The GOP establishment crowns a candidate in the 2nd Congressional District as the anointed candidate for a Republican primary. A Tea Party organization checks the candidate’s record, and over the past sever days has leveled a blistering broadside to thousands of Tea Party activists. Although we’ve heard about this in other parts of the country, we haven’t seen a whole lot of that here in Virginia.
What a fascinating read. A few “leaders” in the party ought to be reconsidering some of their actions about now, as they’re seriously undermining their credibility with the grassroots…
We’ve been getting a bunch letters asking what the Hampton Roads Tea Party is doing about the primary election June 8. We have been meeting with and observing the candidates since mid-January. As time has gone on, the candidates have indeed differentiated themselves.
One candidate in particular, the GOP pick Scott Rigell we felt that we had to bring to your attention. Read below our “Scott Rigell Facts”. There is NO hearsay in any of them. They have all been validated. Rigell is still defending them.
Scott Rigell Facts:
Scott Rigell is in the GOP –backed candidate for the 2nd Congressional District Primary race. His endorsements include Governor Bob McDonnell, Minority Whip Eric Cantor, and Former Massachusettes Govenor Mitt Romney. He is a pro-life social conservative. He’s a business man, not a lawyer. Sounds good so far, right?
There’s just a couple of problems:
Rigell, who promotes himself as a fiscally conservative Republican gave $1,000 to Barack Obama’s primary presidential campaign. (Source: Federal Elections Commission). Why did a “conservative” give money to such an extreme left wing candidate? In Rigell’s own words: “The thought of another Clinton in the White House was worse than Barack Obama”. And later, “…I was moved by his rhetoric….”
As of Sunday May 16, 2010 (on his Facebook “Likes” page) - Rigell still stands by his “reasons”.
Does that sound like a fiscal, or even a socially conservative Republican?
But wait! There’s more! Before that, Rigell gave $1,000 to then-gubenatorial candidate Democrat Mark Warner, (source: VPAP.org) who went on to sign into law the largest tax increase in Virginia’s history!
Does that sound like a fiscally conservative Republican?
But it gets worse. In 2002, Rigell bankrolled ($10,000!) the YES Campaign- a failed referendum that would raise the sales tax of Hampton Roads residents (that’s the 2nd district!). If passed, sales taxes in Hampton Roads would have increased by 22%!!! Rigell’s explanation: “I thought it was the best way to fund transportation in our area”. It was defeated by 62-38%. Hampton Roads residents said, “NO”!
Does that sound like a low tax, fiscally conservative Republican who says he’s against higher taxes?
Rigell is a successful car dealer. His dealership sold 107 cars and netted $444, 500 taxpayer dollars in the 3 Billion dollar Obama stimulus program “Cash for Clunkers”. Rigell said he had to do it for his business, because his customers demanded it. How can he bash the stimulus and bailouts and then profit by them?
Does that sound like a limited government, principled conservative Republican?
Rigell (along with Bob McDonnell) supported the creation of unelected regional transportation authorities which were deemed unconstitutional by the Virginia Supreme Court.
Does that sound like a fiscally conservative constitutional Republican?
Call Scott Rigell. 757.802.9936 or 757-496-4113.
Demand an explanation. Ask why his actions don’t match his talk.
Then vote your conscience on June 8.
Change in Washington begins with you.
Vote Tea Party values on June 8.
Not good, Bob. You can do better than this.
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