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Chuck Colgan Can’t Handle The Truth

By Greg L | 7 November 2011 | 29th VA Senate | 23 Comments

Chuck Colgan’s facebook page featured an ad today where he states “the next time someone tells you that I voted to raise taxes, please ask them to show you a copy of my vote on that particular tax.”  Now there’s something I can help Senator Colgan with, but instead of waiting until someone discusses it with me, I figured it was a lot more efficient to provide that answer directly to the elected official representing me as quickly as I could.

For all that trouble, you’d think he’d thank me.

Colgan’s efforts to raise our taxes aren’t that hard to find.

In 2004 he voted to raise the cigarette tax, the recordation tax, and the the sales tax in HB5018.

He was the sponsor of SB6010 in 2008 which would have increased taxes in Northern Virginia by $340 million and included a hike in the gas tax.  He voted for SB6009, also in 2008, that would have increased not only the gas tax, but the state sales tax as well.

In 2010 Colgan voted for SB660 which would have imposed a new 5% tax on all internet purchases made by Virginia residents.  He also sponsored SB543 which would have imposed a surtax on the hated “personal property tax.”

Need I go into further detail?  There’s a lot of these votes.  Every time there’s a bill trying to raise our taxes, it seems either Colgan voted for it or actually introduced the measure.  He can’t possibly have forgotten all this, can he?

So being a good constituent of Mr. Colgan’s, I thought it might be helpful to point out to Mr. Colgan on his facebook page that his ad left quite an inaccurate impression, and Colgan’s record on voting for tax increases is pretty clear.  You might think when a constituent helps a Senator remember what he actually voted on and what legislation he patroned, a simple thanks for his efforts might be in order.  I’m helping to fill in the gaps in his memory, and I’m not even charging him for the service.

Instead, not only does Chuck Colgan delete my helpful information, he blocks me from his facebook page.

That’s kind of mean.  I thought elected officials wanted to hear from their constituents.  Maybe not.

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  1. VoteThemOut said on 7 Nov 2011 at 5:35 am:
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    A few years back, when I wrote to him objecting to his payout of our tax$ to Hugh Fin’s widow, one of his “kids” pre-empted the letter and returned it to me. Nope, he really doesn’t want to hear from you. This is the Senator who plays the pro-life crowd and both ends against the middle. The Dems love him.

  2. Red white and John said on 7 Nov 2011 at 7:24 am:
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    Gordy put flyers at my church yesterday saying Colgan “a diehard Catholic” supports same sex marriage with no proof at all. Gordy actually had my vote until that. Its on thing to bombard me everywhere with negative ads, but leave me while i am at church.

  3. Anonymous said on 7 Nov 2011 at 7:39 am:
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    @ Red - what negative ads? Show it bro. What Church do you go to?

    You are a dem in disguise.

    Is telling the truth not allowed? Why does Colgan write these long rambling pieces in the paper saying nothing except stop being mean to me for all my stupid votes?

    Vote Tom Gordy!

  4. VA_Magoo said on 7 Nov 2011 at 8:28 am:
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    Personally, I think 90% of all incumbents should be voted out. But Colgan definitely needs to go! Frank Prinicipi also must go!

  5. GMan said on 7 Nov 2011 at 9:03 am:
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    @ Red - Colgan voted in support of the Special Rights Based on Sexual Orientation. SB 747. This bill would have created a protected class for
    homosexuals in state government employment. Your “Proof” is at this link which has the voting records for ALL Virginia Senators and Delegates on key bills this past session.


  6. Red white and John said on 7 Nov 2011 at 10:09 am:
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    GMman this doesn’t mention one thing about Colgan voting for Gay Marriage.

  7. Anonymous said on 7 Nov 2011 at 11:22 am:
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    I am so sorry about the flyers. For the past three weeks we have put in the bulletin that it is the church policy that no flyers are to be put on cars in the parking lot. In the past , when I have seen them, I have asked them to remove the flyers and to leave the property. I asked our parking police to try to watch the parking lot during mass today, but a group can slip in and in 5 minutes canvas the lot. Parishioners know that they did this in disobedience to the church policy and without permission.




    Conference Posts Candidates’ Responses

    In anticipation of the November 8 elections (for all 140 General Assembly seats, as well as various local offices), the Virginia Catholic Conference provided a 10-item survey to all candidates in contested Senate and House of Delegates races.
    Candidates’ responses to the survey are now posted in chart displays (Senate chart and House chart) on the Conference’s website.
    The response charts linked above are authorized by Virginia’s two Catholic dioceses for use at any parishes that wish to copy and make them available to parishioners. Instead of disseminating the charts themselves, parishes are also permitted to distribute the Conference’s one-page flyer to encourage their parishioners to view the charts online.


    NOTE: No voter-education materials prepared by organizations other than the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops or the Virginia Catholic Conference are authorized by the two dioceses for parish use

  8. Greg L said on 7 Nov 2011 at 11:59 am:
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    That way the US Conference of Catholic Bishops support for abortionists won’t face any competition from actual doctrine of the Catholic Church.

  9. Greg L said on 7 Nov 2011 at 12:20 pm:
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    Fascinating that the Virginia Catholic Conference is advocating that illegal aliens should be able to use an “Employment Authorization Document” in order to obtain a Virginia driver’s license, even though an illegal alien who did just that killed one nun and seriously injured two more in a horrific alcohol-fueled auto accident last year in Senator Colgan’s own district.

