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The WashPo Thinks Corey Stewart Turned Into A Liberal?

By Greg L | 8 February 2009 | Illegal Aliens, Prince William County | 13 Comments

A number of people have reached out to me today expressing concerns over an editorial-as-news-article published in the Washington Post this weekend, where the paper claimed that Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart has backed off from protecting our community from the effects of illegal immigration.  I think the paper let their bias get in the way of actually committing journalism, but rather than try to argue with the quotes a reporter decided to print, I figure the better means of figuring out what Corey Stewart stands for is to watch him in action.

With the economic downturn and an increasing number of Virginians out of work, Corey is interested in moving forward in requiring that at least all new hires in county goverenment are screened under the federal E-Verify program to ensure they are legally eligible for employment.  If Corey Stewart failed to follow through on this and let illegal aliens take the jobs that should be going to American citizens and legal immigrants, you can conclude that your concerns were valid.  If in short order Corey Stewart starts getting Prince William County to follow the lead of Manassas City, Manassas Park City, and now the Town of Herndon, you’ll have your proof that once again the Washington Post doesn’t report the news, they report the political talking points endorsed by their editorial board.

So watch and see.  The Washington Post and a number of political opponents might want to believe Corey Stewart is running away from his principles, which would be awfully convenient for them.  That doesn’t mean that their attempts to manufacture truth have anything to do with reality.

From the DC Examiner’s article about Herndon mandating the E-Verify program we see a more factual description of Corey Stewart’s policies than we could ever expect from the Washington Post:

“I think that’s a positive step forward” for Herndon, said Corey Stewart, the Board of Supervisors chairman in Prince William County, which has adopted the most aggressive crackdown on illegal immigrants in the region.

He said that although the Prince William board is currently “completely focused” on budget issues, the E-Verify system is something he thinks the supervisors should bring up later in the year.

Having seen both papers cover this issue up close, my money is on the Examiner to get it right far more often than the Post.

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  1. Loudoun Insider said on 9 Feb 2009 at 12:08 am:
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    Overall that was a surprisingly nice article about Corey Stewart. Of course they had to do their editorializing, but they didn’t make him out to be a devil. That’s quite an impreovement over their past Stewart-oriented pieces.

  2. FOIA said on 9 Feb 2009 at 7:37 am:
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    I read the WaPo article about Stewart. Stewart is an unprincipaled ideologue supporting or not supporting anything that will move him up the elected food chain as he continues his unqueching thirst at sucking at the public trough.

  3. DB Cooper said on 9 Feb 2009 at 10:18 am:
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    FOIA is an unscrupulous, slandering fool who should go back to elementary school to learn how to spell before attempting to denigrate anyone with plagiarized prose.

  4. Here we are! said on 9 Feb 2009 at 11:45 am:
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    Corey Stewart may want to climb the ladder of Politics,how many of them don’t have this in mind. But I can tell you he has been true to his word.
    He has gone out on the limb many times to get this County straight and get out the ILLEGALS> The ILLEGALS are the ones who has devistated our County in so many ways. And YES,their promoters,who feed and earn money off of them. They are not savey enough to know they who push them are the ones who are thriving.

    Lets wake up Corey is protecting the little we have left in this County.

  5. Bryanna said on 9 Feb 2009 at 12:05 pm:
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    It seems the reporter spoke directly to the Chairman and his message was crystal clear.

    He is no longer taking on the fight against illegal immigration which was what he campained on to win the Chairman’s seat. As some may recall during the Special Election for Chairman, he ran on the Marriage Amendment but in the article claims social issues are less important than fiscal ones.

    Well, fiscal issues are the no.1 priority and if the Chairman wants to continue his career in politics his move to identify himself as a Moderate is just one more brilliant political move by Chairman Stewart.

  6. Cynic said on 9 Feb 2009 at 12:14 pm:
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    A comment on Here we are’s post -

    According to many on that other, Whatever, those of us who oppose the illegals are the bad people. But, then they are liberals and we all know that liberals avoid being logical and have also lost their survival genes. Unfortunately, they are taking the rest of us down with them.

  7. anon said on 9 Feb 2009 at 12:31 pm:
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    “As some may recall during the Special Election for Chairman, he ran on the Marriage Amendment”

    Are you kidding? During the special election, he ran on Slow Growth. That was his entire campaign. His position on the Marriange Amendment was on his website but every speech he made, what he talked about was out of control growth.

