VIRGINIA BEACH - - 2nd District Rep. Glenn Nye is running for re-election. And he appears to be running scared.
Nye at Democrat breakfast
At a Democrat breakfast appearance Saturday, his campaign handlers were totally unprofessional and the appearance, while it didn't come unglued, it was certainly rusty around the edges.
The red meat attack on his opponent, promised in a city committee email announcing Nye's appearance, failed to materialize.
The announcement said, "Also come learn more about millionaire car salesman Scott Rigell’s pro-Cuccinelli agenda and why we must win in November."
To begin the meeting two staffers sought to stifle media coverage of by asking the city Democrat chairwoman Susan Mariner, a very nice, attractive woman, to ban media recording of Nye's remarks.
Ms. Mariner said, "The request was made by his press staffer because she is very nervous and this is her first campaign."
Informed that VNS would leave the meeting or would force the Democrats to throw us out before we would refrain from recording the event.
Mariner said, "The Republicans don't allow you to record." The editor replied, "I have been in the media since 1960 and I have never been banned or asked to not record a meeting.
"In fact," he replied, "the Republicans encourage the media's participation."
Mariner said she didn't know what to do as the deadline for starting Nye's presentation passed.
VNS sought out Nye's handlers, press girl Jennifer Koch, and Eric Anderson, identified as political advisor.
The editor explained and Ms. Koch said they would arrange an after the event interview or anything if the media didn't record the meeting.
VNS stated that it had never honored such a request at a public meeting. Ms. Koch lamely said, "This isn't a public meeting." It was quickly pointed out that it was a public meeting, the public had been invited, and Nye is a big boy and public figure capable to operating in a media environment.
It was also pointed out that as X-2nd District Rep. Owen Pickett's press representative that the editor had 'written' the PR game book that Nye is trying to follow except in trying to censor the media. Nye thanked the editor for that.
At that point, 15 minutes past starting time, the editor asked Nye, "Do you have any objection to our recording the meeting?" Nye tossed it back to Ms. Mariner. "It's Susan's call," he said and when pressed refused to change his position.
At that point the editor again talked with Mariner. "What would you do if this was WAVY or WTKR television?" "We'd do the same thing," Mariner said.
VNS then told Ms. Mariner, since she continued to waffle, "We are going to record the meeting and to stop us, you'll have to throw us out."
The whole media debacle was just rough, unprofessional, amateurish and Ms. Mariner admitted that she had no policy.
Nye obviously modified his planned remarks with a slight display of annoyance and made no controversial comments about his opponents nor about substantiative issues.
He abruptly ended his remarks and departed. An attempt to talk with him was refused by his staff on the grounds 'he's in a hurry to leave.'
Armpit shows Nye's stress
The editor got the distinct impression that without his people having total control, Nye was unsure of himself and ill at ease.
The building was well air-conditioned, but Nye was sweating profusely, soiling the armpits of his shirt.
VNS' impression? Nye will try to avoid all confrontation with any opponents by rejecting debates; will only appear before soft, supportive audiences, where his staff can have control.
He doesn't appear to have the confidence to expose himself, his comments, or his positions to a mixed party or objective audience where he can't control the environment or questions.
He seems like a really nice guy, but unwilling to debate his opponents. Watch and lets see.