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Monday News: Comey Says Trump “morally unfit to be president,” “will stain everyone around him”; “Dislike Comey, Despise Trump”; “Unfit to Command”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, April 16.

  • This situation is both inspiring and infuriating.


  • Another day, another unhinged tirade by VA GOP U.S. Senate candidate Ewwww Jackson


    • RobertColgan

      Wow. Who knew EW was a such a rational logician….!?!
      Evidently, in his thinking, this leads to that, that leads to something else, and some of it is this or that or something else leading to “that’s why I am a Christian running for public office.”

      It’s all so very clear.

  • RobertColgan

    Re Comey’s discussion:
    Little he says can change the fact that Clinton was ahead in the polling by ~3 percentage points on Friday, –(had maintained a lead in the polling throughout the campaigning)– when Comey made his famous pronouncement…….by Monday evening, Tuesday morning, voting day, she was down by 2.
    Comey’s announcement was a profound swing in the outcome of FIVE percentage points and definitively swung the election to Trump. Comey doesn’t seem to be as bothered by this as he says he might be…….saying that what he did he did because of the desire to stay honest with the American people.
    I don’t buy it.
    What he did was too outside-the-norm, and the timing was at such a critical time that he HAD to know he was interfering with the election.
    He seems honest….but I am not persuaded of the integrity and motivation in making that move when he did.

    And, I don’t believe Comey at all when he says that Trump is morally unfit for office, but intellectually fit for office ——— when virtually every psychiatrist acknowledges Trump suffers with a known mental condition called Narcissistic Personality Disorder which creates both paranoia, delusional thinking, and false rationalizations.
    Comey’s assessment doesn’t hold up.

  • From Abigail Spanberger’s campaign:

    Jenefer Hughes Endorses Abilgail Spanberger for VA-07

    GLEN ALLEN, VA — Today, Jenefer Hughes, Commissioner of Revenue for Chesterfield County, endorsed Abigail Spanberger’s bid for the 2018 Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Hughes’ endorsement joins a growing list of elected leaders within the 7th District supporting Spanberger’s candidacy for the U.S House of Representatives.

    “Abigail Spanberger is the type of leader we need for the 7th District,” said Hughes. “She is committed to working every day to improve the lives of central Virginians. Her ability to bridge divides, listen and understand the issues that matter, and work towards meaningful solutions will serve the residents of the 7th well in Congress. I enthusiastically endorse her candidacy.”

    Hughes, whose county seat overlaps with the 7th Congressional District, turned a Republican-held seat Democratic by defeating an incumbent last November by more than 11 points. Additionally, Hughes is also the first Democrat to win a countywide seat in Chesterfield County in 37 years. Her resounding victory confirmed the shifting tide of the 7th, and reinforced the likelihood of success for the Spanberger campaign.

    Spanberger offered her appreciation for Hughes’ support. “As part of the new wave of first-time Democratic women running for office, I’m especially proud to receive Jenefer’s endorsement,” said Spanberger. “Our campaign is inspired and motivated, and her victory last year is proof that we can and will flip the 7th District in November.”

    Hughes’ support adds to a growing list of national organizations and 7th District leaders supporting Spanberger. EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for Democratic women in politics, and End Citizens United, a grassroots organization dedicated to reforming our campaign finance system, have endorsed Spanberger’s candidacy. Additionally, Moms Demand Action recognized Spanberger as a “Gun Sense Candidate” and NewDemPAC added her to their ‘Candidate Watch List.’ In March, Spanberger received endorsements from three House of Delegates members whose seats overlap with the 7th District as well as seven current and former Democratic committee chairs.

    Abigail Spanberger is a proud Democrat and former CIA officer running for Congress against Dave Brat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. She believes in leadership that flows from our shared American values of integrity, responsibility, and decency, and she wants to work to move this country forward together. To learn more, please visit AbigailSpanberger.com.

  • Andy Schmookler

    Reading various things concerning the Comey book and ABC interview, I think it bears repeating what I argued in the piece I posted here on BV on Friday: With respect to the battle going on presently between Comey and Trump, the only thing about Comey that is relevant is his credibility as a witness, and in that respect there is nothing whatever that should call into question the honesty of his testimony. (Which contrasts completely with the liar-in-chief and his consistently dishonest media allies.)

  • Governor Northam Announces Gerber to Relocate U.S. Headquarters to Arlington County

    ~Company to invest $5 million and create 150 new jobs ~

    ARLINGTON COUNTY – Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Gerber Products Company, a leader in early childhood nutrition and subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., will invest $5 million to relocate its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to the new U.S. corporate headquarters operation of its sister company, Nestlé USA, in Arlington County. Nestlé USA now occupies more than 250,000 square feet at 1812 North Moore Street, the tallest building in the metropolitan area. The project will create 150 new jobs.

