Update: LG Candidate Updates. Fraud and Debt Questionson March 18th, 2013 at 8:51 am
Update: While I have not been terribly impressed with Susan Stimpson, I just read this article detailing an attack from the Democrats on her. This attack on Stimpson is just maddeningly dishonest.
Now Stimpson could have said it better (which is one of my big issues with Stimpson is a statewide race) but this is clearly taken out of context to make her appear to be a racist. And that is just wrong. Leave it to the Dems to sink the lowest common denominator whenever possible.
I have my doubts about Stimpson, but I never doubt the ability of Democrats to be twisted and dishonest.
I have written two lengthy pieces describing two recent Lieutenant Governor’s forum. You can read them by clicking here or here…. The Roanoke forum can actually be viewed by clicking this link. It is rough, but you can see if your perceptions matched mine.
I wanted to share some of the latest information on three of the candidates that has come to light. For the record, as I have stated numerous times, I am going to be a delegate at the GOP convention for E.W. Jackson. So I do have a vested interest in this race.
But that stems from having a vested interest in getting elected officials in Richmond who will actually stand up for our basic rights. And since I have been actively involved in politics, Jackson is the first state wide candidate I have met who is worth spending my time and effort to actively help elect.
But that being said, there are some things you should know about some of the other candidates. While I want you to support Jackson like I do…I do think you should have this information so you can make the best informed decision if you decide to spend the weekend in Richmond as a delegate for one of the LG candidates.
I was critical of a number of the candidates in the last forum, but in particular, I was critical of the integrity, or lack thereof, of Jeanne Marie Davis. This story adds some clarity to her insensitive remarks bragging about signing up “ethnics” to be delegates. Her delivery about this at the last forum was insensitive and almost comical in its ineptitude.
Here is an excerpt from the article that shows the depth’s that Davis will stoop for this position…
“I had heard a few weeks ago about how Jeanne Marie was signing up Delegates and I’ve been waiting for today to discuss it. The Davis machine now has so little support left among grassroots activists, that they were spending lots of time at the Eden Center in Falls Church. The Eden Center is a Vietnamese cultural center. The problem with going there to sign up Delegates to a political convention is many recent immigrants are not registered to vote! In many cases they are not yet citizens.
So what does the vaunted Davis machine do at the Eden Center? They have staff there screaming at people to sign up and making them feel threatened if they don’t. Hundreds of people with no intention of showing up to this convention fill out the form to stop the harassment. Then Jeanne Marie’s campaign takes all the forms to the county office and presents them and declares their “momentum.”
So why did I wait until today to write this? Today was the Fairfax GOP credentials meeting where all the forms submitted were checked for voter registration and other issues.
170 of Jeannemarie’s forms were thrown out for not being registered to vote. Many of the others when being checked showed voters that have never participated in any election before- showing there are hundreds more that will never go to Richmond for an all day convention. There was even signs of total fraud- with one household registering 25 Delegates that had been signed up to support Davis.”
If anyone support the fraud that is Davis at this point, I simply can’t understand it.
But Davis isn’t the only candidate who has a story floating around they would prefer you not see.
Two of the other candidates have similar narratives that they are using to get elected. They claim to have been successful as local officials; using conservative principles to solve real world problems. They make the case that they can bring this grass roots conservative experience to Richmond. This is a compelling story, but how accurate are the claims of Corey Stewart and Susan Stimpson?
“Perhaps you would prefer to just indebt the Commonwealth as you have done repeatedly in Stafford–earning you the nickname “The Queen of Debt”. We cannot just borrow more and more money for everything and pass that debt onto future generations. It is troubling that amongst all the press releases, ground breakings, and ribbon cuttings for your spending projects, you always fail to mention that you borrowed the money to do these projects. Whether the $67 million High School in your district that you refused to allow the taxpayers an opportunity to vote on in a referendum, $22 million for new courthouse facilities, or any other projects in last years $393 million debt plan that you approved (taking us to the edge of our allowed limit) and which have not had the benefit of a vote by the taxpayers, there is a time when costs will catch up as we are seeing as interest payments on your debt are now becoming due.”
