Republican Enters State Senate Race

by ARLnow.com June 28, 2011 at 10:43 am 4,148 38 Comments

A Republican has finally stepped up to run for state Senate in Arlington and Alexandria. Tim McGhee, an Alexandria resident, says he’s running for the 30th District state Senate seat.

McGhee currently works as a database administrator for The Falls Church and as a legislative analyst for Capitol Hill Prayer Partners. His resume also includes technology and facilities work for the Cherrydale Baptist Church and stints as the manager of two D.C.-area Radio Shack stores.

“Tim is an American with the heart of a Thessalonian, the soul of a Roman, the mind of a Berean, and the strength of a Colossian,” his personal web site says.

McGhee, whose parents were missionaries, quotes liberally from the Bible on both his campaign and personal web sites. He also quotes the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and former presidents Reagan and Kennedy.

“This campaign is about spreading freedom and democracy in the 30th Senate District of Virginia,” McGhee writes. “As President Reagan said, ‘Now, I would appeal to you to invigorate democracy in your own neighborhoods.’  In these challenging times it would be most helpful to have people at the leadership table who are willing to put all options on the table — including prayer — and listen to each other.”

McGhee is expected to face the winner of a three-way Democratic primary between Del. Adam Ebbin, Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka and Arlington School Board Chair Libby Garvey in November.

  • meh..

    He sounds really “churchy” ….

    • Banksy

      That’s an understatement. Capitol Hill Prayer Partners’ website states that it is “a ministry which is positioned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., helping members of the Body of Christ to ‘pray for those in authority over us’ in our federal government. Our primary purpose is to offer intercession on site for the members of Congress and their staffs each day that the Senate and the House of Representatives are in session; and our chief prayer focus is that ‘God’s will be done in earth, as it is in heaven’ [Matthew 6:10]

      Sorry. I don’t want to live in a theocracy.

      • doodly

        Yeah, and the funny thing is that whenever Congress does something they don’t like, it either means their prayer doesn’t work, or they got God’s intentions wrong. Oops.

      • ArlForester

        Maybe we should give prayer a chance. Everything else they have tried hasn’t worked……. /sarcasm

    • Zoning Victim

      Not to mention self-impressed.

  • ArlForester

    As a Republican, I have to say LOL. I like your odds, your odds at making Walter Mondale’s presidential bid look like a race.

  • Novanglus

    Former neighbor in Clarendon area. Very nice guy.

    But his resume and web site don’t give me any confidence that he’d be a good state senator even if he were electable.

    • yequalsy

      Yeah. “Tim is an American with the heart of a Thessalonian, the soul of a Roman, the mind of a Berean, and the strength of a Colossian.” Uhh, I know what’s he’s trying to say, but really? He is out of high school, right?

      • Novanglus

        “Soul of a Roman”??????

        Unless he means the one and only Roman in the Gospels who demonstrated a godly soul, or the modern Roman church (but he’s Anglican, so probably not), I have to worry about Tim’s soul.

      • Rosslynite

        He forgot to add “and the slogan of a douche.”

  • Ray

    Shall we predict how much of the vote he will eventually receive? I’ll say 37% (it’d be much less if it were a presidential election year).

  • KalashniKEV

    No SPARTAN???

    Jesus sayings???

    KalashniKEV does not endorse this candidate.

    • Josh S

      THAT”S a relief. Dude would probably end up governor if KalashniKEV endorsed him…..(not)

  • GS24-7

    This guy should really spend more time watching the NASA channel.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Hmmmmmm. He may be a nice guy as Novanglus pointed out, but he doesn’t seem to have any political experience at all. He’ll probably get eaten for lunch by the Dems.

  • danielobvt

    Hey, you have to give the guy props. Do you think even he thinks he has a chance? No. But he is giving us a chance to vote for someone other than the Democrat (and reminds that Democrat candidate that they do not have a 100% Democrat base in their district that they are supposed to represent in it’s entirety).

    • Bluemontsince1961

      “he is giving us a chance to vote for someone other than the Democrat (and reminds that Democrat candidate that they do not have a 100% Democrat base in their district that they are supposed to represent in it’s entirety).”

