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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]."

Sharon Bulova Strongly Endorses Dr. Babur Lateef for Prince William County...


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!

Sharon Bulova, Janet Oleszek Blast John Cook on Pension Funds

I was at the Braddock District supervisor's debate last night, which was packed with 100+ people, mostly Cook supporters from what I could tell from bumper stickers in the parking lot (note: this was Cook's home turn, as NLS explains). As for John Cook, I'd never seen him in action before, and my first impression was that I can see why he's most definitely a politician (in all senses of that word) -- slick and glib, but fundamentally without much "beef" there (unless you like Cuccinelli-supported Teapublicans pretending to be "moderates"). Cook also makes mistakes, despite being able to rattle off facts and figures, as the following press release from Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova, along with Democratic nominee Janet Oleszek, explains. I'd just add that if you're looking for "slick and glib politician," then by all means support John Cook for reelection. If, instead, you want someone who's clearly not a politician at heart, but is a real person who cares about her community, and who shares the values of most people in Braddock District, then your choice is also clear -- Janet Oleszek. Finally, if you really want a (self-described) strong fiscal conservative, you can always vote for the independent candidate in the race, Carey Campbell, who is running hard against (in his words) the "borrow and spend" incumbent.
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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Sharon Bulova Goes All Out for McCain-Palin Dude

If you ever gave money to Sharon Bulova, assuming she'd use that money either a) for her own reelection or b) to help elect actual Democrats to office, apparently you've been taken for a ride. If you note the bottom of this letter (click to "embiggen"), sent on behalf of McCain-Palin Republican Chris Wade (note: Wade now claims to be a "Democrat," but with absolutely no explanation whatsoever of why this lifelong Republican, and a right-wing one at that, has suddenly switched), at the bottom it says "Paid for and authorized by Sharon Bulova for Chairman."

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.

Sharon Bulova Endorses Strong McCain-Palin Supporter, Attacks Oleszek’s Focus on Education!

What is it about politics that leads good people to do really, really stupid things? Case in point: Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova, who has now hit an all-time low in this regard. According to Bulova, in a press release out this morning, she is "very proud to endorse Chris Wade in the Democratic primary" for Braddock District Supervisor. That would be the same Chris Wade who identified himself as a STRONG McCain-Palin supporter, just days before the November 2008 presidential election. Wade is also someone who Rep. Gerry Connolly complained had no serious civic or political credentials qualifying him to run for supervisor, while also citing concerns over Wade's voting history, notably two recent cases where he voted in Republican primaries. Why on earth would a Democrat like Sharon Bulova endorse this guy over a real Democrat - one who ran against Ken Cuccinelli and lost by just 101 votes - like Janet Oleszek? It's mind boggling.

*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.

Fairfax County Democratic Board Fires Back at Surovell, Puller

A week ago, the headline at NLS was "Toddy Puller and Scott Surovell Take On Democratic Board in Fairfax County." The subject of the story was Puller's and Surovell's Washington Post op-ed, "A fair shake for Fairfax's other business corridor."  In sum, Puller and Surovell made the case for Fairfax County to divide up resources more evenly between the Silver Line/Tysons Corner and the Richmond Highway Corridor (U.S. Route 1), asking, "When will the focus -- and the money -- shift our way?"

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?