Why isn’t John Moss the front runner in this race? – by Reid Greenmun
I think the problem is that many VOTERS in VA Beach do not know Will Sessoms past record and his strong relationships with the local “who’s who” of the “insider’ business lobby. We have a lot of turn over in our city – due in part to the military folks being transferred and due in part to the changing job market in our region/city.
Because of our City Council election being moved to November (for the first time this year) a whole lot of folks that do not normally vote in City Council elections will be voting this year – and a whole lot of those “new” voters will be voting for Barack Obama. Folks, Meyera is the only person in the Beach mayoral race that is openly a DEMOCRAT. She should benefit quite well from that association.
Will Sessoms and John Moss are identified as REPUBLICANS. Scott Taylor is an independent.
From what I observe, the Republican Party base in our city is fractured and largely unenthused at the GOP choice of John McCain for President. Meanwhile, it seems to me that the Democratic faithful are highly energized, rowdy, and very enthusiastic! They are actually anxious to go to the polls! You can here the glee from the sharks as they smell blood in the water. Finally – the dark days of “Bush” and his “neo cons” have come to an end – let the party begin! Wa-hoo! Universal healthcare for all! Say good bye to Iraq – at long last. This joy within the Democratic community does not bode well for Conservatives. I also wonder if some of the older Conservatives living in our city are unaware that the City Council elections have moved from May to November? This is the first time. You never know.
Meanwhile … the business lobby and the “regionalists” (one in the same for the most part) are salivating at the prospect of having Will Sessoms replace Meyera Oberndorf as our next Mayor. I believe that the business community realizes that the residents are FED UP with our City Council and this time around Meyera is on her way out. They are scared to death John Moss would get elected. Thus, they have written checks like there is no tomorrow and the powers-that-be have seen to it that we now have a 4-way race for mayor. It is obvious to me that DEVELOPER Scott Taylor is in the race to split off votes from John Moss. I believe that Meyera and Will are splitting votes from each other. Just witness William Bailey’s attacks on Will Sessoms. Mr. Bailey is an attack dog for the city’s unions. It appears the Union has cast their lot with Meyera and not Will.
No matter how you look at – this year’s Mayoral race in Virginia Beach is going to be very interesting – and I really can’t tell how it will go. I do know that John Moss CAN WIN – but the fans of lower taxes and less city spending have a lot of work ahead of them to counter Mayor Oberndorf’s name recognition and Will Sessom’s half million dollar media buy.
Oddly, while the local media really does not ‘get it” (really, they don’t) – the REAL STORY of this race is that John Moss is the man to beat – and it is everyone else that is out to prevent John Moss from winning. The media actually believes this is a two-way race between Meyera Oberndorf and Will Sessoms. They really don’t understand what is going on. Face it .. The Pilot has lazy, junior reporters ever since they put their Liberal rag on the auction block in hopes of selling it before it is completely worthless to any potential investor. Sad … this race is REALLY interesting to watch unfold!