Tag: Sun Gazette
As is almost always the case, following the money trail usually tells you a great deal about what's motivating a politician. In this case, a lot of us in the mainstream progressive (not in quotes and not "far left," by the way) community have been wondering, why would a global-warming-denying, George Allen/Ken Cuccinelli Republican suddenly leap to Democrat Barbara Favola's defense, not just once but repeatedly, against the evil bloggers and the Jaime Areizaga-Soto campaign? At first glance, it would sure seem odd, but not after you think about who and what is funding both of them -- real estate money, and lots of it (despite the Arlington County Board's longstanding, internal understanding that members will NOT take such contributions, certainly not from interests with business before the Board, because it gives off at least the appearance of impropriety).
At this point, given that the Sun-Gazette is leaping to her defense every 5 minutes - and expending an awful lot of ink and dead trees (yes, they still are clinging desperately to that dying business model) in doing so - I'd love to hear someone ask Favola whether she agrees with the Sun-Gazette in its hatred of Jim Webb, Leslie Byrne, Chap Petersen, progressive activists, environmentalists, the reality of global warming, and probably kids on the Sun-Gazette's front lawn ("get off my lawn!!!"). Or maybe, in the end, this all just comes down to money. Remember, just the other day, Dick Saslaw, another huge fan of the real estate industry, was busy introducing Favola to lobbyists - and, of course, trying to persuade them to give, and give generously, to her campaign - at The Homestead. Can the connections here get any more obvious?
P.S. Thanks to one of my fellow progressives on Blue Virginia for suggesting the title to this diary. It really sums it all up.