After confirming a May 4 appearance on WINA’s The Schilling Show, Charlottesville City Council hopeful James Halfaday, at the last minute has chickened-out.

Democrat Halfaday, who personally had accepted the invitation to interview—after an ongoing, multi-week email exchange with The Schilling Show—conveyed his withdrawal via email through campaign manager (and mother hen), Russ Naranjo:

Date: May 3, 2011 07:10:39 PM EDT
Subject: James Halfaday

Dear Mr. Schilling:

James Halfaday has made the decision not to go on the show Wednesday.  He wants to wait until other Democratic candidates come forward.

Thank you,

Russ Naranjo
Campaign Manager

Multiple subsequent attempts to reach the Halfaday campaign were unsuccessful.

Aligning yourself with disgraced pseudo-Democrat Julian Taliaferro and following in the frightened footsteps of defeated Democrat Mike Baird is no way to campaign in Charlottesville, Chicken Halfaday. And counting your chickens before they hatch is a recipe for electoral disaster. You may have escaped the Schilling Show interview, but in the end, the yoke’s on you! Cackle, cackle, cackle…

Recipe for Chicken Halfaday

1 Large Chicken

1 Bad Egg

2 cups Cowardice

1 cup Ineptitude

3 tbs Confusion

1 tsp Shortsightedness

1 pinch Flakiness



  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Baste chicken liberally for thirty-one years.
  • Bake chicken at 350 for 2 hours, then remove from oven just prior to chicken being done.
  • Stick a fork in it.
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  1. Dear Rob, Where is Halfaday’s inner warrior? I think
    he may have scalped his campaign with this action.
    At a minimum, he owes the “Schilling Show” an honest

  2. Rob, you could’ve knocked me over with a feather (uh, not intended as a pun there but it does go with the developing theme of this coinciding news.)

    I am shocked, awed and dissapointed by Mr. Halfaday not appearing upon your show. However, this is Charlottesville. It is well known to folks around here that there are special “World Class City” residents among us, who are of the mindset that some behavior needn’t be regardable or consequential. Yet, I must be honest in confessing I missed your show yesterday too. Although, I had looked very much forward to catching this upon your podcast archives and was let down by Mr. Halfaday. Let down to learn he didn’t go before the WINA microphones with you.

    Indirectly Rob, this suggests you continue being a noted defacto political leader and prime republican target, that dyed in the wool city democrats can’t resist in assailing to partisan delight. Were I you Rob and had such a snub directed at me, I’d interpret and take that action as a backhanded compliment. This speaks sadly of candidate Halfaday, as only desirous of being a beholden political hack and limited to one-party nepotism.

    Doesn’t he realize that through this action, he’s made his other opponent (in the Firehouse Primary for the royal nod) look butch for a construction stand on a thirty-foot earthen dam at Ragged Mountain Reservoir? Once more again, this is Charlottesville. Go Figure. The city council race just gets stranger and stranger.

    Of course, there’s the destinct ugly possibility his campaign may have pulled this to score brownie points for the said Firehouse Primary. Elephant personages are (as) popular in this city to (the) donkey faithful, as motor-vehicle happening throughfares are shareware friendly with the vocal voting enviro-activists and sullen devout bicylists. Is it any wonder we wind up with city councils that pull these kind stunts (i.e. the recent infrastructure survey, which WASN’T mentioned or announced at the May 2nd council meeting, indicating bicycle lanes were the lead pressing priority / at least when I last got a gander at the -yeah, right- survey.)

    Who’d imagine even Bradon (the Socialist) Collins being made to look even better over James by this? How about a plausible explanation to go along with that apology Gary W. is calling for too?

  3. Be careful what you say Rob or you will be receiving a threatening email from his lawyer like a local volunteer I know who James served with in a Albemarle County volunteer agency. This guy is eight or nine Spudnuts shy of a dozen.

  4. It seems James did makes his appearance and handled the questions very well. His nomination for City Counsel has taught him the strategy and the hardness of being in the public’s eyes.I believe he’s honest about his platform and stands behind his values. He has been a part of Charlottesville, representing the community as a law enforcement agent. He’s not chicken, he’s only concerned about being responsive to answering questions.

  5. I knew James when he was employed by the state here in virginia and James worked hard for offender rights while in law. James gives people the hope that there ARE WORTH SOMETHINNG when others do not think that they are. he got my girlfriend enrolled in the GED program and she graduated last year. Charlottesville should be thankful for people like james in our town.

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