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Live Blog: Democrat Rip Sullivan Debates Anti-Choice, Anti-Medicaid, Pro-Gun Republican Dave Foster

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The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce’s 48th House of Delegates debate is happening right now. I’m not there but will pass along what I see on social media. Why on earth there’s no live feed for this is beyond me.

UPDATE 9:14 am: @Lopez4VA tweets, “Great debate!!  Please vote on Aug 19th!!” Sounds like Dave Foster revealed himself to be a standard-issue right winger on economic and energy issues, while Rip Sullivan strongly reflects the views of the vast majority of 48th House of Delegates district voters. This choice is an absolute no brainer. Go Rip!

UPDATE 9:13 am: @Lopez4VA tweets, “@RipSullivan48 I’d work across the aisle to make VA a leader again on the environment and renewable energy.” Bingo!

UPDATE 9:11 am: @Lopez4VA tweets, “@RipSullivan48 if Foster had his way we’d have a Gov Cuccinelli and AG Obenshain – we’d be a very diff state.” So, so true. Thank goodness Foster did NOT have his way!

UPDATE 9:06 am: ‏@Lopez4VA tweets, “Foster opposed to raising min wage. Makes VA less competitive.” I strongly disagree, but Foster shows his hard-right (not to mention heartless, except to the wealthy and powerful of course) economic views yet again. In contrast, “@RipSullivan48 supports raising min wage.” Go Rip!

UPDATE 9:02 am: @fairfaxchamber tweets, “@RipSullivan48 not interested in raising taxes.”  ‏@Lopez4VA tweets, “@RipSullivan48 on tax reform – need a tax system that is fair and forward looking.”

UPDATE 9:00 am: @Lopez4VA tweets, “RPS – RipSullivan48 we need to move towards stronger standards. Foster-no we need to be business friendly-and not get ahead of other states.” Wow, Foster is wildly wrong on this one!

UPDATE 8:56 am: @Lopez4VA tweets, “@RipSullivan48 knocks it out of the park on renewable energy – and ways that VA can develop businesses and create jobs…Foster supports all of the above on energy – offers that this includes off shore drilling.” Go Rip! Foster #FAIL!

UPDATE 8:55 am: @Lopez4VA tweets, “Foster agrees w/ @RipSullivan48 on DREAM Act – Rip argues that it’s an issue of economic development keeping talent in Virginia.” First (and last?) thing Foster is right about?

UPDATE 8:44 am: @Lopez4VA tweets, “Foster agrees-says that he is better positioned work with majority R’s on issues.Idea that he can temper tea party element met w/eye rolling.” Hahahahaha. #FAIL

UPDATE 8:40 am: @Lopez4VA tweets, “Widening of 66 – @RipSullivan48 – detailed, nuanced response about history of R intransigence on traffic funding over the years…@RipSullivan48 Happy about work outside beltway – but need to keep current footprint inside beltway re. 66.”

UPDATE 8:35 am: ‏@Lopez4VA  tweets, “Foster – Medicaid expansion – fed dollars may not be there forever – so we shouldn’t plunge in without reforms as well. R talking points 101.” Huge #FAIL on that one.

UPDATE 8:34 am: @fairfaxchamber tweets, “@DaveFosterVA agrees that a future Potomac River Crossing might be necessary.” Strongly disagree.

UPDATE 8:31 am: Also from Alfonso Lopez – “1st question is on ppp’s – foster talks about street car. @RipSullivan48 focuses on fact that election is about much more than streetcar…@RipSullivan48 ‘you’d think that was the only important issue according to my opponent…'”

UPDATE 8:29 am: Alfonso Lopez tweets, “@RipSullivan48 opening – best person running to build on what Govs Warner and Kaine did to make VA the best state for business in the US.”

  • At this morning’s debate, Dave Foster refused to own up to his record of supporting some of Virginia’s most conservative politicians.

    Dave Foster contributed to Ken Cuccinelli’s Attorney General and Gubernatorial campaigns, along with the campaigns of other conservative Republicans.

    Dave Foster thinks he can fool voters by omitting his party affiliation from his yard signs and campaign literature, but just a few years ago, he was proud to head up the Republican National Committee PAC’s Virginia arm. Mr. Foster thinks voters won’t find out that he endorsed Cuccinelli in 2009, declaring that he would fight to get Cuccinelli elected and “return Virginia to the Red Zone.” He even called Cuccinelli a “great legislator!”

    We’re smarter than that. And we won’t be fooled.

    Republicans in Richmond continue to focus on fighting social, economic, health care and environmental progress, and there’s no indication they’re stopping any time soon. Dave Foster insists that if elected he will try to moderate the Republican Party, but we know that simply isn’t true.

    Here’s the thing — we need your help. We need a Delegate like Rip Sullivan who will fight for the values and priorities of the 48th District — education, equality, transportation, and the environment. To do so, we need to spread the word about our campaign’s message of equality and opportunity- and the truth about Dave Foster’s.

    Will you stand with Rip today and invest in this campaign? We’re making final budget decisions, and your contribution of $25, $50, $100, or whatever you are able to give today will make a big difference.