The worst thing about Tuesday’s GOP primary? I won’t be getting any more increasingly deranged emails from the campaign of E.W. Jackson.
He finished dead last in a 4-way primary to pick the Republican Senate nominee. Former governor and senator George Allen finished first, of course. He’ll challenge former governor Tim Kaine in November.
Jackson pulled 5 percent of the vote. Jamie Radtke, who at the GOP debate here in Roanoke promised to protect the sanctity of school lunches from the feds, garnered 23 percent. Del. Bob Marshall, the most sex-obsessed lawmaker in Virginia, took 7 percent.
In recent days, Jackson’s Tea Party-fueled campaign apparatus had really ramped up the email blizzard. My in box is overflowing with them. This morning I thought I’d treat you to some snippets from those.
May 30: “Tim Kaine uses women as pawns in the Democrat war on business.”
May 31: “Why is Tim Kaine suddenly attacking me?” (Kaine hadn’t uttered Jackson’s name).
June 4: “Tim Kaine knows that I am his worst nightmare as the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Virginia.”
June 6: “E.W. Jackson has been gaining momentum throughout the campaign, propelled by his inspiring message and memorable debate performances. Part of his secret is that Jackson not only gives a good speech, but is actually attached to more conservative constituencies than any other candidate in the race.”
June 8: “If I am elected to the U. S Senate, on my first day in office, I will propose the following legislation to reverse the damage which has already been done: FREEDOM FROM UNCONSTITUTIONAL & UNNECESSARY REGULATIONS ACT. All regulations passed by any agency of the federal government on or after January 20, 2009 shall hereby be suspended for an indefinite period, subject to Congressional review and reinstatement.”
June 11: “Democrats fear an E. W. Jackson’s [sic] victory in June 12th election. There are quiet whispers among Democrats and Republicans that tomorrow’s primary election could produce an upset victory for E.W. Jackson. . .”
June 12: “Today is our appointment with destiny. . . Together we will have a great victory.”