Favola Wins Endorsement of WaPo, Sun Gazette

by ARLnow.com October 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm 3,042 32 Comments

Democratic state Senate candidate Barbara Favola has scored two notable newspaper endorsements.

The Washington Post and the Arlington Sun Gazette both endorsed Favola yesterday, passing over her opponent, Republican Caren Merrick.

“Our inclination at the beginning of the race was to favor Merrick,” wrote the Sun Gazette. “But as the campaign progressed, we’ve been left wondering exactly what her core political philosophy is, and how she will put it into action, if elected, in Richmond.”

“Democrat Barbara Favola, a knowledgeable veteran of the Arlington County Board, would be effective in the Senate from Day 1 representing this district,” wrote the Washington Post. “Ms. Merrick, despite her valuable business experience, has offered no plausible alternative for tackling [traffic] gridlock.”

Merrick holds a substantial cash advantage over Favola, however. As of Sept. 30, Merrick had $140,076 in the bank, compared to Favola’s $62,612.

Favola and Merrick are scheduled to debate tonight at the Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department (3900 Lee Highway). The debate is expected to begin around 7:30 p.m.

  • novasteve

    Wow, that just convinced to actually go out and vote, for her opponent.

    • Steamboat Willie

      I’m sure you were firmly undecided before.

      • novasteve

        Ohno, I would never vote for a democrat unless the republican wa sa neo nazi. But the question wnas I actually going to bother to vote. Now I have decided to vote.

        • Steamboat Willie

          Interesting decision tree you’ve constructed, and one that would have led you to pull the D lever in some districts out there. What a party.

    • drax

      Because you don’t like WaPo, because they’ve endorsed other candidates you don’t like, which you didn’t like because…WaPo endorsed them.

      It’s an opinion vortex!

      • Josh S

        Yeah, steve isn’t worth the brain power……

    • Paula

      Doesn’t her opponent Carren Merrick list her primary occupation as “Sunday School Teacher”? Merrick wasn’t a serious candidate; it’s no wonder even the the Sun Gazette endorsed her.

      • Burger

        You do know Merrick founded webMethods, a billion dollar company, right?

        My issue with the Gazette is due to basing its decision on Merrick’s lack of position on transportation. But, what is Favola’s beyond stopping road expansion which any clear thinking person realizes is a necessary part of any transportation solution.

    • John Andre

      So…you want to cut off my Social Security by voting for the Republicans???

    • AbeFroman

      Not like I could possibly vote for another democrat after the last 2.5 ys of horrible economic policy, but the WaPo endorsement just cinches it for me.

  • Hunsaker

    Isn’t it a stretch to say that a Democrat in NoVA “won” an endorsement? By that logic, Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sach,s earned every last grubby penny of his salary.

  • Clizzledizzle

    But who will ArlNow endorse?. That’s what I am waiting for!

  • GetReal

    I don’t agree with your logic. Mr. Blankfein DID earn every last cent of his salary and bonus.

  • Mr. Brown

    And Advanced Towing “won” a larger towing fee.

  • Free Arlington

    Remember that a vote for Babs may help get her OFF the County Board. A vote against Babs helps keep her on the County Board.

    I would rather have her gone.

    • Burger

      True. But it is more likely going to be the head of the Board of Ed to replace her.

  • Burger

    Not surprised on the WaPo endoresment. I guess Gazette talks a good game but all of their endorsements were straight encumbent or encumbent party line.

    I am curious on the Gazette’s rationale given that their entire opinion was based on Merrick’s position. I guess just slinging mud and have no real position beyond being in bed with the Towing companies counts as an opinion.

    • Steamboat Willie

      Once could be a typo, but twice might be a trend. Is our children learning?

  • Garden City

    I’m concerned with the effort that Marrick goes through to make sure that ‘Republican’ doesn’t get attached to her name. I’m not so concerned about her, but that’s one more seat closer to a GOP majority in the VA senate, and that’s one thing I don’t want. I have no desire to live in the Dark Ages.

    • Lou

      If you don’t like her strictly because she is a Republican, why are you concerned about anything she does?

    • How would you feel about her positions if the letter next to her name was (I) rather than (R) or (D)? That really is what you should ask yourself.

    • John Andre

      Right!!! We cannot afford the Republican Dark Ages in Virginia!!! Just look at what AG Cuccinelli is trying to do. Evolution is science and the Bible is NOT a science textbook!

  • Not Caren ‘tea party’ Marrick

    Caren Marrick is a Tea Party Republican. If it walks like a tea bag, talks like a tea bag, smells like a tea bag… Although she is running a stealth campaign to not look like a Re-re-re-rePUBLICAN TEA PARTY GOER.

    Sorry Ms. Marrick, you cover is blown.

    • KalashniKEV

      So if I vote for her, my taxes will go down?

      • Annie

        Yes, if you vote for Mr. Marrick your taxes will go down – but only if you’re in the top five% of wage earners. Middle class? Don’t count on it.

        • Suburban Not Urban

          And taxes for the bottom 50% will go from 0% to >0%?

          • KalashniKEV

            We can only hope!

  • Not Caren ‘tea party’ Marrick

    Yeah right. She is a politician, and will always sticks to her word. Just like George H.W. Bush. Read my lips, I’m (not) Caren Marrick and I’m here to lower your taxes.

  • Joe

    I would vote for a chimpanzee over an Arlington Democrat. The chimp would be smarter, certainly less willing to waste tax money and better looking as well.

    • John Andre

      The Republicans are the real chimps–but they are against evolution, which chimpanzees favor!

  • Not Caren ‘tea party’ Marrick

    Now where you at Joe and K.KEV? This is NOT Caren ‘tea party’ Marrick and I approve these messages.

    • KalashniKEV

      I’m creeped out.

      You know it’s “Merrick,” right? Is that some kind of a dig??

      Like 0bama?


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