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Well, it looks like these two political candidates won't have to juggle the demands of a classroom as well as the demands of their campaign.
It was announced a few days ago that Dave Brat's economics classes and Jack Trammell's sociology courses would not require them to be present in the teaching arena.
In short, both professors have been thrust into the full-time "do or die" campaign for Eric Cantor's seat in Congress, which will affect them significantly in the months to come.
First of all, Brat and Trammell will not be able to gain support among the student body as first-hand professors this coming semester, unless their campaign involves Randolph-Macon (which would be unwise not to). While it certainly would be a very unconventional way to gain votes, both candidates will have to rely on their preexisting relationships with the students and try and mold their campaign messages to better appeal to the student body.
If it's not apparent, the majority of voters for this coming election will be the students, alumni, and faculty of Randolph-Macon College. Brat and Trammell are definitely aware of this fact, and are most likely formulating ways to win over the students and alumni (I'm sure the faculty will have to remain as unbiased as possible).
Their ties to Randolph-Macon are probably the best ways to garner support for the election, and Brat and Trammell would be foolish if they did not utilize their connections with young voters.
Brat has been demonstrating this ever since his victory over Eric Cantor because many witnessed him conversing with students and faculty at the Ashland Strawberry Faire back in June (myself included). While it was a small act, it demonstrated to the public that Brat was willing to go out and meet people to try and gain their support.
Trammell has not been heard from for quite some time regarding his campaign or anything involving the election. While public and press attention might be a bit too much for someone, it is kind of concerning that Trammell has remained practically silent about the campaign and it may help or hinder his progress. He could be saving his energy to launch a massive campaign and put a halt to Brat's momentum from the summer, or he might be wary of the election at this point in time.
Either way, most of his supporters hope that Trammell will soon make his campaign statement hit the public air and begin to challenge Brat.
I would hate for this election to end up being like the last Super Bowl. Yeah, I think everyone remembers the embarrassing game we witnessed between the Seahawks and the Broncos.
While most of the students will not be able to experience Trammell or Brat as professors this coming fall semester, it may be safe to say that one of them will be returning in the spring semester.
More coverage will follow.
By: Matthew Romeo
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