Professor Stephen J. Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington, says that silence is even more unhealthy for the security of a country: “The rumors are worse than the facts, also the truth comes to light relatively quickly when there are health problems.”
“It speaks to how people in the know view the candidates,” says Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington. “If a race is competitive, if a challenger is viable, if an incumbent is in trouble, money will [follow].”
“These narrow majorities create an environment where parties have to compete in all sorts of places,” Farnsworth says. “Part of that is getting as many registered as possible.”
Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says any candidate taking money from the governor is taking a risk. “Every candidate who takes money from the governor has had to do so after some pretty careful thought about whether it’s a net positive or a net negative,” he explains.
A low turnout wouldn’t surprise Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington.
“A number of potential donors see Democratic legislative majorities in Richmond as a real possibility,” said Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington.