The owner of BVBL, in his zeal to destroy the man representing his opponent in a lawsuit, has made the 51st seat harder for the Republicans to win in November. His misquided and quixotic attacks on one of the two Republican nominees obviously gave hope to the Democrats for the seat.
And his senseless attacks on the weaker opponent, Jeff Dion, has forced Jeff to drop out of the race in place of a candidate that is considered by BVBL to be the stronger candidate.
It is likely that some Gill opponents have actively pushed for this other Democrat to get into the race, in the hopes of scaring delegates to vote against Gill for his "baggage" which is mostly just their imagination.
Worse, the Julie Lucas may be ill-equipped to beat this other Democratic candidate. Jeff Dion would have been easier, but against a more serious candidate, it's questionable.
I think Gill can beat the new guy, but it won't be as easy as it would have been to beat Jeff Dion. Fortunately, Gill has appeal across a wide range of voters, and can bring new people to the polls. He is a strong candidate, an excellent speaker, and is up on the issues.
Still, it is dissappointing to say the least that a supposed conservative Republican has put what was already going to be a hard-fought seat at higher risk. If Julie wins the nomination, and loses the general election, BVBL will be remembered long after his unsubstantiated and baseless attacks as the man who lost this seat for the Republicans.
And while looking around, I also found a post at Too Conservative where a commenter actually tries to argue that Gill is the candidate the democrats want. My response was this:
"Faisal Gill…he’s the Republican the Democrats want to run against because it will be a cake walk for them".
I've not seen a single Democrat make a negative comment about Julie Lucas. Instead, they have been defending her, saying she's much better for the district. The democrats at BVBL, for example John Mark and probably some of the anonymous posters, are all attacking Gill before the nomination. They are all working hard to destroy him, so that the "good" republican wins the nomination.
It is clear which candidate the democrats want to have in the race. Want more evidence? When the democrats believed their smear campaign with Greg's help was succeeding, and Julie would win, they were content to let Jeff Dion run against her, because they figured he could beat her
But when the numbers came out for delegate, and it becamse clear that there was a serious chance for Gill to win, the democrats panicked and went looking for a better candidate.
The idea that the democrats are pining for Gill and his resume, background, and abilities, rather than Julie Lucas the School Board member, is silly. If the democrats didn't have some hope that republicans would actually attack their own candidate, they'd be shaking in their boots at what Faisal Gill represents -- a real threat to a new group of voters that the democrats previously took for granted given the republican tendency to call them all terrorists.