The campaign of Matthew Berry released this morning an internal poll which showed that good man within striking distance of 10-term Democrat Jim Moran in one of the least Republican districts in Virginia. The “internal poll conducted by the Tarrance Group” find that “only 38% of likely voters believe . . . Moran deserves to be reelected in November while the plurality of likely voters, 40%, believe that it is time to give someone new a chance”:
The poll also reveals that Matthew Berry is the Republican candidate who can beat Jim Moran. When Matthew Berry’s background and experience are described to voters as well as Moran’s experience and record, the race is within the margin of error: 41% for Matthew Berry and 44% for incumbent Jim Moran, with a significant 16% remaining undecided.
I’ve known Matthew for about fourteen years. He is a solid conservative with strong libertarian inclinations. As I wrote in my endorsement:
He knows that with less federal regulation, industry can more readily prosper, leading to a better and cheaper products, a more efficient delivery of services and more rapid creation of jobs.
Not just that, he knows, as he has written on his campaign website, that the “current explosion of government spending and debt is not sustainable and imperils our nation’s future.” And he has been a strong voice against Obama/Reid/PelosiCare, opposing greater government control over health care. Instead, he has put forward a 5-point plan for health care reform, favoring policies which reduce government intervention in this growing sector of our economy and do not impose additional costs or mandates on the American people.
In short, he’s solid on “Tea Party” issues. He is thus easily distinguishable from Dede Scozzafava who supported the “stimulus” and backed card check. Some in the media claimed conservatives deserted Dede in droves because she was good on gay issues, supporting, for example, state recognition of same-sex marriage. They wanted to paint a picture of Republicans obsessed with social issues and disinterested in small government matters.
Back then, I speculated that most conservatives would have stuck with the Republican nominee in NY-23 despite her stand on gay marriage had she been solid on fiscal issues as well. Now, in Virginia’s Eighth Congressional Districts, conservatives have a chance to show that fiscal issues are their real concern by backing a candidate who comes from the Ronald Reagan wing of the party, but who happens to be gay.
Let us hope Northern Virginia conservatives look to Matthew’s positions on the issues central to our party’s rank and file. He’s a good man who is not a newcomer to the idea of small government. He has long known why they’re good for our country. Once in office, he won’t flinch. You can support this small-government Republican by joining me in contributing to his campaign.