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For Everyone Rightfully Horrified at Ken Cuccinelli’s Xenophobia, Note That 93...

Still don't believe that your vote - and your political activism -matters? Consider the case of the appalling Ken Cuccinelli - the same guy...

Illegal, Voter Suppression Robocall by Conservative Supporters of Braddock Supervisor John...

Check out this robocall by the American Future Fund, a "a multi- state issues advocacy group designed to effectively communicate conservative and free market ideals." According to, American Future Fund was "founded in 2007 by Nick Ryan, a longtime political adviser to former Iowa congressman Jim Nussle, a Republican." It "is registered as a 501(c)(4), which means it can receive unlimited donations and does not have to disclose its donors." For whatever reason, this group has decided to place a voter suppression robocall into Fairfax County (Braddock District), on behalf of Tea Party/Ken Cuccinelli-supported Republican John Cook, encouraging Democrats receiving the call to vote TODAY (11/7) not TOMORROW (Election Day). Last I heard, that's illegal. Sadly, though, we see this sort of thing quite frequently by Republicans. What part of "illegal" don't Republicans understand?!?

P.S. In response to this call, I urge everyone in Braddock District to make DOUBLE sure you vote TOMORROW, ELECTION DAY, for Janet Oleszek!.

Oleszek Finishes Strong, Outraises Cook 3:1 in October

In the race for Braddock District Supervisor, Democrat Janet Oleszek is finishing very strong, outraising Teapublican John Cook by a 3:1 margin in late money (see VPAP -- it's actually  $99K-$33K in October and early November). Also, note that raising close to $100K in a district Supervisor's race in one month - let alone a CHALLENGER - is unheard of. Impressive.

Meanwhile, Janet Oleszek's mail program (click on the images of her superb mail piece #5 to "embiggen") has been, by all accounts - including John Cook's! - superb (in his recent email attacking Sharon Bulova, Cook noted that Oleszek had run "a great ad campaign"). Ha.

In contrast, everything I'm hearing is that Cook's mail campaign has been pathetic, low-quality, uninspired, ineffective, amateur hour (in the worst sense) basically. I'm hearing that the reason for this, in large part, is Cook's incredible arrogance, utter unwillingness to take any advice, and other fine personality traits like loving the sound of his own voice and really believing he's got a great deal to tell the world (and that the whole world NEEDS to hear it - lol!).

Given all this, it's no wonder that all eyes will be on Braddock Tuesday night, looking for a possible stunning upset victory by Janet Oleszek over the "borrow-and-spend," Ken Kookinelli/Tea Party-backed faux "moderate" John Cook. This should be a fun one to watch - stay tuned!

Sharon Bulova, Janet Oleszek and Megan McLaughlin: A Great Combo for...


Any further questions? If so, there are two more images you should see on the "flip." :)

Will John Cook Condemn Pro-Discrimination Running Mate?

As you can see from his campaign sign, Braddock District Supervisor John Cook (Tea Party-supported Republican) is proudly running with Fairfax County School Board candidate Nell Hurley. Who is Nell Hurley, you ask? Well, in this morning's Washington Post, she expressed, unconventional viewpoints. candidate says the next [Fairfax County schools] chief shouldn't be too fat.

"He'll have to make a lot of public appearances," said Braddock District hopeful Nell Hurley. Beyond serving as an excellent manager, she said, a superintendent also should model healthy habits for children and parents. "Somebody who's terribly obese might not be the best person for that particular job."

Weight discrimination in hiring is legal in every state but Michigan, said Rebecca Puhl, director of Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Puhl said a handful of cities, including the District, prohibit such discrimination.

"A person's body weight says nothing about their abilities, their accomplishments or their contributions to society," she said. "We would never see this if we were talking about race or sexual orientation or gender, but with weight this remains acceptable and people do it automatically."

Perhaps that's the case, but it shouldn't be "acceptable" in Braddock District, and John Cook should immediately and forecefully condemn these discriminatory, even bigoted, remarks. Unless, that is, he agrees with his running mate that being overweight has anything whatsoever to do with being an effective schools chief, or any other elected official for that matter.

Fairfax Police Endorse Janet Oleszek for Braddock District Supervisor!

There are no two ways about this one (see press release from the Oleszek campaign: below), it's a HUGE endorsement for Janet Oleszek. That the Fairfax Police, arguably the most respected organization in Fairfax County (along with the firefighters and Fairfax Sheriff Stan Barry, who have also endorsed Janet), and a group which endorsed Republican Ken Cuccinelli (over Janet Oleszek) in 2007, has now endorsed Janet Oleszek over Republican John Cook, speaks volumes. For one thing, it demonstrates how much Janet's improved as a candidate since 2007. It also, as the endorsement states, stems from their confidence in  Janet being "exactly right on the current issues facing the police department."

Finally, I'd just add that although this endorsement is entirely positive FOR Janet, the subtext is that the Fairfax Police are clearly expressing their LACK of confidence in the incumbent Braddock District Supervisor, John Cook. That's got to be painful for Cook, as well it should be. So sad for John Cook, so great for Janet Oleszek! :)


Oleszek sweeps endorsements from Police, Firefighters and the Fairfax Sheriff

Janet Oleszek is proud to announce the endorsement of the Fairfax Coalition of Police (Local 5000).  In response she issued the following statement:

"Fairfax County Police are known nationwide for their accomplishments and I am thrilled to accept their endorsement of my campaign.  The next Supervisor in Braddock District must be committed to public safety- especially as we consider the budget.  Supervisor Cook has voted against public safety when he has voted against Fairfax County's budget."

