“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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