      This is true. When there isn’t a GOP candidate (which seems to happen most of the time), I vote for the independent or whoever is running against the incumbent.

    • Josh S

      I’d be interested in hearing what you mean by “represent in it’s (sic) entirety.”

      Presumably, by noticing party affiliation and paying attention to public statements, voters know what a candidate stands for. If he/she receives a majority, he/she can then safely assume they have approval to act on the stated platform. Why would they do otherwise? They certainly cannot abuse the minority and must continue to protect their rights, guarantee due process, etc. But one person cannot possibly vote in a way that will represent the viewpoints of every single person in his/her district. They vote according to their conscience and their viewpoints, viewpoints which were endorsed by receiving the majority vote.

      • Wildhair

        Crazy talk! That sounds like some kind of representative form of government.

    • Zoning Victim

      So I should be really happy that an unelectable religious zealot with a warrior complex is wasting money/votes and ensuring that any conservative minded indys are going to go ahead and vote Democratic instead of putting their vote in behind an allegedly nice but obvious kook? I’m not; the Republicans have no serious candidates, and fiscal conservatives have no serious party.

  • Chad

    *grabs the popcorn* This should be fun.

  • TGEoA

    Glad he’s running. It gives me a chance to vote against Babs twice.

    • nauckneighbor

      Wrong Senate Race, Favola is in District 31.

  • ReBirther

    Sounds like this guy might have birth certificate issues. From his website:

    “Tim was born in Chicago, born again in Florida”

  • Arlwhenever

    Yep, a guy who has had real world jobs serving customers and managing employees and operations; a fellow who understands that economic freedom is the only chance our state and country has of getting out of this economic funk. I agree, he is an incredibly poor fit for Arlington.

  • duhduhduhduh

    “Tim is an American with the heart of a Thessalonian, the soul of a Roman, the mind of a Berean, and the strength of a Colossian,”

    And the classical pretentiousness of a Sen. Byrd.

    • TGEoA

      At least he wasn’t in the Klan.

  • Courthouse Lady

    So the last link on his resume doesn’t work. But don’t worry, I found out what the Timothy Award is:

    “This award is presented to those students who have completed any four of the third- through 12th-grade handbooks or studies, which involves memorizing 286 Bible verses and includes all associated activities. The recipient must have completed the sixth grade or higher.”

    Out of the 6 awards by Awana for teens, this is only the 3rd most prestigious. I’m not impressed.

    • Chad

      Do you think this was one of the Bible verses they had to memorize?

      Deuteronomy 22:20-21

      “20 But if the thing is true, and evidences of virginity are not found for the young woman, 21 then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done a disgraceful thing in Israel, to play the harlot in her father’s house; so you shall put away the evil from among you.”

      • Tabby

        I can’t read “Deuteronomy” without thinking of Howard Stern as Mr. T. “Wha, if anyone try to do the rod to me, I…I..kill ’em.”

  • Cate

    Yeah…few things I like less than politicians who invoke religion.

  • clarendonneighbor

    Good for Tim! We need more people who stand firm in their convictions, regardless of their popularity, and challenge the status quo. I respect that he is humble enough to know he doesn’t have all of the answers, only God does.

    • MC

      I consider it rather arrogant that he claims to be running to bring “freedom and democracy” to us clueless folk who obviously aren’t aware we don’t have these things now. Sounds like he thinks he’s running for an office somewhere in Russia.

      • ArlForester

        You obviously prefer something along the hope and change sorta mantras, I assume. :rolleyes:

  • Joe

    Frankly, I’d vote for a chimpanzee in order to get some actual diversity of views among Arlington politicians. And that would improve the intelligence level as well.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      You have to wonder at times. I never thought I’d vote for the Green Party, but I’m starting to consider it (any my political views on most issues are not too close to the Green Party).

      • Dan

        Voting for the Green Party is the only way to voice your displeasure with the democrat’s strangle hold on Arlington.

        The lack of an effective GOP in Arlington has really been an education in the dangers of one party rule.

  • John Andre

    He doesn’t run in my district, where Favola and Areizaga-Soto are contending in the Democratic primary. I’m in the 31st.


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