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Corey Stewart is Sean Connaughton II, Only Worse

By Greg L | 6 August 2013 | Prince William County | 12 Comments

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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  1. Anonymous said on 6 Aug 2013 at 10:53 pm:
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    County Republicans can make it a two-for-one and help Milt Johns find the exit.

  2. Pa gainesville said on 7 Aug 2013 at 7:23 am:
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    I, too, used to like Mr. Stewart and the work he did. Is he a Jekyll and Hyde? I continue to be amazed at his bullying tactics. When the crowd laughed at Mr. Connaugton’s outrageous statement that the Bi-County Parkway would relieve congestion on 66, Mr. Stewart threatened to clear the chambers. The only one who needs to clear the chambers is Mr. Stewart.

  3. T2T said on 7 Aug 2013 at 8:54 am:
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    The moment yesterday when Corey became upset due to the attendees of the meeting clapping and cheering were priceless. Corey was eager to cut supervisor Candland off just after Marty Nohe had given his gushing thanks to Sean Connaughton for making an appearance. Nohe, Jenkins and Stewart acted as though they were worshiping Sean while he was there. Yet, I see none of them were eager to run and get Sean a cup of Starbucks. Sean’s presentation was so dry and so boring that even Sean was putting himself to sleep as he was heard on a few dozen occasions sighing and yawning openly as he spoke.

    Sean Connaughton is quite an interesting character. Oh, Bob Chase is too. So, now we have Corey Stewart, Bob Chase and Sean Connaughton all running for the “Arse of the Year” award. I only ask who will win the award? They’re all such strong contenders.

  4. Generous said on 7 Aug 2013 at 11:52 am:
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    I, too, was shocked and disappointed with Corey’s harsh rudeness to Supervisor Candland, cutting Peter Candland off from speaking at the last Board meeting. It was disheartening for me to observe. When I involve myself with Republican politics, I do it at a personal sacrifice. The candidates I work for must be worthy of my sacrifice. Regretfully, Corey has fallen from my grace.

  5. legal2 said on 7 Aug 2013 at 1:49 pm:
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    I must concur with the foregoing comments. My spouse & I were loyal supporters of Corey’s up until and through the 287g implementation. Now, I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him. What happened to right reason, good stewardship, and personal integrity, Corey?

  6. Anonymous said on 7 Aug 2013 at 4:04 pm:
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    Like all RINOS (Martin Nohe, Glendell Hill, Maureen Caddigan, Wally Covington and now Corey Stewart) sooner or later his true beliefs were bound to come out.

  7. Frustrated said on 7 Aug 2013 at 9:49 pm:
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    Corey Stewart is nothing more than an imbecilic wannabe schoolyard bully who throws tantrums when things do not go his way. His problem, according to VPAP.org, his campaigns are primarily funded by those same developers trying to push the construction of the BCP. He now has an obligation to those who have bought him. He is a frustrated bully wannabe because he is just not being allowed to act like a kid in a candy store and destroy the rural crescent without any opposition. I say he is a bully wannabe because in reality he is just a very small, shallow man who could never hold a candle to the likes of Pete Candland and Supervisor Candland is not afraid to stand up to him. Now that is someone that deserves the respect of his constituents and PWC as a whole for trying to do the right thing by us.

  8. He's Gotta Go said on 11 Aug 2013 at 9:11 am:
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    What should you expect? We saw the real Corey on full display when he was running for Lt Gov then Senator, then Lt Gov. The threatened developers for money, either support him or have their zoning requests denied. (Where is the FBI when you need them?) He lied relentlessly about his tax hike record and is use of dirty 3rd party attacks on others. Corey has no moral center. He will do anything to get ahead politically and if there was anyone who should be turned out of office it’s this petulant, rude, vindictive little twit.

  9. J Doe said on 13 Aug 2013 at 1:46 pm:
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    When is his term up? It is time for him to exit the stage. . .

  10. anon said on 15 Aug 2013 at 8:21 pm:
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    His term could be up tomorrow am, depending on the intestinal fortitude of Prince William County. There is enough evidence, not only to get rid of him, but to send him to prison. Prince William County residents, however, are gutless. Classic movies have outlined this human situation (”On the Waterfont” - all about gutless people, who need a hero before they will act). What about less talk, and more action? Or do you want to get to the end of this story (some years down the road) and say, jee - I wish I had done something about this horse’s patoot?!

  11. Anonymous said on 15 Aug 2013 at 9:45 pm:
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    Maybe Pete and his crew can get it together enough to see that he is prosecuted.

  12. Scout said on 18 Aug 2013 at 9:31 pm:
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    Of course he’s worse than Connaughton. Virtually everyone is.

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