Ok, first let me say that I don’t really think Tom Davis ever had a political machine, even at his peak of power he was no Harry Byrd. But let’s face it Davis had a lot of influence in Fairfax county politics. He could get people elected. His endorsement carried a great deal of weight. However, with his protégé Pat Herrity losing an election he probably should have won, you have to wonder if the Tom Davis stamp of approval really helps a candidate.
Tom Davis worked hard for Herrity, but it is clear that his help didn’t matter one bit.