Smith.
Now, on to the general election.