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RISHELL CANNOT HIDE THE TRUTH

By Greg L | 29 June 2006 | 50th HOD District | 18 Comments

If you happen to visit Jeanette Rishell’s campaign website, you find some nice platitudes about transportation, schools and “continuing the tradition of putting our community above politics”. If she really believed these were the core issues facing the 50th District, I’m sure she as a dedicated community activist would have a long record of fighting for these things. Perhaps unsurprisingly, she does not.

Actions speak louder than words, and her actions paint a far more clear picture of what issues are important to her and what her agenda really is.

She has coordinated fundraising for Mexicanos Sin Fronteras, a front group for the “Zapatista Army” which agitates locally for illegal alien amnesty. She has lobbied the Manassas City Council to promote the agenda of this organization, and maintains a continuing relationship with them. The money, time and effort she has devoted to this fringe organization is never mentioned by her campaign. I would think she would be proud of her convictions and stand by them.

Many political activists advertise issues or candidates with bumper stickers or signs. What does Jeanette Rishell paste on her bumper? “Civil Marriage is a Civil Right”. What does she say on her website about her support of gay “marriage”? Not a word. I would think she would be proud of her convictions and stand by them.

Has Jeanette ever gone to Richmond? Has she ever worked with legislators in order to promote an aganda and perhaps gain some sorely-needed experience in the legislative process? It appears that as part of “Civil Liberties Advocacy” efforts she has, but there’s no mention of this by her campaign. Maybe having lobbied “against anti-gay legislation” isn’t something she wants to be widely known. I would think she would be proud of her convictions and stand by them.

Has Jeanette worked with any organizations with a political focus? Sure. While she’s happy to talk about the debate club of the PWC Committee of 100, what she doesn’t want to talk about are her long-running efforts on behalf of the UU Social Justice Committee. While Bruce Rommelt says that “we will not back down on our faith or our values”, it’s pretty clear that they’re not interested in discussing “living wage” advocacy, socialized medicine, abortion on demand, and pushing the homosexual agenda on schoolchildren. I’m sure she would consider these important issues to discuss with voters, but her website speaks to none of this. I would think she would be proud of her convictions and stand by them.

No, it’s easier to hide from the agenda she actually pursues in order to promote meaningless platitudes which don’t reveal to voters just how far-left she really is. I guess this is what the Sorenson folks teach: if you’re a flaming liberal nutjob, don’t you dare tell anyone what your agenda really is.

I guess you don’t have to worry about backing down if you never stand up!

(picture is of Subcommandante Marcos. leader of the Zapatista movement in Mexico)



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18 Comments

  1. Anonymous said on 29 Jun 2006 at 4:53 pm:
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    In light of what a liberal nutjob Rishell is, Jackson Miller’s membership in the Piedmont Environmental Council doesn’t worry me so much anymore.

  2. Greg L said on 29 Jun 2006 at 10:22 pm:
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    The PEC isn’t even in Prince William County, much less Manassas. I’m not aware of any such membership.

  3. Anonymous said on 30 Jun 2006 at 1:10 am:
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    http://www.miller4delegate.com/aboutme.html

    says

    Member, Piedmont Environmental Council

    PEC has no problem sticking their nose in affairs all over the metro area. They opposed the Wilson Bridge Project.

  4. Anonymous said on 30 Jun 2006 at 1:14 am:
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    They also have ties to the Coalition for Smarter Growth:

    http://www.smartergrowth.net/newsletter/2006/2006-04-28.html

    Support the Coalition for Smarter Growth

    We appreciate your contribution! Donations are processed by our fiscal agent, Piedmont Environmental Council. Please type “CSG” in the Designation field when making your donation today!

  5. Anonymous said on 30 Jun 2006 at 1:18 am:
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    Actually the PEC does have an office in Manassas:

    PEC is based in Warrenton and has field offices in Charlottesville, Orange, Manassas, Leesburg, Berryville and Washington, VA. For more information on the Council and its environmental programs, visit us at www.pecva.org or call 540.347.2334.

  6. A Citizen of Manassas said on 30 Jun 2006 at 7:53 am:
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    There is a difference between a group that openly supports illegal immigration, the breaking our our immigration laws, and a group that is concerned with the environment.

    However, should the PEC march around the Country breaking the law and our asking people to break the law then I think Jackson should resign his position and rightly denounce the group.

  7. Anonymous said on 30 Jun 2006 at 10:11 am:
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    I’m just interested in knowing how Miller reconciles his stand on transportation with PEC’s..

