For some unknown reason, Senator Colgan’s campaign has been busily denying parts of his voting record that are very easy to verify. Bob Fitzsimmonds has responded to some of these ridiculous claims in an email today, and they make for fascinating reading. Did Chuck really think no one would challenge these statements?
1. “I have never voted for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants”
Actually, yes he did. HB2339, 2/19/03 the Saslaw substitute bill provided in-state tuition to illegal aliens if they met a set of criteria. In addition, he responded to the Virginia Catholic Conference Survey supporting instate tuition for illegal immigrants (www.vacatholic.org)
2. “I am against registering illegal immigrants to vote”
Maybe so, but his voting record says different. When SB 313 (2006), the Citizen Voter Bill, came before the Senate he voted (unsuccessfully) to weaken both it and the house companion bill and then voted against both bills. So he actually voted wrong on this 4 times!!
3. “I do not support state benefits for illegal immigrants”
Colgan voted against denying benefits for illegal aliens in 2005 (HB1798 & SB1143). I guess the message changes to fit the audience. Again, go to www.vacatholic.org and you will see that for that audience he admits he supports state benefits – not just tuition breaks, but workers compensation payments.
4. “I do not support a tax hike”
Colgan’s own website: www.colganforsenate.org, says that he supports a gas tax increase. I guess it is hard to keep your message straight when it keeps changing.
5. “I fought against the abuser fee harder than anyone else in the Senate.”
This is a particularly odd claim, since he voted for them when they only applied to Virginians.
This campaign keeps getting more and more bizarre. Is Colgan really trying to throw this election? Or are the folks from DPVA who are working his campaign just terribly naive and inexperienced?
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