For many years I have been an unabashed and strong supporter of Corey Stewart. When citizens had a concern, Corey listened to what they had to say, came up with policy options that might address those concerns, and then either lead or played a major role in getting those policy objectives enacted. As Occoquan District representative he ferociously fought for lower spending and lighter taxes, battled establishment interests on behalf of common taxpayers, and stood up to the excesses of the Connaughton regime. Early in his role as Chairman, he lead the way on improving land use policy, fought overdevelopment, and championed our county’s efforts to combat illegal immigration in such a way that we ended up as one of the very, very few localities that enacted policies to help foster strong enforcement of the law while not running afoul of state or federal courts.
Corey Stewart has, during the course of his public service, done an enormous amount of good, and his political future seemed quite promising. I really have to wonder what ever happened to that well spoken, politically-savvy, fiscally-minded upstart whose blended populist and conservative political outlook could have been the model for local governance in Virginia for years to come.
Now we are confronted with a Corey Stewart that has embraced every single policy approach of higher taxes, unrestrained development, letting county staff run amok, and untethered spending of the very predecessor he decried as one of the worst elected officials in Virginia history not long ago. At least Connaghton wasn’t engaged in frequently embarrassing public displays of exacting petty revenge against those who should be his conservative, populist allies as Stewart has been wont to do over the past year. We had the revenge against getting rid of discretionary slush funds debacle, we’ve endured the protecting budget hikes fiasco, logo-gate, Queen Peacor, and now it’s devolved into threatening to silence the microphones of not big-spending liberals on the board, but the conservative hawks that are responding to the outpouring of concerns by their constituents.
Potomac Local sums up the latest facepalm-inducing idiocy that county residents are forced to deal with, at least for a little while longer:
That statement drew groans from a crowd that was overwhelmingly opposed to the highway, and a pelting of questions from Gainesville District Supervisors Peter Candland, who was threatened by Board Chairman Corey Stewart to have the number of his questions he was allowed to ask cut short and his microphone silenced.
I can only gather from this inane display that Corey Stewart has no interest whatsoever in running for re-election, or for having any kind of future in politics at all. If he thinks he could survive a primary challenge after these utterly unrelenting unforced errors, much less the possibility of a decent challenger in the next general election, he’s completely lost his mind. The Gainesville and Brentsville Districts are the core Republican base voters in any county election, and he’s gotten himself into a state of open warfare with one, and his unbridled passion for developing the rural crescent is seriously undermining his support in the other. Unless Stewart has some magic plan to cuddle up to Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe, with whom he shares a mutual abject hatred and make that his new base of political support, Stewart is left with an eviscerated political base and rapidly growing negatives.
Prince William Republicans better come up quickly with a Corey Stewart Exit Strategy. One way or another, they’re going to need it.
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