Many progressives in the area are aware of Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio's other job: President of the Public Advocate of the U.S. I'm on the email lists of several conservative organizations, and from time to time I report on their content when it seems particularly worthy of reporting. The latest email forwarded from townhall.com is one of those instances. This is about the third time I've received the exact same email in the past year, and I'm getting tired of this blatant and meaningless appeal to gullible conservatives for donations.
At the bottom of this post you will see the entire email from Mr. Delgaudio. It is particularly odious because of the obvious disdain he has for gay people, and the extent of the fear-mongering he uses to scare conservatives into giving him money. Even if you read just the first few lines, you'll see what I'm talking about. The most entertaining part is the horror story Delgaudio recounts where he bravely confronts an army of men printing petitions to advance their "agenda."
It turns out that Keith Fimian and two other losing candidates were on that list, but Fimian still received hundreds of calls from Tea Partiers urging him to attend the TPP-sponsored freshman orientation. Here is part of the latest email:
PLEASE STOP CALLING THE FRESHMEN
Thank you for making calls to your Congressmen-elect urging them to attend our freshman orientation this weekend. It's time to turn off the heat.
We also need to apologize to some people. In our haste to compile the list and get it out to you, some people who didn't win their races were incorrectly included as having won...
Specifically, we need to offer our sincere apologies to John Koster, Jesse Kelly, and Keith Fimian who ran for office and did not get elected but who were inadvertently added to our list.
Losing such a close race can't be easy for Keith Fimian. The last thing he needs is to be pestered by a bunch of Tea Partiers.
UPDATE: The Tea Party Patriots have backtracked on their previous request (without taking responsibility), saying "For the moment, we are asking you to stop making calls...We listed the contact information we had for these freshmen and we now know that some of it was personal cell phone numbers or fax numbers...Additionally, we are asking that if you posted these phone numbers on your Facebook page or blog, let's remove them at this point."
The Tea Party Patriots are upset that "their" newly elected Congresspeople are about to be co-opted by Washington insiders, so they have released the private cell phone numbers and email addresses of almost 100 new Congress Members.
The group had scheduled a "freshman orientation" for this weekend, sponsored by retiring Rep. John Shadegg. But another organization, the Claremont Institute, scheduled an orientation at the same time, and is filling it with lobbyists and RNC members. The TPP claims that Claremont is trying to pass their event off as the "official" orientation.
TPP is encouraging its members to contact these newly elected members. The list, (which I will not post or link to here), includes the cell phone numbers and emails of almost 100 Congresspersons - and, ironically, Keith Fimian.
Don't Let Them Steal OUR New Members of Congress
Dear Fellow Patriots,
A situation has arisen with the Freshmen Orientation being sponsored by Tea Party Patriots this weekend, and we need your help.
DC insiders, the RNC, and lobbyists are already trying to push the Tea Party aside and co-opt the incoming Congressmen...
We need you to call & email these incoming Congressmen & tell them you want them to attend YOUR Tea Party Patriots event.
According to the State Board of Elections, the current unofficial count is at 111,695 votes for Gerry Connolly and 110,727 for Keith Fimian -- a difference of just 968 votes, or 0.43%. Fimian would be well within his right to request a recount at state expense, but does anyone think this would net him enough votes to change the outcome? As we have seen over the past few days, canvassing has only increased the margin for Gerry Connolly.
I think that Fimian is not planning to run for anything again, so he is throwing everything he's got into this effort. What's he got to lose at this point? If he chooses not to challenge the results, he remains the loser. If he chooses to make a challenge, the worst thing that could happen is that he is, well, still the loser.
Could the Fimian campaign have something up its sleeve? Anthony Bedell, Chairman of the Fairfax County GOP, says, "There are several developments in the Fimian - Connolly race that may call into question the accuracy of the current vote totals."
As expected, the Hurt campaign is attempting to monopolize on President Obama's recent visit to Charlottesville. Two things stood out to me in his email (forwarded to me by GOPUSA). First is that he chooses to call Perriello a "lap dog." The other thing is Hurt's claim that "liberal special interest groups" are outspending him 6 to 1. Does that sound right to anyone down there in the 5th District? How much are the right-wing interest groups spending by comparison?
SUBJECT: Cut Obama's Lap Dog's Leash
Dear Fellow Conservative,
Obama and Pelosi control Perriello to such an extent, you would think they have him on a leash.
The most hotly contested congressional race in the nation is right here. Two different polls show the race as either a dead heat or our being ahead of my ultra-liberal Pro-Choice opponent. Obama is so worried about my being elected to Congress and bringing my Pro-Life views to Washington, that he is coming right here, to our backyard, this weekend.
Think about it. Here's what they want:
Tax cuts for billionaires
Anonymous, unlimited influence on elections
Sending jobs overseas
Privatize Social Security
No limits on health care costs
No environmental regulation
No corporate taxes
No capital gains tax
No oversight of Wall Street
No credit card regulation
No minimum wage
And here's what they call it:
"Free speech," "competitive sourcing," "personal accounts," "the free market," and "personal responsibility."
And if you don't support this, then you're... a socialist!
SEAGRAVES:If you're a legal owner of a firearm, should you be able to carry that firearm anywhere you want -- schools, public transportation, bars, restaurants?
FIMIAN: ...You know, I think that at Virginia Tech, if one of those kids in one of those classrooms was packin' heat, I think that, that would not have happened.
SEAGRAVES: It is illegal for students to carry guns into the campus...
FIMIAN: The perpetrator of that crime would've thought twice before walking into a classroom if he thought there was any chance of someone being armed and preventing him from doing that.
From their email:
If you haven't looked at our website recently, you should. We have added some really sharp folks to our technology team and they are making great strides in improving the quality and functionality of our website.
Among the tools that have been added are Phone Lists and Walking Lists for volunteers to use to help us Get Out the Vote.
To make the most of these tools we are running ads on the Rush Limbaugh radio program all week long. The goal is to drive volunteers to our site and have them use these tools on a local level to maximize voter turnout next Tuesday.
On my way to George Mason University this morning, I saw about ten signs that were vandalized this way (see another on the upper left).
I know that sign shenanigans happen in every election, and don't make much difference in the long run, but this speaks to one of the reasons why I am not a Republican: I'm not mean-spirited. I've seen so many instances of mean-spiritedness, hatred, even racism, that it's hard to say they're not part of an endemic problem in the conservative movement.
*UPDATE: Apparently the Fimian supporters don't care about firefighters either, or else they wouldn't be vandalizing firefighter property:
The Telework Improvements Act (HR 1722), which has broad bipartisan support, was also sponsored by John Sarbanes (D-MD), and Frank Wolf (R-VA). As Board of Supervisors Chairman, Gerry Connolly led the way for Fairfax County employees to telework 20% of the time. This teleworking legislation, which is PAYGO compliant, is a great benefit to our region on many fronts:
It is the single most effective way to reduce traffic congestion while highway improvement spending is at an all-time low.
It reduces pollution and our dependence on foreign oil by taking cars off the streets.
It makes the federal government more prepared to handle emergencies such as the debilitating snowstorms we experienced earlier this year.
It helps the government recruit and retain workers at a time when 48% of its workforce is eligible to retire in the next decade.
This is another Connolly accomplishment to improve traffic in Northern Virginia. Meanwhile, Keith Fimian is AWOL on the issue. His website doesn't include a single idea for transportation!