Now I have to say, I think Stimpson’s critic seems like a supporter of the Governor’s transportation plan (at least I infer that from the rest of his email) and I agree with Stimpson on her opposition to the current plan. But if she really is the “queen of debt,” then that combined with the issues I have mentioned in the previous articles makes it more and more difficult to see her as a serious candidate.
One of the reasons Stimpson has looked bad in the forums that I have attended is that Corey Stewart has a similar story, but from a different Northern Virginia county. He has, at least in the forum’s I have seen, done a better job of talking about how he would translate his successes to the state level. I have been very critical of Stimpson’s ability to articulate the conservative message. Stewart has been, at times, very effective at painting a picture of what he would do in Richmond if elected.
While Stewart has been better at conveying the message than Stimpson in forums, there are serious questions about how fiscally conservative Stewart has really been in his role as a County Supervisor. This email from a local resident appears to be well researched and raises serious questions about Stewart’s claims.
CLAIM: Corey Stewart claims to have cut $143 million dollars in spending cuts. FACT: The $143 million that Chairman Stewart refers to are not actually spending cuts – they are merely a reduction in future budget increases. This is Washington, DC style of spending cut. These reductions to the budget are, in reality, a reduction in the rate of increased spending in future years. In fact, actual budget spending has gone up every year since Corey Stewart became Chairman. And worse than that, County debt has increased by $203 million under Corey Stewarts Chairmanship. (Source: October 2, 2013 – FY 2014 Budget Choices & CAFR CLAIM: Corey Stewart claims to have reduced property taxes. FACT: Corey Stewart HAS NEVER voted for a budget with reduced property taxes. To the contrary, Corey Stewart has SUPPORTED, VOTED YES, for every budget that INCREASED property taxes. What’s even more laughable are the two budgets that Stewart voted against actually included reductions in the property tax rate. Also, despite the current economy and the collapse of the housing market where property plummeted in value, Prince William County has experienced an $86 million increase in revenue generate from property taxes. (Source: CAFR, Table CLAIM: Corey Stewart claims to have provided fiscally responsible leadership as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. FACT: Prince William County has a staggering $222 million in unfunded pensions for county employees. (Source: CAFR, Page 92) And before he blames State Government for these unfunded pensions, the $222 million of unfunded pensions are for Prince William County government employees only. These unfunded pensions are the sole responsibility of the Prince William County government and the Board of Supervisors. CLAIM: Corey Stewart claims to have provided fiscally responsible leadership as Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors and shrunk the size of government FACT: Under Corey Stewart’s Leadership, Prince William County added two new departments – the Department of Transportation and the Department of Development Services. (Source: Budget, FY2013) CLAIM: Corey Stewart claims to have provided fiscally responsible leadership as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. FACT: Under Stewart’s leadership, the Board of County Supervisors increased their own administrative budgets $712,000 per year for five years totaling a $3.6 million increase in the Board’s operating budget. When the public outcry became evident they buried or tried to hide the increase in the Community Development Budget allowing the Board to increase their staff salaries. (Source: FY2010 Carryover Budget) CLAIM: Corey Stewart claims to have provided fiscally responsible leadership as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors FACT: Chairman Stewart agreed to spend $44 million of taxpayers’ money intended for “core government services” on the construction of a Cultural Arts Center. (Source: Hylton Art Center Contract) We in Prince William County have gotten accustomed to Corey Stewart misrepresenting the facts. But the facts are the facts, the truth is the truth. Respectfully submitted, John S. Gray, CPA Prince William County Resident.
This information, combined with this rather unflattering story of an alleged drunken, profanity laced rant, really casts doubts on the Stewart campaign.
With seven candidates, there is a lot of information to parse through and I hope this gives you some additional knowledge that will help you make up your mind.
We certainly do not need a Lt. Governor who will use debt to avoid the tough fiscal decisions that need to be made. I still maintain that we need someone with a fresh vision outside of the normal mainstream of political machinations.
I still firmly believe that man is E.W. Jackson.