Tuesday's Manassas Journal-Messenger featured a great letter to the editor (2nd on page) about the important race in the 13th district (hyperlinks in excerpts below are mine):
The incumbent, Bob Marshall, has had nearly a decade and a half in Richmond and his focus has not - even as our transportation problem has grown into a crisis - been on fighting gridlock. The issues section of Mr. Marshall's Web site has one entry on transportation; a reference to a 2000 law that requires tractor-trailers on Virginia's interstates to stay in the left lane. This may be a good idea, but it is already law and is not a commitment to dealing with the transportation crisis we face today.
Bruce Roemmelt offers a refreshing contrast to Mr. Marshall's ineffective politics as usual. Bruce's whole life has been about public service, problem solving and helping people. He is a veteran - a flight deck firefighter on the USS Intrepid during the Vietnam War - served 21 years as a Prince William County firefighter, and an educator. These experiences have taught him the importance of focusing on solving serious problems through teamwork. He's made the whole theme of his campaign "Trust and Transportation." [...]
If you click "help" on Mr. Marshall's Web site, you are told that the page does not exist. Well, click on Mr. Marshall's name this November and help on dealing with gridlock is something that will not exist. If you want something better, a common sense and pragmatic focus on solving real problems, then join me in voting for Bruce Roemmelt.
Ronald B. Petracca
Zowie! Great letter. [Read the whole thing here.] One thing to note is that "Delicate" Bob's Web team has updated the Delegate Bob "Help" page since Mr. Petracca authored this LTE. Of course, Bruce Roemmelt's team has updated his site, too, as they do very often, with more great stories about the people and issues driving their amazing campaign.
I'm still fond of Bob Marshall's old Web site myself (found on the Wayback Machine), the one with the list of unclaimed property. Now that's really helpin' people!