    Too bad he wasn’t Chairman 10 years ago. We might have not have the tremendous growth which just made our foreclosure and school overcrowding problems worse.

  8. Mark said on 9 Feb 2009 at 2:10 pm:
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    Here’s a story that curled the hairs on my head and made me so incredibly angry:


    Has anyone else seen this? Who is this retarded judge that permitted this to go to trial? Am I still in the United States of America or did this somehow turn into Bizarro world?

  9. cynic said on 9 Feb 2009 at 4:13 pm:
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    I saw it. Have been to a few Douglas, Ariz. sites for more info. as I am following it as best I can.

    That illegals have rights is crazy. That they have more rights than we citizens have - is even crazier. But, those are the ways of our pander docracy!

    Hope the rancher wins this case. If he loses, I hope he appeals it as far as the supreme court - if they take the case.

    As you probably know, other ranchers have lost their ranches or paid high awards in similar cases.

    I would like to know if there is a procedure for recalling judges, federal, state, and local and other officials. If there is such a procedure, we should learn how to use it. Look at how many initiatives are killed by the rulings of these judges at the lower level. These cases should be taken all the way to the supreme court and if that fails, we should consider an amendment to the constitution for that particular issue.

    Mark said on 9 Feb 2009 at 2:10 pm:
    “Am I still in the United States of America or did this somehow turn into Bizarro world?”

    You think that it is bad now? Just wait until they pass amnesty for the 50 to 100 million illegals now in the Country. After amnesty the estimate is that for every former illegal, on average, each one will then bring in 4 more immigrant relatives - your know real or unreal cousins, etc. It doesn’t get any better!

  10. me-n-u said on 9 Feb 2009 at 6:05 pm:
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    9500 Liberty Street sign

  11. Tom Andrews said on 9 Feb 2009 at 7:40 pm:
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    The article in Sunday’s Metro section in my opinion was wholly positive regarding Prince William County and Chairman Stewart as well, which was refreshing to see based upon past opinion pieces and editorials that they have published. Any politician will have his or her detractors, but it must be noted that while individual citizens are afforded the luxury of having their singular issue or concern that they trumpet, the Chairman must concern himself with the entire spectrum of issues that affect or potentially affect the county and it’s citizenry.
    To recognize that there are different issues and concerns to be addressed, with changing environments and situations requiring different focus’ and priortization does not diminish the importance or one’s resolve to find solutions for other problems such as illegal immigration and it’s affect on the county. Anyone of any political stripe can come to the conclusion that economic issues are of extreme importance to all levels of government during these turbulent times and I for one applaud the Chairman for his thoughtful, pragmatic and professional approach to engaging these issues.

  12. Bryanna said on 10 Feb 2009 at 3:57 pm:
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    Mr. Andrews, lets hope Mr. Stewart is sincere about being pragmatic in the future about issues.

    Ideology doesn’t work. Since the 2004 elections Republican’s have lost dozens of seats across America.


    Republican elected officials talk a good game about being a Ronald Reagan conservative but it’s what they do when they think no one is looking.

    In 2007, the General Assembly approved a one million dollar budget amendment for a beautification project at the entrance of Country Club Drive in the Montclair Subsdivision. 500k in 2008 and 500k in 2009.

    As a tax payer, why am I paying for flowers for Montclair, isn’t that what Home Owners Association fees should be used for?

  13. NoVA Scout said on 10 Feb 2009 at 10:04 pm:
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    Stewart has realized that he has ridden the anti-illegal immigration nag into the dirt and that that particular fad cannot provide anymore gullible voters than it already has. He, as an opportunistic pol, has to find a new schtick for his next act. Most Republicans of any degree of brain activity know that the anti-immigration rhetoric attracts a nasty crowd and is toxic to the Party nationally. It plays better locally, but it’s fairly tapped out even there. The large numbers of incoming illegal immigrants have diminished to a relative trickle as the economy has collapsed. Almost no one ran well in the last couple of federal elections by staking out anti-immigrant positions. Stewart has to find a new theme. One possibility is that he may turn to governance in PWC, a novel idea that has disappeared in the past three years. The WaPo article suggests that Stewart is toying with the idea of doing his job. Who would’ve thunk it? Maybe it’s just hype. But it shouldn’t be discouraged. Because state avenues are blocked due to the McDonnell/Bolling choo-choo arrangements, Stewart may try governing for a while. We (and he) may find that he has latent, unused talents.

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