But the small donations human-rights attorney Yasmine Taeb has collected for her June 11 Democratic primary election against Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw of Fairfax show the greatest potential benefits of that type of fundraising, said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that Democrats in Congress will continue to investigate President Trump aggressively in the months ahead, examining some of the issues raised by the Special Counsel and others that he did not examine.
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that the Mueller Report was far more problematic for President Trump than the president and the attorney general said it was, particularly on issues of obstruction of justice.
Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington, said O’Rourke’s visit was as much about Virginia elections as his presidential campaign.
“Virginia Democrats can stand a little help right now,” he said, citing the controversies involving the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. “Beto can generate enthusiasm and money in a way the governor can’t right now.”
Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says members of the General Assembly are not ordinary people. “It’s not a legislature that looks like Virginia in part because it’s not designed to be a legislature that looks like Virginia. You put the income of your lawmakers up against the income and assets of ordinary Virginians and you see a huge difference,” Farnsworth notes.
Northam’s political problems will likely hinder his ability to play roles traditionally played by governors in statewide elections, according to University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth. “Normally Virginia governors will use these midterms as a vehicle to increase their leverage in the General Assembly,” Farnsworth said. “They’ll try to get money collected to help candidates, they’ll try to recruit top tier candidates and appear with them at events.”