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VA Republicans Indicted Yesterday All Were Part of “National Right to Work Committee”


On Tuesday, I wrote about the person (Rossie D. Alston, Jr.) who Virginia Republicans want on the state Supreme Court, instead of the eminently qualified, extremely well-respected Judge Jane Marum Roush. In that post, I noted that the “National Right to Work Committee,” where Alston worked, is a far-right-wing organization tied to ALEC (Speaker Bill Howell’s organization), the Koch brothers, Americans for Prosperity, etc., which is one of the “national leaders in the effort to destroy public and private sector unions by pushing anti-union legislation at the state and federal level and by bringing lawsuits.”

So, yeah, that’s the organization Alston worked for. It’s also the same organization featured prominently in last night’s Washington Post story, “Two Virginia Republicans indicted in Ron Paul campaign scandal”:

Two longtime Virginia Republican activists were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in an alleged endorsement-for-pay scheme dating to the 2012 presidential campaign.

Dimitri Kesari of Leesburg, Va. and John Tate of Warrenton, Va. were accused along with Jesse Benton of paying an Iowa state senator to endorse then-Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

… Dennis Fusaro, the whistleblower who exposed the alleged scheme, is also a longtime Virginia conservative political activist.

All three were involved in Virginia-based National Right to Work, as was Mike Rothfeld, a Virginian direct mail expert who went on to consult for Paul.

Also see The Scandal That Could Blow Up Rand Paul’s Machine, which notes the extremely close ties between “Paul World” and the “National Right to Work Committee” – basically extremists of a feather flocking together.

Many of the central players in Paul World hail from the National Right to Work Committee, the leading anti-union group where these operatives spent their formative political years. Doug Stafford, who is Rand Paul’s Karl Rove, is a former NRTWC vice president. John Tate, Ron Paul’s former campaign manager, worked with Stafford at the NRTWC; he is now the president of Campaign for Liberty, the political group founded by the elder Paul. Kesari-described by someone who knows him as “like Radar from M*A*S*H”-previously led the NRTWC’s government affairs department. Mike Rothfeld headed the committee’s direct-mail operation in the late ’80s and early ’90s; he now runs the fundraising firm of choice for Rand Paul’s PAC, as well as the NRTWC and Campaign for Liberty.

So, back to Rossie Alston, Jr., who the Republicans want to put on the Virginia Supreme Court, who worked for that same “National Right to Work Committee,” and whose rulings were “reversed by the Virginia Supreme Court three times” – “three times…for being too pro-prosecution once and too pro-insurance defense in two other cases.” Which is certainly consistent (pro-corporate, anti-“little guy”) with Alston’s work for the NRTWC. The question is, why would anyone other than Virginia Republican puppets and their pro-corporate, anti-worker allies want someone with Alston’s hard-right background on the Virginia Supreme Court?

P.S. Just as a reminder about who Ron Paul is, see Cuccinelli Touts Endorsement by Racist, Anti-Semitic Nut Who Says Social Security Unconstitutional . Also note that another bigot and extremist (sensing a pattern here?), Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, is helping with legal defense for these clowns. That speaks volumes.

  • WomenFirstVA

    In all your skullduggery why can’t you find ONE decision Alston has made that’s an example of something a right wing nut would rule? Of course you can’t find one which is why you’ve gone back three decades to a job or whatever.

    Of course Virginia’s Republicans are crazy.  But why are you slandering Judge Alston?  He’s on Virginia’s Circuit Court by UNANIMOUS VOTE in the GA.  Oh that’s right: This is Blue Virginia. Blacks are NEVER qualified.  A few white progressives out there are really something.  You want that Black support for your causes but you become Republicans when it comes to QUALIFIED Blacks getting higher positions.  

  • WomenFirstVA

    Right. Sure.  And I’m sure you’ve actually talked to him or been in court and seen him on the bench or you know him?  Right. Sure.  You slander people then you wonder why there’s a response.  Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way.  

  • Today, Democratic candidate for Sterling District Supervisor Koran Saines is calling attention to Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s relationship with Hamilton Town Council Member and Republican political operative Dimitri Kesari. Kesari was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in an alleged endorsement-for-pay scheme.

    Kesari, along with two others, is accused of paying an Iowa State Senator $25,000 to endorse then-Presidential candidate and Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas).

    Yesterday, Supervisor Delgaudio sent an email soliciting funds for Mr. Kesari’s legal defense, praising Mr. Kesari for his “good work” and alleging the indictment against Mr. Kesari is part of a Justice Department “conspiracy.”

    Koran Saines issued the following statement:

    “Too often, Mr. Delgaudio’s focus has been on his political and ideological crusades. The people of Sterling deserve better. They deserve a Supervisor with ethics and one who is focused on making our community better.  That is what I am offering Sterling voters this November.”