Tag: Sharon Bulova
At the 23rd annual candidates' night dinner of the New Dominion PAC ("The Voice for Arab Americans in Virginia)" last night in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova strongly endorsed Dr. Babur Lateef for Prince William County Board Chair. Lateef is running against the notorious xenophobe Corey Stewart, who unsurprisingly blew off this important Arab-American event last night.
A few points by Sharon Bulova about Dr. Lateef: 1) He's very impressive and personable, a "really good guy" (I strongly second this - he really is!); 2) He believes very strongly in education; 3) He has been an impressive fundraiser; 4) He will be an "absolutely magnificent chairman" of the PW County Board of Supervisors; 5) He will "represent all of the people, and will celebrate enhance the diversity in Prince William County, and that's something that doesn't happen sufficiently now and will under his chairmanship."
In his remarks, Dr. Lateef noted that Fairfax County is the largest county in Virginia and Prince William County is the second largest, so this is a great endorsement. He gave shoutouts to Del. Mark Sickles, Sen. Toddy Puller and Democratic candidate Jack Dobbyn. Why is he running? He quoted Teddy Roosevelt that "America will be a great place for each of us to live in, if we make it a great place for ALL of us to live in." Today, Lateef pointed out, that isn't the case in PW County. Instead, Corey Stewart pushed through a law that "said if you look illegal the police can stop you and ask for proof of citizenship; this is where the Arizona law started." Lateef added that, in stark contrast, he stands for the values of "equality and tolerance." As a physician, he says his first priority is to "do no harm" (Corey Stewart, of course, has done a great deal of harm). He also pointed out that he's a small business owner, has kids in the public schools, and is a proud Democrat who's not going to "duck and run" when we're attacked. Finally, he spoke movingly about the importance of immigration (of the self-selected "best and the brightest") to America. If all that doesn't get you fired up for Dr. Babur Lateef for Prince William County Board chair, I'm not sure what will. Go Lateef!
P.S. By the way, I'm hearing that there's turmoil in Corey Stewart's campaign, as his campaign manager reportedly quit in dissatisfaction and hasn't been replaced. Heckuva job Corey Stewart!
Today the campaigns of Sharon Bulova for Chairman and Janet Oleszek for Braddock Supervisor released the following regarding the pension plans discussed in last night's Braddock District Supervisor debate:
"John continues to misunderstand how Fairfax County maintains the stability of its pension funds", Chairman Bulova said. We are following the guidance of our financial experts with whom I work every day and maintain a level of funding that helps to protect our retirees and current employees from being hurt by market fluctuations. His claim of being the one on the board to stand up is right, but he is standing up against good financial advice and the expertise on the boards of trustees of all three pension funds.
"I think Sharon Bulova has been doing an excellent job managing an extremely complex budget", Janet Oleszek said. "It's actually laughable that John tried to compare himself to Sharon at one time during the debate, while attacking her record of fiscal leadership in another part of the debate. If John wants to make this election a referendum on Sharon's leadership of Fairfax County then I accept."
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If you ever gave money to Sharon Bulova, is helping elect a self-described STRONG McCain-Palin supported to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors what you intended your money to be going towards? If not, you might want to contact Sharon Bulova and let her know how you feel about this situation. Even better, you could help out a real Democrat, either by donating money, volunteering your time, and/or by voting next Tuesday for Janet Oleszek for Braddock District Supervisor. Then, the next time Sharon Bulova comes asking you for money, you can remind her of what she did with it back in 2011, and politely but firmly hang up the phone.
*Speaking of Oleszek, it's even more mind boggling that Sharon Bulova would attack her for supposedly only being "passionate and informed about one thing" - education. First off, that's patently untrue. Among other things, Janet Oleszek is a passionate and knowledgeable advocate of strong environmental protections. Same thing with transportation matters. What on earth Bulova's talking about is beyond me, but is she implying that Oleszek's service on the Fairfax County School Board, and her passionate commitment to top-notch education in Fairfax County, is actually a bad thing?!? WTF?
So, why would Sharon Bulova endorse a strong McCain-Palin supporter? According to leading Fairfax County Democrats I've talked to today, there are a few interesting items to note.
1. In 2008, then-Braddock-Supervisor Sharon Bulova gave Republican John Cook the "Community Champion" award for the District. About a year later, Cook won Bulova's seat, running in part on that "Community Champion" award. Nice job, Sharon, for giving him the street cred/local fame to run on.
2. Note that in her endorsement, Bulova doesn't mention anything about Wade having the right VALUES; instead, it's all about being a nice guy who she'd be able to work (translation: "control") with on the board.
3. Clearly, Bulova sees Oleszek as too independent, too much her own person, and not nearly as likely to do what she's told to do - by her - as Wade would be.
4. Bottom line: Bulova wants someone she can control. If Cook loses, she sees Wade as that person.
Does any or all of this give you a warm and fuzzy feeling? Not me.
Well, today they received their response in the form of another Washington Post op-ed, this one by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, plus two other Democratic Supervisors (Jeff McKay, Gerry Hyland). According to Bulova et al., the op-ed by Puller and Surovell was "simply mind-boggling," "unbelievable," and "pit[ting] one end of the county against the other, and the county against the state." As the expression goes, "dem dere's fightin' words."
To the contrary, the Fairfax County Board Democratic members write, "While the transformation of Tysons Corner has received quite a lot of media attention as the Comprehensive Plan Amendment has worked its way through the approval process, there has been no less commitment to other needs in the county, especially in the Richmond Highway Corridor." They point out that "Fairfax County's State Secondary Fund allocation has dwindled from $29.4 million in 2004 to a measly $1,989 this year -- not even enough to install a traffic light." And they suggest that Puller and Surovell "turn their attention toward becoming real partners for transportation funding...start[ing] with getting the Virginia Department of Transportation to repave Route 1 and cut the grass in the medians throughout Fairfax County."
So, the battle is joined in Fairfax County. Anyone else care to weigh in?