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This is my first Blog post so I'll keep it short. Just a quick introduction.

My name is Mark Collins and I moved to Virginia from Vermont last March. I came here as a Manager with DHL. You can imagine how that's working out. C'est la vie!

I am a Christian father of two children. Abigail Brook (5) and Sarah Mae (2).

My wife Katie thinks I'm a goof for writing a political blog but it'll keep me from talking her ears off some so it's all good.

I have been a conservative all my life in spite of growing up in the public schools of Massachusetts.

I have always been a bit taken aback with the disparity between the liberalism of New England government and the general goodness of the people there.

I wasn't sure what to expect moving to the Richmond area but for the most part I've met some real good people here.

In general I am disturbed with the direction that our country is headed and find that it is time to join the fight. The fight is not about elections but ideas. I am not willing to support a candidate on the basis of getting another Republican in office. I would not vote for a candidate who does not understand the constitutional role of limited federal government or the role of the states. Locally I will not vote for a candidate who does not represent my conservative views.

Enough about me. I will try to post topical blogs and read and comment on all of your blogs as well.

I look forward to getting to know all of you.

Mark Collins

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Comment by Deborah Munoz on December 15, 2008 at 9:48am
Hi Mark:
I was born in Burlington, VT, my sister was born in Manchester, NH and my father hails from Portland, ME....happy to say we're all solid Republicans. "Aya," as they say in Maine, there's still hope up there. Welcome to Virginia!
Comment by Sandy Cope on December 13, 2008 at 5:49pm
Mark- Merry Christmas to you also. Isn't moving to Virginia from up north a profound life experience? More than 10 years ago, my husband and I escaped the Liberal Democrats up north when we moved here also. A good friend had said to me once, when you have lived in the south, you can never leave and go back up north. I think you and I have found that out for sure. And, we will turn this state into solid red again, with people like you and so many of us who enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I supported some Republicans this year, both the Presidential candidate and others in other states so that the Libs did not gain the dreaded 60 seat majority. This year IMHO it was critical to do so, as there has never been a more far left Liberal Democratic candidate in my lifetime. But, if the Republican Party doesn't find, support, promote and fund better Republican candidates, I don't know that I can do that again. It is up to our Republican Leadership from the local level to the National Level to work towards that goal.. I think we saw in 2006 and again even more so in 2008 what happens when you have Republican candidates who have veered so far away from Republican principles. There is no perfect candidate, but I know we can do better than we did this year. It is critical to the survival of the Republican party. Thank you for getting involved, and working for what is right for America and her people. There's lots of ears here to give your wife's a break. Keep it coming.








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