Why I Support Areizaga-Soto for Virginia State Senate

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    (Peter Rousselot was Arlington County Democratic Committee chair from 2006 to 2010. We invite others who are supporting their chosen candidates to come post here at Blue Virginia. Thanks! – promoted by lowkell)

    I’m supporting Jaime Areizaga-Soto for the Democratic nomination in Virginia State Senate District 31.

    Several months ago, a number of people came to me and asked me to run for this nomination myself. In declining to do that, I stated that the most important factor in my deciding who I would support would be which Democratic candidate held out the most promise to change the way in which the Virginia State Democratic leadership operates.

    Recent examples of terribly flawed decisions by the Virginia State Democratic leadership include:

    –dropping the ball on the Cucinnelli/McDonnell abortion clinic restriction legislation

    –secretive preparation of and advocacy for the widely and justly condemned Senate re-districting plan

    –heavy-handed attempts to clear the field for all but one anointed candidate for the Democratic nomination in Senate District 31

    One highly qualified candidate for the Democratic nomination in Senate District 31 stood up to the current Senate Democratic leadership and said, “I’m running despite your opposition to my candidacy.” That candidate is Jaime Areizaga-Soto.

    Jaime’s courage in taking this stand convinced me that he is the only candidate for this seat who will be able to work with the current Senate Democratic leadership where appropriate, but also stand up to them where necessary.

    That’s why I’m supporting Jaime for this  nomination.