Gordon Quits City Council Race, Endorses Holihan

Candidate also leaves Alexandria Republican City Committee citing incumbent Independent Alicia Hughes as the reason for his departure from the committee.

Republican Alexandria City Council candidate Scott Gordon abruptly resigned from the race for a seat in on Tuesday evening, citing a family medical issue and endorsed a Democrat for council.

“This is 100 percent due to an emerging family medical issue,” Gordon told Patch. “There is no other reason. Family above all else comes first.” 

Gordon made the announcement on his website.

“I urge you seriously to consider—as I make this endorsement—to fully support both physically and financially Mr. Sean Holihan, a member of the Alexandria Democratic Committee," Gordon wrote. "Sean is trustworthy, loyal, caring, sympathetic, intelligent and a real civics expert. I believe no other candidate, Incumbent or otherwise, is more suited to serve on the City Council."

Gordon wrote in another post on Tuesday that while he is resigning due to personal issues, he is leaving the Alexandria Republican City Committee.

“The true purpose of this resignation however is in protest to [the Alexandria Republican City Committee’s] continued support of Alicia Hughes, who (and this is entirely my opinion and in no way representative of any attempt to provide fact) is so morally and ethically challenged, whose character is so questionable, is unfit to hold office in our City," he wrote.

In a conversation with Patch, Gordon said the family health issue would have prevented him from running an effective campaign or, if elected, from holding office in a manner he felt the post deserved. He said he will continue to support Republican incumbent Frank Fannon and, if he does decide to run again, Republican candidate Phil Cefaratti.

“[The decision to leave the race] was also an opportunity for me to leave the party out of protest to say something I wanted to say but could not because of the scriptures of the party," Gordon said.

Holihan said he welcomed Gordon's support in a statement sent to Patch.

"While I am a progressive Democrat and will fight for those values on City Council, I welcome support from all Alexandrians," Holihan said. "Scott Gordon puts people before politics as evidenced by his resignation from the Republican party of Alexandria. His resignation is a true testament to how out of touch they have become. Until the Republican Party puts forth reasonable public servants for office, they will continue to lose pragmatic leaders like Scott Gordon."

Edgar Warfield March 07, 2012 at 02:06 AM
This ol' Democrat hasn't seen anything like this in this town in a long time. Mr. Gordon -- well said regarding Ms. Hughes. As to you, good health to you and your family, and thank you for being honest and straightforward with us. It is appreciated.
Cathryn S March 07, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Scott, I am sorry you dropped out of the race. You and your family have my sympathy. I am also sorry to read dominationinc's gratuitously intemperate response.
NoBS March 07, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Scott- I'm very sorry for your family's medical issues. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help - child care, meals, etc. I'm sure members of both parties will be ready to step in when you need help. Alexandria is a caring community. I completely understand your decision to drop out of the race for family. As for your comments on Alicia Hughes, bravo for saying out loud what many local Republicans won't because of party ideology. All the best to you and your family.
Linda Kelly March 07, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Dear Scott-I am very sorry to see you drop out of the race. I was excited about your candidacy and find you to be articulate and thoughtful. Very best to you and your family in what sounds like it is a very trying time and I hope you consider throwing your hat in the ring again in the future.
Gayle R. March 07, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Well said Gail. Despite the earlier insensitive remark, Del Ray and Alexandria is a very caring community and no matter how different our opinions are, I believe we would always be there for each other. Scott, let me know if you need anything.
Wayne Hulehan March 07, 2012 at 04:10 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family as it faces health issues. The only difference between a victim and a survivor is attitude. Good priorities, Scott.. keep the faith. I'm here if I can be of help.
Marcel March 07, 2012 at 06:33 PM
This is a poorly argued and articulated comment. If you have serious ideas to share, I suggest you work on your presentation. I have no idea what you are getting at.
Riss March 07, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Wayne..hope things are well..Riss
Lin Hiley March 08, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Our thoughts are with your family, I hope for the best for you all. You'll never go wrong following your truth!
Pat Malone March 09, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Scott, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during a very difficult time. I wish and hope all the best for you for the future, as well.


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