Online World, meet Real World.
First, left-leaning blogger Ben Tribbett told us he was considering running for the state Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington).
Now, right-leaning blogger Brian Schoeneman has filed papers to run for the House of Delegates against Del. Mark Keam (D) in Fairfax.
Both Tribbett and Schoeneman were political activists before becoming bloggers, so it makes sense that they might consider leaving the world of punditry and enter the world of electoral politics.
Schoeneman blogs for Bearing Drift, where his online biography indicates he’s spent a decade in public policy, lobbying and writing speeches. He works for a maritime labor union (and sometimes clashes with other Bearing Drift readers over his support of unions) and is a former official in the Labor Department under President George W. Bush.
Keam, a lawyer from Vienna, was elected in 2010, filling the seat vacated by Del. Steve Shannon (D-Fairfax), who left the General Assembly to run unsuccessfully for attorney general. Schoeneman’s candidacy was posted Tuesday by the Virginia Public Access Project.