Mike Scanlon, President of Local 5000 made the following statement:

"We were proud to endorse Janet Oleszek, who has always been a friend of public safety.  Janet is exactly right on the current issues facing the police department.  Police spend their years on the force building relationships in the community that help us solve crimes and keep the public safe.  We need a Supervisor who understands the importance of protecting the promises Fairfax has made to our police with their compensation and pension.  Otherwise we will continue to lose officers to other law enforcement agencies, costing the taxpayers millions in new training."

Video: Tim Kaine, Sharon Bulova, Dave Marsden Make the Case for...

Here's some video from yesterday afternoon's highly successful event for Janet Oleszek. First, here's Tim Kaine explaining why having a former School Board member on the County (or city) Board is highly beneficial. According to Kaine, education is the "single largest line item" in the Fairfax County budget, and having someone who knows that budget inside and out can be very helpful. Also, Kaine says that the relationship between the School Board and County Board is almost always a tense one, but that this tension gets "mitigated and lessened...if you put a talented School Board member on the [County] Board." Finally, Kaine predicted that this could be an extremely close election in an "off-off year," which means that "the marginal impact you greater this year than in any other election." Which is why we need Democrats to get out there and help Janet Oleszek (and others) win this election!

Next, turn to the "flip" for Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova praising Janet Oleszek and urging her election to the Board of Supervisors, so that "education stays the #1 priority in Fairfax County." In addition, Bulova argues that Janet Oleszek has been a leader in maintaining the high quality of life that makes Fairfax attractive to corporations and to people thinking about doing business and/or living there. According to Bulova, "[Janet Oleszek] understands schools, she understands the budget, she understands making the priorities that we need to invest in the most important thing that we have here in Fairfax County, so we need Janet Oleszek [on the Board]."

New Poll: John Cook 40%-Janet Oleszek 38%

I just got back from a highly successful event for Janet Oleszek in Burke. Among the 80 or so guests attending were Gov. Tim Kaine; Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova; Sen. Dave Marsden; Fairfax County School Board candidates Megan McLaughlin, Ryan McElveen, Ted Velkoff; former FCDC chair Mary Ann Hovis; and Fairfax Firefighters President John Niemiec. Video is on the way, but for now, enjoy the photos here and on the "flip." The one with Ben Tribbett has him "introducing" George Allen's tracker, who was treated respectfully despite the bit of joviality on Ben's behalf. Quite a contrast to how Democratic trackers are treated by George Allen and Company. Also, Janet Oleszek announced that a new poll has her within the "margin of error" against incumbent and Tea Party/Cuccinelli Republican John Cook (the numbers are Cook 40%-Oleszek 38%-Campbell 4% and 17% undecided). This is VERY much a winnable race; now let's get out there and win it!

Fairfax Firefighters, Paramedics Strongly Endorse Oleszek, Blast Cook as “irresponsible”

See the following press release for great news on the endorsement front for Janet Oleszek!! This endorsement is especially impressive when you consider how rare it is for the Fairfax firefighters to endorse a non-incumbent in a County Board race.  In fact, the last time they did so was 1999, when Cathy Hudgins defeated incumbent Bob Dix. Also of interest: apparently, there is no record, at least in the past 20 or so years, of any Fairfax County Board incumbent opposed by the firefighters being reelected. Should John Cook be getting worried? It sure seems like it, but frankly, as a Janet Oleszek supporter, I'd rather see our Tea Party/Kookinelli-supported friend continue along the overconfident, arrogant road he's been on. Heh.

Public Safety Emerging As Key Issue In Braddock

Janet Oleszek is proud to announce the endorsement of the Fairfax County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics (Local 2068). In response she issued the following statement:

"Fairfax County Firefighters are known worldwide for their accomplishments and I am thrilled to accept their endorsement of my campaign.  The next Supervisor in Braddock District must be committed to public safety- especially as we consider the budget.  Supervisor Cook has voted against public safety when he has voted against Fairfax County's budget."

Oleszek also noted that during the last debate she used one of her rebuttal opportunities in response to Supervisor Cook questioning the need for a 4th firefighter on Fairfax ladder trucks. "This has been an issue the fire and rescue department has identified since a 2001 internal review.  The lack of a 4th firefighter on ladder trucks creates safety issues for the other firefighters and paramedics.  I was appalled that John Cook still doesn't seem to understand this".

John Niemiec, President of Local 2068 made the following statement:

"We were thrilled to endorse Janet Oleszek, who has always been a friend of public safety.  Janet is exactly right on the current issues facing the fire and rescue department.  Our firefighters were shocked to learn that Supervisor Cook continued to publicly attack a policy that the fire and rescue department has identified as a way to make our jobs safer. We will not stand for politicians that try to save a buck by putting our citizens or our personnel in jeopardy. Supervisor Cook's position is irresponsible and unacceptable".

Fairfax Sheriff Agrees with Janet Oleszek: John Cook is Wrong

How many gaffes and misstatements can Tea Party/Kookinelli favorite John Cook make before Braddock District voters yell, "enough!?!" If he keeps up his fast pace of debate screwups, and also of blowing off his constituents (Arab Americans last night), it might not be very long.

Issue was raised by community at 2nd Braddock District debate this weekend

Today, Janet Oleszek and Fairfax County Sheriff Stan Barry jointly announced their plans to cut the overgrown medians in Braddock District through the community labor force. The community labor force is non violent inmates from the Fairfax County Detention Center that are available to work on government property.

Janet Oleszek met with Sheriff Barry to discuss the use of the community labor force to address these problems in the Braddock District. "I have always had a great relationship with Janet and would be happy to work with her on this project" said Barry. "The use of inmate labor saves money for the taxpayers and improves the community".

"Our first priority in Fairfax County should be keeping our community safe," Janet Oleszek remarked.  "I will make the expansion of this program a top priority of my office in the next budget".  Oleszek also noted that the unmaintained roadways were "unattractive and make us appear to be a community in decline".


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