Rigell: Bartholomew Was a Victim of Some Sort of Deep, Dark Conspiracy


    Here’s 2nd CD Republican nominee, Scott Rigell, who the other day condemned (now former) Virginia Beach Republican Committee chair David Bartholomew for forwarding a racist email. Now, in response to a woman’s question about why he let this happen to a “wonderful leader” like Bartholomew, and why this came up now, here’s the bizarre, conspiratorial part of Rigell’s response (after once again, correctly, stating that with leadership comes responsibility and accountability):

    Now, why it came out the way it came out and when it came out? You understand that. And you know what, the full fabric of our community understands that as well, because I’ve been in touch with our friends in all parts of our community…they’re not fooled by this.

    You know, Mr. Rigell, one rule I’ve always heard in politics is that when you’re in a hole, the first thing you want to do is stop digging. In the final 10 days of your campaign against Glenn Nye and Kenny Golden, you just might want to heed that advice. Or not. I don’t really care, as I’m not a fan of Glenn Nye’s and I really, really am not fan of yours!

    • VA Blogger


    • It’s not about the actual act, it’s about the “cover-up!”  Remember when Dan Rather reported on an unverified document?  The Right was in an uproar, which concealed the fact that Bush actually did skip out on his service with the National Guard.

    • Eileen Levandoski
    • Here’s the problem I think that many of us are having.  Yes, I think reputable Republicans have denounced the e-mails.  (Good.)  And I think reputable Democrats have at least wondered (if not assumed) that there was politics at work.

      But where this discussion becomes deadlocked is the idea that these have some sort of moral equivalence.  They don’t.  And if you want to insist that they do, how about a less immediate, more Dem-worthy example?  Which is worse — leaving a woman to drown in Chappaquiddick or using that to bring down health care?  I may not like the latter tactic, but let’s face it, if Kennedy hadn’t left her, no one could have used it.

      If the e-mails hadn’t been sent, there would not have been a story.


      • The Richmonder

        Perhaps you prefer the word “downplay”?

      • that the Virginia Beach Republican Party is as a cesspool of racism?  Good, I’m glad to hear it! 🙂