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Vic Bras To Pull A Chapman?

By Greg L | 23 November 2006 | PWCDC | 5 Comments

I’ve heard from several within the leadership of the PWCRC that Vic Bras, Chairman of the Prince William County Democratic Party has been threatening to file a lawsuit against the PWC Republican Party and Corey Stewart in regard to the mailing sent out on behalf of Corey Stewart which detailed the contributions of developer interests to the campaign of Sharon Pandak. I emailed Vic for comment, but he has not taken the opportunity to respond.

Concerns about the validity of these claims have been made here and at Craig’s Musings, and many have decided to wait and see what the campaign finance disclosures eventually reveal about the financing for Sharon Pandak’s campaign. It’s possible that Corey Stewart’s campaign obtained insider information about Pandak’s campaign finances and will be vindicated in future disclosures. It may have been a case of reasonable conjecture, given some of the events of the campaign, and may or may not be proven out.

To hear that Vic Bras may be throwing around threats of a lawsuit about this is surprising. Not only does it appear to be baseless (since when is it legally actionable to possibly be misleading in a political mailer) but it’s strangely reminiscent of another failed political campaign of this season. Even if the information was wrong, it’s pretty laughable to think you can sue for defamation regarding political statements given during a campaign.

But by all means, Vic, go ahead and pull a Chapman if that’s really what you want to do. Let’s get an opportunity to really dig into the campaign finance records of the Democratic Party of Virginia using the power of subpoenas, and really determine how that “No, Corey, No” mailer came to be. It might end up being a lot of fun for bloggers like me. We do like talking about defamation suits and “insider baseball”.

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  1. Anonymous said on 23 Nov 2006 at 2:09 am:
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    Vic Bras can’t sue Corey because he has no standing.

  2. Anonymous said on 23 Nov 2006 at 7:38 pm:
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    Vic Bras has no standing to sue Corey Stewart.

  3. Anonymous said on 24 Nov 2006 at 11:24 am:
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    There will not be a law suit. However, that does not absolve Corey Stewart of ultimate responsilbity for the unfounded information he conveyed on election. The court of public opinion, rather than a court of law, will be the forum in which accountability is dispensed.

  4. Batson D. Belfrey said on 27 Nov 2006 at 8:53 am:
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    Is it Corey’s or Tom’s responsibility for accuracy, or at least some bit of evidence that would support the claims? I thought the mailer went out under the PWCGOP Header. This would absolve Stewart, at least from a legal sense. Wasn’t this an independent expenditure? If it was, then the Stewart campaign could not legally have any prior knowledge of, or input regarding the content of the mailer.

  5. Greg L said on 27 Nov 2006 at 10:24 am:
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    My understanding is that this was an independent expenditure, so the PWCRC is fully responsible for it’s content. It would be rather novel if someone tried to hold a candidate responsible for an IE.

    But hey, nothing prevents a plaintiff from filing a dumb lawsuit. I seem to remember some other really dumb defamation suits filed last summer, so stupidity backed by legal action is hardly anything new.

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