Tonight the Prince William County Committee of 100 held a debate between Senator Jay O’Brien and George Barker, and Delegate Scott Lingamfelter and William Day. As far as debates go, this was somewhat sub-par, with some goofy questions and not a whole lot of focus on the issues that are really at the top of voter’s concerns. It still had it’s moments, though.
In the first debate, Jay O’Brien was calm and relaxed, and George Barker looked like he had popped a few too many uppers speaking so fast he started tripping over his own words. Barker had sent out a mailing recently which outlined his immigration policies which was pretty amusing since about half of his platform was nothing more than an endorsement of Jay O’Brien’s positions that he had announced before, one was plainly unconstitutional, and another was pretty much a “do nothing” solution. I’m not sure how Barker would be able to deny bail to illegal aliens when he doesn’t want police to identify who the illegal aliens are unless they’re charged with a felony, but the debate didn’t provide an opportunity to get into that. Only one question on illegal immigration was asked of these candidates, which gave short shrift to the number one topic of discussion in this district.
The second debate was more interesting. William Day whined about Virginia not having an energy policy, only to have Delegate Scott Lingamfelter hand Day a copy of the 180 page energy policy that the Kaine administration had come up with as a result of a bill in the House of Delegates last session directing the administration to do so. Ouch. Day told the audience that the solution to crime is to increase the amount of affordable housing. While we were wondering what in the heck this could be about, he explained that because many police officers live outside the jurisdictions they serve, response times for calls is negatively impacted, and more affordable housing closer to the jurisdictions they serve would help. Apparently Bill Day doesn’t understand that while on call, officers are actually in their patrol cars and working their areas of responsibility. And Lingamfelter brought up that Day’s mailer, which had arrived in the district that day, had a 20-point legislative plan and immigration wasn’t on it at all.
Day got creamed. The guy has the same tone and tenor of a John Kerry, without the polish, and clearly is out of his league. It’s stunning that a major portion of his talk tonight was complaining that something hadn’t been done that the Kaine administration had actually done. Don’t these folks talk to each other from time to time?
Next up in the Committee of 100 debates will be Jeff Frederick and Chris Brown in the 52nd House District, and Chris Royse, Frank Principi and Steve Keen who are vying for the Woodbridge Supervisor’s seat. That will happen next Thursday, September 20th. For more information, go to www.pwc100.org.
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