    “One year after Nestlé announced its U.S. corporate headquarters relocation to Arlington County, this global giant is bringing another top household brand to Virginia,” said Governor Northam. “The company’s decision to reinvest and grow in the Commonwealth is a powerful testament to the advantages of our strategic location, infrastructure, and top-rated talent, and reaffirms that Virginia is a prime location for headquarters operations. We are proud that Nestlé USA calls Arlington County home, and we look forward to a successful corporate partnership with Gerber.”

    Gerber was founded in 1928 in Fremont, Michigan and joined the Nestlé family on September 1, 2007. Gerber partners with parents to provide the best resources possible during their child’s early years, and has a 24/7 Parents Resource Center available to provide helpful services to mom and dad at any time of the day. Gerber is part of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world’s largest food company.

    “Gaining the headquarters of the iconic Gerber brand is an important win for Arlington County and the Commonwealth, and we are thrilled to welcome Gerber to Virginia’s corporate roster,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Esther Lee. “Northern Virginia has proven to be an ideal home for a company of Nestlé USA’s size and caliber, and we are confident that Gerber will also thrive in the region. We thank the company for its commitment to Virginia and for creating new, high-paying jobs of the 21st century.”

    “Closer proximity to Nestlé USA’s new headquarters in Arlington will provide efficiencies that will be reinvested in our people, products, and production to fuel growth,” said Bill Partyka, President and CEO of Gerber. “Northern Virginia also offers a great quality of life for our employees and provides access to strong talent for our current and future needs.”

    The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Arlington County Economic Development to secure the project for Virginia. Governor Northam approved a grant in the amount of $862,500 from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the County with the project. The company is also be eligible to receive a Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit.

    Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Gerber to Arlington’s business community,” said Katie Cristol, Chair of the Arlington County Board. “Nestle’s decision to expand its new home in Arlington by relocating Gerber here reflects both the commitment to our community and the success of our efforts to diversify our economy.”

    “I am proud to welcome Gerber to the 31st Senate District​,” said Senator Barbara Favola. “Our region’s talented workforce, public transportation network, and​ world-class education system make this a great place for Gerber to plant its roots. I am sure that Gerber will thrive in its new home in Arlington.”

    “The good news from Nestlé and for Arlington just keeps coming. Nestlé USA’s relocation last year was a marvelous development, and I want to thank Nestlé for continuing to grow its presence in Arlington,” said Delegate Rip Sullivan. “We were thrilled when the announcement came one year ago. Nestlé has already become an important corporate citizen and community partner, committed—as we all are—to ensuring that Arlington continues to be a great place to run and grow a business, and raise a family.”

  • Pragmatic Progressive

    My family and I live in areas affected by the tornado. This is a situation where WSET, the Sinclair owned station in the area, was necessary to watch.

    • Yeah, in an emergency I wouldn’t worry about it at all. Day to day, on the other hand…nope.

      • Rational Lefty

        The problem is that the two Roanoke stations (WDBJ7 and WSLS) don’t cover Southside as well as the Lynchburg station (WSET) on day to day basis.

        • Pragmatic Progressive

          I second that issue.

      • Rustbelt Democrat

        The way I avoid having to see Sinclair’s commentary on the station is to check out the station’s news on the website and/or the app.

    • Southern Liberal

      Flipping around from station to station, best coverage was WXII, in Greensboro. Worst coverage was The Weather Channel.

      • Pragmatic Progressive

        Second that about The Weather Channel. Irks me that they couldn’t bother to interrupt their reality shows.

  • Beyer Statement On GAO Finding That Pruitt Broke The Law With Installation of Expensive Phone Booth

    “The next question Congress needs answered is how many other laws Pruitt has broken.”

    April 16, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a Congressional investigative agency, determined that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt violated the Antideficiency Act by installing a $43,000 “soundproof privacy booth” without informing Congress:

    “Now that we know that Scott Pruitt’s secrecy extended to the point of breaking the law, the next question Congress needs answered is how many other laws Pruitt has broken,” said Rep. Beyer. “We are only just beginning to learn about what Scott Pruitt has really been up to during his corrupt reign at the EPA. Congress must initiate further oversight to get answers for the public, and hold those responsible for wrongdoing accountable.”

    Scott Pruitt faces increasing pressure from Democrats and Republicans to provide answers about his numerous scandals as his conduct at EPA comes under heightened scrutiny.