It's fun to watch Republicans spend money fighting each other, especially in these House primary races to see who's the most regressive, anti-tax extremist. It's even more fun when one of those candidates is charged with felony election fraud:
The Manassas businessman challenging longtime state Del. Harry J. Parrish in the June Republican primary said he expects to be charged today with lying about where he lives, his campaign announced yesterday.
Candidate Steve H. Chapman will hold a news conference at the county courthouse this afternoon after he is formally charged with election fraud, said Thomas Kopko, communications director for his campaign. [...]
At the Manassas condominium on Richmond Avenue, Chapman said, "Welcome to 'Pimp My Ride,' " as he opened the door -- referring to an MTV show where skilled mechanics transform dilapidated vehicles into luxury cars.
The cluttered, one-story condominium was filled with dirty furniture. The walls were not painted. The kitchen had no refrigerator and a broken stove. The bathroom, he said, was "under renovation."
In a bedroom, two old mattresses were stacked on top of each other and had no sheets. "It's luxurious," Chapman said sarcastically. "I have an ergonomic pillow so I get a good night's sleep."
This afternoon's Manassas Journal Messenger has more details on the charges, saying that Chapman has been charged with both felony election fraud and misdemeanor illegal voting. (Interestingly, Gil Davis, who failed to make the Republican Lt. Gov. primary ballot because he fell slightly short in petition signatures in April, is Chapman's defense lawyer.)
Unfortunately, as of yet, there's no Democrat running in the 50th district. Still, this will be interesting to watch, especially if this "Pimp My Ride" jokester ends up in a different kind of "Crib" altogether.