    Tom Gordy does not support letting illegal aliens get a driver’s license with an EAD, and Chuck Colgan does.

    For more info on this, go to http://www.bvbl.net/index.php/2011/10/21/chuck-colgan-let-illegal-aliens-get-drivers-licenses/

  10. Harry said on 7 Nov 2011 at 12:24 pm:
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    Chuck Colgan is and has always been pro-life, Greg.

  11. Chairman MTP said on 7 Nov 2011 at 12:30 pm:
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    I wish Chuck Colgan had the courage to come to the Manassas Tea Party meeting.

    But alas, he didn’t

    He had an open invitation, but his office said he had a ‘prior engagement’

  12. Pat said on 7 Nov 2011 at 1:45 pm:
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    Gordy misrepresents himself, and the record of Chuck Colgan.

    A small business owner - he owns a vacation house, that he rents out - you call that a small business owner - how many employees does this vacation rental house employ?

    Colgan was instrumental in eliminating the car tax - something that is still not finished, but Colgan was the first legislator to call for its retirement. Colgan was a small business owner himself, and knows first hand how business is done in Virginia.

    Gordy’s campaign has gone negative in order to tarnish the reputation of a Great Gentleman who has served Prince William County. As chairman of the finance committee, he has helped PWC and Northern Virginia.

  13. GMan said on 7 Nov 2011 at 1:47 pm:
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    ANONYMOUS - There is NOTHING in the Candidate Survey concerning Tom Gordy’s responses that indicates “he did not fare well.” And Frederick just did not answer the survey (along with about 1/2 of the Senate). Here is the survey for anyone that wants to see for themselves.


    I do not condone the actions of putting flyers on cars at All Saints, but as a Catholic I can “follow my faith” very faithfully and vote for Tom Gordy. He is every bit as Pro-Life as Colgan and even more so on his views of homosexuality. And Colgan’s support of illegal aliens is NOT Catholic dogma. Check your Catechism. The liberal USCCB’s social agenda promoting illegal aliens is NOT there.

    And by voting for Gordy I am no longer worrying about Colgan taking my hard earned money out of my pocket by voting for another tax increase!


  14. Pat'sKnat said on 7 Nov 2011 at 1:48 pm:
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    Yeah - Colgan “knows first hand how business is done in Virginia.” One more reason to vote for Gordy.

  15. Anonymous said on 7 Nov 2011 at 1:59 pm:
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    Look at the results, bottom line is Colgan go a better score and at least Puller had the guts to complete the survey truthfully. Frederick was either disinterested or affriad.

    Standing outside All Saints Church with a sign saying Vote Pro Life Vote Gordy.
    Get real real. Who get the endorsement of the number one ProLife organization in the State. Chuck Colgan,

  16. Anonymous said on 7 Nov 2011 at 2:05 pm:
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    What’s up with the Gordy signs on the Islamic Center property on Hoadley.

    And when was the last time the gas tax actually increased?

  17. madmom said on 7 Nov 2011 at 2:18 pm:
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    I thought Allen got the ball rolling to get rid of the personal property tax. Am I wrong?

  18. Papist said on 7 Nov 2011 at 2:25 pm:
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    Mr. Colgan is a nice man but at 85 + he really just needs to step aside at this point. He may say he is pro-life but he does support the agenda of the Democrats in the General Assembly which is decidedly not pro-life! Also check VPAP, the good Father “Bob” gave $200 to Mr. Colgan, but none to Marshall or Cuccinelli, wonder why????

  19. GMan said on 7 Nov 2011 at 2:50 pm:
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    Anonymous - There is no “score” on the survey, just whether you agree or disagree with a question. Questions Gordy disagreed with that Colgan agreed with relate to illegal aliens like: “Virginia should allow Medicaid eligibility for immigrants who have legally resided in the U.S. for five years and who meet the income criteria.” Colgan agreed with that. I’m sorry but this is NOT a pro-life issue, nor is it Catholic doctrine.

    As for Colgan’s pro life endorsements that’s great, but Gordy would not receive one from that organization because the endorsement is based on voting record and Gordy has none at this point.

    And speaking of endorsements, Toddy Puller is endorsed by Planned Parenthood and NARAL and has 0 voting record on pro-life issues and you really want to “dis” Frederick for not responding to one of hundreds of “surveys” these candidates receive?

    The bottom line STILL is Gordy is every bit as pro-life as Colgan. With both being equal it comes down to Colgan’s votes on homesexuality, taxes, and the fact that he is a member of the Democratic Party. Colgan is definitely the lesser of the two for this Catholic. I’m voting for Gordy!

  20. Anonymous said on 7 Nov 2011 at 4:09 pm:
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    The Gas Tax has not increased since 1986 and Business and Individual Income tax has not increased in 40 years. OH and by the way the Dems controlled the Senate for about 80% of that time span..

    Just the facts Lugnut!

  21. GMan said on 7 Nov 2011 at 4:21 pm:
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    Anonymous said on 7 Nov 2011 at 4:09 pm - just because a tax increase didn’t become law does not mean Colgan didn’t vote in favor of it.

  22. Independent Thinker said on 8 Nov 2011 at 8:55 am:
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    Jim Gilmore ran on the issue of dropping the personal property tax on vehicles and defeated Don Beyer in the process.

  23. Anonymous said on 9 Nov 2011 at 2:03 am:
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    Colgan introduce the law before Gilmore ran. Gilmore picked up on Colgan’s idea, The differences is Colgan had a way to pay for and Gilmore didn’t. That is why i only got to 70%

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