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Repeal Is Not an Option

Originally written as an op-ed during my campaign…

Of Virginia’s congressional districts, the 3rd is more disproportionately affected by our nation’s health care problems than most others.  The numbers which show this effect are staggering.  19%-nearly one in every five-African Americans are without health care coverage for various reasons.  Because our salaries, on average, tend to be lower than others, we spend almost 17% of our disposable income on health care costs. 48% of blacks suffer from chronic illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure (which I live with myself) and diabetes-a number that will surely increase as these illnesses are found at younger ages. While the onset of these diseases can largely be attributed to ancestry and personal choices, they are made worse by a lack of access to quality health care.

For many of the African Americans that make up 56% of the district, these numbers reflect the reality with which they live. They also reflect the environment that the Republican Party will campaign for Congress in this fall.

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Written by Coby Dillard

April 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Chuck Smith and the Right of Revolution

When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

I have a good friend, Chuck Smith, who’s running for the 2nd Congressional district (my district) seat here in Virginia. In addition to being a friend, he is a strong conservative from everything that I’ve seen and heard of him.

He declared his candidacy earlier this year after the Republicans lost the seat in the November elections. When he declared, Thelma Drake-the previous representative-hadn’t decided whether or not she was going to run again. She’s since decided not to, and to date, Chuck’s the only declared candidate.

There’s people in the local Republican Party-and others across the state-who don’t think he’s a viable candidate. That he can’t raise enough money to be competitive, and that-ultimately-he can’t win. Mention’s been made of previous races-state senator, RPV chairman-that Chuck’s run and lost. Because of these things, there’s rumblings that other candidates who are felt to be more viable are being recruited.

And of course, people are asking Chuck not to run…or just discounting his candidacy altogether.

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