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VA Tea Party Targets GOP Establishment

By Greg L | 19 May 2010 | Virginia Politics, US Congress | 7 Comments

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…

Hi Everyone-

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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  1. Loudoun Insider said on 19 May 2010 at 9:24 pm:
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    Agreed, bad move on McDonnell’s part backing this guy. He really has made some stupid moves in his first few months. He needs a major staff shake-up.

  2. Chris said on 19 May 2010 at 9:26 pm:
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    I disagree. He seems to be consistantly leading in the polls and this Obama donation story has been out for a very long time and for whatever reason it just has not stuck. For whatever reason, Rigell seems to be doing well.

  3. Brian W. Schoeneman said on 20 May 2010 at 12:46 am:
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    I can’t find any Warner donation on VPAP, nor any reference to this “YES” campaign.

    And given that he’s given over a quarter of a million bucks to Republican candidates, is that $1k really a big deal?

    I haven’t been following this race carefully, but I’m a bit suspicious of these talking points.

  4. Anonymous said on 20 May 2010 at 12:55 am:
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    You have to remember there are several people that are in office now that ran on a Republican ticket that don’t hold Republican principles. Take Sheriff Glendell Hill, he supports Obama, he increased his staff by 15 full time employees, cut services to the community and increased his budget by 50% in 5 years in a bad economy. And some people in Prince William County still think he is a Republican.

  5. O. P. Ditch said on 20 May 2010 at 7:26 am:
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    “Anony” sounds bogus… I’m just sayin.

  6. Dan said on 20 May 2010 at 8:30 am:
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    This is fascinating to watch. Witch hunts always are.

    As Brian points out, this guy gave very significant amounts of money to Republicans. He has been a supporter of the governor for decades too. Someone might want to ask these supposedly grass roots tea people why they chose to omit significant information from their “Scott Rigell Facts” in order to give a very skewed and incomplete picture. Is somebody putting money in their pockets to torpedo this guy? Or do they simply support another candidate and think lying and misleading others is okay in that cause?

    Like all witch hunters they don’t need to make a real case or present all the facts. They just have to scream “Witch” and the mob responds. The mob is anyone who gives any credibility to these charlatans. “We the People” my ass. More like “We the Liars” when it comes to this bunch of tea party frauds.

    You might want to ask who these clowns answer to. The answer is no one. No accountability means no need for responsibility. And they have shown no responsibility.

    This isn’t my fight, but it is interesting to watch. The types of people who are falling victim to the witch hunters is getting more and more amazing. And these things generally have to run the course before they end. I pity sane and normal conservative Republicans who have to endure this insanity.

  7. Michael said on 20 May 2010 at 11:40 am:
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    Facts can be stubborn.

    I think the bigger and better question, though, is whether the reported Party choice is the best candidate and most qualified. He has paid his Party dues (financially) but does not show that he commands broad support in the District, and he is not as convincing as at least two other candidates. Many think that another person who can get-along and do the bidding of the Party is what is needed. What’s needed is Republican leadership. Both Parties are struggling with the L word.

    Maybe it will be a surprise to the Party machinery that District voters want real credentials and skills - candidates like Mizusawa and Maulbeck seem to strike a strong chord.

    I am amazed by the credentials of Mizusawa - a real, live military hero who has pedigrees from Harvard, West Point; experience on the Hill as a staffer, and is a General. I suspect his late start in the race and not being an insider allowed Rigell to get Party support (well, that and the $$$ Rigell contributed) but the voters seem to be taking note, so June 8th should be interesting.

    Others are less convincing and credentialed, but it’s a field worthy of voter inquiry and scrutiny.

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