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Corey Stewart Doesn’t Even Understand The Tea Party

By Greg L | 10 May 2013 | Virginia Politics, Prince William County | 13 Comments

An email from the Corey Stewart for Lieutenant Governor campaign landed in my inbox today with such a depressing thud that I couldn’t focus any longer on getting productive work done.  This campaign silliness has gotten so bad I’m starting to get awfully angry.

Stewart is obviously concerned about all the criticism he’s been getting lately and today’s email is an attempt to not answer the criticism, but deflect it using a ridiculously evasive ghost-written piece supposedly authored by a former leader of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots. There’s a lot to shoot at in this propaganda piece, but I’ll just focus on one of the low-hanging rotten pieces of fruit.

…Mr. Gray flails at Corey on the county’s capital investment in the Hylton Performing Arts Center. This may be why county residents have never judged Mr. Gray as fit to serve. The investment in Hylton was done in collaboration with George Mason University and was part of an ongoing public-private partnership that includes the George Mason-Prince William Campus along with the Innovation Technology Park. The research being done at George Mason’s Campus in Prince William County is creating a new industry, and with the county’s partnership at Innovation the economic development possibilities are endless.

This apparently is in response to a recent article on Breitbart that pointed out what a fiscal boondoggle the Hylton Performing Arts Center has been for the county. It wasn’t at all a great conservative concept to saddle taxpayers with a huge chunk of the capital costs of this project, and it is quite ridiculous that taxpayers are increasingly saddled with defraying portions of the operational costs of an opera house that isn’t hitting the financial benchmarks for fiscal sustainability that were touted when we got snookered into this deal. Despite a contract between the county and George Mason that taxpayers wouldn’t be funding operations, taxpayers have been doling out $400,000 a year in an effort to keep this operation afloat and in this year’s recent budget there was an attempt to divert even more taxpayer dollars to Hylton.

We taxpayers were promised that if we funded a portion of the capital costs of construction, the arts center would quickly become fiscally sustainable, not need taxpayer subsidies, and county residents would gain a long-term cultural benefit.  Instead, we end up with a financial black hole that government officials have used as a political campaigning opportunity that will require endless public outlays. Stewart hasn’t even offered a plan on how taxpayers will ever get off the hook for this red ink-spewing project, much less even acknowledged there’s a problem here.

I’d expect an honest campaign to own up to the problems here and talk about a plan to fix this. If I were in Stewart’s shoes, I’d talk about how this was in motion before he was elected, how the county can’t back out of the deal now, and if the funding was pulled not only would there be some non-obvious financial impacts but it would be a blow to the community. Then he could say that they’re studying the problem to see how the balance sheet for this operation could be improved, including the possibility the operation could be sold off. Not a hugely convincing argument, but it would at least be based on what might qualify as an honest evaluation of the facts and provide some hope that this sordid tale will eventually come to an end.

Instead we get this highly irritating and utterly ridiculous attempt to lump the performing arts center into the industrial development efforts at Innovation Technology Park, which itself hasn’t turned into the huge success story we were all told was right around the corner.  Innovation and the Hylton Performing Arts Center have utterly nothing to do with each other. The contract between the county and the Hylton Performing Arts Center doesn’t at all deal with Innovation and not a single vote taken on the arts center ever mentioned Innovation, either. Insofar as Innovation was supposed to improve the county’s proportion of commercial to residential property, that hasn’t quite worked out either as the commercial component of the county’s tax base has actually shrunk during Stewart’s tenure.

This argument makes about as much sense as a Tea Party leader trying to argue that pouring millions of tax dollars into a concert hall somehow is in any way fiscally responsible or in alignment with the ideals of the Tea Party movement.  When Stewart’s campaign ghost-writes a defense of their campaign that is supposedly coming from the Tea Party movement, it might help if the campaign had some small inkling about what the Tea Party actually stands for instead of demonstrating such massive ignorance about it.

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  1. Bob. F. said on 10 May 2013 at 9:16 pm:
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    This may have been set in motion before Corey was elected Chairman, but it was not before he was elected to the Board. He voted for this government boondoggle.

  2. Independent Thinker said on 10 May 2013 at 9:51 pm:
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    Is he running against John Gray again? Why is the piece all about John Gray?