    Though it is interesting about environmentalism–any environmentalist that isn’t a “watermelon” (green on the outside, commie red on the inside) should rightly be concerned about illegal immigration. Especially given the mess on the Mexican border, and mean literally piles of trash.

  8. A Citizen of Manassas said on 30 Jun 2006 at 12:24 pm:
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    anon,

    I agree, the environmentalist should be concerned about illegal immigration. Not only are the National parks along the border suffereing, but you can also make the argument that illegal immigration causes sprawl, as many folks want to escape once nice neighborhoods etc.

  9. Anonymous said on 30 Jun 2006 at 5:34 pm:
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    Anon 10:11,

    Why don’t you ask him how he “reconciles” it.

    In the meantime you could explain what Miller’s position is and why it is completely incompatible with PECs (for those not in the know, since you clearly are).

    Must one agree with EVERY stance of an organization to which they belong? I don’t agree with 100% of the Republican platform - most things yes, but a few things no. But I’m also a member of the Sierra Club, and I don’t agree with them 100%, but I support a lot of their positions. Do you require all of your candidates to adhere to every single principle of an organization to which they belong.

  10. Anonymous said on 30 Jun 2006 at 6:25 pm:
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    I did.

    The answer was something to the effect of, “I don’t necessarily agree with all of the positions of the organizations that I am affiliated with”.

    I wouldn’t have expected any less of an answer.

  11. Anonymous said on 30 Jun 2006 at 6:34 pm:
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    PEC is of the “don’t build it and they won’t come” school of thought when it comes to transportation.

    If you’re going to do that, you needn’t worry about getting more of your transportation tax dollars back from Richmond, as Miller states he is going to do.

    No build, no expenses, no need for the money.

    (Maintenance of existing transportation infrastructure is, to my knowledge, fully funded and has been for a long time).

  12. Anonymous said on 30 Jun 2006 at 7:26 pm:
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    Anon 5:34,

    When you run for office and ask for my vote I’ll expect to hear exactly what parts of the Republican platform you don’t support and what parts of what Sierra Club does that you do.

  13. Anonymous said on 30 Jun 2006 at 7:50 pm:
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    I spoke with Jackson about his membership in this PEC group. He did tell me that he does not support eveything the group does.

    What he liked was how effective the group was in getting land owners to place voluntary conservation easements on farm and forest properties. Farm land as opposed to residential neighborhoods do not create such a burden on the property tax rate.

  14. Greg L said on 30 Jun 2006 at 7:50 pm:
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    Geez, how offtopic can we get here, folks?

  15. Anonymous said on 30 Jun 2006 at 10:00 pm:
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    Is it really off-topic?

    Here’s a quote I found on the PEC webpage that I like:

    “Building new highways to solve congestion is like loosening your belt to solve a weight problem.”
    — Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist

    If that’s the case, then putting a strong fence on the southern border is like putting a lock on the fridge door.

  16. Greg L said on 30 Jun 2006 at 10:11 pm:
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    Here we have a candidate who runs on a platform of meaningless platitudes while she actively supports an organization associated with EZLN communist rebels, promotes gay marriage and is a key local player in an organization that promotes, among other outrages, teaching schoolchildren about “alternative lifestyles” under the guise of sex education. But here we are talking about a conservation group which focuses on issues in Loudon, Warren and other piedmont counties.

    Unless the PEC is engaged in armed uprisings, marxist protest actions in Manassas by folks who don’t live in Manassas, or inviting people to come see gay porn movies, I’d say it’s enormously offtopic. Read the post!

  17. Anonymous said on 30 Jun 2006 at 10:53 pm:
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    I just went to her website and looked at the URL and read it as “Jeanetter Is Hell”. Maybe that’s a sign?

    Her website is quite empty. I think it would do her some good to announce her fundraising activities for Mexicanos Sin Fronteras — everyone knows that illegal aliens all vote for the Democrats as soon as they get their forged documents anyway.

    She definitely needs a Spanish version of her page, preferably with content completely different from what the English pages have to say. That way, she can present herself as a moderate to those who read English but don’t know Spanish, and she can present herself as a Marxist to the Mexicanos Sin Fronteras types who don’t know English, getting votes from both groups.

  18. Anonymous said on 1 Jul 2006 at 10:34 am:
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    Wow, the Dems here in Manassas are too liberal and the Republicans are too conservative. Watch out gang - someday, the moderates will rise and rule the world and then both sides will be in trouble!!!

    Oh, and one more thing…

    I miss Harry Parrish. Deeply.

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