Barbara Favola’s statement never actually spells out the “false allegations” to which she’s referring. But I’m guessing it’s Lowell’s recent recounting of his conversation with Favola in which she volunteered that her opponent Jaime Areizaga-Soto had no voter base in a mostly-white district, since condemned by Delegates Mark Keam, Scott Surovell & Patrick Hope:
“I am deeply saddened by recent false allegations by Jaime Areizaga-Soto and his supporters. This is an egregious assault on my character and the values I live by in my personal and public life. My entire public career has centered around advocating for human rights.” said Barbara Favola.
In Barbara Favola’s 14 years of public service on the Arlington County Board, she has played a significant role in creating the welcoming, inclusive, and diverse community. She publicly advocated for and supported resolutions that acknowledge the value and contributions of Arlington’s minority populations. Most recently, Favola supported a resolution to protect the civil rights and civil liberties for all people. This resolution acknowledged that creating a safe community should not mean that a jurisdiction must participate in the Secure Communities program. Moreover, she has worked tirelessly to ensure that critical county information is offered in Spanish and also offered in a way that is culturally sensitive.
“These allegations are flat out untrue. Jaime Areizaga-Soto and his supporters have hurled outrageous allegations at me throughout the campaign, but this takes the cake. Mr. Areizaga-Soto and his supporters have sunk to a new low in Northern Virginia Democratic politics,” Barbara Favola.
Look, I ran for House of Delegates from Virginia’s 47th district in 2009. If someone made up charges about me discrediting my opponent based on their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else, I’d have held a news conference on that person’s front lawn, invited every TV station in town to cover it, and told the accuser that if they had any guts, they could repeat those lies for the TV cameras so that everyone knew exactly where those filthy defamations were coming from. And then I’d have invited every elected official in the district to join me in condemning the allegations lest they be called a fraud for refusing to stand against them.
Barbara Favola, on the other hand, was so outraged she … had her campaign email out a vague denial five days later with not one other elected official signing on to stand by her. I mean, if she wants to call Lowell a liar, why can’t she even do so by name? This is who Senators Dick Saslaw & Mary Margaret Whipple would have us believe is ready to go toe to toe with zealous self-financier Caren Merrick in November?