John Chichester, the Virginia elected official voted “most deserving of a primary challenge” by BVBL has recently added to the laundry list of reasons for removing this embarrassment from elected office with his notion that the General Assembly is working too hard and too long. After relentlessly pushing for tax raises, stonewalling a compromise with the House of Delegates on transportation and blocking efforts to impose fiscal discipline on Richmond, this fine Senator is now advocating that the general session be shortened from 46 to 30 days.
What an ultra-maroon. This legislative schedule may have made sense in the early 1900’s, but it’s clearly inadequate today and lends itself to having important legislation passed by at the end of the session because it was too difficult to work out a compromise, or required a legislator to actually record a vote on something that might have been somewhat controversial. Additionally, because serving in the general assembly is a part-time job, the membership is largely restricted to the independently wealthy and the self-employed as others simply can’t afford to take six weeks off from work in order to serve. It doesn’t help the concept of representative government at all. If anything, the session should be extended to make legislating in Virginia a full-time position.
Someone, anyone, please announce that you’re going to challenge Chichester for the Republican nomination. There’s plenty of folks who would rather cast their vote for the town drunk of Fredericksburg than continue to tolerate the counterproductive antics of this serial disaster of a Senator. You’ll have plenty of support from the citizens, especially from that small portion of Prince William County which is within the 28th Senate District.
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