86th district delegate Tom Rust decided not to run again to keep his seat from Jennifer Boysko, who came within a handful of votes of taking it from him in 2013. The 86th is generally considered to be the most left-leaning house district still represented by a Republican. The idea of a meaningful challenger to Boysko’s second run would most likely be illusory, unless that challenger had strong name recognition from the start, an established base, and substantial experience in local campaigns.
According to Eugene Delgaudio, someone named “Danny Vargas” may or may not be that challenger. Delgaudio’s personal Web site includes a page with a plaintive call for others to file before today’s 5:00 pm deadline. Whether or not he hopes Vargas will be the candidate is hard to discern from the two lines Eugene devotes to him:
At present only Danny Vargas of Herndon has announced preparations to file these requirements. He is the likely nominee if no one else files[.]
Hard to tell if that’s an approving remark, or a call for help. When it comes to Republicans and Eugene Delgaudio, you can never presume anything.
The only other report we’ve been able to find regarding a Vargas candidacy is from a source so unreliable that it barely warrants mentioning.
Regardless of the paucity of claims, we’ll know tomorrow if anyone has filed or not. Regardless, further, of whether anyone has filed or not, I’m already pleased by the sound of “Delegate Boysko.”
UPDATE: A Herndon source informs us as follows:
I saw Danny Vargas’s petition at the Herndon Town Council meeting on Tuesday night, carried by Councilman Dave Kirby (license plate IM4GOP). Who knows if that means anything though…
Our source further reports that Mr. Vargas himself was not there. Maybe a last-minute effort to draft him is in the works.
More as we get it.
(And, already, here it is.)
Herndon town council member Grace Han Wolf added some additional info to the story of Mr. Vargas’s potential entry into the race, via Facebook:
I’ve been watching this phenomenon for a long time, now. Wholly earnest people will say they are “ninety-nine percent sure” (or some similar measure) they are going to run, only to realize, at the last minute, that this isn’t the right time to do it. I know nothing of Mr. Vargas, personally, but I would tell him what I have told potential candidates from both parties, for years: if you don’t feel that fire in your belly, then this ain’t the thing for you.
Kudos, by the way, to the Herndon councilors for signing his petition, regardless of party. I’ve signed petitions for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. In a way, I particularly enjoy signing for Republicans, because I get to tell them, “I won’t vote for you, but I believe in more than one name being on the ballot, so tell everyone I signed your petition because I’m pro-choice.”