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Corey Stewart Calls His Constituents “Cowards”

By Greg L | 21 May 2013 | Prince William County | 13 Comments

“Everyone who is opposed to the [Bi-County Parkway] and not offering an alternative is a coward.” — Corey Stewart.

The question here is what the alternative is supposed to accomplish.  If the purpose is to provide profit opportunities for the developers that contribute to Corey Stewart’s election campaigns, I suppose we could pay them with public funds to bulldoze residential blight in Woodbridge.  If the point is to give Governor McDonnell and Sean Connaughton a public memorial for their service to the county, we could erect a massive statute of a dollar sign in front of the McCoart building.

If the purpose is to actually solve some sort of transportation issue, well, doing nothing is a perfectly good alternative and one that is arguably quite superior.

Not satisfied to do significant damage to his political reputation in the manner in which he ran for Lieutenant Governor, Corey Stewart is now utterly determined to trash whatever political clout he still has by calling his constituents “cowards.”  These are people who he is going to be asking to vote for him once again, and calling them names is absolutely and utterly stupid.

This Outer Beltway, which is what the project ultimately is all about, solves no pressing issue, causes real and significant problems and is being rammed down the throats of county residents that absolutely don’t want it.  Usually in a situation like this, basic political horse sense would suggest that you side with the constituents who have for some time been wondering why the Chairman of their Board of County Supervisors has been so unresponsive to their concerns about this proposed project.  Such a response would be obvious to even the most naive unprincipled opportunist seeking to build up positive name recognition to support future aspirations, but it has utterly escaped Corey Stewart.

I have never seen a successful elected official so unwaveringly determined to make so many people utterly despise him in such a short time.  Heck Corey, if you really don’t want to have a political future, nobody’s forcing you to remain in office, ya know?

UPDATE: Stewart’s full remarks are now available.

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  1. Shaun Kenney said on 21 May 2013 at 9:46 pm:
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    Not just any constituent — DELEGATE BOB MARSHALL.

    It’s one thing to encourage alternatives in response to mere critics… but Marshall? Good Lord.

  2. T2T said on 21 May 2013 at 11:28 pm:
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    Yes, very poor taste on Corey’s part to make such a comment. Then again, maybe this is part of the process that one goes through when they have to lick their wounds after a hard landing after a rigorous political campaign. Delegate Tim Hugo has been also indicating the same thing as Delegate Marshall has with regards to improving Rt. 28 @ Centreville by allowing for two exit lanes to Rt. 28 north. Then, they have proposed an overpass at Walney road to eliminate the horrible stoplight at that intersection and allow traffic to move more smoothly.

    Great suggestions have been put forward by the state’s political officials. It might be because Corey isn’t listening to them, or he refuses to accept what they are saying. The Rt. 28 improvement solution and I-66 improvements will cost much less compared to the Tri-county parkway.

    A lot of people are asking for a one year “cooling off” period to allow for further studies and more reviews to take place. Additionally, Representative Frank Wolf has suggested a cost/benefit analysis to be performed.

    Again, plenty of our state’s politicians who are critical of this road have some great, common-sense solutions that doesn’t involve “gutting” the whole transportation route through the Manassas battlefield and certainly doesn’t displace and uproot 100 farms like with happen with the Pageland option.

    Finally, I think Corey should be present at some of these open town hall style forums that are conducted. I believe he’d get some real input on how the residents feel in the county that he is currently king of. However, being his election is over, maybe he wouldn’t be encouraged enough to attend such events since he’s no longer looking for contributions or votes at the moment to further his political career.

  3. ffft said on 22 May 2013 at 7:21 am:
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    Why don’t they fix the mess they made at 28/Vint Hill Rd/Linton Hall before they go make another mess?

  4. reasonable and rational said on 22 May 2013 at 9:02 am:
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    I support this road and more river crossings. We’ve needed this for 20 years.

  5. anon said on 22 May 2013 at 9:23 am:
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    Maybe Corey is the Coward.

    Here is something to think about.
    “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
    Abe Lincoln

  6. anon said on 22 May 2013 at 10:02 am:
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    General Lee had better quotes.

    Corey with regard to developers.

    “Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or keep one.”

    “I cannot consent to place in the control of others one who cannot control himself.”

    Comment regarding officers who became inebriated, as quoted in Personal Reminiscences, Anecdotes, and Letters of Gen. Robert E. Lee (1874) by John William Jones, p. 170

  7. Clare Voyant said on 22 May 2013 at 11:52 am:
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    I don’t trust or respect Corey Stewart…..and I don’t like him for those reasons. But Greg, you misquoted Corey based on the video you also posted. He called state officials cowards, NOT rank and file citizens.

    That being said, Corey looked, acted, and spoke on Tuesday like a man who was suffering from a hangover. And indeed, he surely was still reeling from his own self inflicted “bar fight” that occurred on Saturday in Richmond. His verbal stumbling and flailing at the BOCS meeting calls for prayer not pity. His “hardball” politics have taken a toll….on him.

    May God help him…..He can’t help himself!

  8. Benton said on 23 May 2013 at 5:35 am:
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    See what blindly voting by lever gets ya.

  9. J Doe said on 23 May 2013 at 11:14 am:
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    Corey is right but should also state that failure to build adequate roads / routes will only frustrate the local populace for decades to come. The success of the NIMBY cowd will be causing headaches with bad commutes (poor quality of life factor) for themselves and their children. Corey is right Loudon and PW counties are primed for future development, it is coming. The recent tax increase will generate billions, it would be wise to use that money to smartly prepare for the future. Some well paced and well sized roads are needed, both today and especially given the unstopable future growth. Some smart local guidance would help assure these infrastructure additions work to benefit the local communities.

    Prince William residents need to prepare for the coming battle to keep Metro out of this county. Loudon residents lost that battle and are saddled with an additional tax burden. When you hear of a politician that supports Meto to PWC please turn away, run away, vote him/her out of office.

  10. Anonymous said on 23 May 2013 at 6:23 pm:
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    Our tax increase was and is to fix the problems that are here now! The road is needed for the future and will be built. The 28/66/234/236(fairfax county parkway) is and should be paramount to funding!

    The state can place an easment on the right of way for the future. We need a solution now so it doesnt take two hours in the next five years to get to fairfax city as it currently takes one hour to go 12 miles from 234 and sudley manor at 6:30am to get to rt 50 now.

  11. Anonymous said on 23 May 2013 at 6:36 pm:
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    Just a fine print note btw. The 28/ Godwin drive extension washeld up by the army corps of engineers due to the CURRENT design done in the sixties showing cut and fill to cross Bull Run. It would damage the bluebells and disrupt a wetland. Did anyone think to question to change the design at the BOCS meeting a few years ago that if they were to peir the roadway over the wetland area it would eliminate this problem?

    Was it out of ignorance or out of showing concern for the tricounty put paid of by developers for the current fiascoe now proposed? Hmmn?

    Centreville was the major access to the Virginia heartland during the civil war and it is currently the major access to fxcnty.

    Who was the developer who wanted to build a new city where the new roadway would go thrue infairfax on the south side of rt 50?

    Do you want to really gwet to the bottom of it? Check to see who hold the trust for the land to be developed there! It is the the one % who want to make money of of there holdings. Period.

    Developers are just a business. The speculators who own the land is where the buck stops.

  12. J Doe said on 23 May 2013 at 7:01 pm:
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  13. Not a Blue Bell said on 23 May 2013 at 8:07 pm:
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    double huh???? @Anonymous

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