City of Virginia Beach (part)
Bob Purkey (Republican)
District Dem Voting Data:
2007 DPI: 40.8%, 2008 Obama: 40.6% (-0.2), 2008 Warner: 60.2% (+19.4)
Last week, Delegate Bob Purkey (R), who represents the 82nd district including Virginia Beach, called the press "prostitutes" for not quoting him in the exact manner that he wished to be quoted. This week, Purkey was startled out of his slumber DURING a session of the House of Delegates, only to stumble around for a bit in a vain attempt to catch up on what he has missed while sleeping, and why he was being called upon.
Once in a great while, Delegate Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach) allows the public a bit more familiarity with his idiosyncrasies. Yesterday, apparently angry over an article in the local newspaper, he was inspired to make a rare appearance and lash out. In an often incoherent broadside, he revealed much.
The article in the morning’s Virginian-Pilot reported that legislation brought by Purkey “would have extended the waiting period before former government officials and employees could lobby their old colleagues…would have added state executive agencies and local governments to those bodies deemed off-limits.” Purkey objected that the purpose wasn’t reported as “to make sure that cabinet level secretaries can not come back and lobby the next day as they still can by law.” Maybe he’ll be happier with this report.
Purkey described meeting with the reporter who said he had heard scuttlebutt about the reason the bill was put in. “I said the reason you prostitutes…pardon my grammar, I try to avoid the press every time I can. I think they are the worst…now there are a few decent reporters…a few you can trust, but most of them you can’t trust because they have changed their role. They used to report the news, now they interpret the news. They think that you all are pretty dumb, that we can’t give you the facts; they have to pre-chew your food, then digest it, and regurgitate it for you.” Purkey said, never getting to his point for the reporter.
Peter Schmidt, president and vice president of two firms that provide materials used in the manufacturing of concrete products, announced his candidacy for the 82nd House district this morning at the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee breakfast at Mom's Kitchen in Virginia Beach.
This is Schmidt's second attempt at running for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. He ran in 2005 as a Republican and lost to current Delegate Bob Purkey in the primary race. His announcement at the VBDC and his appearance at events such as the December reception for Brian Moran indicates that he's running as a Democrat this time around. He could face primary challengers for the Democratic nomination.
At the Virginia Beach Democratic Committee breakfast this morning, former member of the Virginia Beach City Council and Director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality threw his hat in the ring as a candidate for the HoD 82nd district. Schmidt, a successful businessman, has a long record of public service in elected and voluntary positions. He is the first Democrat to announce for this seat.