  3. Anonymous said on 11 May 2013 at 9:49 am:
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    “fiscally sustainable” is not a term that is used with places like this. Performing arts centers are never self-supporting through revenue from performances, etc. not even the Kennedy Center or the Met. Most use private and some pubic funds to exist. You can’t sell it.

  4. legalbeagle said on 11 May 2013 at 10:17 am:
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    Not relevant here but bigger coverup than Benghazi and needs to be seen: http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2013/05/friday-afternoon-roundup-hearts-and.html

    Imam presiding over service for SealTeam6 sends our fallen to Hell, declares Muslims winners. The bigger story is the Rules of Engagement protocol.

  5. Anonymous said on 11 May 2013 at 12:56 pm:
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    @legalbeagle I just learned from all the sites connected with your link that Bin Laden was never killed because he was already dead and it was all staged by Obama. Also, the administration killed Seal Team 6. Don’t these people have lives?

  6. Prester John said on 11 May 2013 at 4:28 pm:
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    So are Corey’s people behind the “vatruthsquad2000@gmail.com” email regarding the E.W. Jackson family’s bankruptcies?

    If so, whoever is behind it isn’t doing their candidate any good since I’ll still be voting for E.W. in the first round.

  7. T2T said on 11 May 2013 at 4:37 pm:
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    Thanks for raising the question regarding VATruthSquad2000. To me, this ranks pretty low … more along the lines of the Obama / Biden campaign in 2012. These candidates for Lt. governor represent the same party. Yet, these people are so bent on cannibalizing their own, it’s simply amazing.

    Also, this is the kind of “crap” e-mail that I’d expect from the McAuliffe campaign. Down and dirty. Nothing more, nothing less … and, completely pathetic !!!

    For the campaign who sent out this scathing e-mail, you are the lowest of the low.

  8. legalbeagle said on 11 May 2013 at 9:20 pm:
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    Anonymous, I can’t speak to other articles, but the reports coming out to the parents of the dead soldiers show a cover up of immense proportions. These parents deserve to know why an Imam at their service was allowed to send them to hell, claiming Muslims the winners, why the events unfolded as they did with no cover, no help ala Benghazi, and why all soldiers were cremated. Part of the report supposedly had pictures of their sons prior to. They were not burned beyond recognition. We are learning just how this administration is disposing of the best and the brightest, and that they will continue to cover their crimes until people wake up and make them responsible. The parents do have lives. Their sons no longer do.

  9. Scout said on 13 May 2013 at 8:41 pm:
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    legalbeagle: you may want to try to sort out that last comment. It is really confused and not at all clear about your views on the Corey/Tea Party post. Try focussing, man.

  10. legalbeagle said on 14 May 2013 at 7:20 am:
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    Sorry, Scout. I was responding to Anon@12:56. Thanks.

  11. Scout said on 14 May 2013 at 8:16 pm:
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    OK, lb, but Anon 1256 was responding to your similarly non-germane comment of 1017. What the hell is this “Imam sending dead soldiers to hell at their funeral service” stuff? Do you really believe this happened? If so, you need serious help.

  12. legalbeagle said on 15 May 2013 at 9:47 am:
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    Scout/Ignorant1, it refers to the Press Conference held on 5/09/13. Get educated. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqtJrJ40Cio

  13. Scout said on 15 May 2013 at 10:08 pm:
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    Thanks, I looked at the press conference and some other links. I don’t speak Arabic, so, for ducks, I’ll accept the translation as accurate. That having been said, I it’s not clear to me that the Imam isn’t using standard Islamic funeral rites or that he is referring to the American soldiers as opposed to the bad guys who killed the Afghan soldiers. It was a joint Judaeo/Christian-Islamic service, with a US military Chaplain reading funeral liturgy familiar to most of us, and the Imam addressing the Muslim dead who died in the same crash. I can’t discount the possibility that the Imam was a bad guy who slipped in a shot at our dead, but, if so, I’m quite sure it reflects more on him than on us. Nor am I particularly worried that, if he was trying to get in a dig, that his words will have any effect on the souls of our service members. I suspect we’ll hear more about this, but there has been very little coverage except in nutcake circles where the Imam is described as being Obama’s emissary and other such loopiness.

    In any event, my query to you stands: where does Corey Stewart fit into this and why are you dealing with this in this particular thread? I’m not a Stewart fan, but, whatever the ultimate explanation is about the Imam, I’m of a mind to give Stewart a pass on this.

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