Bill Day seems to be on track to set an all time record for silly accusations and fabricated attacks. At Thursday night’s Fauquier Times Democrat/Farm Bureau candidates’ forum, Day committed the unthinkable—he attempted to impugn Delegate Scott Lingamfelter’s commitment to supporting veterans and servicemen and women in Virginia!
That’s right, Bill Day, the very candidate calling for us to subsidize Mexico’s economy and eliminate the US Border Patrol is now attacking 28 year-Army veteran and retired Colonel Lingamfelter for supposedly stiffing Virginia National Guardsmen and women. The final round of questions permitted each candidate to pose a question to the other. Day asked Lingamfelter why he voted in 2005 against providing life insurance to combat soldiers to help support their families, saying that Lingamfelter was the only vote out of 100 who opposed such a measure. Day also implied that Lingamfelter did not care about veterans issues—a truly bizarre statement against a decorated combat veteran.
Lingamfelter replied by putting Day in his place and reassuring him that there is no stronger advocate for veterans and military families than Scott Lingamfelter. What about the mysterious bill in question? It turns out that Day was referring to a budget amendment that Lingamfelter actually voted for in the 2005 “veto session.” Besides this, Lingamfelter actually voted that year for two bills to help with life insurance assistance for State Police officers (HB 1738) and for those called to active military duty (HB 1793), the latter of which he served as a co-patron.
The amendment in question which contained about $15 million in appropriations, also housed about $300,000 for National Guard insurance needs and $3 million for salary increases for law enforcement personnel. Lingamfelter accidentally voted no on the bill. Moments later, he notified the Speaker of the House that he erroneously voted against the bill and filed a correction with the Clerk. Lingamfelter was then recorded in the official House Journal as supporting the amendment and the salary increases for law enforcement.
It was also divulged during Wednesday evening’s debate that Day, who touts himself as a businessman of 40 years and a licensed counselor in Warrenton is… well… neither. His business license with the town of Warrenton and his license to practice as a counselor through the Commonwealth of VA are both expired. Also, the State Corporation Commission has no record of his two business partnerships that he cites on his Statement of Economic Interest filed with the Clerk of the House of Delegates.
Lingamfelter, who serves as co-chair of the Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, also pressed Day on why his campaign literature advertises him as an “avid hunter,” yet the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has no record of him holding a hunting license in the last 18 months. Day responded that he doesn’t need one because he is a fox hunter… unfortunately for Mr. Day, the Virginia code requires a license for this activity, cited in section 29.1-300 and 29.1-335 of the Virginia State Code. Looks like you can add to the Day resume: quack, spurious businessman, and poacher.
The hit parade didn’t stop rolling there. Day also accused Lingamfelter of character assassination for highlighting his expired licenses (something that Day admitted to in his response to Lingamfelter’s question). Forget the fact that Day is practicing quackery in the medical field, making up stories about business experience, and poaching foxes. It must be Lingamfelter who is wrong to point this out!
On illegal immigration, No Borders Bill never fails to amaze. This time he avoided calling for more money for Mexico and tried to emphasize enforcing the law and holding employers accountable. Day also said that we “need to be sensitive” with how we use certain words such as “cracking down” on illegal immigration and worries that anti-illegal immigration legislation tends to lead towards profiling. He also cited a mysterious businessperson who told him that legal citizens “are afraid to go out” because of profiling concerns.
This race just keeps getting more and more bizarre, and there are several weeks to go, which gives Bill Day a chance to issue his first position paper, press release, and honest campaign ad.
The opinions expressed here are solely the views of the author, and not representative of the position of any organization, political party, doughnut shop, knitting guild, or waste recycling facility, but may be correctly attributed to the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy. If anything in the above article has offended you, please click here to receive an immediate apology.
You can follow the discussion through the Comments feed.