Jeffrey R. Dion is the Democrat running for Occoquan Supervisor in the special election to be held on January 30th, 2007. We’ve heard a lot of nice things said about Jeff, who has done a good job helping crime victims. But there’s some other critical information that the Democrats haven’t been too interested in talking about that might help inform voters about how Mr. Dion values his commitments.
Back sometime around 2001, Jeff who was married to his wife Jane, and had a five year old boy and a one year old baby girl got divorced. To many folks that just one of those unfortunate things that happen to too many people, and is just another minor tragedy amongst a sea of similar tragedies. What makes this different is that Jeff is now an openly practicing homosexual who lives with his gay partner. To an outsider like me, it sure looks like he left his marriage and destroyed the stability of his family in order to pursue a homsexual “lifestyle.”
In the midst of this homosexual “lifestyle” Mr. Dion by all accounts raises these two children, who are now six and ten years old, in a 3BR 1-1/2 BA house of a little more than 1100 square feet that he bought for $90,000 back in 2002. Meanwhile, his wife who has since remarried, lives in a 4BR 2-1/2 BA house she bought for nearly $300,000 in 2002. From the press releases by Vic Bras and his statements to the press, the clear impression given is that Jeff has full-time custody of the children despite the evidence that his ex-wife has a better home for the children both in terms of space, but in the natural and nurturing environment that only a marriage can provide. Given that Mr. Dion is also a member of and contributor to the gay “rights” organizations that fought against the overwhelmingly popular Marriage Amendment, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that he would also value his gay “lifestyle” over his marriage and want to expose his children to it on a daily basis.
This is to my knowledge the first time that the Prince William County Democrats have selected an openly gay candidate. I am surprised they would want to first test these waters with someone who appears to have left a marriage and broken up a family in order to live as a gay person. It’s doubtful that Jeff Dion can get much traction as a candidate given this demonstration of what a commitment to a marriage and a family means to him, however. For many of us that commitment to our marriage and our family defines who we are, and how we honor that commitment speaks volumes to how we honor all other commitments.
Nice job foisting a such great candidate on the voters, Vic.
UPDATE: a reader forwarded me this email from gay “rights” activist organization Equality Prince William:
While Equality Prince William is a nonpartisan organization which does not endorse candidates, we do feel it appropriate to happily report that one of our own is running for public office. Jeff Dion (D) has announced his candidacy for Prince William County Board of Supervisors - Occoquan District, in the January 30th special election to fill the seat vacated by Corey Stewart (R)-Occoquan, when he won the election for the Board of Supervisors Chair this November.
Jeff Dion is a community leader, a commuter, a conservationist, a concerned parent, and a nationally recognized crime victims advocate. Jeff was appointed by Gov. Warner and reappointed by Gov. Kaine to the Criminal Justice Services Board where over the last 4 years he has helped send over $7 million in grants to Prince William County to assist with law enforcement, prosecution, victim services and community corrections. Jeff is running to offer practical, effective solutions to growth, traffic and public safety. He is also the first openly GLBT candidate in Prince William County history.
Equality Prince William applauds efforts by GLBT individuals and families to take an active role in Prince William County government - in this case not only by participating, but by leading. (emphasis added)
Apparently it’s only a bad thing when Republicans point out that someone pursues a homosexual lifestyle. When gay activists celebrate the possibility that one of their fellow activists might possibly be elected to public office and have the ability to promote their agenda, it’s an entirely different matter.
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